Having your spouse visa refused can be devastating for couples and families who want to create a life for themselves in the UK. And putting a spouse visa refusal appeal together can be a real challenge. What paperwork is required? What’s to stop them rejecting your application again? How long will it take? The fear of the unknown can leave you powerless to fight. You want to give your appeal every chance of success and that’s where A Y & J Solicitors come in. We have a team of experienced UK visa and immigration lawyers equipped with an exhaustive understanding of spouse visa refusal reasons. We give expert advice on how to avoid and challenge those objections, greatly improving your chances of having your spouse visa application approved.
At A Y & J Solicitors, we understand that seeing a partner visa rejected can feel like there’s no way back. But that’s not the case. We’ve helped reunite hundreds of families who have had their spouse visa turned down for any number of reasons. We’re familiar with all the usual challenges that come along with appealing a Home Office decision to deny a spouse visa and know how to mitigate them. We offer a caring service throughout the entire process, from initial consultation until the hearing and resolution. Our successes include complex and difficult cases, including allegations of deception and incorrect documentation in points-based system matters. We will walk you through step by step from the application stage, ensuring every piece of documentation is submitted correctly. We also provide appeal preparation advocacy services. There’s no need to go through this process alone. Let our lawyers take the weight off you, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll be able to bring your family to the UK.
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UK Spouse visa applications are commonly refused for the following reasons:
By instructing our lawyers at the beginning of the application process, you can be confident that it is unlikely your application will fail because of the above criteria.
Spouse Visa appeal
The only grounds for appeals of refused spousal sponsorship applications are based on human rights. The most commonly cited are rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Article 8 states:
If UK Visas and Immigration is found to have made a decision which is in breach of their obligations under Article 8, immigration rules and/or policy guidance, it may be forced to re-examine the decision and grant leave to remain.
Judicial review is the process whereby the courts review the lawfulness of a decision made by a public body. It challenges the methods by which the decision has been made rather than looking at the rights or wrongs of the conclusion.
If you do not have a statutory right of appeal or have exhausted your right of appeal, we can make an application for judicial review (if you have an arguable case) on your behalf. It is a remedy of last resort; therefore, you can be assured we will look at all other possible solutions, such as negotiating with the Home Office and trying to settle within the Pre-action Protocol stage before committing to what can be an expensive judicial review process.
Our clients also have full confidence that we will investigate the benefits of resubmitting an application before embarking on a course of appeals or judicial review, both of which can take some time to conclude. Our goal is to see your family reunited as soon as possible by the most cost-effective and convenient means.
For those who have received a spouse visa refusal, A Y & J Solicitors can help with every aspect of the appeal and judicial review. Our experts will prepare the necessary paperwork and represent you before the tribunal or court. In every case, we provide our clients with excellent customer service and a transparent fee structure with no hidden charges or extra costs.
A Y & J Solicitors has extensive experience with appeals and judicial reviews for a variety of applications and we approach each case with the expert attention and intervention required for the best possible outcome. Our successes include complex and difficult cases, including a recent successful appeal involving UKVI allegations of deception along with a lack of/incorrect documents in points-based system matters. We provided appeal preparation services and advocacy services for this case.
Our expert lawyers have a great deal of knowledge preparing appeals that bring successful results for clients. We offer a caring service throughout the entire process from initial consultation until the hearing and resolution. We are SRA-regulated and can work quickly towards the deadlines that often occur with appeals or judicial reviews.
We can accommodate our clients in a variety of ways, including in-house consultations at our central London office, or arranging online/telephone meetings. Our staff and lawyers are fluent in a number of languages, including Hindi & Gujarati, Romanian, Albanian and Italian.
If immigration officials have doubts about the credibility of your marriage, they may request that you attend a spouse visa interview. If this happens, it is imperative that you take the request seriously and prepare thoroughly for the appointment. Our team can assist you by taking you through a mock interview.
The appeal process can take a long time, sometimes up to 12 months or more. We will endeavour to have your case settled as soon as possible by putting persuasive arguments to the Home Office prior to attending the tribunal or court. If a court hearing proves inevitable, you can be assured we will keep you informed every step of the way.
It is believed that the rejection rate hovers around 25-30%. To obtain the most recent and accurate data, it’s always best to consult the UK Home Office.
While the Home Office doesn’t publish UK spouse visa appeal success rates, general estimates indicate a success rate of around 35-50%. However, at A Y & J Solicitors, our clients enjoy a significantly higher success rate of around 85-95% for their appeals.
To boost your likelihood of succeeding in a UK spouse visa appeal, consider these helpful tips:
While adhering to these steps can improve your chances of a favourable outcome, it’s crucial to remember that success is not guaranteed. Each case is unique and will be assessed individually by the immigration authorities.
Yes, sending a Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) letter is generally a good first step if your Spouse Visa application has been refused. This letter notifies the UK Home Office of your intention to seek a judicial review of their decision and offers them an opportunity to reconsider it before legal proceedings begin. It’s a vital part of dispute resolution and can sometimes result in a decision being overturned without the need for a court case. However, it’s crucial to have a legal expert guide you through the process to ensure that your PAP letter covers all necessary points and is drafted persuasively. At A Y & J Solicitors, our experienced team can assist you with this step and any subsequent legal actions. We offer fixed fees so you’ll know exactly what you’re paying, and we pride ourselves on our responsiveness, ensuring we get back to all emails/messages within 24 hours, or we refund 20% of your fees. Your case will be managed by a dedicated UK immigration legal associate, offering you the expertise you need to navigate these complex situations.
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