What are the UK immigration rules general grounds for UK visa refusals?


The following grounds normally revoke and refuse an entry clearance or a leave to enter the United Kingdom:

  • If the person arriving fails to provide information relating to the decision whether first he needs leave to enter and second, whether this should be given and on what basis;
  • If the person outside the UK (for example visa applications) does not provide requested information, documents, copy documents or medical report;
  • If the person who wishes to enter as a returning resident fails to show that he meets the relevant requirements, or that his purpose in wishing to enter is the same as that for which he was granted earlier permission;
  • If the person shows a passport or travel document from a state unrecognised or not dealt with by the UK; or from a state which does not accept UK passports; or from a state which does not comply with international passport regulations;
  • If the person has previously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules;
  • If the person fails to show that he will be allowed into another country after the UK except for persons who have permission to settle in the UK or spouses or civil partners who are entering with a view to settling in the UK;
  • Refusal by a sponsor to give, if requested, a written undertaking to be responsible for that person’s maintenance and accommodation for the period of their stay;
  • If the person makes false statements or fails to reveal any material fact in order to obtain an immigration employment document, whether intentionally or not;
  • If a child under the age of 18, wishes to enter the UK in their own right, fails, if asked to, provide the written consent to his application from his parent(s) or legal guardian;
  • Refusal to have a medical examination, if required, unless the person is settled in the UK;
  • A conviction in any country including the UK of an offence which, if committed in the UK, could result in imprisonment for 12 months or longer unless there are strong compassionate reasons;
  • Where it seems right to refuse entry on the ground that exclusion from the UK is conducive to the public good due to, for example, the persons character, conduct or connections;
  • If the person fails to comply with any requirement relating to providing physical data;
  • Where the person has failed to pay charge(s) of at least £1,000 in accordance with National Health Service (NHS) regulations on charges to overseas visitors.
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