As my visitor visa was refused twice, I decided to use a solicitor who is accredited by the society of law to assist me.

I asked him what he will do. He said he will review my refusals and prepare my application so that it meets the requirements and then he will apply on my behalf. He also added that I might get refusal again and in this situation he will go for juicidial review.

My question is: is it safe to let him apply on my behalf?

Shouldn't I see the application before he applies so that I can be sure he is not missing anything which may negatively affect me? Should I ask him to offer a legal representation letter?

As it's my first time to do such a thing, can anyone tell me how the process will go on? What are things that I should take care about?

The visa is very important for me because I am going to take an exam which will allow me to be a doctor in UK, so I want to proceed with extreme caution.

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    You're the one paying him; in my experience when you pay for such a service you should have the right to name certain terms. If you want to see the application he prepares to review, tell him. Mar 22, 2019 at 23:30
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    If you were referred via the Law Society then it should be reasonably safe to engage the solicitor's services. This is the only method we recommend to find a solicitor to help with a UK visa application. Mar 23, 2019 at 0:43
  • I would typically expect a reputable solicitor to give you a letter setting out what services he will provide and what the costs will be. You are completely within your rights to ask to see the application before he submits it and to have a printed copy of it. You have to sign it anyway, he can’t do that for you even if he is acting on your behalf.
    – Traveller
    Mar 23, 2019 at 6:59
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    Judicial review for a visitor visa is absolute nonsense. This is a scam.
    – mdd
    Mar 23, 2019 at 12:31
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    @ahmed90 I would sound a note of caution about optimism over a possible judicial review for a U.K. visitor visa decision. A Judicial Review is concerned with the legality of a decision, not whether the decision was necessarily the right or wrong one. The judge will consider whether the decision-maker acted legally, reasonably, and proportionally, rather than examine the merits of the decision. ayjsolicitors.com/blog/…
    – Traveller
    Mar 23, 2019 at 14:06

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If you hire an adviser regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), then it should be reasonably safe to engage their services. Your adviser must give you a letter immediately after you hire them saying:

  • what work they’re doing for you

  • how much you’ll be charged

  • how you’ll pay them


You have a right to see the submission. Tell the adviser that you want to do this before you engage their services and ask them to confirm their agreement to your request in writing. If they don’t agree or seem reluctant, find another adviser.

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    The OP asked about procedures and safeguards when hiring a solicitor. Solicitors are exempt from regulation by the OISC (see Section 1 of this OISC doc: gov.uk/government/publications/…). Thus, an OISC advisor will not necessarily be a solicitor. Mar 23, 2019 at 15:16

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