When is application refused under Para 320 (7A)

This paragraph is generally used when the Entry Clearance Officer feels that the applicant has used deception, made a false statement or given false information (whether or not material to the application, and whether or not to the applicant’s knowledge), or withheld a material fact in an application, either orally (at interview) or in writing.

The legal standard of proof is ‘balance of probabilities’, so it must be more likely than not that the falsehood has been used. However the ECO must be able to substantiate this doubt with some evidence of what has led to the conclusion

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