General grounds for refusal: criminal convictions, public good, character, conduct and associations FREE MOVEMENT, Colin Yeo, 6 April, 2017.
Criminal convictions and other signs of poor character can, unsurprisingly, negatively affect applications for leave to enter or remain in the UK. This has always been so, but in December 2012 the rules were changed to permanently ban entry of those with serious convictions, other than in certain very narrow circumstances, and to impose entry bans of various lengths in other cases.
Those caught out by these rules include former boxer Mike Tyson, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman Duane Chapman, Tyler, the Creator and perhaps OJ Simpson.
By their nature, blanket rules can give rise to harsh results, individual hardship and injustice. Some of those convicted of criminal offences, including some people later revered, later redeem themselves in some way or are convicted in dubious or exceptional…
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