I applied for a UK visa (visitor) from India to attend an academic competition in London. The organizer provided the participants with an invitation letter. For my visa application, I used my father's bank statement.
My first visa application was denied due to inconsistent bank history, the reason why it was inconsistent wasn't explained. On my second try, I attached airlines tickets (both ways), accommodation details (it had been present in the first attempt, but was conveniently ignored) and two other bank statements from my father's different accounts along with the account that was used previously. Like in the first application, I attached copies of his Income Tax details (current).
However, even after making these changes my application was again denied. On further frivolous grounds:
That my studies would be ongoing when my visa expires - while accepting that my university has confirmed that I am a bona fide student they felt my studies would not extend to 6 months, which was the duration of the visa.
That the new accounts presented showed deposits entering my parents' accounts that had not appeared on the Income Tax ledger. It is important to note that the said Tax details were for 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, the most current tax details going back three years had been provided. The transaction so pointed out was for December 2017, the assessment year for which would be 2017-18, which has not yet come to pass. Furthermore, the amount mentioned was for arrears, which is very common for government employees, who receive lump-sum payments.
Both my attempts have not only affected me financially (the cost of the application was around INR 8,000 and INR 9,000 approximately), it has also affected me mentally as my participation in the International Rounds was crucial for my team (who have interestingly all received a positive response, even when I had cited their application as well). I wanted to know steps if any that can be taken to:
- Ensure that this matter be rectified, without incurring any financial cost.
- Make changes for my future application.
- Ask for a financial statement of my dad that has not been delivered to me, which has been kept back without any statement as to the reason.
I have attached my rejection letters along with my question.