Following on from our recent articles in relation to the Home Office Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC1078 that was implemented on 6 April 2017. The recent changes have introduced new rules regarding the status of multiple pending applications submitted to the Home Office and the importance of a submitting valid UK Visa Application. In order to ensure that you submit a valid UK Visa Application, you would need to thoroughly check that the application form has been fully and accurately completed and that its contents meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules and Procedures.
Submitting a valid UK Visa Application to the Home Office
One important change brought about by the implementation of HC1087 on 6 April 2017 is the status of multiple applications being submitted simultaneously. It is important to note that Applicants who meet multiple Immigration rules cannot under no circumstance submit multiple applications. If you have submitted a valid UK Visa Application and decide you no longer wish to peruse with the application then you should officially request the Home Office to withdraw your application before submitting a subsequent application. If you submit multiple applications on the same day, the Home Office will refuse all applications submitted as invalid.
The changes under HC1087 are directly incorporated within Part 1 of the Immigration rules at paragraph 34BB, which states the following:
(1) An applicant may only have one outstanding application for leave to remain at a time.
(2) If an application for leave to remain is submitted in circumstances where a previous application for leave to remain has not been decided, it will be treated as a variation of the previous application.
(3) Where more than one application for leave to remain is submitted on the same day then subject to sub-paragraph (4), each application will be invalid and will not be considered.
(4) The Secretary of State may give the applicant a single opportunity to withdraw all but one of the applications within 10 working days of the date on which the notification was sent. If all but one of the applications are not withdrawn by the specified date each application will be invalid and will not be considered.
(5) Notice of invalidity will be given in writing and served in accordance with Appendix SN of these Rules.”
If you have submitted multiple applications on the same day you should immediately contact the Home Office and inform the relevant department of which application you wish for them to consider. It is important you do this with the correct legal guidance as you may only have one opportunity.
An invalid UK Immigration Application may adversely impact on a future Valid UK Visa Application
If you do not submit a valid UK Visa Application or the Home Office refuse your application on the basis that you had multiple applications pending this may adversely affect your immigration history. The Home Office are more likely to scrutinise and closely examine your application where an Applicant has adverse immigration history and it is possible that your application may be refused on Suitability grounds. Therefore, it is of essential importance that you commence preparations for submitting a valid UK Visa Application well in advance of any impending visa expiry and take the appropriate legal advice to ensure that you are submitting a valid UK Visa Application that meets the requirements of the Immigration Rules and Procedures.
Using Legal Representation for a Valid UK Visa Application
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to submit an individual application. Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
The full Statement of Changes can be found at: Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules LEXVISA Solicitors.
The Memorandum to the Statement of Changes can be found at: Memorandum to the Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules LEXVISA Solicitors.
Successfully submitting a valid UK Visa Application
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your visa and immigration application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your immigration and visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
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Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.
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