AMS
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UK Landing Card

Fri May 21, 2004 6:19 am

My question is as follows:

Most non EU nationals need to submit a landing card to a UK Immigration officer upon arrival in the UK. You will need to specify on how long you will stay and your contact information. However What I do not understand how is it possible to keep a track record of these passengers, since when leaving the UK, you do not have to go through immigrations. Neither a Stamp or part of the Landing card is forwarded to immigrations (as in Japan and the US).

For example most countries will keep a track record in the immigration System, on how long someone stayed in a country, and not to overstay the permitted period.

In most Countries people will have to go through immigrations upon arrival and departure, Also in the US there is no Immigrations when leaving the country, however Airline staff will collect a part of the green landing card, and forward it to U.S immigrations.

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RE: UK Landing Card

Fri May 21, 2004 6:49 am

You will need to specify on how long you will stay and your contact information.

No, you do not need to specify how long you will stay. That is not a question asked on the form.

The UK requires that all common carriers submit passenger manifests to HM Immigration to track departures from the country.
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RE: UK Landing Card

Fri May 21, 2004 7:07 am

Just another example of cost cutting by the Tory Government that has left us prone to immigrants overstaying and then dissappearing into the community.

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RE: UK Landing Card

Fri May 21, 2004 8:16 am

Similar stuff is going on in Spain.

I was flying JFK-MAD-VIE and had to go through immigration & customs at Madrid - Barajas. I had to fill out an immigration card, but go figure - on the outbound flight from MAD to VIE there was noone I could give the immigration card to - so I'm now stuck with one half of the immigration card :]

Go figure.

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RE: UK Landing Card

Fri May 21, 2004 5:49 pm

As if all those green cards that are staped into our passports upon arrival into the US are actually matched up with the larger part taken away at INS.
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RE: UK Landing Card

Fri May 21, 2004 6:15 pm

As if all those green cards that are staped into our passports upon arrival into the US are actually matched up with the larger part taken away at INS.

No but as they are numbered, they will match up. Had a friend who forgot to hand her card in back in 1998. Apparently was all sorted, until her most recent trip when they detained her and accused her of staying a year (her next trip was 1999) in the US and working. 2 hours later and they let her through.

You definitely want to make sure they are taken off you if you ever intend on going back.

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RE: UK Landing Card

Fri May 21, 2004 6:15 pm

I tend to agree Bestwestern.

Flying back from the US once the airline forgot to take out the other half of the US landing card on checking in. Hasn't made the slightest difference when I've gone back (though I confess I was slightly concerned they might ask me about it).
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RE: UK Landing Card

Fri May 21, 2004 7:25 pm

I left the US once with one half of my I94 (this was a while ago) - when I entered the US again the next time, the INS guy asked me when I last left the US - presumably it had come up on his computer that I was still in the country (I had/have a US visa) - I told him, and he updated the 'pooter, all was well.
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RE: UK Landing Card

Fri May 21, 2004 7:30 pm

It can turn into a real pain. They will begin to ask you to prove that you were not in the US. Payslips etc. Then, she has been advised to carry a letter from INS with her every time she travels to the US, just in case. Once the fingerprinting thing takes full effect, it will hopefully get easier, so long as they scan you leaving as well.

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RE: UK Landing Card

Fri May 21, 2004 7:57 pm

I heard the most interesting piece of trivia regarding the USVISIT fingerprint/photo process for US arrivals. Apparently the photographs and fingerprints obtained are NOT transmitted to a central repository, but are stored only on the local drives of the PC to which the fingerprint and digital camera are attached. This has been confirmed to me by a number of sources within the US airline industry. I have no written source for this, but if true, it sheds an interesting light on the value of this process.
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RE: UK Landing Card

Fri May 21, 2004 8:00 pm

Just another example of cost cutting by the Tory Government that has left us prone to immigrants overstaying and then dissappearing into the community.

Jeeze you would have thought the British didn't learn anything from the US after 9/11
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RE: UK Landing Card

Fri May 21, 2004 8:10 pm

I fail to see the point of Exit checks for departing passengers - the people are leaving, let them go, who cares ! If the person is undesirable, don't let them in in the first place. How is a person desirable for 3 months, but no desirable for 3 months and one day ? There are plenty of internal checks to prevent non-residents from abusing the welfare system (or at least there would be if the UK had proper national identification procedures like every other civilised country in the world), but if these so-called undesirables manage to find gainful employment, good luck to them.
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