Does The Home Office Always Follow Its Own Guidelines?
One of the most common queries we receive is whether the Home Office always follows its own guidelines. As you can imagine, the Home Office has to deal with a huge number of immigration queries and applications each year. In order to be effective, they put in place strict restrictions on many of the UK's visa routes. While an eligibility criteria template can seem daunting, it is arguably the only way the Home Office can get through the mountains of administration every year.
So does this mean there is no room for maneuver?
In this article, we are going to look at some of the guidelines that the Home Office puts in place and whether they are always followed as strictly as one would assume.
Is Eligibility Criteria Always Fixed Or Are There Some Special Circumstances?
In the vast majority of circumstances, the eligibility criteria that are laid out for a visa are fixed. The reasoning for this is simple: efficiency. As we alluded to in the introduction, the Home Office has to take on a mountain of administrative work on an annual basis. In order to maintain the amount of work received, eligibility criteria are introduced to ensure only eligible applicants make it to the processing stage.
Clearly, everybody's circumstances are different, and many immigration applications need close inspection to ensure they are suitable. With this in mind, it makes sense to have a template from which their staff can work from in order to make quick, accurate and efficient decisions.
In many visa routes, special circumstances may apply. To find out more about these circumstances, you will need to either consult the relevant guidance or speak to one of our immigration solicitors who can help add clarity to your situation.
What To Do If You Are Not Happy
If you are unfairly rejected for your preferred immigration route or are just generally very unhappy with the way you've been treated, there are many options to consider. There are really two main ways of dealing with a situation you're not happy with. The first is to make a complaint. While it seems the Home Office has total power, they are not free from oversight. They need to stick to the specific rules laid out before them, and if they're found to have not treated you fairly then decisions can often be overturned.
The second option is to appeal.
The vast majority of visa routes give the option to appeal if you've been turned down. There are some notable exceptions, but on the whole, if you have been mistreated by the Home Office then you may have a path of recourse. One of the best ways to help decide if you have been mistreated by the Home Office is to get in touch with our immigration lawyers. They can help to look at your situation and the decision that has been made to see whether you have indeed been treated fairly and within the guidelines. If you have not been treated fairly, we can guide you on the appropriate actions.
Appealing an Immigration Decision
One of the most powerful options open for those who have been mistreated by the Home Office is the ability to lodge an appeal. As previously noted, there are some exceptions to appeals, but many visa routes do give the option to lodge an appeal if a decision has been made incorrectly or unfairly. If you choose to appeal, it's important you are represented by a team who not only understand your specific situation but also understand the legal framework in which the Home Office operates.
By having an experienced team of immigration specialists in your corner, you can ensure that the Home Office framework is applied correctly to your case. While this may not ensure a successful outcome, it will certainly significantly increase your chances of having the decision changed in your favour. Our team have a deep understanding of the appeals process and can provide a strong defence for your case.
Using an Immigration Specialist
Indeed one of the best ways of ensuring that your application has the best chance of success is by using the services of immigration specialists such as ourselves. Our experienced team can help ensure your application is laid out correctly with all the supporting documentation you need to make your application as attractive as possible. We will also ensure that none of the information conflicts, helping to reduce the chances of rejection. Our service makes it easy for Home Office staff to quickly and efficiently assess your application.
When making a visa application, or indeed lodging an appeal, it is important you give yourself the best chance of success. By using the services of an immigration specialist, you can ensure that you have given yourself the best chance of success in moving to the UK to live and work.
Getting Further Help
If you need more help with an immigration query then please get in touch. Our team is on hand to offer you the assistance you need to make your move a success. Call today for a free, no-obligation consultation and get started on your journey to a successful move to the UK.