Warning Advice to Immigration Clients
IMPORTANT ADVICE TO IMMIGRATION CLIENTS
It has recently come to our attention that persons applying for UK Visa’s are, on occassion, being provided with Reports from unqualified surveyors or where no actual inspection of the property has been undertaken! Whilst this may provide a “cut price” option, we would like to remind immigration clients of the Immigration Rules with regards to accommodation inspections, and in particular Appendix FM:
E-ECP.3.4. The applicant must provide evidence that there will be adequate accommodation, without recourse to public funds, for the family, including other family members who are not included in the application but who live in the same household, which the family own or occupy exclusively: accommodation will not be regarded as adequate if-
1. (a) it is, or will be, overcrowded; or
2. (b) it contravenes public health Regulations.
Dan Evans, Principal Consultant at Orion Environmental Health & Safety said:
“Without an actual inspection of the property it is not possible to confirm whether the property will be overcrowded or assess whether there are contraventions of public health regulations as required by the Immigration Rules. We have spoken with Immigration Solicitor clients and they advise that Reports from unqualified surveyors or Reports generated without an actual inspection of the property do not comply with the Rules. Should a Report be found not to comply with the Immigration Rules then the Visa Application will very likely be rejected”.
“Orion Environmental Health & Safety always undertake an inspection of the property by a fully qualified surveyor to ensure the Immigration Rules are complied with and to ensure costly Visa applications are not rejected for failure to comply with this requirement”.
“Saving a few pounds now may have very costly consequences”