france – Do French immigration police at St. Pancras for Eurostar speak English?

The controlling reference point for your question is the Juxtaposed Controls Agreement between the UK, Belgium, and France. This is the legal framework that allows French border police to operate at ports and various other departure points in the UK. The French border police act on behalf of Belgium. The part relevant to your question is…

As a result of the agreements, when travelling from the UK to Belgium
or France by Eurostar, immigration entry checks into the Schengen Area
take place before boarding the train in the UK, rather than on arrival
in Belgium or France. The immigration entry checks are carried out in
the UK stations before embarkation by the French Border Police (which
also carries out immigration entry checks on behalf of the Belgian
Federal Police for passengers travelling to Belgium). When travelling
from Belgium or France to the UK by Eurostar, passengers clear
immigration exit checks from the Schengen Area as well as UK
immigration entry checks before boarding the train.

Source: ibid

The agreement has been operating in one form or another since 1994, but did not become formalised until about 2003 with the last negotiations taking place in 2011. The formal definition of these controls is contained the so-called Le Touquet Treaty.
The implementing national legislation was delegated to each country.

For a look at how the controls operate on a day-to-day basis, you can read the inspection report. Although the report deals solely with the UK aspects, it is the only known working document giving a glimpse into the internals…

The person should be asked if they can understand the person
conducting the interview and whether they are happy to be interviewed
in English (or the language being used).

Having said all of that, there is nothing in the treaty or in the national legislation (including any translations of the legislation) that imposes a language requirement on the border guards of any country. Thus from an authoritative viewpoint, there is no legal requirement for the French border guards to use the English language at St Pancras station.

Circumstantial practicality, however, dictates that the border police in forward positions speak the local language. And observation bears this out. So the answer to your question: is this a reasonable assumption? is YES (for the case of the French border police).

On a personal note, I have taken the Eurostar from London to Paris about 70+ times without speaking French until after the arrival. It’s the return journey where you get some stick.

Finally, in the more general sense, English serves as a vehicular language for all entry/exit ports in the Schengen zone, so your assumption remains reasonable for all Schengen arrival points as well.

customs and immigration – UK Visitor Visa Refusal

I applied for standard visitor Visa with sponsor from my fiance, but my Visa was refused with this reason below:

You have applied for leave to enter to visit the UK for 21 days for tourism.

You state that your partner is paying for all the costs in relation to your visit and I am satisfied that he is willing and able to do so. However, I must also assess your personal circumstances.

You state that you are employed as a contact centre team leader with PT VADS Indonesia earning 5000000.00 IDR (£256.68 www.oanda.com) per month. In support of your application, you have submitted your bank statement. I note that there are deposits in this account that correlate with your stated monthly income however I also note that there are other deposits that are unrelated to the amount you state you earn. For example there is a deposit of 4,750,000IDR (£243.84) made on the 11 May and then another deposit of 6,185.766IDR (£317.55) made on the 20 May. The documents you have provided do not demonstrate the origin of these funds and therefore I am not satisfied that the funds in your account are genuinely available to you for your exclusive use or that they accurately reflect your financial position.
I am not satisfied as to your intentions for visiting the UK, that you are a genuine visitor or
that you will leave at the end of the period specified by you. I therefore refuse your application under paragraph 4.2 (a) and (c) of Appendix V of the United Kingdom Immigration Rules.enter image description here

I wanna reapply but I have a doubt to put my bank statement again and history of my bank account, beside thst I actually work in shifting schedule,so every month I Will acieve different number of my salary, how I explain them?
If I reapply what exact salary I have to put there ? Can I put the basic salary only?

customs and immigration – UK Visitor Visa Refused, Please Help Me!

I applied for standard visitor Visa with sponsor from my fiance, but my Visa was refused with this reason below:

You have applied for leave to enter to visit the UK for 21 days for tourism.

You state that your partner is paying for all the costs in relation to your visit and I am satisfied that he is willing and able to do so. However, I must also assess your personal circumstances.

You state that you are employed as a contact centre team leader with PT VADS Indonesia earning 5000000.00 IDR (£256.68 www.oanda.com) per month. In support of your application, you have submitted your bank statement. I note that there are deposits in this account that correlate with your stated monthly income however I also note that there are other deposits that are unrelated to the amount you state you earn. For example there is a deposit of 4,750,000IDR (£243.84) made on the 11 May and then another deposit of 6,185.766IDR (£317.55) made on the 20 May. The documents you have provided do not demonstrate the origin of these funds and therefore I am not satisfied that the funds in your account are genuinely available to you for your exclusive use or that they accurately reflect your financial position.
I am not satisfied as to your intentions for visiting the UK, that you are a genuine visitor or
that you will leave at the end of the period specified by you. I therefore refuse your application under paragraph 4.2 (a) and (c) of Appendix V of the United Kingdom Immigration Rules.enter image description here

I wanna reapply but I have a doubt to put my bank statement again and history of my bank account, beside thst I actually work in shifting schedule,so every month I Will acieve different number of my salary, how I explain them?
If I reapply what exact salary I have to put there ? Can I put the basic salary only?

customs and immigration – UK tax on an amber painting coming from abroad

Unsure if this is in the right section of Stack Exchange but, I have a family member coming to the UK (from outside of the EU) in the near immediate future.

They will be bringing a painting with them that contains at least 100g of Amber, if not more. It’s a gift.

Will they have to declare this upon arrival?
And will they have to pay tax on this?

I am not sure how much the painting costs exactly, but it’s less than £100 for sure. It’s coming from Ukraine.

Are there any official bodies I can contact in the UK to find out for sure?

Again, apologies if this is in the incorrect section.

customs and immigration – Can I apply for a UK visitor visa while I am on ICT visa in the UK?

I am currently on an ICT work visa in the UK which is ending soon, but I want to spend some more time with my boyfriend in the UK before going back to my home country, India.

Can I apply for a visit or tourist visa within the UK while on an ICT visa or I would have to travel back to India and apply from there?

customs and immigration – Can i apply UK visit visa while I am on ICT visa in the UK

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customs and immigration – Is there a problem to use 2 passports, one for getting into country and another whilst coming back?

I am dual national of country X and Y.

When I will be traveling from country X to Y, I want to use country Y’s passport.

When I will be coming back to country X from Y, I want to use country X’s passport.

Would there be any issues what so ever not just on airports but in future ?

transit – Interesting CTA Immigration Question

I do wonder, due to the peculiarities of the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK, if the following hypothetical scenario is possible:

  • A non-EU citizen flies Boston-Dublin-London with airside transit in Dublin. Will this non-EU citizen undergo an immigration check for the UK at any point? As airside transits, by nature, do not have immigration checks and the final flight (Dublin-London) does not have an immigration check upon arriving into the UK.

This scenario is completely hypothetical, but I just wonder if this happens in real life or not?

Thanks

customs and immigration – Is my passport considered damage?

my passport is slightly broken as in pic, everything else is intact. Is it considered as damaged passport? My first passport was water damaged and this is second and if it is considered as damage, will it give a bad remark?[enter image description here][![enter image description here][1]][1][2]

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customs and immigration – Bringing HIV Medications from Pakistan to Kyrgyzstan for a friend

A friend is asking me to buy his HIV and Hepatitis C medicines from Pakistan and travel with them to Kyrgyzstan, where he lives. His doctor here in Pakistan has provided me with his prescription with his name on it, and the medicines. I am worried: what are the risks of bringing these medications with me? How can I decide if I should take them with me or not?