enter image description here My wife and kids plan to visit London for a 3-week vacation was refused. I have attached the image with the rejection letter. I am in the UK on a business visa and returning back to India on April 20th. My plan was to bring them here on March 29th, have 3 weeks of vacation and return together. I lost 25k+ Rupees for the first attempt.

Everyone is suggesting me to apply again with additional documents. Let me list the documents below that I am planning to submit. Read the documents as if my wife is submitting it. On our first attempt I submitted documents until 11 and the remaining are the new ones added for the second attempt.

Do you recommend to reapply in the first place with the refusal comments they have given? Do you think the new documents are sufficient to prove the reasons of rejections? Do you recommend anything more than what I have listed below? I appreciate a quick response as I have very little time.

  1. Application form of myself and kids.
  2. Appointment confirmation of myself and kids.
  3. Payment confirmation of myself and kids.
  4. Passports for myself and kids.
  5. Birth certificate of kids.
  6. Marriage certificate.
  7. Bank statements, both mine and my husband’s.
  8. No objection letter from my husband’s office.
  9. UK photographs.
  10. My husband’s passport and visa copy.
  11. ID proof/address proof for myself.
  12. Cover letter from my husband’s office explaining the purpose of his visit to the UK and why his stay was extended.
  13. Letter and receipt from kids' school explaining that we have taken admission for the next academic year.
  14. Husband's confirmed return air ticket for April 20th.
  15. Income tax statements of my husband.
  16. Invitation letter from my husband for us.
  17. Husband's medical insurance expiring on April 20th.
  18. Husband's salary slips.

Does anyone know if the second attempt takes more time than the first one?. First we got the rejection letter in 5 working days...second one already crossed 9 working days. Just out of curiosity and tension am asking this question. If its getting delayed is good sign or a bad sign?

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    You should blank out the name and date of birth from the photo
    – user16259
    Commented Feb 16, 2018 at 20:19
  • And his account info, which could easily lead someone to find out where he's working. If the visa officer seems to suspect what it sounds like he/she does, OP may not want that info all over the internet. Change your account name OP! Commented Feb 16, 2018 at 20:40
  • @user16259 has it right. Your proposed item 12, a description of your husband's activities in the UK, could get him in trouble if his activities are not allowed for a business visitor. It would not be wise to submit that unless it has been cleared by a competent lawyer.
    – phoog
    Commented Feb 17, 2018 at 7:32
  • What are the grounds for refusal. Please re-attach your refusal paper with your personal details blanked out. Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 20:03
  • Done!. Please let me know your view on this.@TheLastWord Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 1:08

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the main refusal of the visa is that your spouse mentioned that he is on a business trip from 28th Oct 2017 to 20th Apr 2018. Looks too long. Might be visa officer suspect that your spouse trying to settle down in UK.

However, the points you mentioned above after 11, are useful. So, you should try again.

Best Luck !!!!!

  • Thanks Maqsood for the comment. Planning to submit the documents this thursday for which we got the appointment. Fingers crossed. Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 9:57
  • Did you see the latest documents I attached, Does that makes sense to you?. whats the sucess rate of reapplying visa after a refusal with such documents? Commented Feb 20, 2018 at 12:28

You need an expert lawyer. The visa officer thinks you are working illegally in the UK. Your own visa could be at risk.

The reason is, I think, that you have spent a long time in the UK, which is usually incompatible with the permitted activities of a business visitor. Business visits normally only allow you to make sales presentations or get briefed by customers, with main work to be done in your country of residence.

  • thanks for the response. I totally get your points. How much does a lawyer cost for such cases?. This is probably my last visit to UK as my knowledge transfer from the UK guys and Vice-versa will get completed. So I am not worried much about whether they will allow me to come back to UK again. My bank statement and Salary slips should explain them that I am not earning anything in UK. Will try for one last time with these additional documents and thats it. My confirmed return ticket for April 20th. Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 9:56
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    You misunderstand what it means to work illegally in the UK. Even if you are being paid by your company to your bank account, the things you are doing in the UK may be considered 'work' which is not permitted for business visitors. Or they may be permitted activities and you will be fine. The issue is more than just your visa: the UK client may be unable to invite visitors in future, or your firm may not be able to serve other UK clients.
    – user16259
    Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 10:46
  • so should I give it a try once more with the additional document 12-18 or just dont try?. what do you recommend? Commented Feb 20, 2018 at 1:33
  • If you are not going to hire a lawyer then you should review the permitted activities of a business visitor and try to judge if you are complying with your visa. If you believe you are complying then yes, apply again, with a very careful explanation to the visa office.
    – user16259
    Commented Feb 20, 2018 at 5:57
  • thanks. Attached is the covering letter from Bangalore office that I am submitting this time to explain what activities I am doing in UK. Please review and see if this looks good. Commented Feb 20, 2018 at 8:50

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