This may seem obvious, but if you have any criminal convictions,
health concerns or any previous visa problems, get help from an
experienced immigration lawyer before you start your
Getting help, from the beginning, may prevent you from ever
receiving such a letter. At worse, even if your lawyer cannot stop
this happening, he or she will have prepared your application very
well and explained the potential problem to you. This should mean
you have documents ready to try to address INZ's concerns, and
well in advance.
It is also often cheaper to get help from the beginning, before
a problem arises, than it is to pay a lawyer try and fix a problem
after it has happened.
If you know there might be a problem, tell INZ about it from
Your application will be processed faster if you are honest and
try to address any concerns that INZ might have from the start. For
example, if you know you have a conviction, tell INZ about it in
your application. If you have had a visa declined in the past,
mention it in your new application. If you are applying for a work
visa based on a job offer, make sure provide a full employment
agreement that includes all the terms and conditions and confirms
you will be working at least 30 hours per week.
If you do get a letter advising of concerns, be careful about
INZ have a lot of applications to consider, so Immigration
Officers need to decide them as fast as possible. This is why INZ
sets deadlines. These deadlines can be as little as two working
It is important to respond to INZ before the deadline. If you
can't, you must contact INZ and explain why you can't
respond in time. INZ might be able to extend the deadline depending
on your reasons. If you don't respond in time, your application
is very likely to be declined.
If your application is declined, check whether you can have it
reconsidered and also check your appeal rights
INZ can decide to decline a visa application, without writing to
you first. INZ believes that its policies are publicly available.
Therefore, sometimes an Immigration Officer will decide that he or
she does not need to explain a problem to you or give you a chance
to sort it out. The Immigration Officer will just decline your
If your visa has not yet expired, you may be able to ask for the
application to be reconsidered. However, if the application did not
meet INZ's policy requirements, then this may not be a good
idea as INZ does not need to consider new documents. You may just
waste more time and not get the decision you need. It could be
better to submit a new application that does meet requirements.
If your visa has expired, depending on your circumstances, you
may be able to appeal to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal.
However, in many cases, your time to appeal will expire 42 days
after your last visa expired. This includes from when your interim
visa expires. If you cannot return home and you are thinking of
appealing a visa decline, you should contact a lawyer and start
preparing your appeal as soon as possible. Preparing an appeal
takes time and you may need to prepare a lot of documents.
If you or an employee have visa problems, it is best to get
advice as early as possible. Please contact a member of our
immigration team to discuss your options.
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