Whether looking to apply for a student visa, a Tier 2 visa in London or really any other kind of visa the British government offers…well, let’s just say you’re going to have your work cut out for you. It’s common to assume that just because you meet the necessary entry criteria that you’re essentially guaranteed to be accepted. Sadly, this doesn’t tend to be the case at all as qualifying in a personal sense and qualifying as far as your application is concerned are two very different things. It’s a bit like applying for a job – you fit the job description and you know you can do it, but if you can’t persuade those you’re applying to that you’re the right candidate, they won’t think twice about denying your application.
This is why it’s important never to take the application process for granted regardless of whether or not you believe yourself to be a shoe-in. The simple fact of the matter is that far more visa applications are denied by UK border authorities than are accepted day in and day out, which means that unless you have your wits about you, chances are you’ll end up as another unfortunate statistic.
The good news however is that most of the mistakes that end up costing applicants their visa tend to be minor in nature and easily remedied. So, in order to help speed things along and give your own application the very best chance of being successful, here’s a quick overview of the experts’ top tips for UK visa applicants:
1 – A Leading Lawyer
First of all, the legal party you choose to advise and guide you through the process has the potential to make or break your chances of success…literally. The reason being that when you put your application process in the hands of a legal party and allow them to guide you through each step along the way, it’s the advice they give that will determine the outcome as a whole. You can’t be expected to know everything and nor will you generally have a clue whether or not what they’re telling you is accurate and helpful. As such, you need a lawyer you can trust implicitly which means refusing to compromise and not cutting quality to save costs – you’ll regret doing so soon enough.
2 – Plenty of Time
Rushing a visa application is a sure-fire recipe for making a mess of it and ultimately failing in your attempts. It may appear on the surface to be a pretty simple form and you may implicitly know what you should be writing and where, but the more you try to speed up the process excessively, the higher the chance of you forgetting to include something of key importance. Be it a key detail of your background, something crucial about your plans or even something as pivotal as a piece of ID or documentation, rushing your application will do little for your chances but could vastly increase the likelihood that you’ll make a mess of it.
3 – A True Representation
Never forget that when and where your application takes the interest of the UK immigration service, there’s a strong chance you may be called in for an interview before the application process can continue. Of course, this may be carried out remotely if you live thousands of miles away, but you must nevertheless be prepared to be put on the spot and back everything you said in your application. For this reason, you should make sure your application contains nothing that might trip you up in an interview and everything you may wish to bring up to back your case. Or in other words, make your application a true and accurate representation of you.
4 – Attention to Detail
The number of visa applications that get thrown out every day due to simple, careless mistakes is depressing to say the least. It may sound petty, but given the fact that pretty much every application these days will be scanned and sorted by a computer, it takes nothing more than the tiniest of errors to see it thrown out and rejected. It could be something that’s been entered into the wrong box, perhaps messy lettering that cannot be read or any other simple mistakes like spelling – all of which can be fatal for your application.
5 – Patience
Last but not least, one of the most important tips of all is that of patience and perseverance. The reason being that when and where any given application is rejected, this is far from the end of the road and there’s still much that can be done to either try again or appeal. And as it’s so easy these days to fail the first time at bat, patience has never been such an important piece of the puzzle.