Well, I was supposed to visit UK on 20th-22nd July this year to participate in a competition / conference as an undergraduate student from Bangladesh. I submitted my application on 18th June but it was refused:
As Evidence of your circumstances you have submitted bank name statement in your father's name... for account number ***** shows a balance of ***BDT (around 2,500USD) after a deposit of ***BDT (around 1,600USD). There is no evidence of the source of these funds. You have provided electricity bills but no evidence of your father's employment or income. I am not satisfied that the documents you have provided evidence your circumstances and this lends me to doubt that you are seeking entry only for the purpose and duration stated. I am not satisfied that you are genuine visitor and will leave the the United Kingdom at the end of your visit.
I should've probably added another document stating my father's occupation and that he will bear my costs. However, it is general knowledge in my country that a father will very likely bear the cost of his children. Probably not so in the UK. Incidentally, I have searched the term
Visa refused for source of funds from a private window and the first page of Google results are all related to UK visas.
What pains me most is that this letter was signed on 23rd July even though I submitted my application a month earlier. Which means that for the whole time they didn't process my application. They could have called/contacted me if they needed any further documents. However they didn't which, I think, means they tend to reject applications more than they accept and do not care much about the applicants.
However, I will not reapply for a visa as the event in which I was due to participate is already over.
I was wondering what the future consequences of this refusal might be. I have previously visited India for a conference and stayed for 11 days.
Now that I have this smirch in my passport will it affect my future visits to other countries?
There were six of us. We all submitted similar documents according to my knowledge. However, only one received a visa, probably because he had visited Russia and USA. Two of us were refused and the other three are still waiting for their decisions.