The British High Commission in Sierra Leon has issued a press statement stating that “with effect from 1 April 2008, applicants for UK visas will be automatically refused if they have used deception in a previous application or otherwise breached the United Kingdom’s immigration laws.
The release states that, “under paragraph 320(7A & 7B) of the immigration laws, applicants will be refused entry if false representations or documents are used in an application, or if they used deception in an application within the last ten years.”
Deception, the release defines as “making false representations or submitting false documents, or failing to disclose material facts. A false representation is made when an applicant or third party lies or makes false statement either orally or in writing.”
“In addition, applicants will have their application automatically refused if they previously: were an illegal entrant to the UK; overstayed in the UK; sought to remain in the UK by deception; breached their conditions of stay (e.g. worked illegally), it stressed.
It continues, “where the above conditions are met, applicants will be refused for the following periods from the date the applicant left the UK: “1 year if they left the UK voluntarily, and not at public expense; 5 years if they left the UK voluntarily and at public expense, and 10 years if they were removed or deported from the UK.”
It discloses that applicants have the full rights of appeal in relevant categories. “However, the right of appeal under the Human Rights or Race Relations Act is limited,” it notes.
The release states further that there is a concession for those living in the UK illegally to leave and apply for entry clearance under the Rules. To apply under this concession, applicants must: leave the UK voluntarily between 17, March 2008 to 1 October 2008 inclusive, and should not have contrived in a significant way to frustrate the immigration rules.”
“Moreover, starting from 3 April 2008, the UK has launched its unified border agency known as the UK Border Agency that merges border, immigration, customs and visa checks. The new agency will protect borders, control migration for the benefit of the country, prevent tax fraud, smuggling and immigration crime and implement quick and fair decisions. Staff will be conferred with both immigration and customs powers and those in the UK and Wales will be equipped with police-like powers as set out in the UK Borders Act 2007,” the release states.