Make no mistake about it – successfully applying for a UK visa as a foreign national is no walk in the park. Quite to the contrary in fact, those looking to move to the UK for pretty much any purpose across the board have never faced a trickier process of going through the admin side of things and having their case heard by those making the decisions. Needless to say, choosing from the best London immigration lawyers is of paramount importance, but like all such matters your success will for the most part come down to the way you yourself approach the application and each element thereof.
So, with this in mind, what follows is a quick introduction to five of the biggest mistakes you can make as a foreign national applying for a UK visa – all of which could effectively destroy your chances of success:
1 – The Wrong Representation
It was touched upon above, but warrants a second mention – the lawyer you choose to help you through the application from start to finish will play a crucially important role in determining the outcome. Suffice to say, therefore, making the wrong decision as far as your legal advisor goes could well render every other element of the application process somewhat null and void. Take as much time as it takes to find the very best lawyer for your own specific case and don’t settle for anything less. Without the right legal assistance, chances of your application being successful plummet.
2 – Inconsistent or Misleading Information
When it comes to answering the questions during the application process, there’s nothing that matters more than 100% honesty and openness across the board. Even in an instance where you believe that the truth may hinder your application, it is simply impossible to get away with fabricating anything of importance when addressing such matters. What’s more, when and where there’s a question of importance to be answered you need to make sure you include comprehensive information and don’t leave any blank spaces or incomplete answers. If the authorities have any reason to believe you’ve missed something out, knowingly or otherwise, you won’t be given a second chance at the application – you’ll just be refused the visa.
3 – Missing Documents
In order to qualify, you will need to produce a fair few official documents to support the application. In terms of exactly what types of documents will be needed will be determined by the type of visa you’re applying for and your country of origin. In any and all cases however, fail to produce any one of these documents when prompted and chances are it will destroy your chances of success. This represents one of the key reasons while good legal representation is mandatory as you may otherwise not be aware ahead of time just what kind of documentation you need. In the best case scenario, missing documents will lead to long delays in the processing of your application – most will however simply be thrown out.
4 – Going OTT With Superfluous Information
Everything the UK border authorities wish to know about you and your case will be covered in the questions you’re asked and the sections you’re required to fill in. As such, it’s generally not a good idea to go over the top when it comes to additional information which you believe may improve your chances of success, though in reality may do anything but. There are certain bits and pieces that might help, but others may trigger delays while further investigations are carried out or the application may be thrown out altogether. As such, it’s a gain of crucial importance to speak to your lawyer and request advice on what should and should not be included. And of course, don’t submit the application until they’ve given it their full approval.
5 – Not Paying the Necessary Fees
Last but not least, perhaps the most effective way of all of making sure that your application never even gets seen by those it needs to get to is to not have the necessary payment when the time comes to make the application, or to not have a valid payment type when called for. It’s a bit of a grey area as not only do fees vary enormously, but so do policies in terms of what you can and cannot pay with. For example, the majority of application centres across the UK will no longer accept cash, which means that if cash is all you have your application won’t be accepted. You can look up all of this information before going ahead, but again, it’s a good idea to double check everything via your lawyer before going ahead with anything.