You did everything you could to ensure that you had the right documents to apply for a visa to enter the UK. You want to migrate there with your entire family. You also read the requirements provided online and went through the right steps to secure a visa. Despite your efforts, you still ended up with a visa refusal.
It can be frustrating, but it is not yet the end of the road. You can still do something to ensure you make a proper application. Your application might not have been successful this time, but things could change if you take the right steps moving forward and get the right kind of help.
Appeal the decision
You can appeal the decision based on the situation. After you receive the refusal letter, you will know if you are eligible for an appeal. Not all refusals will give you a right to appeal. Usually, people who are related to, or are married to any British citizen, have the right to appeal the decision. Apart from that, you can issue administrative review or judicial review proceedings, but it is different from an appeal.
Depending on whether it is an entry clearance or in-country application, a decision will be taken. If successful, the decision will be implemented by a grant of leave to enter or remain in the UK. If you had to appeal in the UK courts, you will require specialist lawyers to prepare, draft argument and represent you at the hearing.
Provide the necessary documents
If you are appealing against an Entry Clearance Officer’s refusal, on receipt of notice of appeal the Tribunal will then notify the visa office that refused your application, by sending them a notice of receipt. An entry clearance manager (ECM) at the visa office will review the decision to refuse your application, in light of your appeal form and any supporting documents that you have sent. If the ECM is satisfied that your application meets the Immigration Rules, they may overturn the original decision and issue you with an entry clearance
You might have to submit further documents that will also be subject for review. It takes up to eight weeks to review your case and make a decision. The length of time depends on your situation, and the type of visa you are applying for. Aside from the submission of the documents, you might also go through an oral hearing where your lawyer will present your case.
After completing the entire process, it could take another 3 to 4 weeks before you receive the decision in writing.
Get a good lawyer
When you applied the first time, you might have messed things up because you did the whole job by yourself. Now that you are trying to appeal, at least have a top lawyer next to you. It could be your last chance to get a visa to enter the country. With the best immigration lawyers next to you, there is a good chance that the Home office will reverse the original decision.
Hope for the best
After appealing and submitting additional documents, the only thing left to do is wait and hope for the best. You have your lawyer with you who helped you get through this robust process. You already did what you could to get a visa. If the original decision stays, perhaps you need to seek your lawyer’s advice consider applying under other immigration category.
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