In my application, there was a clerical error that I managed to correct for in my printed application in relation to the question "Have you been refused a visa for any country, including the UK, in the last 10 years?". In particular, the online application was stated "NO" but I managed to correct it in the printed form to "YES" and I gave my attached reasoning as "Missing document" with pen.

That said, apparently the online requires three more follow-up responses (country, visa type and date) which I did not managed to account for in the printed application form since they were not available to me on the paper when I was in the application center when you switched to Yes. Would this cause them significant difficulty? (I only had one refusal in the past which was a Tier 4 UK visa).

@pnuts Thanks for your comment. I have just sent the Home Office an e-mail the additional detail with regards to this matter. Anyway, I think that there should be a stamp on my passport to indicate previous the refusal and I think they can look it up on their records. My only concern is that they might start to wonder if I had any other refusals which in reality I do not have.

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    Well, yes. Paper does not have pop-ups to get the additional information like computer scripts do. So you checked 'yes' and wrote in the cryptic 'Missing document'. It's not whether they can look stuff up or not, It's more about what you put down in the application. They will be wondering why you allowed an application that you knew to be inaccurate/incomplete to be submitted "“I declare: that the information given on this form whether input by myself, input on my behalf by a third party or automatically pre-populated is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief." – Gayot Fow Sep 4 '16 at 21:40


This is assuming that you reapplied for a T4, after having had the refusal for missing documentation, and therefore were granted a Tier 4 visa (or you would not now have only the one refusal). This establishes that the documentation issue was relatively minor, hence of limited relevance to your current application.

Having already messed up once (missing documentation) to do so again (sign off as complete and correct when not) is abominable but for the applicant to be a bit of an idiot is not reason enough to refuse a visa.

You may have had a better chance had you abandoned your incorrect application (eg never booked the appointment associated with it) and instead started afresh but I doubt any difference is significant.

You have attempted to rectify your error, both by amending the printed version of the form and by e-mailing the Home Office (I hope you take a copy of that e-mail with you to your appointment). So it is evident you were not attempting deceit (or at least had second thoughts about it!).

Also, you are lucky that the prior refusal was from the same country as you are now applying to, making the follow-up responses (country, visa type and date) less critical. Because the refusal was by UK and that is where you are applying there should be an accessible record, and the follow-up responses were probably only to help investigation where rejection was by a different country.

You do not provide details of your current application (nationality, where you are applying from, visa type, duration, personal status, documents submitted etc) and it seems quite likely that even without the incorrect filling out you were never going to be granted a visa but the incorrect completion is not likely to cause rejection of itself, though does add to the risk.

  • I'd be worried that the OP gets a refusal for deception and outright ban, depending on quite how this is interpreted. It seems very likley to cause issues with insufficent information/evidence submitted. – CMaster Nov 1 '16 at 17:40

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