We received some wonderful news this week that our client (“the Applicant”) has now eventually been granted a Standard Visitor Visa. The Applicant had submitted five previous Standard Visitor Visa applications which had all been refused for similar reasons by the Home Office. In our initial consultation with the Applicant’s brother, we had discussed the issues in his case and merit of submitting a fresh application which would be prepared by our Solicitors. We were instructed that the Applicant had never travelled outside of his home country prior to this application. We knew from the outset that this would be a difficult Standard Visitor Visa application as we had to ensure all the UKVI requirements were satisfied under Appendix V of the Immigration Rules.
The case for a Standard Visitor Visa application
The Applicant was a Ghanaian national residing in his home country with his wife and young daughter. The Applicant had previously been refused a Standard Visitor Visa on 5 occasions all within a space of 18 months. In our initial consultation with the Applicant’s brother we discussed the issues involved in his immigration matter and how we can assist to overcome these obstacles. After the consultation meeting, our solicitors were instructed to prepare the Standard Visitor Visa application. The main obstacles for the Applicant were showing his ties and connections to his home country and showing adequate funding. It was true that the Applicant had strong ties and connections to the UK as his parents and siblings were settled in the UK. However, these connections were secondary and his primary connections were his wife and daughter in Ghana.
Successfully Overturning Home Office Decision
Our Solicitors guided the Applicant through the application process of submitting a Standard Visitor Visa application and prepared a well-presented application. Our solicitors ensured every pointed raised by the Home Office in the Applicant’s previous Standard Visitor Visa applications were addressed. We ensured that there were enough supporting documents submitted with the application. We had ensured there was sufficient documentation showing the Applicant’s ties and connections to his home country and that the purpose of his visit was simply to visit his parents and siblings. Unfortunately, the Home Office erroneously refused the Applicant’s application. It was apparent that the Home Office did not consider our submissions and the new evidence submitted with the application. The decision was flawed in its entirety.
After consulting with one of our senior barristers we decided to challenge the flawed decision as there was no basis to refuse the application. The Applicant was not given a Statutory Appeal Right or any other remedy, therefore, we decided to start Judicial Review Proceedings against the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD). We formally wrote to the Home Office submitting a Pre-Action Protocol letter ensuring we complied with the Pre-Action stage. Shortly after, we submitted an application for permission to appeal by way of Judicial Review. Within 4 weeks of submitting a permission to appeal application, the SSHD had withdrawn the flawed decision and had taken a fresh decision to grant the Applicant a Standard Visitor Visa.
The Applicant was overjoyed with the news that he was now being granted a Standard Visitor Visa. We have been informed that the Applicant will now be spending his summer in the UK with his parents and siblings. The Applicant was grateful and left us the following message of appreciation:
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude and appreciation to you (Tehkmeed Ejaz) and team Lexlaw for working tirelessly in securing me a Visa to the the Uk. Thanks to Lexlaw i can now visit my family this summer in the UK. You have been professional and dedicated throughout the process. I was always kept informed at the various stages of the process I confess i am very satisfied with the service i have been provided.”
Requirements for a Standard Visitor Visa Application
You can apply for a UK Standard Visitor Visa application if you wish to travel to the UK for a short period not exceeding 6 months unless you have opted for a long-term Standard Visitor Visa. Applicants can also apply for a long-term UK Standard Visitor Visa application; this will be valid for 2, 5 or 10 years and allows multiple entries to the UK. The UK Standard Visitor Visa has replaced the former General Visit Visa application it is, therefore, important to make your intentions of visiting the UK clear to the Home Office from the outset or you may not be able to demonstrate that you are a genuine visitor and your application may be refused.
To meet the requirements of UK Standard Visitor Visa:
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
- Applicants must plan to visit the UK for a maximum of 6 months and leave at the end of that period (unless you are applying for a long-term UK Standard Visitor Visa).
- Applicants must be able to show that you have enough money to support your stay in the UK and be able to accommodate yourself.
Our solicitors and barristers have a proven method of submitting successful UK Standard Visitor Visa applications to the UKVI and are proud of our very high success rate with UK visa applications.
Using Legal Representation to Prepare a Standard Visitor 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 Standard Visitor 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 Standard Visitor Visa 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 Standard Visitor Visa Application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful Standard Visitor 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 Standard Visitor Visa Application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of your UK Standard Visitor Visa Application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
We 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. LEXVISA is just minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to a successful application. 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 to discuss your UK Standard Visitor Visa Application.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.