Re: EEA2 Appeal Timelines - ONLY 1 TOPIC - UpToDate
Re: Petanque -
I went through the same thing exactly, my friend. I have been applying and appealing for almost 7 years now - really!!! I finally got sick of the 'paper-hearing' circus and decided to have my day in court, which hapened early October. The H.O. representative tried everything he could to get me to walk out of the building before even having my say. He tried intimidation tactics in a private room and insisted I was wasting my time and that there was no way I could possibly win. I ended up telling him that he was wasting his breath and that winning the appeal was not as important to us as having our say in front of a judge was. My final words before the hearing - "Let's you and me go into that courts and argue, because I can not wait for this!" After an hour of intense discussion, I left him a dishevelled shell of the bombastic man who had an hour earlier insisted I couldn't win. Of course I could win. And I did!
My point is, if your application was genuine and if you honestly feel that you CAN win, then follow through with the appeal process. The whole system is a money-grabbing exercise and designed to MAKE you give up on your beliefs. Don't let them do that to you! The judge (as, I understand, most of them are) was friendly, sympathetic and ended up being dismissive of the H.O. officer. The H.O. was embarrassed by the end of it all. Now, I fully expect the HO to appeal the judges decision out of sheer spite, due to the battering he got which was borne out of 7 years frustration and anger on my part, but regardless, I had my say, I beat him and I loved every minute of it!
My advice to you: Prepare your case until you think you can prepare it no more - then prepare it MORE. There wasn't a question the HO could ask in cross-examination that I didn't have an answer for - my answers were designed not only to tell the truth but also to show the H.O. up for being what they are...pen-pushers with a power disorder.
If you decide to apply again, make sure everything they used for a reason to deny you is covered and fixed where it needs to be. If you can, be patient and prepare yourself thoroughly. The only thing they hate more than granting visas is being made to grant them after a lengthy appeal. It's most gratifying, trust me.
If you need any help or advice, feel free to contact me. These people need holding to a MUCH higher standard!