Appeals Offer Extended Hope For Visa Applicants
It is hardly controversial to suggest that Home Office Officials have become more inclined to reject visa applications in recent years. Political rhetoric from the Prime Minister down has pulled few punches when it comes to calling for a reduction in the number of applicants seeking to make new lives for themselves and their families in the UK. The practical realisation of this political pressure is that more applications are now being routinely rejected than at any time previously.
The statistics on this issue are perhaps misleading in as much as many applications are now rejected before they can be formally filed. Therefore, whilst the official figures show, for example, the number of formal ‘rejections’ for naturalisation to be in decline, this does not take any account of those applications which are deemed unfit to file in the first place.
Appeals on the Rise
The pressure to restrict numbers has a practical effect when it comes to the processing of visa applications. In short, the default position for UKVI officials is to reject first and ask questions later. A service which is under extreme political pressure in addition to the day to day stresses that underfunding entails can hardly be blamed for acting in this way.
What this means for applicants however is that an initial rejection should be treated as merely a routine step in the application process. A good admin review or appeal is undeniably a time-consuming process, but it may also pave the way to overturn the Home Office decision to reject an application.
At YDVISAS we are seeing increasing numbers of cases going to appeal and, whilst we understand the stress and anxiety that this may involve for individual applicants and their families, we are confident that our experience and knowledge of the system is capable of giving our clients the means to mount an appeal against an errant or hasty decision. A visa rejection is not a result anyone hopes for, but neither should it be cause for panic.
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.