Saturday, October 2, 2010

Detention at Immigration, Stansted London, UK

We departed from KL at 3pm and arrived at London at 10pm (UK time), it was 13 hours journey with Air Asia and to be honest, it wasn’t good enough. We paid for the ticket include meals and luggage which costs about rm3000, and the pre book meals was about more than rm100 but it was only 2 meals per journey and another 2 meals when we return. But it seems like too expensive as we compared with meals that directly ordered during journey because the main meal was less than rm20. So I supposed, never pre book your meal if you taking Air Asia.
When we arrive, I and Tay were gone through passport check. I was passed at the counter and went to take my luggage but then I realized my friend didn’t pass yet. About half an hour after that she came after me with one of the immigration officer and he asked me follow him as Tay didn’t passed at immigration counter.
To make it short, we were escorted to one of the room and we were separated in a room where we were interviewed so many of questions. They even asked me to count my money that I brought along. The asked what reasons that we come here and we had everything explained, we had the offer letter, the letter from institution, letter of good conduct from ministry of foreign affairs, letter from lecturers and our passport. But the immigration didn’t let go of us because of they said that we didn’t have visa. The thing is, we had been confirmed by ministry of foreign affairs, even our seniors who also came here to study at the same place we’re going were also didn’t make visa because we only stay for 2 months. But then when we arrived there, I was doubtful why is that I was able to passed but my friend didn’t and there were also Japanese students which one of them had visa but the other one didn’t have but still get detention and asked to leave UK and going back to their country. The thing is, I don’t mind if we’re about to be detain at 2 hours or 3. But the detention was 11 hours. We already booked the taxi and he was waiting for us about 5 hours. We waited at 11pm since arrive until 7am when we was being told that the immigration has made a decision that we have to go back to Malaysia immediately tonight where we will be escorted to the flight and then only our passport will be given. It’s really sounds like we are some kind of criminal or something. We were so upset and only God knows how bad we’re cried all day and asked them if there any other options instead of return back to Malaysia. It’s really a worst thing ever happen in my life because in the detention, our pictures were taken, our fingerprints also were taken, and they took all our baggage and cellphone and lock them up because they afraid if we are going to take pictures from that phone. So when we were informed that we have to go back home no matter what, and that time we still can’t accept the fact that we have to go back to Malaysia immediately tonight on that day. It was 13 hours in the flight to get here and we even haven’t see this country yet and was be there at less than 24 hours, and now we’re asked to leave the country immediately, what a hell is that? And it’s not only me and Tay, there were also the other Malaysian students, Japanese students, and Russian, who were asked to leave because of the same reason like us, they don’t have the visa but visiting for 1-3 months.
After cried like hell, and one of the immigration allowed us to make a cal. We try to reach Mr. Utharas out lecturer at Malaysia, the officer only allowed us to use their phone so we basically took out our simcard and put them in their phone and that won’t work because their phone quit unfamiliar, and that time we’re so upset and so sadly depressed and our eyes are really swollen. But then, we finally able to reach Mr Utaharas and he calls the immigration and then we’re also talk a lot about why we are here, there’s nothing to do about getting any payment or something, we are just go study and then to make the story short, they re-considerate again about the decision that they had made, and finally they agreed to let us enter to the country in less than 3 months only.
Seriously, only God knows how relieved we are that time, to be given another opportunity, I was already pasrah and accept the fact that I’ll be leaving soon back to Malaysia and will see an unhappy faces of my mom and my dad at the air port, and during detention, I called my mama and ayah, and mama also burst into tears after heard me cries and telling her everything and I’m going back to Malaysia tonight and Mama Ayah told me, tak kisah la tak dapat blaja kat sana, yang penting wani balik Malaysia dengan selamat. jangn risau kena bayar balik ke apa, ayah akan bayar, mama pon nangis-nangis masa cakap, aku pon nangis-nangis masa cakap dengan dia. (T.T)
Kerana berkat doa mama ayah kat sana, and I knows Allah will protect me wherever I go and I know I have no one else but Him, and Allah bless me and finally we’re released. Alhamdulillah.

My Advice, If anyone wants to go to UK, do your VISA even though it's only for 1-2 days if you plan to study, and if you state that you just want to visit, don't say u want to stay for 1 month or above because they will detain you. it's kinda new rules and regulations now.

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