Decision to deny Turk living in Blackpool a visa is quashed

A budding entrepreneur who was denied a visa to stay in Blackpool got the decision overturned by a High Court judge.

Tuesday, 28th March 2017, 8:26 am
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:21 pm
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Mr Justice Holman, sitting in London, said a subsequent review of the move – which would have seen Celal Akturk forced to move back home to Turkey – was also flawed.

He has now ordered a review by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, saying: “Both decisions must, and will, be quashed.”

The 21-year-old’s bid to stay in Blackpool to launch his own window cleaning business was thrown out after Home Office officials said they doubted his true intentions.

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However, Mr Holman said this was an ‘unjustifiable adverse finding to make’.

Other reasons given for rejecting Mr Akturk’s bid were also found to be ‘defective’.

They included saying he failed to submit bank statements when opening a bank account on a temporary visa is impossible and saying he did not provide a price list as part of his business plan when it was included on page seven.

He was also accused of failing to provide evidence he spoke English well enough to succeed in business, despite not being asked to do so.

Mr Justice Holman said these factors combined meant the original decision was ‘unfair, unsound [and] in parts factually wrong’.

He stressed he was not judging the validity of Mr Akturk’s application, which must now be reconsidered.