Manila, Philippines – Early last year, an applicant visited our office, ECO Immigration Consultancy almost in tears, questioning the result of her UK Spouse Visa application issued by the UKVI Home Office (HO).
Let’s call her Amy.
According to Amy, she worked on her application and lodged it at the visa application centre in Makati City before Christmas of 2019.
When our ECO immigration consultant interviewed her, Amy disclosed that all her answers to the online application were accurate and to the best of her knowledge, truthful. Amy was very confident she was qualified for the UK Spouse Visa applied for.
Amy then narrated to us that she gathered and collected all the documents that were specified and listed in the online application and sent it to the HO accordingly to prove her eligibility.
When she showed our immigration consultant the official checklist of supporting documents which the UKVI online application provided, and we compared it with the actual documents that she sent to the HO, we too were pretty sure that all the documents which were required and listed in the application were properly attached and sent to the HO.
Unfortunately, the 28-day appeal period had expired already and so there was no other option except to file a fresh application.
We then immediately began the process of lodging a new UK Spouse Visa application and started with a thorough deliberation as to the real culprit behind the negative decision.
After an exhaustive assessment of the rejected application, the study revealed a certain flaw in the decision.
First of all, ECO-Friendly would like to explain that in every application, whether for any type of settlement visa like the UK Spouse Visa, a UK Fiancée Visa or for a UK Visit Visa, a list always automatically appears in the lower part of the online application form and is always provided to serve as guide for the UK Visa applicant.
In the last part of Amy’s online application form, a checklist of the “mandatory documents” and “other documents” were provided, as in all the other online application.
According to the rules, the documents provided in this checklist must be sent to the HO by the applicant. These documents will then be used to determine whether the applicant is qualified for the visa.
Upon careful investigation, our staff discovered that in this checklist laid the culprit for the erroneous decision.
On our next blog, we will comprehensively explain the flaw in the decision.
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