Entry Clearance

This is the process in which a person requests for visa permitting them to enter the UK. During this process, the Entry Clearance Office assesses whether a person qualifies for a grant of entry.

If you are required to make an entry clearance application before you can be admitted into the UK there are various requirements you must meet. These are determined by the type of application you wish to make.

Entry clearance: visit visa

A Person seeking to enter the UK for a short holiday can do so by way of an entry clearance application. Further, a person that is legally residing in the UK is entitled to sponsor their family members and or friends to come to the UK to visit.

The applicant must demonstrate their relationship to the sponsor. Most importantly, in order to prove ones intention to return at the end of their visit, they must demonstrate strong social, familial and financial ties to their home country.

One of the general grounds of refusal is that the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) is not satisfied that the applicant will return to their county. Arguably therefore, the stronger the ties in one’s home country, the more likely it is that an application is accepted.

Having said this however, where an applicant is being sponsored by a family member to come to the UK on holiday. The ECO must be satisfied that the sponsor is able to accommodate and maintain the applicant for the duration of their visit without recourse to public funds.

Where a person is entering the UK as a general visitor/ tourist, they must evidence they can maintain themselves for the duration of their holiday. If they are not sponsored, they must show that they can finance the entirety of their holiday. Under this category, the applicant should be well informed about the areas they intend to visit whilst in the UK as lack of knowledge could be grounds for refusal on the basis that the reasons for entry into the UK are not genuine.

What we can do for you:

  • Take detailed instructions from you and advice you about the relevant immigration laws that apply to your case;
  • Provide you with a detailed list of documents required and advice as to the strengths and weaknesses of your case;
  • Assess evidence provided in support of the application and advice on the same; and
  • Complete the application and prepare a detailed cover letter.

If you need legal support with your application or advice about the procedure. Our team of specialist immigration lawyers are available to help. Contact us today on 020 7242 1666.