Grounds for refusal and cancellation of permission
Produced in partnership with Ross Kennedy of Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Ross Kennedy of Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Grounds for refusal and cancellation of permission
  • When do the grounds for refusal apply?
  • Previous breaches of immigration law—entry clearance and permission to enter—mandatory bans
  • Overstaying
  • Previous breaches of immigration law—discretionary grounds for refusal
  • Entry clearance and permission to enter—significantly contriving and aggravating circumstances
  • Permission to stay—breach of conditions
  • Permission to stay—previous deception
  • Previous breaches of immigration law—concessionary exceptions
  • Other grounds for refusal
  • More...

Grounds for refusal and cancellation of permission

This Practice Note looks at the ‘grounds for refusal’ of applications to which the Immigration Rules, Part 9 applies, and for the cancellation of in-force entry clearance or permission. It does not cover such grounds which relate to a person’s previous personal conduct (whether they have committed criminal offences or there are other aspects of personal conduct which are not deemed conducive to the public good), or grounds related to false representations etc and deception. For grounds for refusal covering these aspects, see Practice Notes: Previous conduct and False representations etc, deception and challenging grounds for refusal. In relation to cancellation, the Practice Note also does not look at grounds related to changes of circumstances, for which see: Changes of circumstances.

When do the grounds for refusal apply?

The rules set out in the Immigration Rules, Part 9 are a list of common suitability grounds on which an application for entry clearance, permission to enter or permission to stay can be refused, which are in addition to any grounds for refusal included in the specific requirements set out in the parts and appendices of the Immigration Rules covering the relevant immigration category. Immigration Rules, Part 9 also includes grounds for the cancellation of existing entry clearance or permission.

Part 9 of the Immigration Rules was restructured and rewritten in Statement of

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