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This not something which is a rare occurrence I am afraid , the immigration officers do not always review the whole application and put as much weight as they should on documentation.
The best way for you to approach this would be for you to write another detailed letter to the post that refused your visa ie British high commission in Lagos asking them to reconsider their decision and state to them the reasons you have mentioned in this question refuting what they has said. It does seem clear from what you have stated that they have failed to take into account your explanations or give enough weight to your documentation.
You should therefore:
1. Write a letter of reconsideration, refuting the comments made in the refusal letter and explain the reason why you feel the decision which was made is incorrect.
2. Address the letter to the High Commission in Lagos
3. Enclose any further documentation which may assist your matter and the immigration officer in making a more amicable decision in respect of your application.
4. Send it by recorded delivery so you have a record of what you posted and when it was delivered.
This process can take between 2-3 weeks there is no fees for this service as you are asking the immigration officer to review the matter. The review is undertaken by an immigration manager and who should review the documentation throughly before deciding whether to overturn the decision or not. You should ensure that you quote the reference number stated on the refusal letter, on your letter of reconsideration.
If successful you will be asked to resubmit your passport for the visa to be issued.You should do the above no more than 28 days after the date of refusal.
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Thanks for your reply. I would say i was expecting more, because, as i said before, this is what the Nigerian law firm said they would do for me...a review.
That said, could you please help a bit further:
1. My First application was in September 2012, then i was refused, and the only reason for refusal was and i quote:
Whilst you have provided evidence of your employment, you have failed to provide evidence of your income generated from this business; for example your Income Tax Clearance Certificate, your company Income Tax Clearance Certificate etc in support of this application. Therefore, for the reasons stated above, on the balance of probabilities, I am not satisfied that you are genuinely seeking entry as a visitor for a limited period not exceeding 6 months or that you intend to leave the United Kingdom at the end of your visit as required by...
(Let me also add to this: in the refusal letter that was issued me, they stated i have been employed since 24/06/06 instead of 24/06/08 which i stated in my application. I also pointed this error out to them in my personal letter during the 2nd application)
It was because of this that i had to obtain both my company tax and personal income tax clearance certificates. Though my company certificate shows NIL payments, as explained before, and my personal certificate shows total assessable income of N1.05m, but this isnt a true reflection of how much i earn, even from my bank statements.
2. In view of the above, what kind of further documentation can i include to help my case?
3.Can i send the review letter on my own, or must the law firm do it for me?
4. Who do i address this letter to and how do i send it? i was thinking via DHL or the like.
5. Are they bound by any law to reply to my review? if they do, how would they reply? the law firm told me there are only 3 likely outcomes: they'll request to interview me in person, they'll ask me to resubmit my passport for the visa to be issued or they'll ask me to go ahead and apply again. Whats the implication of the 3rd option?
Sorry for the delay, was away.
So if I do all that, and the High commission doesnt reply favourably, what do i do next?
Do I need to wait till next year or later in the year when i would have obtained a more recent tax certificate which might show my earning more clearly?
Or do i apply with what i have?
Also, how does one get banned for 10years?
i dont understand.
I need to rate your service before you answer this question? doesnt that end this thread?
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