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For people who apply together for a UK visitor visa as parents, or parents and one child, can it be the case that one visa gets approved and the other rejected? Or is it a required that all should be approved or all rejected?

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Yes the result can be different for different applicants even if they apply together.

Here is one such example.

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In the UK, for example, a big question is always: "Will this person return to their home country once their permission to stay in the UK runs out". If Mr. X applies, they might say "Mr. X is married to Mrs. X, so he will surely return home to her". If Mr. X and Mrs. X both apply, that reason to return home has disappeared. So it's quite possible that each of them individually would get a visa, but not both together.

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Both applications had the same result, as both were approved. The wife's application was dependent on the husband's application, so maybe that's way the result was the same.

  • It is normal for a dependant applicant to be approved if the primary is approved. But you asked if it was possible otherwise hence the other answers. Congrats! – Hanky Panky Dec 2 '18 at 4:38

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