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If one applies for a Standard Visitor Visa and is rejected, could this have an impact on a citizenship application down the line? Or are the two considered on their individual merits?

Also, is there any reason to not apply for the two in parallel?

Backstory: I am a British citizen and my son (6yo) is Bolivian. I have mandatory training in the UK in April, and therefore need to travel before we could conceivably receive his citizenship and passport. Therefore I am applying for a Standard Visitor Visa for him. However, to allow for easier travel to the UK in the future, I wish to apply for his citizenship, which is at the discretion of the home office - but it’s a Hague Convention adoption so should be fine. We do not intend on returning long term to the UK in the near future, it is simply because he has the right to citizenship and it would ease travel immensely down the line.

  • Are you talking about the UK? I don’t know if there’s any situation where you could conceivably apply for both at once. Are you resident in the UK? In which case why are you applying for a visitor visa? You need to tell us more about your circumstances. – MJeffryes Jan 14 at 13:28
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    Applying for citizenship will definitely weaken a visitor visa application. Part of the visa application is to make the case that you are not trying to live in the UK and will go back home. The citizenship (or asylum) application definitively proves otherwise. – Roddy of the Frozen Peas Jan 14 at 13:42
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    @RoddyoftheFrozenPeas Per Gayot Fow, having applied for some kind of residence visa does not weaken an application for a visitor visa if it's reasonable that the person needs to travel before their application is processed. – DJClayworth Jan 14 at 17:03
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    So mark this as a duplicate of wherever Gayot Fow said that. – Roddy of the Frozen Peas Jan 14 at 17:25

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