General grounds for refusal: refusing and refusal wording

Section 5 of the general grounds for refusal used by UK Visas and Immigration.


General grounds for refusal: refusing and refusal wording

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UK Visas and Immigration guidance on what they must consider when they refuse entry or leave to remain in the UK on general grounds.

Published 23 September 2013
Last updated 15 January 2018 + show all updates
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