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1. Posted by kimholl89 (Budding Member 25 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

My boyfriend and I have arrived in London. We're Australians but embarrassingly enough I wasn't as organised as I thought, this resulted in us (apparently) receiving a 3 week 'visa' by the lady at border control. She said we had 3 weeks to leave, which works out perfectly because we want to leave in 3 weeks..... and one day :/ - on our passport she has given us a stamp and has written 6 months and has made no mention of the fact that she gave us only 3 weeks. (she has written no date whatsoever on it, other than '6 months')

1) Will it be put into the computer system that we must leave by a certain date? (even though the stamp says 6 months)

2) what sort of fine/punishment will we get for overstaying a day?

I would simply change our pre booked accommodation and leave a day early but we have a train to paris booked and I don't want to lose the money from rebooking.


2. Posted by Kadmos (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


I don't think you have much to worry about. If you have a stamp saying leave to enter for 6 months, six months you have. There may be a note on the computer that your original intention was to come for three weeks. In which case - if your intentions change dramatically and you decide to stay for a much longer period, but still within 6 months, - you might be asked in the future to explain the change of plan. There is nothing illegal about this. But if you stay for only a few days longer than three weeks no one would bother.

So don't worry about overstaying - you are fine for six months. However if you overstay your six months by more than 28 days, then you would be banned from the UK for 12 months after.

Hope this helps:-)

Enjoy your stay in London!