Immigration Rules Appendix V

Danielle Cohen
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13 September 2021

Appendix V was introduced in December 2020 and it replaces the previous version.  The most obvious change is that visit visa applicants must now be refused if convicted of a criminal offence in any country within the last 12 months, even if they received a non-custodial sentence or out of Court disposal.  Applications must also be refused where a person has been convicted of a criminal offence for which they have received a custodial sentence of at least 12 months irrespective of when this occurred, in which country or any compelling circumstances such as the age or nature of the offence. 

On top of this, applications must now be refused where a person committed a criminal offence and is either considered to be a persistent offender or shows a particular disregard for the law or has committed a criminal offence that caused serious harm.  Additional grounds of refusal have now been added to include Customs breach whether or not a criminal prosecution is pursued or if the decision-maker considered that the applicant has been involved in a sham marriage or civil partnership.