I'm going to apply for a visit visa with 2 of my dependants. I'm wondering if I can use my UK bank statement which has been idle for couple of years. Currently, I'm living in Pakistan since I completed my education back in 2013. I'm wondering If I transfer some amount in that account before applying for a Visit visa. This is important to add here that my bank account is active but no transaction has made since September 2013!

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    It's a sword that can cut both ways. Also, make sure they do not suspect funds parking and you will have to supplement it with your day-to-day living bank account. – Gayot Fow Feb 11 '16 at 8:04
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    Thanks Fow, is there any issue if my bank account is still open there! I believe I haven't used it for long time. It will be much helpful if you elaborate a bit about "they do not suspect funds parking and you will have to supplement it with your day-to-day living bank account". Thanks again for your kind help. – Muhammad Usman Feb 11 '16 at 9:03
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    funds parking Transfer money into an account just before an application to show you have money. day-to-day living bank account Account which you use for your day to day needs and in your country of residence. – DumbCoder Feb 11 '16 at 9:31
  • @DumbCoder props to you for the definitions. I'm not sure this question warrants a formal answer, but please take a shot! I will u/v it for sure :) – Gayot Fow Feb 11 '16 at 10:14
  • @GayotFow I don't think I can for surety say what the ECO will make of using a bank account in the country to show for subsistence proof. You have more bandwidth on these tricky legalities. – DumbCoder Feb 11 '16 at 10:41

The visa officials want to see two things:

  • Can the visitors pay for the their travel and living expenses?
  • Can the visitors reasonably afford to spend that much money on travel, or does it look like a major investment into an illegal immigration attempt?

The first question requires a certain amount of money. The second question requires a steady income which leaves enough after typical cost-of-living expenses to save for a trip.

Using that old account means you can't show steady deposits of your salary. That will be difficult or impossible to explain.

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