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One of my close relatives, an Indian citizen, is applying for a tourist visa to UK. I, my wife, and son are planning to travel with him. We are US citizens, so we do not need a visa. My relative is planning to put our names as people traveling with him. My relative is funding his part of the journey. So we are not sponsoring him or vice versa. We are traveling through the UK together, staying at the same hotels, etc.

The worry is that if my relative applied as one who is traveling alone, his application is likely to be rejected. In this case, the truth is that we are all traveling together, so we thought that mentioning this would add strength to his visa application.

Do I and my family need to submit any supporting documents? (If not, I would think anyone can write such things in their application.) I asked this question to the British High Commission in India, but their reply seemed to be auto-generated and did not have any useful information.

I would have thought that it would be useful to submit our passport details and possibly airline tickets and even bank information to convince the visa officer that we have the means to support ourselves. But that is just my hunch.

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    Why do you say "who is traveling alone, his application is likely to be rejected"? Can he demonstrate strong ties with India? – gstorto Jan 31 at 23:27
  • The travel agent initially thought that he was traveling alone and said that in their experience, people who travel alone have a higher chance of getting rejected. My relative has sound finances (in my opinion) and strong (again, my opinion) ties back home. Of course, whether the UK visa office thinks that way is a question. – user91514 Feb 1 at 3:12
  • @user91514 The Other Documents section of the U.K. Visit guidance assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/… states that “Supporting documents should back up statements made on the application form”, therefore IMHO it would do no harm to include evidence to support this. Whether it will make any difference to the outcome of the application is debatable, since you are travelling companions, not sponsors of the application. – Traveller Feb 1 at 5:10
  • @Traveller that sounds like an answer. – phoog Feb 1 at 12:46
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The Other Documents section of the U.K. Visit guidance https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/673351/Visit-guidance-v7.0EXT.PDF states that “Supporting documents should back up statements made on the application form”, therefore IMHO it would do no harm to include evidence confirming travel companions.

Whether it will make any difference to the outcome of the application is debatable, since you are not sponsoring the application.

  • Thank you for your advice. This document is quite useful. – user91514 Feb 1 at 19:16

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