For many applicants the disappointment that follows a Home Office visa application rejection may be heart-breaking. It goes without saying that the dry administrative language of the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) and the Home Office can feel entirely at odds with the deeply personal conditions that underlie a person’s application to live and work in the UK. Issues of family, career and personal ambition are innately emotive matters.

For the unprepared an initial rejection may be the end of the process. They will have to reshape their plans and take a different path in life, no matter how inconvenient or distressing that might be. However, for those who have taken the trouble to familiarise themselves with the process, or who have engaged qualified professional advice, an initial decision to reject their application may not necessarily be the end of the story.

Appeals process

Provided an appeal is lodged within fourteen days of receiving the rejection letter from the Home Office applicants have a legal right to challenge the decision. Necessarily this means that the appeal process, or any appeal for an administrative review, needs to be attended to with some haste. In such cases the value of sound professional guidance cannot be overestimated.

The administrative review will give applicants the opportunity to highlight any errors in fact or process that have been committed by Home Office in the assessment of the case. Making a request to reconsider the decision on this basis requires a sound knowledge of the precise terms under which the UKVI are mandated to operate.

Professional insight is vital

Any appeal will necessarily hinge on the specifics of each case although the Home Office offers broad criteria that describe the situations in which an appeal might be appropriate, although it is advisable to take professional guidance on exactly what is the most appropriate course of action in any given case.

Home Office figures show that appeals and administrative reviews can result in a favourable outcome, overturning the initial decision to refuse a visa. A good Admin Review or Appeal may overturn the HO decision. In such cases the effects on a person’s family and working life may be truly life-enhancing.

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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