I was previously refused a UK visit visa for reasons in the attached pic. The sponsor for that visa was my sister’s British partner. At the time of my first visa application, in late 2016, my sister had an ongoing visa appeal on humanitarian grounds. When applying for the visa at that time, I answered answered “no” to having family in the UK because it prompted me to provide her visa details which she didn’t have at the time. As such, unfortunately the connection to my sponsor being her partner was not established.

My sister is now on a spouse/partner visa on the basis of their relationship and cohabitation. I have reapplied to visit again for a week over Christmas, as we haven’t seen each other in 7 years. my sister is my sponsor this time. I have not yet attended the appointment and would like some advice.

My questions are: - Do I need a cover letter to address why I didn’t mention my sister last time? Could I be refused again if this isnt not properly addressed? - I’m Nigerian and have been a resident student in Hungary for 2 years. my degree is due to end in 2020(though my current visa ends and is to be renewed July 2019). my fiancée is also resident in Hungary. how do I prove this as a reason why I won’t overstay?

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    Did you provide any information at all with your first visa application to indicate that you had close family in the UK? As you’ve explained it in your question, it looks very much as if you lied first time around.
    – Traveller
    Nov 9, 2018 at 18:59
  • Possible duplicate of UK visa refused under 3.6 a of Appendix V (deception)
    – Giorgio
    Nov 9, 2018 at 23:52
  • @Giorgio The OP did post their refusal notice, but has now deleted it for some reason.
    – user79658
    Nov 9, 2018 at 23:58
  • @CannonFodder thanks for that: I read the revisions, and it's even more difficult for OP: it's all of 4.2 and 4.3 and they're requesting a UK visa from within a Schengen country shortly before their EU visa expires (but they expect it to be renewed). After being caught out, it would be very hard to be encouraging, but I'll retract my VTC as it's not a match (athough the advice in it is sound).
    – Giorgio
    Nov 10, 2018 at 0:06
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    Nigerian + First Refusal + Misrepresentation/Deception = UK Visa Refusal and possible ban. See an attorney. You will have to prove your sister was not in the UK last time or have a credible explanation for why you answered no. Nov 10, 2018 at 7:18

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You lied about your family connection on a previous application and now want to tell the truth? The ECO will wonder how much of what you are telling him can be relied upon. You are likely to be refused for this reason alone.

It will take more than a cover letter to resolve this problem. If you admit to having lied before you risk being refused on ground of deception and being banned. If you lie again and are found out you will definitely be refused and banned.

You need some serious advice from a lawyer with experience in unpicking this sort of problem. Expect this to be expensive.


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