UK Immigration

Honesty is the Best Policy in UK Immigration. Image: AdobeStock

Honesty is the Best Policy in UK Immigration

When it comes to Immigration Law, especially UK Immigration Law, honesty is always the best policy.

UK Immigration

Honesty is the Best Policy in UK Immigration. Image: AdobeStock

The feedback below from one of our clients is testimony to this!

“I collected the remaining passports this afternoon. All visas were issued. Thank you so much for your help. I truly appreciate it. I am glad I took your advice by being honest about the previous event. Relaxing to know that I told the truth and have nothing to hide. Thanks again” – A grateful client

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Is it possible to apply for a UK Visa if you have previous immigration breaches

Do you have prior immigration problems or breaches? Have you ever been deported, refused entry at a border, entered the UK illegally, overstayed your visit, convicted of criminal offences, or breached any other immigration rules for any other country, including the UK? If you have, this will not necessarily exclude you from applying for any type of UK visa. 

It is, however, important to note that there are certain circumstances under which the UK may refuse your application on these types of grounds. Although we, at Breytenbachs, can advise on the likelihood of the impact of these on your application, we can never guarantee that such an application will be successful. It is, however, of the utmost importance that you declare these when you apply for any UK visa.

UK Immigration Law on Dishonesty 

According to the Immigration Rules, Part 9, an application for entry clearance, permission to enter, or stay may be refused where false representations are made. Or where false documents or false information are submitted. Whether or not relevant to the application, and whether or not to the applicant’s knowledge; or the relevant facts are not disclosed.

Therefore, as per the Immigration Rules and in our experience, if you don’t disclose certain information and don’t answer the questions on your online UK visa application truthfully, the UK Visas and Immigration will view you as trying to mislead and deceive the British government. They will refuse your application and ban you from the UK for ten years or longer. 

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How Breytenbachs can help you

We have had numerous successful applications where applicants had prior issues in this regard simply because they disclosed these and answered all these questions truthfully.  

If you are interested in applying for a UK visa or would like to discuss any UK immigration issue, please email us at or visit our website at 

You can also phone your nearest Breytenbachs on the following numbers: Durban – 031 880 2777, Cape Town – 021 879 0969 or Pretoria – 012 460 9959, or our London office at +44 207 442 2160.

Please note that the information in this article does not constitute professional advice. It is provided for general information purposes without any warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied.