UK Visa Refusal

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The reasons for UK visa refusal vary from case to case. The UK Immigration Office can choose to refuse a visa on general grounds if there is any evidence in their background, behaviour, character, conduct or associations that shows they should not enter or remain in the UK.

If an applicants visa has been rejected, he/she will be notified of the same in writing, with the reason for the refusal also mentioned. Applicants whose visas have been refused under the points-based system can appeal for an administrative review only.

The visa rejection letter will specify if the applicant is permitted to appeal the decision. If the letter does not mention an appeal can be filed, the applicant will have to file a fresh visa application.

Common reasons for visa refusal

Visa refusal due to incorrect documents: It is really important that you supply all the documents required for your application. Different visas require different documentary evidence, so it is important to make sure your application is specific to you, and that nothing is missed out.

Specified evidence missing: Visa applications might seem simple, and the advice given on the Home Office website does make it appear so. However, the guideline notes only give a general outline, and do not go into enough detail. Even a single date or an original of an official document missing can lead to a UK visa refusal.

Non-Disclosure of Previous issues: Often applicants have had previous immigration or legal issues that they decide not to disclose, such as bans or certain criminal convictions already spent – especially if a long time has passed. But the Home Office miss nothing and question everything. Worse still, if they believe an applicant has attempted to mislead or misrepresent themselves intentionally (deception) a UK visa refusal might be the least of your worries.

Deception and false representation: A false representation is when an applicant or third party lies or makes a false statement in an application, either orally or in writing. The application will be refused by an Entry Clearance Officer even if the false representation is not relevant to the application or the decision and even if the applicant was not aware that false representations, information or documents have been used.

If the Entry Clearance Officer finds, in addition, that the applicant knew the document to be false, and therefore used deception in the application, s/he should also refuse the application under paragraph 320(7B).

Applying for the wrong type of visa: A common example of this is when people from outside the UK wish to move to and settle in the UK. However, they mistakenly think they have to apply for a visit visa first, and then whilst the UK apply to switch to a settlement visa. “Switching” is not allowed from a visit visa, and any suggestion that this might be someone’s plan, the Home Office would also refuse the visit visa.

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