Friday, 25th November 2005
The Board is issuing the following statement in response to recent queries regarding the validity of applications.
The Board accepts that matters such as proof of residence, which may be outside the control of the applicant and his/her solicitor, may follow the application form even though, as a matter of good practice, this information should where possible be included. A completed and detailed statement of abuse might in exceptional circumstances be supplied after the application has been lodged but the outline of the nature of the abuse and those responsible must surely be within the knowledge of the applicant and his/her solicitor before a decision to apply is made. Otherwise an application would be based on no known fact except residence. How could an application be lodged based only on the fact of residence when residence on its own does not form a valid reason for applying?
End of statement.