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Personal Statement From Mason Campton
Photo by Dave Payne
Wed 01 May 2013 by Mason Campton
Visa Application Refused
Appeal Refused
Confusion
Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to Laura, Steve and Tony they have gone above and beyond to make me a part of the Comets Team for 2013. They have spent alot of time, effort and expense to make it happen and I really do appreciate everything that has been done for me.
Unfortunately it is with regret that I need to let everyone know that the UKBA will not go back on their original decision to refuse my visa for 2013 due to the new rules which came into effect at the end of last year.

The grounds of refusal are based on paragraph 245HB of the UK Immigration Rules which states:
“(g) The applicant must not have had entry clearance or leave to remain as a Tier 2 Migrant at any time during the 12 months immediately before the date of the application”

The grounds for my appeal were that we believed this rule was for when an application was being made to renew an expired visa . My visa was valid until 1/12/13 and the only reason we had to re-apply was due to the full transfer from Glasgow to Workington and we believed it to be just a formality so that the sponsor details could be changed on the existing visa. Apparently this is not the case and anybody who puts in an application for a Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa will be faced with these new rules. ( Even though several applicants this year have slipped through the system.)

The whole process started in the UK at the beginning of January and has taken until now to be refused. To say that I am devastated is an understatement.

I was really excited and so looking forward to riding for the Comets this year, I had spent a lot of money upgrading bikes and equipment and sending it all over in preparation for this season but unfortunately it isn't going to happen now this year.

I wish the team the absolute best of luck and hope for a very successful season for everyone involved.

I would also like to thank the fans for all the support they have shown me throughout this whole process.

I would really love the opportunity to ride for the Workington Comets in 2014.

Mason Campton
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