A friend of mine has been refused a UK visitor visa. He is an African student studying in Russia who wanted to visit me for a week and I was going to accommodate his stay here. The reasons for the refusal appear to be due to the following reasons:
1) The origin of his funds is unclear from his bank statements. He brought money in cash from his home country and deposited this on arrival in Russia in 2016. So I'm not sure why this is being queried. What evidence is needed to show this? Bank statement showing deposit?
2) ECO is unclear how he maintains and accommodates himself in Russia. He maintains himself and pays for his student accommodation from his funds. What evidence is needed here? Receipt for accommodation?
3) ECO is not satisfied that he will return in light-of 1) and 2). He will return as he needs to finish his degree. Is this not satisfactory? They acknowledge that he enrolled as a student there. What evidence do they need to be satisfied?
4) ECO is not satisfied that he will be able to maintain himself for his trip and meet the cost of a return journey. I am hosting him so he does not have any maintenance or accommodation costs, which is actually acknowledged in the text of the letter by them, so I am not clear why this is an issue. He is buying a return ticket so why do they think he will not be able to afford this? He is bringing over £1,000 anyway, so this would cover a flight back. How much do you have to bring for a week's stay? He only needs some spending money for any shopping or sightseeing, travel dates, etc. I am accomodating him so there is no cost there. Again what evidence might satisfy them?
Any advice would be gratefully appreciated so that we can make a better visitor visa re-application.