This is the most dreaded and hated word of applicants for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa or any other type of UK Settlement Visa.
ECO-Friendly explains that the best defense against appeal is to see to it that the application filed by the applicant for the UK Spouse Visa , UK Fiancée visa or any other UK Settlement Visa is complete, clear, and straight to the point.
It should be presented in such a manner that the ECO can easily discover or find any document he or she would want to retrieve with relative ease.
If the applicant can do this, then the application already has a 50% chance of being approved. Of course another key word is “eligibility.”
This means that the person applying for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa or any other type of UK Settlement Visa must truly be qualified for the visa applied for.
But there are times, when due to inexperience, lack of information, or just plain carelessness, the application packet filed is insufficient to the eyes of the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO), even if the applicant is qualified for the visa applied for.
This would automatically result in a negative decision.
The appellant must not waste time since he or she is only given 28 days.
According to ECO-Friendly, this means that from the day the appellant receives the refusal letter, the First-Tier Tribunal (which is based in the UK) must receive the appeal packet within 28 days or else the appellant will be considered to have waived his or her right to appeal.
ECO-Friendly stresses that the fastest and safest manner to file the appeal is online. After the appeal is filed online, the supporting documents which should be attached to the appeal must be sent through post or courier to the Tribunal.
Another way of filing the appeal is through post. In this case, the Appeal Form or the IAFT-2 must be accomplished by the appellant and sent through post or courier together with the supporting documents.
The 28-day period will only be stopped once the First-Tier Tribunal receives the appeal packet which contains the accomplished IAFT-2 form as well as the supporting documents attached in the appeal form.
The appellant must also decide whether to have the appeal decided via paper or through oral hearing.
If the appellant chooses to have the appeal decided on paper, the decision will be arrived at based on the supporting documents filed with the appeal form. No hearing will take place.
On the other hand, should the appellant opt to have the appeal decided orally, a hearing will take place and the appellant’s representative will be invited by the Tribunal to grace the hearing and be questioned by the members of the tribunal regarding the appeal.
The Tribunal will then decide on the appeal based on the result of the hearing.
Thus, it is very important for the applicants for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa and other UK Settlement Visa to always see to it the their initial application is clear, complete, and arranged in such a way that the ECO will be satisfied.
As we here at ECO-Friendly always say… “A SATISFIED E.C.O. ISSUES A FRIENDLY AND FAVORABLE DECISION.”