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Need Help - Screwed by UK Embassy in Australia, please

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1. Posted by Hazy (Budding Member 20 posts) 7y

I am in all sorts of trouble!!

I quit my job, sold my car, broke up with a possible lifelong girlfriend all for the possibility of travelling and working abroad.

I browsed the online UK in australia embassy website and easily fit the criteria to obtain a Youth Mobility Scheme Visa which would have allowed me to work for 2 years in the UK.

I am in my final 2 years of my law/criminology degree however as a 27yo I felt the urge to travel and work abroad now rather than later. I provided them with more information than they required. I send them an original bank statement noting my savings account of roughly $14k and also my credit card which noted $15k aud or credit, both of which were original statements. As a matter of courtesy I also provided them with an internet printout of my savings account as at the date of my application. This was of course only as a courtesy and they had 2 original statements ro process my applcation. I received a refusal notice on 2 April 2009 and the date of the actual refusal notice was 19 March 2009. The refusal notice stated that an internet printout was not an acceptable for of evidence and failed to mention the 2 other original statements that I had provided them with. The refusal notice also states that the applicant must appeal the decision within 28 working days of the notice. I have requested that the date for the appeal to be answered, be extended until August this year, to allow me sufficient time to come home and sort it out, hwoever I hold little hope.

I had planned my VISA application to coincide with a trip to ASIA i had planned with friends. I am currently in Malaysia at the moment and travelling asia for the next 3 months. I also have a ticket to the UK for 31 July 2009. I have worked as a paralegal for the past 7 years, dealing in property and also a lot of liquidation/mortgage defualt legal work (which is unfortunately booming at present) however I was unable to provide this information in my application as it seemed irrevelant. As it stands, I have requested that the date for my appeal to be heard be extended until August to allow me sufficient time to get back and sort out the problem. However, since my dealins with the UK embassy in Australia I am not holding my breathe and feel my wishes will be ignored and I do not expect to receive a response.

On this basis, I have the following options;

1) Travel to the UK with current ticket from asia on a travel visa and struggle for an existance;
2) Go back to Australia and try to sort out my VISA problem with the embassy and hope it works itself out (keeping in mind I have another friends who has not yet been refused and has still been waiting 15 weeks for a response!)
3) Look for an alternative - work in Wales or try to obtain a work visa for wales and look and being transferred/sponsoered by a London firm willing to take me on.
NB 4) If my visa has been denied I may not be able to reapply for 2 years (even though it was denied on a BULLSHIT excused)
5) Go to the UK, try to get a job with a law firm and work free of charge for a month in the hope that they will offer to sponsor me so that I no longer require the work visa, or:
6) go home and give up on travelling/working abroad and feel sorry for myself.

Does anyone have any help/assistance/advice on what I should do.. because really I have no idea. I have plans to travel asia for the next few months but I really do want to work abroad, but obtaining a work visa is seeming like an impossible task at the moment.

Keep in mind I only have an Austrlian Passport. I am looking into seeing if I can get a german passport however I don't think I can, my grandma has german parents but she spent most of her time growing up in Australia so I don't know how that effects me, although I don't think I can get one.

PLEASE HELP.. I am at the end of my tether..

Cheers
az

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting Hazy

I am in all sorts of trouble!!

I quit my job, sold my car, broke up with a possible lifelong girlfriend all for the possibility of travelling and working abroad.

I'm not sure how this is clumped into you being "screwed" by the British High Commission in Canberra, especially about the girlfriend. But never mind, I'll continue with a couple of other things.

Quoting Hazy

3) Look for an alternative - work in Wales or try to obtain a work visa for wales and look and being transferred/sponsoered by a London firm willing to take me on.

I don't know how you would propose doing this, as Wales is part of the UK, and therefore visas for the UK include Wales. There is no separate immigration system for Wales.

I think the area in which you fell down the most is having air tickets before a visa was granted - the general advice is almost always to wait until a visa is granted.

Regarding the financial evidence, there might have been something overlooked by the visa section. However, the evidence they request is for the cash amount, i.e. money in a bank. The credit card statement is not something requested, and therefore doesn't add anything to the application - and they also clearly say original statements and not internet printouts. Including these could have confused things, and made the cash balance overlooked.

With the bank statement, they also request that this is dated within 1 month of the application being lodged - did your bank statement meet this requirement?

If it did meet that requirement, have you requested an Administrative Review? (which I think is what you're referring to as an appeal)

3. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

From what I can gather from the Youth Mobility scheme documents which are required, you can send a printout of an online banking account, but you must obtain a letter of authenticity from your bank verifying funds shown on the statement.

But as mojorob remarked, there's no point in sending documents which aren't required such as your credit card details because they're superfluous.