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Legally Speaking | Dealing with visa refusals

Visa refusal can happen on grounds that seem inconsequential to you – make sure that every care is taken in filling out your details. If, however, your visa is refused, there are steps you can take to try again.

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It is essential that every visa application is planned and checked thoroughly by a person with the necessary expertise and experience in the field of immigration, as a seemingly irrelevant or incorrect detail or omission on a visa application can lead to a visa being turned down. Visa applicants should therefore take the utmost care to ensure they are making use of reputable immigration firms or consultants, in order to prevent the frustration of a visa being turned down, not to mention the time and expense involved in re-applying or filing an appeal.

In the case that your initial application is refused, although there are risks and costs involved, in most cases an appeal or review of the decision is possible and in many cases a successful result can be obtained.

In this regard, it is newsworthy to note that the UK Home Office has removed the full right of appeal for applicants who have been refused entry to the UK as family visitors on 25 June 2013. This change applies to anybody who applies to enter the UK as a family visitor on or after this date. Henceforth, applicants, who are refused a family visitor visa can re-apply and address the reasons for refusals, rather than to appeal, except if the appeal is on human rights or race discrimination grounds.

For more information, please contact our offices at or phone us in London on 0845 074 0514.

JP Breytenbach

Director of BIC, Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Limited. or

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