My Nigerian girlfriend applied for a 6-month tourist visa to visit me in the UK. I would be sponsoring the trip entirely. She received a refusal letter on Monday.
The reasons for refusal do not seem to bear any resemblance to the application that we submitted. For example:
We applied for and stated that she would visit for the maximum allowable period of 6 months. The refusal states "You have applied for leave to enter to visit the UK for 2 weeks".
We put on the application form that she earns 20,000 N per month from her shop. The refusal states "You state you are self-employed and earn 300,000 N per month".
The refusal letter states "As evidence of this you have presented a certificate of incorporation and bank statement". We did not submit any certificate of incorporation and the only bank statements submitted were from me (as sponsor).
The refusal letter goes on to talk about bank statement showing uncorroborated third part credits. This is a fantasy as we did not submit any bank statement of hers.
The last page of letter states that "Your application for a visit visa has been refused under paragraph 4.2 a & c". Further it states that there is no right of appeal or right to administrative review.
How can this be? How can they make a decision that is clearly based on documents that bear no relationship to our application and then say there is no right to administrative review? This is outrageous. It is obvious to me that there has been an administrative error and somebody needs to take responsibility for this.
I called the number following number Telephone: 00 44 203 481 1736 Monday to Friday, 24 hours Calls cost £1.37 per minute on top of your standard network charges.
I received the following email from them
Thank you for contacting UK Visas and Immigration International enquiry service.
In regards to your query, please accept our apologies for the delay and any inconvenience this may have caused.
Kindly provide us with the following information to escalate your case further to our relevant department:
- Applicant full name:
- GWF Reference Number:
- Passport Number:
- Date of Birth:
- Country where applying:
- Location of the VAC:
- Type of visa:
- Date of biometrics:
- Contact email:
- Brief reason of escalation:
I would really appreciate some guidance on this matter.