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My situation:

I'm a British citizen, living and working in England. I run my own small limited company which I'm very much committed to keeping. My boyfriend is American and has moved back to live in California. I want to apply for a 6 month tourism visa so I can visit him and stay with him for a while.

I genuinely plan to return to the UK once my 6month period is up.

I have a visa application meeting in London in a couple of weeks and I don't want to be rejected.

My questions:

  • What sort of questions will they be asking me?
  • Should I tell them that I want to stay with my boyfriend for a while or will this be deemed as suspicious?
  • Has anyone else had a similar experience?
  • What else will I need to prove to them?
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Do you have enough ties back home ? How do you prove that ? What is your annual income ? Who is going to be sponsoring the trip ? –  happybuddha Jul 8 '13 at 16:09
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Generally people at the consulate are interested in one thing and one thing only:

  • Is this immigration or tourism or in other words: WILL YOU LEAVE?

So here are the points of concern as was put to me previously by an immigration lawyer.

  • A Single Woman going to visit a single man is a point of concern.
  • If you're running a business you intend on keeping why are you leaving it for 6 months?

Now to answer your last question: You will generally need to prove to them that you have more to come back to then to leave behind.

So the questions are generally asked to that effect.

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OK - I'll start thinking about my answers now. Do you think they'll have an issue with me saying that I'll be doing some remote (online) work for my UK business while I travel? –  Tracey Jul 8 '13 at 19:11
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@Tracey You should consider that this may not fit under the tourist visa. –  Karlson Jul 9 '13 at 2:07
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