My application for a standard UK visitor visa was denied, citing lack of sufficient documents for evidence of income (tax returns).
This is understandable, as I've only started to earn significantly since the last 12 months, hence only one year of tax returns was available and the case officer refused to consider my salary bank account statement as the sole evidence of proof of income.
So now (2 months after refusal) I wish to reapply for the visa but this time with the entire travel sponsored by my parents. They have sufficient documents to prove their income, property evaluation papers etc.
However the visa application form has a field that asks if my visa to the UK was ever refused, to which I now have to fill yes.
Q1. How likely is the first refusal going to affect this new application?
The refusal letter I received on my first attempt did mention that all future applications would be considered on their individual merits. But hearing from various sources this is still likely to be false and previous refusal may cause problems.
Q2. Is applying just 2 months after the last refusal too soon. Will it raise eyebrows?
EDIT: The refusal letter indicates I did not provide a tax certificate even though I absolutely positive I enclosed it along with my application in the envelope provided to me at the VFS centre. Is it possible that the case officer simply missed that document or didn't bother with it since it was only one year's assessment?