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My sister is in India, before that she was in the UK on student visa but due to health issues she wasn't able to attend her course to the end of the term and was working less than 15 hours a week to pay off her living cost. After few months she decided to go back to India well before her student visa expired genuinely to get a proper treatment for her health problems mainly because her doctor was in India and having my mother around was another support for her.

Now she is better and just wanted to spend some time with me and my two kids (I am married, both me & my husband are British citizen, own a house, working full time). During her stay due to health problems she was unable to spend time with us and hence applied for a visit visa. Her visa has recently been refused on the grounds that she may not return back to India. She is running her own beauty salon and has three employees who can look after her business in her absence for 3-4 weeks. She was also given a note that her Income Tax returns submitted in India are self-certified which seems to be not correct as I have copies clearly indicating certified by a Chartered Accountant with the membership number.

Please advise- is it okay to reapply from the UK? Anything that can help me to get my sister before my birthday by the end of this month so I can spend some valuable time with her. It is expensive for me and my family to travel to India!

She is married and her husband is in India (he is not visiting though), if this info helps!

Wordings on refusal letter;

-You stated you are the owner of a hair & beauty parlour & your income is Rs 24,500 per mth. You have submitted a un translated certificate of establishment & a self written letter on a letter headed paper. I note that you have submitted tax returns, however these are self prepared. I must consider your application for a visit visa and from the documents you have provided you have not established that your circumstances are as claimed.

-I note that you previously had leave to remain as a student, however Head office records show this leave was curtailed inJune 2011 as you did not attend classes. During an interview with you confirmed that you had not attended classes since start 2011. You stated that you did not attend classes as you were unwell, however you continued to work during this time. You stated that you did not return to India when you became unwell and stopped attending college as your family wanted you to continue treatment however your doctor was in India and that you did not have a GP in the UK. Whilst I note that you voluntarily returned to India in January 2013.

In light of the above and you stayed in the UK after your leave was curtailed this leads me to doubt that your intentions are as stated. I am therefore not satisfied that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit or that you are genuinely seeking entry as a visitor for a period not exceeding 6 months (paragraph 41(i)(ii) of HC 395 as amended).

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    It happens a lot, but hard to know their objection without knowing what they wrote. Can you edit your question to include the text of your refusal notice? It's two or three paragraphs. You can get a much more focused answer to your question if you include the 'legal' reasons for your refusal. Close voting as 'unclear'. – Gayot Fow Jun 8 '15 at 22:05
  • Thanks Gayot, I have now edited as mentioned above. Sorry, if it was unclear as I was rushing to get kids to bed on time! – Taz Jun 9 '15 at 21:23
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    Why are you asking about applying from the UK? If you sister does not have permission to enter the UK, how could she apply from the UK? – DJClayworth Jun 10 '15 at 13:06
  • I meant if I can reapply/make a fresh application online from the UK, if possible. She applied herself from India earlier. Actually I need to know what would be the best approach to deal with this kind of refusal in order to clarify the points raised? – Taz Jun 10 '15 at 20:31
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Your sister will not be visiting the UK for your birthday this year, and quite likely next year also.

The first paragraph of your refusal explains that while your sister nominally submitted the correct documents, their quality was such that they had no evidential value. He noted that an endorsement from a chartered accountant is of no value if the tax returns are self-prepared. As a result, the ECO dismissed all of the financial evidence.

The second paragraph informs us that your sister's prior visa was curtailed (a bad thing), and that she worked in breach of conditions (a bad thing), and that she overstayed her curtailment (a very, very bad thing). The ECO dismissed her reason for overstaying as invalid because illness has a lawful procedure and your sister did not (apparently) use it.

As a consequence, the ECO determined that your sister did not qualify. This is consistent with the notion that people who abuse their visas will have a difficult time going forward. Your sister prevented a mandatory ban by leaving voluntarily, but they are obliged to consider the applicant's history and credibility regardless if a ban is in effect or not.

Your observation that she left before her student visa expired does not work because when a visa is curtailed, it becomes obsolete and the person needs to leave before the curtailment date.

Fixing these types of problems usually takes a long time combined with a substantial change of circumstances.

Finally, for your question about whether she can apply from inside the UK, the answer is no, entry clearance applications must be made outside the UK (Appendix V of the Immigration Rules).

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