Having the correct information in almost any situation is vital, even more so for visa applicants. With visa applications set to rise, UK Visas and Immigration’s job is only going to get more difficult. So, as a visa applicant, how can you help to ensure that your application processes as quickly and smoothly as possible? One of the simplest ways is to ensure the information provided to UK Visas and Immigration is correct and, even more importantly, does not conflict with the details already provided.
As you may imagine, with a fraught immigration situation in the country, there is currently some negative feeling towards inward migration in the UK. Years of negative press culminated in Britain’s decision to end more than four decades of membership of the European Union in the 2016 EU Referendum. This decision came shortly after the British government had instituted a so-called “hostile environment” policy, in an attempt to make life harder for those who had entered the UK illegally. While the UK has a proud history of encouraging citizens to move into the country (especially from Commonwealth countries), the attitude towards immigration has clearly changed.
With the change in attitude and policy towards immigrants, there has also been a significant reduction in the amount of leeway given to applicants. Previously, applicants would be able to present themselves and their cases to immigration officers so a decision could be made. These days, there has been a shift towards a less personal approach to immigration assessment. This has resulted in many immigration decisions being made by officials who have never even met the applicants. This significant change in the way applications are assessed has only made the application process even more important.
The way in which immigration has changed in the UK means there is now no option for applicants – get your application right first time or you will be rejected. When you consider the costs involved and the potential damage that can be done from receiving a rejection, it clearly displays the value in ensuring that you have your information in order. This, for many people, is the ideal time to bring in experts to help with the process. Immigration solicitors can help to make a huge difference to the application prospects of a prospective immigrant. With significant knowledge of how the system really works, these specialists can help to ensure that applicants are much more likely to be successful. In a zero-tolerance landscape, getting the right advice can make a huge difference.
Almost any single piece of information that is asked for by UK Visas and Immigration could end up appearing conflicted. Visas such as the Spouse Visa – which rely on proof of relationship – require huge amounts of information, much of which could appear to conflict. Of course, the Spouse Visa example is just one potential conflict area, there are others such as bank accounts, dates and even incorrect information being given by employers to contend with in almost all of the UK’s visa routes. All of this serves to prove that making a visa application is fraught with potential issues. Does this mean that you should not apply? Of course not! What it means, in practice, is that you need to ensure that you give yourself the best chance possible of success by hiring legal assistance.
Most people would not choose to do all of the legal work involved in buying a house, for example. Theoretically speaking, you could actually do much of this work yourself, but as someone with no industry experience, is it truly worth risking? We would argue that moving countries is even more important than buying or selling a property. There are certainly bigger repercussions if you do not do it correctly. That’s why so many people use the services of immigration specialists – to take the legwork out of the process. Services such as ours ensure a greater chance of success due to not only industry experience but also learning about the individual behind the application, i.e. yourself.
A personalised service such as ours ensures we understand your needs and wants, as well as the intricate details of your history which could make the difference between success and failure. By getting to know the real you, we can help to build up a picture for UK Visas and Immigration, showing not only are you a genuine applicant, but you also have the evidence to prove it. In essence, UK Visas and Immigration only really want to know one thing: that you are eligible for the visa. While this is a simplistic view, it is the essence of the process. By producing a conflict-free history of your situation, we can help to ensure that UK Visas and Immigration have the right picture of the applicant being considered.
Much like moving house, there are ways for visa applicants to do the legwork themselves. However, this involves a deep-dive into the subject and a potentially very steep (and not to mention expensive) learning curve. By bringing in the right outside help, you can ensure that your application has the best possible chance of success. There is also the cost implication – while many people worry about the cost of using an immigration legal service, they forget about the amount of personal time they would have to invest into the process. Not only are we experienced, but we are also very efficient.
Almost any application can end up appearing conflicted when you consider all of the factors that go into the many UK visa routes. By getting our immigration service in your corner, you could gain peace of mind and also greatly enhance your chances of success. Why take the risk?
Get in touch with one our immigration specialists now to ensure your application is in good hands.