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Refusals withdrawn prior to full AIT hearing say advisers 

Leading appeal specialists, Bison UK, have reported a sharp rise in the number of entry clearance refusals, involving student visas and family cases, overturned by Entry Clearance Managers (ECM’s) at the British Embassy in Manila. 

Previously, Bison UK had to take most appeals all the way to hearing stage at the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT), where over 95% of their cases were successful. 

But in the last month, a number of clients in the Philippines have been contacted by the British Embassy to come and get their visas. 

Managers at the company are not sure why the Embassy seems to have had a change of heart, but are none the less delighted to see the notification from the AIT that the “respondent has withdrawn”.  

Most of the refusal grounds for student visas, which have since become obsolete under Tier 4 of the Points Based System, are based on “intention” to return home or study.  

Entry Clearance Officers (ECO’s) should no longer refuse on subjective grounds such as: “on the balance of probabilities you are unlikely to return home at the end of your studies” or “your real intention is to work in the UK rather than study”. 

Visa applicants still have the right of appeal on refusals based on previous Rules, however, refusals under Tier 4 applications (made after 31 March 2009) will be dealt with by an in-house ‘Administrative Review’ system.

Immigration Matters would be interested to hear about your experience with visa appeals – please add your comments below.

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa or an appeal against a refusal please email:

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk  or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk

216 Responses to “Visa refusals overturned by British Embassy”
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  1. dapo_biobaku@yahoo.co.uk'
    dapo_biobaku@yahoo.co.uk'Biobaku Oladapo says :

    I applied for a student visa in December last year and i was refused but i hard to reapply because my program start February 09 with all the necessary document needed so unfortunate i was denied again.I hard to put in for an appeal which i am yet to have reply on till date. Will love to read an advice from you on what to do.

  2. myladiccion@gmail.com'
    myladiccion@gmail.com'myla diccion says :

    I applied for my student visa last year 18th of november only to recieve the result as “visa refused” last 02 February of this year. I am a registered nurse and the reason stated was that it will be cheaper for me to have my masteral degree here in the Philippines that to have my NVQ 3&4 in UK. How long would it take the resolution to take place? or would t be more faster if i would just have my visa re-application?

  3. prettygem6@yahoo.com'
    prettygem6@yahoo.com'malgem says :

    Hi!i just want to knw if easy for me to apply student visa if i have a tourist visa pls,give me advise wht im going to do.thnks.from manila phil.

  4. dawnb95@yahoo.co.uk'
    dawnb95@yahoo.co.uk'dean wright says :

    i was detained abroad in 2006 and my wife attend the appeal hearing on her own while i was away, the case was refuse on the base that i was not in court with her. we appeal to the high court, 2 months after the case at the AIT i return to the uk. in 2009 we heard from the high court that our case was refuse again because i was not at AIT in 2006.i am a british citizen by birth i married to my wife 7yrs and we are still living together, i dont know what to do to prove that i will never leave my wife all i can do is love her the same way as always, can you give us your good advice?..MUCH THANKS

  5. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    Before you do anything you should take advice from an Immigration Adviser experienced and registered (OISC Level 3) to deal with entry clearance appeals.
    See also http://www.visaappeals.com

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  7. zhangmin_sun@hotmail.com'

    I am absolutely devastated by the refusal lettles which UK embassy gave to my dear husband and son.I have been here for four years,and i can’t stay any longer without my family around.The reason for refusing is that i didn’t provide enough evidence about our marridge subsistence.Should i reapply or appeal?Please could anyone help me?

  8. […] have already been abolished for student visa refusals. Students refused entry clearance under Tier 4 of the points based system, which took effect on 31 […]

  9. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    You should have received a letter from the AIT. If not, you need to follow it up with them or alternatively appoint a UK based immigration adviser to handle your case. For more info on appeals see http://www.visaappeals.com

  10. jnc.bintudan@gmail.com'
    jnc.bintudan@gmail.com'Janice says :

    Hello. I am one of those thousands of NVQ applicants who are refused by the British embassy (Manila). I submitted my application last Sept 4, 2008 and I had their decision after more than 2 months of waiting. The reasons of my refusal were on 57 (viii) and 57 (ii). My sponsor is a European (French) and he has a business there. I provided the documents given by my sponsor when I appealed the second week of December. However, I received a letter on March 22 from the embassy that my appeal was forwarded to the AIT on March 10. I don’t know what happens now to my appeal since I haven’t received any information from the AIT. Please help! I need your advice, Sir. Thank you very much.

  11. immandizon@yahoo.com.ph'
    immandizon@yahoo.com.ph'Immaculada N. Dizon says :

    i have a pending student visa application forwarded last January 28, 2008.To date i have no feed back on the status of my application. all my legal documents were not yet returned.how will i know the status of my application. was i refused or granted?

  12. anakimsue@yahoo.com'

    HOW LONG DOES AN APPEAL BE PROCESSED? REGARDING THE STANDARD OF EDUCATIONAL SCHOOL I\HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES, WHAT IS THE STANDARD OF PAMPANGA AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE? BECAUSE MY HUSBAND CAME FROM THAT SCHOOL AND HE JUST GAINED 5 POINTS WHERE IN FACT MANY OF THE GRADUATES OF PAMPANGA AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE ARE NOW ALREADY WORKING IN THE UK AS TO GRADUATES OF AGRICULTURE, HOPE BY THIS YOU WILL HELP MY HUSBAND IN HIS APPEAL FOR HE REALLY WANTS TO WORK IN THE UK AND HE COULD APPLY HIS KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS ABOUT THE WORK HE IS APPLYING FOR,HE IS HOPING AND AIMING THAT UR GOVERNMENT WOULD ALLOW HIM TO WORK IN UR COUNTRY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.GOD BLESS AND MORE POWER, I DO PRAY THAT THE ONE WHO WILL HANDLE HIS PAPERS DURING THE APPEAL WOULD BE IN GOOD MOOD AND AT PEACE, BE ENLIGHTENED SO HE CAN FOCUS ON REVIEWING THE DOCUMENTS. THANK YOU

  13. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    Contact the AIT

  14. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    IELTS is not a legal requirement and never has been, although ECO’s in British Embassies in India and Pakistan seem to think otherwise. The requirements are set by the educational provider.

  15. lijo_nu@yahoo.co.in'
    lijo_nu@yahoo.co.in'mathew says :

    i am a male nurse working in india.i want to come uk as a student for nvq4.do i need to pass ielts exam….if yes then how much score i need.how much hours can i work there.do you will assist me to get visa

  16. luzholdstock16@yahoo.co.uk'

    I applied for a family visit visa for my daugther and she’s been refused and we made our appeal at AIT here in UK last Dec. 12, 2008, but until now we haven’t receive any reply yet. Could you give us an advice regarding about it? Thanks for your time.

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