My daughter wanted to travel to UK on tourist visa as her student visa expired. She wanted to go there to meet her sister working there on tier 2 (general visa). She by mistake showed my bank statement instead of her own as she had her current account in Lloyd bank in the UK. Visa was denied to her on the ground that in India she did not show any evidence that she is able to maintain herself – No evidence to show that she will leave england at the end of visit.

Is it ok to buy ticket before getting visa? How long should she wait before reapplying for visa?

  • It may very well be the fact of the reason for the visit is working against her. She has family in the UK, and was there (if I understand you) as a student. These two things create strong ties TO the UK, and in fact show that she would not WANT to leave. She would be well advised to do her best to show the reasons she has to NOT remain in the UK (i.e. family ties in India, a job, more schooling, whatever.)
    – CGCampbell
    Commented Oct 31, 2014 at 16:59
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    Possible duplicate of Reapplying for a UK Standard Visitor visa after a refusal
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 13:39

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As far as UK Visitor Visas go, there is no time limit that a person must wait after a refusal before applying again. The applicant is, however, always advised that they should address and remedy the grounds for the refusal before applying again, but this is not a requirement.

She will also have to think up something to say about her prior refusal. Based upon what you wrote, it is unlikely that the ECO would look favourably on someone by accident submitting the wrong bank statements, because people do not do that very often. More often applicants do this in order to improve their circumstances. The ECO might be likely to conclude that your daughter did not understand what was required (and thus not understand the conditions of the visa). Or perhaps they could issue the visa without question, nobody knows. In all events, her explanation should be convincing.

Evidence of not understanding the rules, or not understanding the requirements, or in some other way not showing full capacity works AGAINST the applicant.

For your other question, 'is it ok to buy ticket(s) before getting visa'? The UK Foreign Office (in various incarnations) has run an advisory on their site since the beginning of Internet that applicants should NOT purchase tickets in advance. Doing so is likely to indicate that the applicant has not read the requirements or does not understand them. Purchasing tickets in advance of an approved entry clearance is emphatically not recommended.


You mention grounds for refusal included no evidence that she will leave the UK at the end of the visit. She needs to show that she has strong ties to her home country such as regular employment. A current account in her home country may also help.


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