Mukovska v Minister for Justice and Equality
 IEHC 641
THE HIGH COURT
2017 No. 754 JR
Student visa – Constitutional fair procedures – Legitimate expectation – Applicant seeking student visa – Whether the respondents acted unreasonably or in breach of constitutional fair procedures in not giving any/adequate reasons
The applicant is, it seems, a prosperous Ukrainian lady. She owns a building fit-out business in Ukraine. She owns properties in Ukraine. She has previously holidayed abroad and returned home to Ukraine. She claims that for, inter alia, business reasons, she wants to study English in Dublin. On 11.04.2017, she applied for a student visa to come here. That application was unsuccessful. By decision of 13.07.2017, the applicant's appeal also failed, the following reasons being given: ' Need to undertake...course in this State not demonstrated or warranted... The applicant may overstay... [T] he visa sought is for a specific purpose and duration:- the applicant has not satisfied the visa officer that such conditions should be observed.' Although application was made to the Irish embassy in Kiev, processing of the application/appeal happened at the Irish embassy in Moscow. Following on the failed appeal, the applicant claims: (a) the respondents acted unreasonably or in breach of constitutional fair procedures in not giving any/adequate reasons, (b) they acted in breach of constitutional fair procedures in rejecting supporting documents without expressly referencing same in the refusal, (c) they acted unreasonably as there was no logical connection between the reasons and a legitimate consideration of her application, (d) they breached the applicant's legitimate expectation by delegating immigration decision-making to the second respondent's officers, (e)(i) there is a risk of objective bias if an application/appeal are decided by the same small group of individuals, (e)(ii) this risk was aggravated by virtue of the processing being done in Moscow, given the (unfortunate) antagonism presently extant between Ukraine and Russia.
Items (a)-(c). Exercise of ministerial discretion in immigration matters may be judicially reviewed. However, decision-makers exercising...
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