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Dreadful Home Office entry clearance secrets revealed

Dreadful Home Office entry clearance secrets revealed

  • 15/05/2017
  • Answered by Red Square London’s Immigration Specialist, Oliver Westmoreland – Ответил наш Специалист по Иммиграционным Вопросам, Оливер Вестморлэнд
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Dreadful Home Office entry clearance secrets revealed

15 May 2017


Trawling through the internet one day in search of interesting information, we came across the following on the Home Office website:

Entry Clearance Officer, Croydon x 12ukborder

For the uninitiated, this means that there are 12 vacancies for Entry Clearance Officers in Croydon (we surmise at Apollo House, which is near to the famous Lunar House). Entry Clearance Officers are Home Office officials who process visa applications from people applying from abroad to enter the UK. Many of them work in British diplomatic posts abroad but some of them work in the UK.

Something that slightly disconcerted us was the words UK Visas and Citizenship (UK VCS) is responsible for making millions of decisions every year about who has the right to visit or stay in the country…”. Now, we thought that is was “UKVI” (UK Visas & Immigration), and so it rather looks as though the Home Office has created yet another nomenclature. The Home Office does this on a regular basis, and there is one philosophical school of thought (created by us) that advocates not learning or getting used to any new Home Office nomenclature because it will inevitably change again soon. It is better to know nothing than to know something that’s wrong.

Anyway, this isn’t really the main point. There has been for many years a suspicion amongst immigration lawyers that Entry Clearance Officers are under big time pressure in their work. In some of their decisions there are so many errors and general carelessness that it seems highly probable.  And now we have some good evidence of this, if it be needed.

The words (with our emphasis) “It is essential that ECOs are able to work to very tight deadlines, while still producing high quality work” do not really inspire confidence, as neither does “Meeting local productivity benchmarks for processing all categories/types of applications, and For those applications that meet the experience-related criteria, an initial sift on the lead competency “Delivering at Pace” will be undertaken. Candidates who score below four in this competency will not progress any further in this recruitment” sounds positively scary.

So there we have it. We can only advise migrants or potential migrants that when they submit a visa application they (or their lawyer) should prepare it in the clearest, most concise form possible, to maximise the chances of a successful outcome.



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