UK visitor visa is a short-term visa that allows applicants to come to the UK for a period of up to 6 months for various purposes such as visiting your family, holiday, medical treatment, doing a short course of study, for certain business activities etc. However, there are various reasons why your visa application may be refused.
Visitor visa refusal
There may be several reasons why your visitor visa may be refused. If your applications are found to be not meeting the suitability and eligibility criteria UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) may refuse your visa. The decision is made based on information and documents submitted by you or a representative in the application and during the visa interview. In simple terms, your visitor visa application can be refused if you fail to demonstrate your suitability and eligibility requirements or if you breached the UK
immigration rules in the past.
If your visitor visa is refused based on general grounds such as not meeting suitability and/or eligibility requirements, you can re-apply for a fresh application.
Deception in the visitor visa application
Deception is another ground for visitor visa refusal. Applicants that used deception in their application to get leave to enter the UK can be imposed entry bans by the Home Office. Such bans last for 10 years in case of deception used in the visitor visa application. If the entry ban is still on, even visitor visa applications will generally be refused except in some exceptional cases.
Visitor visa refused with 10 years ban
A visitor visa application will be refused and a 10 years re-entry ban will be imposed on applicants if they used deception in their application. Also, if an applicant has been removed or deported from the UK
with 10 years ban his/her visitor visa application will be refused until the 10 years ban period ends.
Deception was Innocent Error
Deception is an act of misrepresentation or false representation of facts in words or the form of documents whether related to or not related to a current visa application or a visa application in the past submitted by you or by your representative. If an applicant is found presenting false documents, or information or not disclosing material facts in such a scenario, one can apply for a visitor visa till they are able to prove that the deception was due to an innocent error.
In the case of AA (Nigeria)
“The new Rules are intended to cover people who tell lies – either on their own behalf or that of someone else – in an application to the UK Borders Agency. They are not intended to catch those who make innocent mistakes in their applications.”
Deportation being the reason for visitor visa refusal
Deportation means an individual has been mandated to leave the country. This leads to any existing leave to enter or remain in the UK becoming invalid automatically and a re-entry ban ranging from 1 year to 10 years.
Grounds of the deportation order
One must be refused to enter or remain in the UK if:
1. The Secretary of state has personally directed the exclusion of the applicant as deportation is in the
best interests of the public; or
2. The applicant is the subject of an exclusion order; or
3. The applicant is the subject of a deportation order; or
4. The applicant is subject to a decision to make a deportation order.
In such cases the applicant will need to make an application for revocation of a deportation order before they can submit an application.
Should you wish to seek advice on your application, please do not hesitate to contact Visa and Migration Ltd on 0203 4111 261