I am a UK citizen and I have my Fiance living in India. He recently applied for a marriage visit visa, but unfortunately although we were sure it would be approved - it was refused. We also hired a solicitor for our case, and he is taking us through the application a second time. We plan to get married here in the UK, but we do not want to reside here. As of yet, we are unsure where we will reside; but we have said in our application that we would return to India to live. The matter of citizenship is different, but it seems we are having issues convincing the government that my fiance will return to India.
He is enrolled in a 2 year Masters Degree which ends this May. We are now pushed for time to submit the application again so that he can come over, spend 2 months here and then leave at the end of April as he has his final examinations in May. In addition, he owns a motorbike and has a large family - but no dependants. Another point was funding - my fiance paid over 55,000 INR towards the trip and borrowed 10,000 INR from his father - but they were minded by this.
The refusal points are as follows -
You have applied for a visit visa to visit the UK for a period of 3 months to marry your fiance, Miss C L on 6th April 2018.
I acknowledge the supporting documents from your UK sponsor with regards to your accommodation and relationship. I have also considered the info you have provided about your personal and economic circumstances.
You state you are a student and employed as ...at...with a monthly income of 25,000 INR. You state you will finance this visit and that you will have £950 available to you for this purpose and that your father will contribute towards the cost of the trip.
As evidence of your funds you have provided a bank book from IDBI bank pertaining to an account in your name with a closing balance of £166. I note the cost of this trip represents more than 3 times your apparent monthly income and I am not satisfied you have sufficient funds to cover the cost of your trip.
Whilst I acknowledge you ave submitted evidence of your studies and employment, I am minded by the fact that you are dependant on the money being contributed by your father. However, you have not provided documents to confirm your parents personal circumstances in India. It is your responsibility to demonstrate that your personal circumstances in India are such that if granted leave to enter, you will comply with all of the conditions attached to any such leave and that you will leave the UK on completion of the proposed visit. I consider that the documents you have submitted do not demonstrate personal or economic ties to India and I am not satisfied that you genuinely intend a visit on this occasion. I am not satisfied that you are a genuine visitor and will leave the UK at the end of your visit. I have therefore refused your application in accordance with Paragraph 4.2 (a) (b) (c) and (d) of Appendix V of the Immigration Rules.
We want to reapply as soon as possible, for the same visa. How can we strengthen this application more so? Does anyone have any ideas on further social or personal ties? Aren't examinations for a MA degree sufficient? Would it help if I perhaps booked a course in India to prove that we plan to travel back there together?
I hope someone can give us some fresh ideas. We love each other, and have been apart for 2 months now, waiting patiently for our time to be together again.