What to do if your UK Visitor Visa is refused?

You may apply for a UK Visitor Visa for meeting your family, holiday trip, and medical treatment, short-term course, marrying or entering a civil partnership, participating in any sports, musical or other events and so on.

When you apply for the visa, you must be careful in providing all the required documents in properly required formats. You must not leave any chance so that your visa application gets refused. This is because if your visa application is refused then all the time and money you spent on it, will be wasted and will tarnish your immigration history. Also your opportunity to visit the UK is gets jeopardized.

So basically, what to do if your UK visit visa is refused?

Options if your UK Visit Visa is refused

In case your UK visitor visa is refused then you have 3 choices:

  1. You can reapply for the visa.
  2. You can appeal on human rights grounds.
  3. You can challenge the decision via judicial review

Reapplying for UK visitor visa

 In certain circumstances, it is better to reapply because this is the simplest, less time consuming and cost-effective option if your Visitor Visa application has been refused.  If you filled in application form incorrectly or you have not supplied the correct supporting documents then you should go for this option as it makes sense. But it costs you moneywise and you also need to wait again so to avoid such situation you need to ensure your application is correct. For this you should seek instruction from an experienced immigration lawyer or an even better option is to ask them to make the application for you. They are experts and they will explain to you exactly what documents you need to include along with your application.

Appealing on human grounds

 Since 2013 no full right of appeal is possible against visa refusal and refusals for UK Standard Visitor Visas can only be appealed on the basis of human rights grounds. So, you are suggested to ensure that when you apply for the UK visit visa, if possible, grounds for a human rights appeal are present in your application. If you fail to include human rights grounds then you may have to spend a great deal of time and money on an appeal, only for the judge to rule that there are no human rights grounds existing allowing you to make a legitimate appeal in the first place.

Challenging the decision via judicial review

 Going for Judicial review is also a choice as it is a process by which the courts in the UK exercise a supervisory jurisdiction over the exercise of public functions by public bodies.  However, you cannot exercise judicial review in all situations. It can only be used when all other avenues have been exhausted by you. Judicial review is also an expensive and complex process which is available to one only on specific grounds like illegality, irrationality and any unfairness in following procedures. If you plan to go for a judicial review case, then you must seek the advice of an expert immigration lawyer because they can advise you the best about the course of action you need to take.

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What to do if your Visit Visa is refused

Large numbers of people apply for UK Visitor Visa every year. Earlier there were different visa for different purposes like travel, study, business, leisure and so on. Now all these visas have been replaced by UK Standard Visitor Visa. One can apply for this visa if they want to visit UK for business, leisure, private medical treatment and so on. This visa is granted for a short stay of six months or less in UK. As there are increase in number of visit visa application so is in number of refusals as well.

 

Options to exercise when visit visa is refused

 When one applies for UK Visitor Visa, there are few mandatory documents which are required as part of the application. Also the decision on visa application is broadly based on discretion of entry clearance officers. This means that many time visa refusals are not properly reasoned and they suffer from factual errors or sometimes decisions are wrong in law as well. So when your visit visa is refused and you think that it is a wrong decision then what are the options you have. Well, you have 3 choices at this stage. You can go for a. Reapplying b. Appeal or c. Judicial Review.

 

Re-apply UK visitor visa

Perhaps Re-apply is the easiest option. You can re-apply addressing refusal grounds with new evidences and fee. There is no time limit to re-apply. In certain circumstances, this is the simplest and most cost-effective option. In a situation where your visa application has been rejected by UK Visas and Immigration because you filled in the form incorrectly or you did not supply the correct supporting documents, reapplying makes sense. To ensure that you fill your application correctly, it is always recommended that you seek service from an experienced Immigration solicitor/lawyer to make the application for you. They are experts and they can inform you with explanation that exactly what documents you need to include with your application, like bank statements, to expedite the process.

Appealing on Human Rights grounds

Since 2013, full right of appeal has been has been taken away. Now there can only be appeal made on human rights ground against refusals for UK Standard Visitor Visas. Therefore, while applying for visa it is imperative for you to ensure that if possible, grounds for a Human Rights appeal are present in your application. So, how do you make sure to have a claim of human rights grounds in case of refusal? Well, you should seek an Immigration solicitor’s advice to safeguard your human right claims on your original application. If you fail to do so then it may result in a situation where you have to spend a great deal of time and money on an appeal. And all this effort will be only for the judge to rule that there are no human rights grounds which allow you to make a legitimate appeal in the first place.

Judicial Review

Judicial Review is the third option you have when your visit visa application is refused. You can use this option only when you have exhausted all other avenues. This is also expensive and complex process which is available on specific grounds only. In judicial review the court exercises a supervisory jurisdiction over the exercise of public functions by public bodies.

Following are the grounds on which you can exercise Judicial Review:

  • There is an illegality in decision making.
  • There is irrationality.
  • Procedure has not been followed fairly.

As mentioned Judicial Review is a complex process and time consuming as well so if you are thinking of taking a judicial review case, then you should seek help from an expert Immigration solicitor. An expert solicitor can advise you on the best course of action you need to take.