If your parent of a British child visa application has been refused and you think the visa refusal is unlawful, you may be able to appeal against the decision.

Book an appointment with our immigration solicitors to discuss the parent visa refusal letter, appeal process, costs involved and the appeal processing time.

What are the common reasons for a parent of a British child visa refusal?

Your UK parent visa application can be refused for several reasons but the most common reasons for UK parent of a British child visa refusals are as listed below:

  1. Failure to Meet the Parent-Child Relationship Requirement: If you do not provide sufficient and credible evidence to prove a genuine and subsisting relationship with the child, it may result in a visa refusal.
  2. Insufficient Financial Requirement: One of the most common reasons for refusal is failing to meet the financial requirement. The applicant must meet the financial requirements.
  3. Incomplete Application: Failing to complete the application form accurately and provide all the required documents can lead to a refusal. It's crucial to follow the application guidelines closely.
  4. English Language Requirement: If the applicant cannot demonstrate the required level of English language proficiency (unless exempt), the visa may be refused.
  5. False Information or Documents: Providing false information or fraudulent documents is a serious offence and will result in a visa refusal. It may also lead to a ban on future applications.
  6. Previous Immigration Violations: If the applicant has a history of visa overstays or breaches of UK immigration rules, this can lead to a refusal.
  7. Criminal Convictions: Certain criminal convictions can result in a visa refusal. Serious criminal convictions may lead to a refusal, and even minor convictions or cautions should be disclosed.

There are high chances of getting a visa refusal if you are not fully aware of relevant immigration law(s) and eligibility criteria. You should get legal advice from experienced immigration solicitors to boost your chances of success.

Parent of a British child visa appeal process

If your application for a parent visa is refused, you have the option to appeal the decision if you believe there were errors in the decision-making process or if you have strong grounds for appeal.

Not all visa categories have an automatic right of appeal, but parent visa applicants typically do have this right. It's crucial to check the refusal notice for information on whether you have a right of appeal.

The first step will be to complete an appeal form and lodge an appeal within 28 days of receiving your decision if you are outside the UK.

If your appeal is refused, then you can challenge the decision by the way of Judicial Review (JR).

What is Judicial Review (JR)?

Judicial Review is a court process to challenge the lawfulness of a decision if there was an error of law in the making of the decision or a mistake made by the caseworker.

There are several stages involved in the Judicial Review process. Our immigration solicitors will guide you on every step of the appeal process and provide legal advice & assistance with Pre-Action Protocol and Judicial Review.

Parent visa appeal timeline

If you are outside the UK, you will have 28 days after you get your decision to appeal against the refusal of your parent visa application. You will have 14 days if you are inside the UK. You should carefully check the refusal notice for the specific deadline.

UK parent visa appeal processing time

Usually, the parent of a British child visa appeal process takes between 6 and 12 months depending on the complexity of the matter.

How often are UK Parent visa appeals successful?

Recent stats show that the success rate on appeal is above 50% however, there are high chances of refusal if you are not fully aware of relevant immigration law(s) and procedures.

A well-prepared ground of appeal and expert legal advice by our immigration solicitors can significantly increase your chances of success.

How can we help if a parent visa application has been refused?

Our London-based team of highly experienced immigration solicitors have a very high success rate with a proven track record of successfully appealing against the unlawful decisions made by the Home Office UKVI.

  • Our immigration solicitors will review your visa refusal letter and discuss the reasons for the refusal in detail.
  • We will assess the merits of the case and advise you about on what grounds you can appeal.
  • We will prepare grounds of appeal and detailed witness statements.
  • We will advise about the required supporting documents.
  • We will give you realistic, honest advice about the chances of success.
  • We will advise the court procedures and the appeal processing time.
  • We will advise you about the legal costs involved.
  • We will carry out all the legal work until the decision of your appeal is received from the court.

Contact our immigration solicitors in Wembley, London on 020 3417 3700 or fill in the enquiry form for immediate legal advice & assistance with an appeal against unlawful refusal.


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