I'm Ukrainian living and working in Germany and I want to apply for UK visitor visa to go to London for a week with my friend. All my bank statements are in German, although one can surely recognize my name, my account number, name of the bank, dates and how much money I get and spend. Do I have to translate these statements in English?

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    To be clear you shouldn't be translating any of the statements. You need to pay someone who is recognised by the Home Office to translate the documents. Hopefully you already know this!
    – MJeffryes
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 11:26
  • I am sure the Home Office guy doesn't have time to pore over every time you paid the parking meter with your debit card - but that they are interested in seeing that you have a regular source of income. As such I would be surprised if they spent more than 15 seconds looking at your bank statement for a visitor visa. But what do I know... if they can find an excuse to turn you down, they probably will (I wonder if they have quotas).
    – Floris
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 13:14

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If you submit a document that is not in English or Welsh, it must be accompanied by a full translation that can be independently verified by the Home Office.

Visit visa: guide to supporting documents

  • I've also read this quide document, but I'm wondering if I should translate each transaction (I have really a huge number of transactions cause I used to pay everywhere with the card) or it would be enough to translate just keywords like "account balance" or "amount".
    – Daryna
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 8:52
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    Lots of transactions means all that much more need to get them translated. Bank statements are not the place to cut corners.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 9:19
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    @Daryna "independently verified by the Home Office." It means a translator needs to do the job for you, I am pretty sure a professional translator knows which parts are required unless it's his first attempt to translate something for the Home Office
    – Ulkoma
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 9:20
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    @Daryna My mother in law was refused a UK visa a few months ago. Her application had many problems, some of which were probably more serious. But among the reasons given for the refusal was that she had submitted a foreign-language bank statement without a translation.
    – phoog
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 19:04

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