Anyone applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK will know that there is no room for error when it comes to making sure all the paperwork involved is completed fully, accurately and in a timely manner. The Home Office are quite rigid in insisting that their requirements are met in full. Any failure to do so typically results in a rejected – or at least seriously delayed – application.

Given that the Home Office deals with thousands of applications every week, it is hardly surprising that they are so insistent. In 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics, there were 828,000 National Insurance number registrations to adult overseas nationals. There were 38,878 asylum applications and 54,383 visas were granted to skilled workers. In the face of such a volume of applications Home Office staff do not have the resources to be able to deal with inaccurate or incomplete applications.

A catch-all definition of deception

However, it is important that applicants realise that the rigour that is demanded of them extends well beyond the matter of their application. Under the terms of Version 4.0 of the Revocation of Indefinite Leave to Remain instruction, all formal records are required to be equally up to date and accurate. Any discrepancy may – under the terms of the instruction – be deemed to be a deception.

Keep All Records Up to date

What this means in practical terms is that if the authorities find that an applicant’s tax records are in some way faulty, that itself may be grounds for rejecting their ILR application. Similar levels of scrutiny may be applied to all aspects of an applicant’s professional life.

The British Conservative Government has made no secret of its desire to ‘get tough’ with immigration. The catch-all definition of ‘deception’ in the current ILR instructions is an illustration of what ‘getting tough’ means in practice.

YDVISAS specialise in all visa categories and are specialist immigration lawyers in the UK. Please contact the expert team at YDVISAS, should you need any professional help with your visa application.

Disclaimer: The material contained in this article is for general information only, and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. Readers should seek an appropriate professional for advice regarding their particular circumstances.
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