Visit Visa Guidance - updated as at 5th January

The Home Office and Entry Clearance Officer guidance on visit visa cases has been reissued and updated. Changes from the last guidance are :

Visit visa applications from persons with Right of Abode to be refused -Page 3

Clarified that evidence is required when refusing on mandatory grounds - Page 8

Example of when an applicant may be considered to have few or no ties to their

home country – Page 12

Exception on study as a visitor for long-term visit visa holders –page 25

Clarified that escorting a private medical treatment is not a permitted visitor activity –

pages 27 and 44

Deleted reference to 2 year China visit visa scheme pilot – page 29

Cancelling and curtailing visitor visas and leave –page 32.

Particular attention needs to be given to the examples of when an applicant may be considered to have few or no ties to their home country on page 12 :

Grounds for doubting the applicant’s intentions to visit the UK

See paragraph V 4.2 of the visitor rules

.This is not an exhaustive list but may help with your assessment

* If the applicant has few or no family and economic ties to their country of residence, and has several family members in the UK -

* the political, economic and security situation in the applicant’s country of residence, including whether it is politically unstable, a conflict zone or at risk of becoming one, which may lead to doubts about their intention to leave the UK at the end of their visit

* the applicant, their sponsor (if they are visiting a friend or relative) or other immediate family member has, or has attempted to, deceive the Home Office in a previous application for entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain

* there are discrepancies between the statements made by the applicant and the statements made by the sponsor, particularly on points where the sponsor could reasonably be expected to know the facts but does not

* it has not been possible to verify information provided by the applicant despite attempts to do so

* the information that has been provided or the reasons stated by the applicant are not credible

* a search of the applicant’s baggage and vehicle at the border may reveal items which demonstrate a person intends to work or live in the UK