A person may want to enter the UK temporarily as a visitor for many different reasons – for a holiday, to visit family or friends, to conduct some sort of business, to have private medical treatment, get married or enter a civil partnership etc.
A ‘visa national’ is a person who always needs entry clearance in advance of travelling to the UK for whatever purpose. The entry clearance document he needs to obtain from the British High commission or embassy in his own country before travelling is a visa, and this will state the purpose of the entry to the UK, for example as a visitor or student. Most visas appear as a stamp in the person’s passport. (Some non-visa nationals may need to apply for entry clearance for certain reasons i.e. marriage)
It has become difficult to gain a visitor visa since the implementation of the New Immigration Rules in April 2015. An applicant must be able to clarify the purpose of visiting the UK in the application and provide proof i.e. relevant documents in order to gain a very good chance in gaining the UK visa.
A visit visa decision mainly depends on how an individual applies for the visa to establish how they will maintain themselves financially and will return to the Home Country after performing the permitted activity in the UK.
Once the application is submitted; the case worker will assess the application on a balance of probability and the onus of proof is on the Applicant. An applicant is required to submit relevant supporting documents and additional Supporting documents to establish that an applicant has ‘strong ties’ to their home country or in other words reasons why the applicant will definitely go back to their home country once their visa is expired. The case worker will be looking for the following factors in the the applicant’s application and supporting documents:
- The applicant’s previous immigration history, including visits to the UK and other countries.
- The duration of previous visits, and whether this was significantly longer than originally stated on the applicant’s visa applications or on arrival.
- The applicant’s financial circumstances, as well as his family, social and economic background.
- The applicants personal and economic ties to his country of residence.
- The cumulative period of time the applicant has visited the UK and his pattern of travel over the last 12-month period; and decision makers should assess whether this amount to ‘de facto’ residence in the UK.
- Whether the information and the reasons for the visit provided by the applicant are credible and correspond to his personal, family, social and economic background.
- The applicant’s country of residence and/or country of nationality, including information on immigration non-compliance by individuals who applied for a visit visa from the same geographical region as the applicant.
During 2017, Chinese (270,747), Indian (222,801), Russian (56,024) and Turkish (41,717) nationals made the most applications for UK visa and immigration. Apparently, the UK visa refusal rate was the highest for Pakistani (34.18%), Nigerian (28.95%), Filipino (9.37%), Indian (9.16%) and Turkish (7.39%) nationals. However, within this group, the lowest UK visa refusal rate was for Saudi (0.41%), South African (1.32%), Chinese (1.62%), Russain (1.77%) and Thai (4.67%) nationals.
An application can be stressful; to help you with your application we offer a service to help you or your loved ones with their visit visa application. We offer a fixed fee service which will include Initial assessment, advice given based on relevant law and policy, completion of application form, letter of representation. Chaser letters sent to Home Office as necessary.
Visa applications may appear to seem simple and the advice given on Home Office website may make it appear so, on the contrary the guideline notes only give a general outline, and do not go into enough detail. Even a single date or an original of an official document missing can lead to a UK visa refusal.
Immigration law in the UK has major updates twice a year and also smaller interim updates, as necessary. Working with outdated guidance can mean the difference between success and failure. It is our job at O’Mcraysum Immigration Service, to keep up with the latest developments and understand how they can affect your case.