Are you applying for a UK visa? If yes, then it is in your best interests to avoid common mistakes which may be grounds for your visa refusal. But what are some of the common reasons that lead to UK visa applications being refused?
When your visa application is refused, it may be frustrating, confusing, and upsetting for you. But the truth is that UK visa refusal is not an occasional thing; it’s regular occurrence. When your visa application is refused, you can choose to make an appeal against it or you choose to make a fresh application – but both of these options cost time and money. Due to this, it is very important that you avoid all common mistakes in the first place.
To make this process easier, here are some of the most common reasons for the refusal of UK visa applications.
You did not supply the correct documents
It is very important that you supply all the correct documents needed for any visa application. Different visa categories require different sets of documents as evidence to be submitted. When you are making your application, it is important that you submit documents pertaining to your visa category.
Correct documentation should provide the necessary evidence for your UK visa application. With a UK spouse visa, for example, you need to show evidence of your relationship. This requires certain paperwork, such as evidence that your finances are shared in a joint back account. Failure to provide this documentation can lead to your visa application being rejected, as it suggests that your relationship is not genuine.
You did not supply documents in the correct format
Alongside submitting the correct documentation, it is also required that you submit the documents in the correct format. Don’t just send the documents in bundles – they need to be well organised. You need to place them in the correct, chronological order and present them exactly as required – even down to using the right colour of ink when filled out and printed.
There might be specific evidence missing in your visa application
When you read the official website of the Home Office, you may find their advice to be quite simple and straightfoward. But you should know that these are only general outlines and don’t offer enough detail. You cannot miss important things like a date or an original copy of an official document as it may lead to your UK visa refusal.
You did not seek expert advice and followed advice from friends
If you think that just reading from the website of the Home Office or by asking friends, it is easy for you to fill in the application form correctly, provide documents which are required in the required format and order, then you may be wrong. After all, your friends and family are unlikely to be legal experts. You should ask the experts as they know the nitty-gritty of everything when it comes to applying for a UK visa.
You thought that the Home Office will be lenient
Don’t make the mistake of taking the Home Office for granted, thinking it would ignore some of your small mistakes; it may not. The data suggests this also, with the huge numbers of visa applications refused every year.
You did not disclose previous issues
If there you have had a previous immigration or legal issues – including criminal convictions – then don’t choose to hide this information. If there is a ban or you have spent time for a certain criminal conviction, then don’t be under the illusion that you can hide the information from the Home Office – they miss nothing and question everything. Failure to disclose previous issues can also prevent you from applying for another visa in the future, as it looks like you are attempting to deceive the Home Office.
Having a criminal conviction doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be granted a visa. If you received a non-custodial sentence, you then may be able to apply for a UK visa after three years from the date of the end of your sentence. This timeframe increases depending upon how long you’ve been in prison; upto 12 months, and you can apply seven years after, and upto 4 years, and you can apply 15 years after your sentence has concluded.
You applied for the wrong type of visa
It is also very important that you apply for the correct visa category, as each are designed for the various different purposes of immigration.
You failed the English language test
For the vast majority of UK visas, you need to acheive specific English language requirements. Usually, the minimum score is B1, although in some cases can be the higher score of B2. If you can’t fulfil these requirements, it is very likely that your visa will be refused.
You should avoid these mistakes so that the Home Office does not get a chance to refuse your visa application. And as every time you make visa application you have to pay the required fee whether it is successful or not, it is even more important that you don’t make any of the common mistakes mentioned above.