General Grounds for UK Visa Refusal under Paragraph 320(7D)
This post explains when an application is refused if the applicant fails to attend an interview on request.
This relates to general grounds for refusal under paragraph 320(7D) of the Immigration Rules. For visitors, refusal under paragraph V 3.12(b)(i) of Appendix V.
Paragraph 320(7D) of the Immigration Rules Part 9: Grounds for Refusal reads as under:
320. In addition to the grounds of refusal of entry clearance or leave to enter set out in Parts 2-8 of these Rules, and subject to paragraph 321 below, the following grounds for the refusal of entry clearance or leave to enter apply:
(7D) failure, without providing a reasonable explanation, to comply with a request made on behalf of the Entry Clearance Officer to attend for interview.
Please Note: Part 9 of the Immigration Rules pertaines to General grounds for the refusal of entry clearance, leave to enter or variation of leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom (paragraphs A320 to 324)
Paragraph V 3.12(b)(i) of Appendix V: Immigration Rules for Visitors reads as under:
Failure to produce satisfactory identity documents or provide other information
V 3.12 An applicant will be refused where the applicant:
(a) fails to produce a valid travel document that satisfies the decision maker as to their identity and nationality except where paragraph V3.12A applies.
(b) fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement to:
(i) attend an interview; or
(ii) provide information; or
(iii) provide biometrics; or
(iv) undergo a medical examination or provide a medical report.
Refusal under Paragraph 320(7D)- Failure to Attend an Interview
An ECO may ask an applicant to attend an interview. If the applicant fails to attend without good reason the application is refused under paragraph 320(7D) of the Immigration Rules.
The burden of proof is on the applicant to show he/she has a good reason for failing to attend the interview. It will only be in rare cases that the applicant has a good reason not to attend. An example of a good reason may be where the applicant can provide satisfactory medical evidence to show they were too ill to attend, and is willing to attend an interview on another date as soon as they have recovered.