UK Visa Refusal on General Grounds- False Representations

Deception- False Representations and False Information

UK Visa Refusal under Paragraph 320(7A), V 3.6 of Appendix V

This pertains to consideration when an applicant applying for entry clearance has made false representations or given false information and the UK Visa Application is refused on mandatory general grounds for refusal under paragraph 320(7A) of the rules. For visitors, refusal under paragraph V 3.6 of Appendix V.

Meaning of False Representation- Lies, False Statement


False representation is when an applicant or third party lies or makes a false statement in an application. This could be in writing or orally when an applicant is interviewed. Such an application is refused under paragraph 320(7A), even if:

  • the false representation is not relevant to the application or decision;
  • the applicant did not know or claims not to know, that false representation has been used.

However, an application is not refused just because an ECO thinks that false representations have been made or because of mistakes in the applications. For example, the applicant has given an incorrect postcode or misspelt a name on the application form.

The ECO needs to be satisfied that deception has been used and/or the applicant intended to deceive. This will mainly relate to how the applicant has completed the questions about previous visa refusals or the grant or refusal of leave to remain (LTR) on the application form (VAF).

Refusal under Paragraph 320(7A) for False information

When an applicant has submitted false information to get a Tier 2 or 5 certificate of sponsorship under the points-based system, the application is refused under paragraph 320(7A) of the Immigration Rules.

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