1: The situation

Arthur is a UK National and had travelled to Mexico for work where he met Joaquin. The two quickly began their relationship and became engaged.

They had made a previous application for Joaquin to join Arthur in the UK as a Proposed Civil Partner but it had been refused.

The Notice of Refusal stated that the Entry Clearance Officer did not believe their relationship to be genuine and subsisting – Arthur was confused as he had provided photographs of their time together, evidence of communication by email as well as correspondence with a Registry Office to show the arrangements made for their Civil Partnership.

He wondered what more evidence he could provide and whether it was because he was older than Joaquin.

As their wedding date was getting closer, Arthur decided to contact IAS.

2: How IAS helped

After first speaking with our Enquiry Team, Arthur was booked in to speak to one of our lawyers later that day at his nearest office in Preston. He also conferenced Joaquin into the Advice Session by Skype.

Our lawyer examined their Notice of Refusal and concluded that the Home Office had applied extra scrutiny to the application owing to the couples’ age difference.

Our lawyer explained both options available to them – that they could either appeal the decision or make a fresh application.

From our experience, we told them that appeals tend to take more time than fresh applications, although appeals were much cheaper.

Not wishing to delay the process any longer, Arthur instructed IAS to take ownership of a new application for Joaquin’s visa.

3: The outcome

We sourced additional documentation – we obtained written testimonials from both Arthur and Joaquin’s friends and families confirming their relationship was genuine, as well as obtaining a detailed list of receipts for gifts that they had bought over the time they knew each other.

The application was submitted to their liking, and a few weeks later Joaquin was granted entry into the UK – just in time for their wedding day.

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