We have recently received the exciting news that our client (“the Applicant”) has been granted entry clearance to the UK as a visitor. The Applicant instructed us having previously applied without legal assistance and therefore without a proper understanding of the UK’s Immigration Rules which resulted in the previous application being refused. However, after instructing us to prepare her fresh application with the necessary documents and information, the UK Visit Visa application was successful and she is able to come to the UK for her trip next month.
A case for a UK Visit Visa
The Applicant was a national of Mongolia who is currently living and studying in China. The Applicant’s partner was a British and American dual national who had not resided in the UK since he was a child, and was currently working in China where he and the Applicant met and formed a relationship. The Applicant wanted to come to the UK with her partner for a short visit in order to meet members of her partner’s family who are settled in the UK. The Applicant initially made a visitor visa application herself at the beginning of this year, however, it was refused due to the Home Office not believing her to be a genuine visitor.
We arranged a Skype consultation with the Applicant and her partner and reviewed the Applicant’s initial application where we were able to highlight where the file was lacking the evidence needed to a successful application. We were then instructed to prepare a fresh application which addressed the refusal points of the initial application and provided more evidence to prove that the Applicant was, in fact, a genuine visitor who intended to visit the UK for a short period to meet some of her partner’s family. We submitted the online form and booked an appointment in Beijing for the Applicant to give her biometric information and supporting documents. The Applicant opted to pay an additional fee for the priority service, meaning her application was placed ahead of the queue and she received a fast-tracked decision. The service standard for the priority service is 5 working days, however, this can be longer if applications are incorrectly prepared, and the fee is non-refundable. Therefore it is in the Applicant’s best interests to instruct LEXVISA Solicitors and Barristers to strong visit visa applications.
What is a UK Visit Visa?
Individuals from outside the EEA and who require a visa to enter the UK can apply for a Standard Visitor visa to visit the UK for leisure, business, to take part in sports or creative events or for another reason such as to receive private medical treatment. All of the permitted activities for a visitor to the UK are contained within Appendix V of the Immigration Rules.
The Standard Visitor visa has replaced the following visit visa categories:
- Family Visitor visa;
- General Visitor visa;
- Child Visitor visa;
- Business Visitor visa, including visas for academics, doctors and dentists;
- Sports and Entertainer Visitor visa;
- Prospective Entrepreneur visa;
- Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa; and
- Approved Destination Status (ADS) visa.
A standard visit visa allows Applicants to stay in the UK for up to 6 months, or 11 months if the purpose is to receive private medical treatment. For those who wish to make regular and successive visits to the UK, they can apply for a long-term multiple entry visit visa for a period of 2, 5 or 10 years.
The Importance of submitting a correctly prepared UK Visit Visa Application
As with any UK Visas and Immigration application which are submitted to the Home Office, it is crucial that UK Visit Visa applications are properly prepared and are accompanied by the necessary supporting documentary evidence. Standard Visitor Visas do not have any statutory appeal rights, meaning if an application is not properly prepared and is therefore refused; the Applicant is unable to appeal the Home Office decision. The only way a negative decision of a visit visa can be appealed is by way of Judicial Review. This is an extremely long, complex and costly process and it is not always necessary and ideal to go down this route. Therefore, providing the required documentation and information from the outset is extremely important to ensure the success of a standard visitor visa application. Our immigration team has a vast amount of experience in preparing successful visitor visa applications and therefore individuals who wish to visit the UK for any of the reasons listed above should contact us and arrange a consultation with our specialist UK immigration lawyers who can assess each individual case on its own merits.
Using Legal Representation to prepare a UK Visit 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 a UK Visit Visa 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 Visit Visa application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful UK Visit Visa Applications
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 UK Visit Visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
Our offices are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to successful Visit Visa 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.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.