This site is watched....
Well, stop bloody watching me!
All of those points above have happened to me.
I don't need a biometric passport to enter the UK. I will always be stopped.
Naturally you will be stopped, as you have not an innocent face like me and you live most of the time.... near Russia!
Next time you travel to UK, take with you a nice looking female companion, to keep an eye on your health and weight, promise to show her (your) Big Ben, hold her hand and smile to the Immigration officer and vouala.... no problems.
Joking apart, last time we visited Rodina, it was my wife in trouble when returning home, where me had my passport stamped, without questions or stamped boarding card
from the OVIR in UFA and went to the departure land in less than 1 minute.
Poor Hanna was interrogated by a fat blond female Karova, for over 15 minutes and was asked too many questions, like:Why you are going to the UK?
... Because I live there.Why do you live there?
............Because I am married to a British citizen,When you married him?
.......... June 2008.What did you do before getting married?
.... I was a teacher of Physics and Mathematics.How much money do you have on you?
.... I have no money... only credit cards.
and this went on and on and on.
Hanna hates me creating trouble with officials and when she saw me approaching..... she signaled me not to go there.
Just for your info, when we visited the visa center in London, I was given a new printed Boarding Card to fill, So I did it on my computer to avoid any hasle. In Moscow they stamped the card and went through in 2 minutes.
Hanna phoned OVIR in ufa and checked the opening times and next morning we went there to register. We found the door open but no officers around and the lone officer in the door, told us they are closed. Of course, I got angry and showed him the sign on the door, that was saying they are open. then he took my passport and boarding card, to return after few minutes telling us that my boarding card was not accepted and I should have the old to which I replied in English.... very "politely" and told my wife to follow me and they can f....off.
Wife started panicking, thinking he understood..... but he told her.. come back tomorrow without the Agglitsiani! I Never went back.
So Andrew don't forget to smile..... and speak nicely to them, while holding hands with your companion!