Mrs A was over 50 years old. Her son settled in the UK, and she planned to come to the UK to visit her son and his wife. She applied for a UK visitor visa twice before, and both of the applications were refused because the Home Office was not satisfied with her financial circumstances in her home country. In order to get a positive result, her son, Mr B, instructed us to assist with his mother’s application.
How we helped
For the application to be successful, the key points are to show that Mrs A’s purpose of visiting the UK is genuine, she will leave the UK at the end of her trip, and she is able to support herself during her trip. Most importantly, we have to provide sufficient evidence to show that Mrs A has strong social and economic ties in her home country, and she will return at the end of her visit.
During the consultation, Mr B informed us that Mrs Awas running her own business in her home country, and Mr B confirmed that he would pay for his mother’s flights and any other costs during her stay in the UK, and Mrs A could stay with Mr B and his wife at his current house owned by his wife and himself.
After gathering all the information, we prepared a comprehensive checklist outlining all the documents required. Mrs A provided birth certificates showing the genuine relationship between herself and Mr B and her other children in her home country. She also provided her husband’s passport copy and their marriage certificate.
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In terms of Mrs A’s economic ties, Mrs A was self-employed; however, she was running her business in cash and her business was not registered. We helped Mrs A to gather all the documents that she could get to prove her income, including the purchase agreement of her shop and relevant tax documents showing that she declared her income from her shop to the government for tax purposes. We also helped Mrs A to provide a detailed explanation in relation to her economic circumstances that would help the Home Office to have a better understanding and strengthen her application.
When we were reviewing Mrs A’s personal bank statements, we came across that there were many transactions paid into her account during the last six months. We helped her to provide a letter of explanation addressing the purpose of each transaction and provided relevant documents to back up her explanation.
There was also another issue in Mrs A’s application. The date of birth in her passport is incorrect, but she did not realise it until a year ago. We advised that the best practice was to obtain a new passport with the correct date of birth. However, Mrs A confirmed that she could not obtain a new passport with the correct date of birth. Also, she did not have a birth certificate to reflect her correct date of birth. Based on Mrs A’s explanation, we helped her to provide a detailed explanation regarding this issue; however, we also informed Mrs A of the potential risk due to the lack of evidence.
We helped Mr B to obtain several documents to show that he could provide financial support and accommodation during his mothers’ stay in the UK. We also helped Mr B to draft the invitation letter confirming the genuine purpose of the trip and that he will pay for the journey.
We helped Mrs A to complete her form, book an appointment to enrol biometrics and upload all the documents beforehand. Her application was approved within three weeks. Now, she could come to the UK to visit her son and his wife.