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Unknown or Unexplained Source of Funds—One of the Principal Reasons Africans Are Refused UK Visas

Several Ghanaians and other Africans intending to visit the United Kingdom briefly for tourism, family purposes or for specific events are increasingly being refused Visitor’s visas—and one of the most prominent reasons is in relation to the ‘Source of Funds’ in their supporting bank accounts.

There is a hovering misconception that the more money you have in your bank account, the higher the probability of being granted a UK Visitor’s visa. This is not entirely true, or not even true at all.

When my wife (then girlfriend) first visited me in the United Kingdom from Ghana for holidays about 2 years ago, she was earning 700 GHS (about £103) per month as income. Yet, she was granted a Visitor’s visa—without any problems. Her closing balance was not huge.

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UK Settlement Visa: How to Bring Your Spouse to Settle with You in the United Kingdom

UK Visa Application

I’ve personally been in a long distance relationship before and I understand that despite efforts which can be made to keep in touch with your partner, it’s never the same as having the person with you and by your side.

Over the years, I have submitted several Spouse visa applications to the Home Office on behalf of clients and every time that positive result comes through, you would catch a re-occurring ignition of excitement in the voices or on the faces of the clients.

Mostly, the excitement springs out of the long wait to finally have your partner join you legally and permanently in the UK—and to share a common home as well as work together towards your dreams.

When I married in Ghana in 2017, my wife’s spouse visa application took just 14 working days to be granted under the priority service. Even that, the wait was unnerving. Sometimes, the same spouse application can take up to 3 months or even more—depending on several factors including if you know what you are doing. Continue reading “UK Settlement Visa: How to Bring Your Spouse to Settle with You in the United Kingdom”

UK’s Home Office Reimbursement or Compensation For Anyone Who Was Requested to Provide DNA Evidence in Applications Has Started

Home Office

Following a recent policy update which emphasised the need for immigration applicants not to be asked to provide DNA evidence in their applications, a new scheme has been set up to ensure anyone who was requested by the Home Office to provide DNA gets the cost of the DNA back.

A hotline and a taskforce have been set up by the Home Office to aid in receiving such claims from the public and expediting action on all such complaints. Continue reading “UK’s Home Office Reimbursement or Compensation For Anyone Who Was Requested to Provide DNA Evidence in Applications Has Started”

How to Regularize Your Stay in the UK As A Parent of a British Child or a Parent of a Child Settled in the United Kingdom

If you have overstayed in the UK, regularizing your stay without having to go back to your Home country and re-applying to come back can be difficult and almost impossible—except under certain limited circumstances.

In the last few years, many foreign nationals including those who have overstayed in the UK or even entered the UK illegally by virtue of having become parents in the UK have been granted limited leave to remain in the UK (2.5 years renewable stay).

While this has somewhat become a popular route to regularizing stay in the United Kingdom as a result of its strong human rights (Article 8 of ECHR) backing, certain requirements are expected to be met per the Immigration rules for applications under the ‘Parent of a British Child or Parent of a Child Settled in the UK’ to be successful. Continue reading “How to Regularize Your Stay in the UK As A Parent of a British Child or a Parent of a Child Settled in the United Kingdom”

UK’s Home Office Should Never Ask Any Applicant to Provide DNA Evidence in An Immigration Or British Passport Application – Policy Update Reiterates

UK’s Home Office

The Home Office of the United Kingdom has reiterated in a policy update on how DNA evidence is to be used in official government applications related to the office.

This comes after concerns were raised that the Home Office had in the past sent letters to various applicants saying it was ‘imperative’ they supply DNA evidence despite policy stating it is ‘entirely voluntary.’

In fact, on 25 October 2018, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid apologized to people who were wrongly asked to take DNA tests to prove they were entitled to settle in the UK or in support of their applications.

The update provides guidance on how DNA is to be utilized in British passport, immigration or other nationality related applications by the Home Office.

The policy is aimed at ensuring more privacy for the individual concerning their DNA, which is sensitive information of the highest order. In the policy update, the Home Office reiterates that if an individual is applying either to amend their birth certificate, to gain entrance into the UK or for a British passport, they cannot be asked to provide DNA to prove a claimed familial match. Continue reading “UK’s Home Office Should Never Ask Any Applicant to Provide DNA Evidence in An Immigration Or British Passport Application – Policy Update Reiterates”

UK Visitor’s Visa Refusals: Common Reasons for Refusals and Other Widespread Misconceptions

Let me start with a simple and clear warning: lying to a UK Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) by way of presenting fake documents or incorrect information is an immigration offence, punishable not by just a refusal or cancellation of already issued visa but also by a ban, which can be as much as for ten (10) years.

At Adukus Solicitors where I currently work, I spend a lot of my time making representations to the Home Office (UK Visas) on behalf of clients, challenging their decisions and mostly arguing that certain refusals are unreasonable, unconscionable and that the Home Office has failed to follow the Immigration Rules appropriately.

In the last few months, we have obtained 100% success in all refusal representations we’ve made the Home Office—requesting for a reconsideration of their decisions for clients from Ghana, Uganda and several other places.

While it’s true that you have no right of appeal or administrative review when you are mostly refused a UK visitor visa, Entry Clearance Officers who assess visa applications get it wrong sometimes and end up refusing people who meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules and therefore shouldn’t be refused. Continue reading “UK Visitor’s Visa Refusals: Common Reasons for Refusals and Other Widespread Misconceptions”

Refused A UK Visitor’s Visa: To Make A Fresh Application or to Challenge the Refusal?

Currently, there’s no right of administrative review or appeal when you are refused a UK Visitor’s visa. Under certain limited circumstances when a refusal violates your human rights, you may be able to appeal against a UK Visitor’s visa refusal—and that’s all.

From the outside, the Entry Clearance Officers at the Home Office seem to be unaccountable to anyone, and their decisions which are mostly unpredictable when it comes to Visitor’s visas get a lot of people who are refused upset.

But every public officer or body is accountable to someone in the UK, mostly to a court.

Apart from being disappointed or upset when refused a UK Visitor’s visa, a lot of people become confused when they receive their refusal notice—sometimes, torn between either to make a new application or to completely forget the visa and try again at a later date. Continue reading “Refused A UK Visitor’s Visa: To Make A Fresh Application or to Challenge the Refusal?”