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When immigration advice goes bad

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When immigration advice goes bad

The refusal of a visa can be devastating, both in terms of the delay and extra costs it brings to your relocation plans, but also because most countries will require you to disclose the refusal in future visa applications for the rest of your life.

In many cases, applicants have been refused because the applicants have taken advice from other immigration advisers, which advice turns out to be incorrect, incomplete or otherwise faulty.

This can include advisers who may be experienced with UK applications, but who end up giving faulty Isle of Man advice because they have failed to understand that the Isle of Man is not part of the UK. The Isle of Man Immigration Rules and procedure in many areas now differ significantly from the UK.

Choosing an immigration adviser

When considering appointing an immigration adviser, ask the following:

  • Does the adviser have any formal qualifications to give Isle of Man immigration advice? For instance, are they a qualified lawyer or law firm recognised by the Isle of Man Law Society?
  • If the adviser instead says they are qualified by experience, can they provide any evidence of their ability to advise you competently?
  • Does the adviser hold professional indemnity insurance, covering Isle of Man immigration advice, against which you may claim for any loss resulting from faulty advice?
  • If the adviser is a business offering immigration advice alongside a package of other relocation services, is the immigration advice they are providing sourced from a suitably qualified and insured firm?

What can be done if your application has been refused

Kinley Legal can assist with resolving a visa refusal in various ways:

  • Analysing the refusal decision and advising on your options to submit an appeal, including the costs, timescale and chances of success in doing so.
  • Providing the correct advice about your situation, considering all the options, and assisting with a new application to help ensure success on a second attempt.
  • If you have been given faulty advice by an adviser in the Isle of Man, advising you of your options to issue legal proceedings or insurance claims to recover your loss and/or to make a complaint.
  • If you have been given faulty advice by an adviser anywhere in the world and wish to issue legal proceedings there, we can provide written evidence of the correct Isle of Man advice, for use in court.

Contact us

If your need more information on your unique circumstances, please contact us at immigration@kinleylegal.com or complete our simple contact form and we will be in contact with you about your immigration needs and how best to resolve matters.