UK Visit Visa 2018 | How hard is it to get a Standard Visa?

One needs to Apply UK Standard Visitor Visa for different permissible visit activities in the UK; however, the most common purposes are meeting family, attending a business meeting or just tourism for enjoying the sights and sounds of Great Britain.

Visit Visa for UK is a Bit Difficult to Get Since April 2015

UK Visit Visa 2018 How hard is it to get a Standard Visa

Since the implementation of the New Immigration Rules in April 2015, it has become slightly more difficult to get the UK Visitor Visa. However, if an applicant is able to clarify the purpose of visiting the UK in the application and properly documents the visa application then there are very good chances of getting the UK Visa.

What Needs to be proved?

The Grant or Refusal of visit visa for UK largely depends on: how one applies the Visa so as to establish that he/she will travel to the UK and will Return to the Home Country after performing the permitted family, tourist, business, medical or study activities in the UK.

Visit Visa for UK: How the Visa Applications are Evaluated?

The visitor visa applications are assessed on a Balance of Probability and the Onus of Proof is on the Applicant. Therefore, an applicant is required to furnish Supporting Documents and Additional Supporting Documents for establishing his/her ties in the Home Country.

This documentary evidence is evaluated during the UK Visa Assessment Process. If an applicant fulfils the requirements then a visitor visa is granted for multiple entry 6-months.

Refusal of a UK Visitor Visa

If an applicant is not able to establish his/her bonafide in the application then instead of a visa, the passport is returned with a Refusal Letter stating the reasons for refusing the visitor visa application. In more than 80–90% of the visitor visa applications the common reasons relate to establishing income i.e. origination of funds in the bank statement from employment or business, especially large deposits in the bank statements, which do not commensurate with the stated income of an applicant.

Moreover, quite a few applications are refused/banned on General Grounds due to past adverse immigration history- over-stayers, deportation, removals- or submitting false documents or making false statements in the application/during the interview. Please note: in case of a BAN, any future applications are automatically refused up-to 10 years. Therefore, if an applicant deems that the BAN is not justified then he/she needs to the challenge the refusal through a Judicial Review, as there is No Right of Appeal even for the Family Visitors since June 25, 2013.

For a simple refusal it is possible to reapply; however, keeping in view the nature and details of the refusal an applicant can decide whether to Challenge a Refusal Decision or Reapply after Rejection. An authorized immigration solicitor can either challenge a refusal decision on behalf of an applicant or represents a UK Standard Visitor Visa Application or Reapplication.

Long Term Visa for Frequent Visits to the UK

If an applicant has applied a Long Term UK Visit Visa for 2, 5 or 10 years then the purpose of frequently visiting needs to be clearly defined- such as visiting a family member on a regular basis (once or twice a year), regular business meetings, or just travelling to the UK for tourism purpose because of affinity to the Sounds and Sights of the UK. However, it is important to note that a visitor can’t stay for more than 180 days during a single visit on a long-term visitor visa.

How Quickly UK Visitor Visas are Processed?

The service standard of UKVI is to process 100% of the visit visa applications within 12 weeks, with a standard of processing 90% and 98% applications within 15 working days (3 weeks) and 30 working days (6 weeks), respectively.

An applicant can FAST TRACK UK Visitor Visa Application by purchasing Priority Service, which costs GBP 184/- per non-settlement application. The service standard for UK Priority Visa of UKVI for processing straightforward non-settlement visa applications from outside the UK is 5 working days. Here it is important to note that the purchase of a priority visa service does not have any impact on the outcome of the decision but only to FAST TRACK the decision process.

For further details on the processing times please refer: Long-Term Visitor Visa, Business Visitor Visa, Tourist Visa (General Visitor), Family Visitor Visa and Visit Visa Processing Time 2018.

What is the UK Visa Refusal Rate?

The UK Visa Refusal Rate varies over time Refusal Rate 2005-15 and it varies from region to region UK Visa Refusal Rate 2017 by Geographical Regions and also from country to country Europe, North Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Central and South America, USA and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Why UK Visa Refusal Rate is Higher in Some Countries?

On a macro level, the disparity in the UK Visa Refusal Rates is due to the difference in the Security Risk perception of the respective countries.

On an individual level, it is the level of documentation that matters i.e. if an individual is earning but there is no proper documentation available then there is no cogent evidence for establishing the earnings/income. Accordingly, the level of economic development has a correlation with the UK Visa Refusal Rate i.e. East Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea has a well documented economic system, therefore, applicants can readily prove income details through bank statements, income tax returns, suppliers’ contracts, rental agreements, salary slips etc. Moreover, nationals from high-income countries are quite less prone to live illegally in the UK. For instance, Japanese nationals instead of applying for UK Visa Application can get a 6 months entry clearance on arrival in the UK.

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