Here’s a summary of my immigration history:

I applied for my brother’s wedding in 2019 which was to be held in the UK. I applied for a visit visa and got the notice posted. My other family members reapplied and got their visas. I lost interest in going altogether so I didn’t

Apparently, my mother (who didn’t remember she did) applied for a students visa on my behalf when I was a minor. I didn’t know the details of the applications/refusals, I didn’t have records of it and I went ahead and stated I have never been refused visa before.

I want to reapply for my student visa(MSC, I lived in another country for almost 10years) in 2023, I am not sure if I have already been banned because it makes no statement as to the ban already counting from this application, school fees has been paid in full, I have my POF and a cover letter explaining I was a minor, so I couldn’t have known, I am older, married and not going to be a nuisance.

You have applied for a visa to visit the UK.

In deciding whether you meet the requirements of Appendix V: Immigration Rules for visitors (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-rules), I have considered:

  • Your application document
  • Your immigration history

The decision

I have refused your application for a visit visa because I am not satisfied that you meet the requirements of paragraph(s) V3.6 of Appendix V: Immigration Rules for Visitors because:

• Under paragraph V3.6 of the Immigration Rules, a person must automatically be refused entry clearance if false representations or documents are used (whether or not material to the application and whether or not to the applicant's knowledge), or material facts are not disclosed in relation to the application. A false representation for these purposes is a lie, or a false statement in a visa application, made either orally or in writing. A false document includes:

  • A genuine document which has been altered or tampered with;
  • A counterfeit document (one that is completely false);
  • A genuine document which is being used by an impostor;
  • A genuine document which has been fraudulently obtained or issued;
  • A genuine document which contains a falsified or counterfeit visa endorsement.

The Immigration Office

You stated in your application that you have never been refused a visa for any country including the UK. However, checks have confirmed that you were refused three previous times on 27/08/2009 re: DUBAI/621417, on 22/09/2009 re: passports ABDB/322524, and on 03/11/2009 re: ABDB/329335. I am satisfied that you have made false representations and submitted a false document in support of your application. Your application is therefore refused under V3.6 of the Immigration Rules after referral to an Entry Clearance Manager.

Future Applications

Any future UK visa applications you make will be considered on their individual merits; however, you are likely to be refused unless the circumstances of your application change.

In relation to this decision, there is no right of appeal or right to administrative review.

You should note that because this application for entry clearance has been refused under paragraph V3.6 of the Immigration Rules, any future applications may also be refused for the same reason, under paragraph 320 (7B) of the Immigration Rules or paragraph V3.7 of Appendix V of the Immigration Rules.

A refusal under paragraph V3.7 of the Immigration Rules may attract an automatic refusal period of up to 10 years. The period starts from the date of the previous event in which the deception or submission of falsified documents or information was employed.

Should I do it? Was I banned for 10years? I don’t know what false document they referred to, did they mean the application itself was false? Everyone around me isn’t clear on what is going on. Should I wait till 2029

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    I can see someone forgetting that they applied for a visa once, but your mother forgetting that she applied and was refused three times within 10 weeks seems a little suspicious.
    – shoover
    Sep 15, 2023 at 1:45

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You are not banned but if you apply you will almost certainly be refused and banned until 10 years after your 2019 refusal Suitability: false representations, deception, false documents, non- disclosure of relevant facts Even after that period expires, you may not be given a visa.

Although you were a minor at the time of the previous applications, you would have had to give your biometrics as part of the application process. It’s quite a stretch to see how your mother could forget that she applied for a student visa on your behalf and was refused three times within 10 weeks, and that you were completely unaware of the refusals. If you definitely want to apply, IMHO you should get advice from a qualified immigration lawyer.

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    @Mrs Ash I fully agree with Traveller's answer. I encourage you to read "qualified immigration lawyer" to mean a solicitor or barrister located in and licensed by the UK. Sep 16, 2023 at 2:56
  • So this is the thing, my dad had just died (they were married 30yrs), that entire year to my mum and I was a blur. I did biometrics but I honestly forgot. Until this letter, I didn’t remember. This was 10years ago as at 2019, I can’t remember what I had for breakfast a week ago. My whole family lives there, I have nieces and nephews I have never met because I can’t get in, 10years is too long a punishment. is there no way I can explain that this was an honest oversight not an attempt to defraud? I have never been in trouble with the law in all my years of traveling
    – Mrs Ash
    Sep 16, 2023 at 22:40
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    @MrsAsh I don’t mean to sound harsh but pretty much everyone caught out by not disclosing a previous refusal will claim it was ‘an honest oversight’. Eg travel.stackexchange.com/questions/64097/… If you want to meet your nieces & nephews the easiest option would be to have them visit you, and/or you can talk to an immigration lawyer (expensive), and/or wait it out.
    – Traveller
    Sep 17, 2023 at 16:41

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