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My case is somewhat similar to yours. But I am going to apply for PhD while I am on Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa, start my studies and then a month before the expiry of my current visa, I will go back to my country and switch to Tier 4 visa.tier2man wrote:Hello,
I am quite tensed about my current visa application and hoping someone could give me some advice.
I first came to UK Oct, 2007 - completed 4 year bachelor degree in mechanical engineering. Then PSW 2 years and then worked under tier 2 for 3 years. My total stay in UK was nearly 9 years. Unfortunately, my sponsor couldn't continue sponsoring me due to the higher salary requirement for extending tier 2 visas. I have decided I will do a masters degree in systems and control. Because the start date of my course was more than 28 days than the expiry of my tier 2 visa, i had to come back to my country in order to apply. I didn't overstay and came back on the last day and submitted my tier 4 student visa application.
I have submitted bio-metric details, gave the interview (which I thought went well and answered the standard questions thoroughly). Now I have been called for a second interview which is making me really really tensed. Can anyone please answer the following concerns and questions I have?
1. browsing other topics, it seems being called for 2nd interview is always because the ECO is concerned and usually ends up in refusal?
2. Doing this masters degree will complete my 10 year to apply for ILR - could this be a reason for the ECO to think that I am not a genuine student? I have a sinking feeling that they might think that and try to find any reason to refuse me.
3. If they don't mention that, Oh, I don't think you're gonna come back because you're gonna apply for ILR etc, then should I mention it myself during the interview and say, " I understand as a side effect of this visa, my total stay in UK become 10 year, but I chose to do the degree solely because it is the right time to do this following my career roadmap and I am not applying in order to just complete the 10 year period"
4. The bank statement I provided is of a UK bank account as I transferred all the money required to UK already. The account is a cash ISA saving account - it shows money coming in but doesn't show the source - as I have been sent (part of) the money by my parents to my current account and then transferred to my savings account. Should I prepare salary statements of my parents ? will they ask for further supporting documents on the day? They didn't ask for any documents in the email where they asked me to attend the interview.
5. What exactly are they looking for in 2nd interview? what kind of questions do they ask? Should I bring anything up myself even if they don't ask? If they don't ask me about something which I think they should've and then can they refuse me based on not having enough information even though they didn't ask?
6. I'm thinking that at least a positive side of being called for a second interview is that there were no "general grounds of refusal" and no problems with documents or the application and the only thing they have left to figure out is whether or not I'm a genuine student. Am I right to think that?
I know I asked a lot of questions but it will really help if someone can help me our with some answers and advice. Also, if anyone has gone through the same situation and got their visa or got refused, please let me know - so I can have an idea. I am so tensed, especially because if my visa is refused I don't even know if they'll freeze my bank account or how will I transfer back the money I have...
Many thanks and really appreciate your help.
I did apply for jobs and tried to get another sponsor - but couldn't get any job offer with employer sponsorship. The student visa seemed to be the only route left. I didn't know they made the application process so subjective - now I am really tensed thinking that it will count against me that my 10 year will be completed ... please adviceCR001 wrote:Any reason why you didn't try to find another tier 2 sponsor rather than leave and apply for Tier 4?
mohammed1980 wrote:tier2man wrote:
You can always go for JR in the worst case.
JR = Judicial Review (it is very expensive to do this though).tier2man wrote:mohammed1980 wrote:tier2man wrote:
You can always go for JR in the worst case.
Hi Mohammed, what do you mean by JR?
I think you need to be honest (at least with yourself) that your main reason for applying is to be eligible for ILR.tier2man wrote:I am genuinely applying to study anyway so hope they will be somewhat objective!
Frontier Mole wrote:If the ECO believes the only reason for applying for a T 4 visa is to solely to gain access to ILR you will be deemed a non genuine student and refused. Given that IS the actual reason for applying you can expect a refusal.....
Sounds like you aced it.tier2man wrote:Well, honestly, while the ILR will be a very amazing perk, I am actually applying to study anyway - and not necessarily just to get the ILR. I have a PR in Canada through their express entry system - but the course i applied for is actually really rare and none of the affordable universities in Canada are offering it. So, yes, I want the ILR (as a perk) but I am genuinely applying to actually study the course.
I had the interview yesterday - it seemed she was being objective - asked me relevant questions like why do I want to do the course now? and what other countries did I consider? etc. I thought I was concise with the answers. It was a very shot 10 minute interview. I asked in the end, are you sure you've asked me all the questions? to which she smiled and said there's nothing to worry about because the interview is short... I'll get the result on 15th. Hopefully it's all good.
tier2man wrote: I had the interview yesterday - it seemed she was being objective - asked me relevant questions like why do I want to do the course now? and what other countries did I consider? etc. I thought I was concise with the answers. It was a very shot 10 minute interview. I asked in the end, are you sure you've asked me all the questions? to which she smiled and said there's nothing to worry about because the interview is short... I'll get the result on 15th. Hopefully it's all good.