Home Office Investigations
Westkin Associates are UK immigration law firm that specialises in all forms of UK visas and settlement cases.
We are often asked to advise on which circumstances the client might face a Westkin associates investigation.
Westkin associates – investigation by the Home Office
There are circumstances when the Home Office will seek to investigate when there is an allegation that they take seriously.
Although spouse visas are one of the most common forms of pieces in the United Kingdom, these do not tend to generate a large number of investigations.
Where they do tend to raise investigations are usually into specific places. The first is where the Home Office do not believe a couple of genuine when they first apply as a couple for a spouse or other form of relationship visa.
They may be asked questions about how they met, how frequently they communicate, for proof of communication such as on social media or using messaging services such as WhatsApp or SMS. In addition if the applicant has previously been married then they will be in investigation into whether that marriage has ended with a registered divorce, as if it is not then the new couple will not be free to marry or to make a marriage Visa application.
Westkin associates investigation in other forms
The other form of investigation that the Home Office might undertake in marriage fees as is where a couple were found to be together, but at the time of extension or settlement the Home Office are suspicious that the relationship may have broken down.
Although very rare that Home Office can investigate whether the couple are still living together by attending the couples address.
If the couple are not in at the time, this does not necessarily and the investigation, as the Home Office can ask to see signs of a couple residing at the property including male and female clothes, photographs of the couple and other paraphernalia in such locations as the bathroom.
Westkin associates – investigations – a breach of privacy?
The Home Office state that what might seem like an intrusion into a couples privacy can occasionally be justified if there are serious concerns As to the genuineness.
The important point to note in all these investigations, is that they should be conducted in a manner that is fair and transparent.
This should include proper record taking, and the Home Office investigator should always ensure that they keep an open mind as to the evidence they discovered during their investigation and look to see whether there may be an innocent explanation for what on the face of it seems like clues to A potential relationship having broken down.
Westkin often have experience in challenging investigation results and refusals on appeal, where often there is an innocent explanation for matters which the Home Office have found negatively on.
Call our specialist teams for guidance on all forms of Westkin associates investigations