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Last November my friend and I got invited to attend an on-site interview for a big tech company in London, and we were both refused a visa for different reasons.

The company was going to support our travel, which was stated in our invitation letters as follows:

[Company] guarantees that [Name] will have adequate funds in his possession, as well as return transportation.

They also gave us itineraries that include flight tickets and confirmed hotel bookings, which we provided with the application. We also provided our fathers' bank statements with enough balance and stable monthly salary transfers, and we provided statements from our universities that we are students that are enrolled in the current running semester.

I was refused, as follows:

Rejection first page enter image description here

I didn't provide a source of funds (HR letter) for my father's salary that is showing on the bank statement, so this explains the first point. However, the other points don't make sense whatsoever because I am still a student and in Egypt, most students live with their parents and are supported by them, which doesn't make sense why they expect me to have my own financial assets in Egypt.

I plan to reapply again to attend another interview for the same company, but this time I am providing a letter from my father stating that he supports my living and will support my expenses there for the two days of my visit, my birth certificate with my father's name, an HR letter from my father's work and the contract of the current apartment my father owns which we have lived in for the last 12 years.

Will this be enough to satisfy the ECO? Also, should I write that I take allowance from my father, knowing that I can't really demonstrate this in whatever ways the ECO looks for other than mention it in the statement my father will sign.

Edit 1 Some extra info:

I provided 3 bank statements. The first account has a part of the salary transferred to it every month in USD and this part is withdrawn normally. The second account has the EGP part of the salary transferred to it, along with some instalment payments for a loan and credit card payments. The third account has the amount of the loan in it since 6 months with some small withdraws, the deposit of the amount of the loan is annotated as Internal Transfer, and on the second account the same amount is annotated as Loan, and then the transfer operation is shown.

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    First question. If "[Company] guarantees that [Name] will have adequate funds in his possession", which I would assume means they are paying your expenses (this would be normal for a job interview), why would your father be covering the costs of your trip? – DJClayworth Jan 30 '18 at 19:33
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    Second question: Do your father's bank accounts show a big sum of money coming in recently? – DJClayworth Jan 30 '18 at 19:36
  • @DJClayworth for the first question, that was what was on my mind, and why I didnt provide that HR letter about my father's work. I didn't even state on my application that my father will support my travel, for some reason the ECO assumed that. I only stated on my application that the company will sponsor my travel fully. However, after the rejection I knew that company only pays for the accommodation and the flights only, they don't pay for meals or for transportation from the hotel to the company and so. I only provided the bank statements to give insight to the ECO about my circumstances. – hazefully Jan 30 '18 at 20:08
  • @DJClayworth For the second question, I provided 3 bank statements. The first account has a part of the salary transferred to it every month in USD and this part is withdrawn normally. The second account has the EGP part of the salary transferred to it, along with some installment payments for a loan and credit card payments. The third account has the amount of the loan in it since 6 months with some small withdraws, the deposit of the amount of the loan is annotated as Internal Transfer, and on the second account the same amount is annotated as Loan, and then the transfer operation is shown. – hazefully Jan 30 '18 at 20:16
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    Now that you have received a refusal you should consider hiring a lawyer with UK visa expertise. The underlying message in this refusal is "we don't trust you" and getting past that on subsequent attempts can be hard. On the matter of money, the UK has had declining use of cash even for small transactions for many years. Handling equivalent to thousands of GBP per month in cash is likely seen as suspicious. – user16259 Jan 31 '18 at 6:42
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With the addition of the refusal notice, I took the liberty of editing your question, for clarity, correcting the terminology (refused, not denied, per UKVI usage). Also, it’s impossible to respond to your friend’s circumstances. While you both applied, and for the same reason, you cannot place two applications side-by-side, and draw the conclusions as you are. Applications are assessed on a first-principles basis; while both were refused and, perhaps, for similar reasons, it’s impossible to offer a cogent response here.

Yes, you are correct, the UKVI does often cite specific paragraphs of the Immigration Rules and, when it doesn’t, it suggests considerable issues overall.

V 4.2 Genuine intention to visit: "It is the intentions of the application that are paramount…. " What you provided, and what may have been missing, failed to convince the ECO, full stop.

The refusal suggests concerns under sections V 4.3 and V 4.4. When funds, maintenance and accommodation is provided by a third party, you have to present solid evidence that there is a genuine relationship (in this case, professional) and a valid written undertaking.

Ascertain whether the company with which you would interview has has a sponsor license and is in good standing with UKVI. You can do this at the register of licensed sponsors: workers. The document lists Tier 2 and 5 sponsors, the category of workers it’s licensed to sponsor, and it’s sponsorship rating. This is essential to your premise for entering the UK, and the ECO will verify the organisation’s standing (and may have done so in your recent application).

Your premise for entering the UK was not believed: citing all the additional sections simply highlights the failure to satisfy the ECO, pointing to potential visa violations (work, study, access healthcare or marry).

Without agonizing over each of those, and arguing that was not what you intended, it would be better to attend to the shortcomings.

  • Verify that the company is entitled to sponsor, and your candidacy for a position. And if the company is not, or has a poor rating, or your qualifications are inconsistent with its stated purpose, a second application would not succeed.

  • Provide evidence about your studies, qualifications: include course of study, when you will graduate, with what certificates/diplomas, confirmation of enrolment. This is essential, when the potential outcome of the interview would be to enter the UK to work; without requisite education, skills, training, such an interview would be fruitless, as would an application is another visa category.

  • Document your finances (sources, including monies from UK company, and that you have access to the funds; your father’s source of income from his employer etc). It’s not that the ECO would be satisfied by a letter from your father, the ECO needs to see that the funds are legitimately obtained, that a certain sum is there for your use. It’s not unreasonable that a student has parental support; what is irregular is when a unreasonable portion of that income would be expended on a short trip. Having the company indicate full support and then adding that your father will undertake the same is conflicting, and confusing.

  • Bank statements: you added information on what you had provided as part of the refused application and as you describe those, on the face of it, may require evidence to support the account activities (particularly loans, monies in other currency, transfers). Review the TSE canonical on bank statements as it can guide you on how to navigate that issue.

Be patient as you go, as you would not want to invite a second refusal, particularly if you wish to work and live in the UK. This additional TSE canonical on supporting documents may help.

As noted, I did edit out the bits regarding your friend's refusal as it isn't relevant to yours. Rather, it is a separate question, but may be satisfied by the above, as well as the discussion found in the TSE canonical: UK visa refusal on V 4.2 a + c (and sometimes 'e').

  • thank you for your answer. I checked the company and it says "Tier 2 (A rating) Sub Tier: Tier 2 General, Intra Company Transfers (ICT)", is this a high rating? Considering my studies, I am studying computer engineering and the UK company is a computer software company, and I did provide evidence for my enrollment in my college including my major and current semester in my last application. – hazefully Feb 3 '18 at 1:38
  • Considering the finances, the UK company isn't giving me money; they are booking the accommodation and flights and paying for them. I can only show that by the confirmed bookings the company gave me, is that enough proof? Also, I now have the HR letter from my father's work stating his basic salary and the amount of the salary which is transferred in USD and the amount which is transferred in EGP, and I plan to exclude the third account with the loan money as I can't issue a letter from the bank proving the loan. – hazefully Feb 3 '18 at 1:43
  • I also work as a part time software engineer in Egypt, which I didn't mention in my last application as I get paid in cash. I got an HR letter from company indicating my role and that I will be on leave during the dates of my stay, and my salary. Is it better not to mention my job or would it help.my application? I am new here so if these comments asking for more information are not okay feel free to tell me that. – hazefully Feb 3 '18 at 1:44

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