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I applied for a business (creative) entertainer visitor Visa because I am an octopad player, performing for 10 years in India. A London sponsor invited me to perform with my musical group in the Indian cultural festival of Navratri, Diwali and Gujarati New Year. The duration of the tour is 37 days.
I requested Super Priority visa service and was refused, for reasons I think are wrong. I attached all the sponsor documents with details of all expenses it will pay, their bank statements, charity registration certificate, and the events details.
I also attached my bank savings and current account statements, and my mother's pension and salary account statements. The refusal reasons are not correct:
Currency is not indicated: when we complete the online form in Gujarati language, it shows all the amounts in GBP. Is it compulsory to write it again?
Super Priority visa applied for just 6 days before date of travel: Is it necessory to say why? It takes 5 or more working days which will create problem for me as well as the sponsors making plans for performances; it's a society with 400 persons who daily gather to celebrate the festival,
Mention that NAPS will pay all the expenses and failure to submit evidence: this is totally wrong because I have attached sponsorship letter, agreement letter, and covering letter to the Embassy visa officer, the Society bank statements which has a good amount. I also got an invitation from Edinburgh Gujarati Society with a reference by Consul General Of India on their letterhead; they are agree to provide food and accommodation at their place, and London to London transportation.
Still, the visa officer informed me that I failed to submit documents, and asks why the Society would pay me because I am the chairman of an air academy. However, I also attached my biography about my business and that I am an octopad player and owner of this musical group. We perform on government contracts as well as private events. I attached many photographs of performances, YouTube links, international travelling photographs, original notaried work order of musical performance by the government of Gujarat etc. Still, it mentioned that my role in this trip is unclear.
- Visa officer mentions a bank statement of my mother's pension account in which amount is very low, but I already stated that NAPS will provide all the expenses, including round trip air fare, visa fee, local hospitality in the UK etc. Why is the visa officer taking into account the applicant's bank statement?
If the visa officer is taking it into account, they didn't look at all the documents, because I attached my personal savings and current bank account statements, with a total of around 29Lakh Inr (19Lakh saving + 9 Lakh current). Is this not perfect?
We are getting everything from the sponsors in the UK. Why are they looking at whether that amount is sufficient or not? I have attached my mother's bank statement for support (her salary and pension account statement) which we are not using for any home expenses. I am earning so we do not require my mother's account. All the home expenses are paid by me; we are only 3 members in my family (me, my wife and my mother). I lost my father when I was 2 years old. My wife helps me in my business, so no need to take any money from mother's account; this is joint a family.
I need urgent help because 19 Sept 2017 is the travel date. What do I do now? Can I apply again? It is showing NRA in the refusal letter and mentions that it is not eligible for appeal or administrative review. I also applied online for administrative review on the same day of the refusal. All the documents are as were gotten from VHS Mumbai because it can verify if they want to confirm anything about the documents. I have cut a small part of the pouch and removed only the passport; there was no stamp so I was confused and saw a letter. So I removed the letter.