My parents intend to visit my brother, who is working in the UK (living in his own property). I too plan to accompany my parents. At present, my parents and I live together in the Middle East. I am employed, as is my mother, although my father is self-employed.
We recognise the need of fulfilling specific conditions to be able to acquire a UK visit visa, such as:
- Sufficient funds
- Reasons to return to Middle East/not to overstay
My father has not been earning money since a year, however, given the economic conditions of the country we reside in. Further, he has transferred all of his money back to our home country, to invest in real estate. He currently does not have any money in his bank account.
My mother, on the other hand, earns money from teaching at a school. But as it happens in the Middle East, legally she is not on the school's sponsorship, and rather on my father's.
I have a stable income, as my mother, and I am on my employer's sponsorship.
Having read other answers here, such as this one, it seems even if I or my brother sponsor our parents' travel, it seems my father would still need to show that he has enough money available at hand. And this money will need to be sufficient for my mother's expenses too, as legally she is under my father's sponsorship.
In other words, the visit applications of my parents will probably be rejected.
Is there something we can do to prove to the UK visa officer(s) that we just intend to give our parents a tour of the UK, and that we will return to our country of residence?
Edit to add more info
Mother is under father's sponsorship
Although my mother gets paid directly into her account by the school, not being under the school's sponsorship means she is legally still a housewife. The school will not offer an employment letter or salary slip to recognise my mother's employment.
We are Pakistanis, but have been living in Saudi Arabia for 27 years.
My travel history and visa
I already hold a 5 year multiple visit visa for the UK, and I have been visiting every year since 2015.
Parent's travel history
My mother has already travelled twice to the UK. Once when we were students, and another time in 2016 on a visit visa (when my father had funds in his account). My mother submitted her and my father's bank statement, and salary slips she was fortunately able to acquire for once.
She also travels regularly to Pakistan (at least once a year).
My father recently travelled to Pakistan with the entire family but has never been to the UK.
I plan to spend no more than 3 weeks, and my parents about a month.