I have read lots of stories about visa refusal and I'm no exception as I have just had my applicant denied too.

After reading refusal it is very common for the applicant to be refused because of a financial situation. As a sponsor it declared they see no reason the sponsor can fund my partner for her visit, but applicant had no funds and could not see her returning after her stay. So conclusion was they denied it on this. I could not appeal or get administration review and told be 12 months before we can apply again???

My partner's financial situation will not change, but as a sponsor I was giving all. I have sponsored her holidays over 18 months and paid for all, because it as been rejected now I will sponsor her holidays again this year too.

My question is this. I will re-apply for a visitors visa in 12 months but her financial situation will not have changed. How do I get the embassy to accept what I wrote to be true? I have no intentions of my partner overstaying— who is to say she likes the UK? If we decide in the future for a spouse visa, I will apply for one. Refusal letter 1 Refusal letter 2

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    Just to clarify, are you the sponsor and a UK citizen? Feb 11, 2016 at 23:05
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    uk citizen and sponsor ,
    – mart1004
    Feb 11, 2016 at 23:10
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    The refusal letter , baffles me , when i read about about a visitor who im sponsoring as stated by gov.uk , everything was perfect to the letter , the money-gram payments was gifts ,birthday, flight which was booked 17th august a medical payment for a lymph node injections and her agency and visa payment December , not really a income , who would think it was ? also on mony=gram they said housekeeper written.she is a shopkeeper , i know she as no money , why i gave them all my financial details ,gov,uk sponsor , paragraph v4,3
    – mart1004
    Feb 12, 2016 at 4:14
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    @mart1004, great question, a few more details please, her approximate age and the approximate age gap between you and any previous travel history where you met in person.
    – Gayot Fow
    Feb 12, 2016 at 7:31
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    Im 52 male and fem is 42 , 10years between us , we met july 2014 , then again october 2014 december 2014 , may 2015 and october 2015 , all in egypt , then the bomb and now cannot why we opted for the visa
    – mart1004
    Feb 12, 2016 at 8:21

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We can take things from the top...

i could not appeal or get administration review

No, there is no path for appeal in visitor applications. Administrative review is a process reserved for applicants in the tiered system, so it's irrelevant anyway. But there's clearly an ownership issue and they have picked up on it (it happens a lot), more about that later.

12 months before we can apply again???

This is not correct. A person can apply again as soon as they get their passport back from the VFS, even the same day. There is no required interval between successive applications and you can find an existing answer here: How soon can I re-apply for a UK visa after getting a refusal?

how do i get the embassy to accept what i wrote to be true?

They have not challenged your credibility. The ECO explains that she's OK on your side of things. The age difference is also OK. But again the ownership issue arises...

i have no intentions of my partner overstaying

This unveils a problem. You do not own the applicant or the application, it's not your application, it's hers. You are a sponsor and your role is strictly limited to establishing your own credibility and providing the sponsor support documents. You did that in a way that they are satisfied with, and to attempt going beyond the role of sponsor raises alarm bells for a decision-maker. Let's introduce two points that causes romantically motivated applications to fail...

  1. A sponsor's responsibility is to demonstrate the capacity to maintain and accommodate the application. Nothing else. Your 'intentions' are irrelevant and attempting to assert them indicates that you do not understand what your role is and by extension that you do not understand the rules. This is a fair assumption on their part because if your friend decided to go underground and disappeared inside the UK there is nothing you could do to prevent it.
  2. Even worse, you cannot attest to the applicant's intentions. The applicant is a different person and while you may be certain of her intentions, decision-makers do not accept that sort of thing. The ECO reminded your gf...

    "...the onus is on you, the applicant, to demonstrate...

The ECO went on to explain that she is basically OK with your gf's 'spravka' (that's a very good thing) but it did not apparently jive with the other stuff your gf submitted (that's a bad thing). It's likely your gf has never applied before and did not know what was expected of her.

Finally, the ECO went on to explain that the pattern of your gifts (in the form of bank transfers) suggested that your relationship was something like a kept woman who received maintenance payments from abroad. Your gf should have declared this as additional income. Paradoxically, doing that would have helped the application. Again, this type of mistake happens a lot with romantically motivated visa applications.

So the ECO concluded that your gf was not a genuine applicant or did not understand what she was doing and the risk of her going underground was unacceptably high. V 4.2 (a) & (c).

She's probably devastated and you are probably angry, scouring the net for forum advice. They don't like having upset sponsors, it's not good for their image, but the application left them no choice apparently. This is a fairly 'vanilla' type of refusal and you can engage a regulated adviser to manage her next application. I am guessing this would cost about GBP 400 - 550 (but that's strictly a guess). You can print out this question/answer along with the refusal notice and email it to an adviser and get a better estimate. A full-on solicitor can be used if you want, but isn't usually needed in these types of 'vanilla' cases; adviser versus solicitor is a matter of personal choice really.

  • Thankyou gayot . Your documentation gives me a better understanding . One thing . Applicant says they stamped her passport and cannot re apply ???
    – mart1004
    Feb 12, 2016 at 10:14
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    Ignore it. Many times it means that they want you to go for a fiance or spouse visa, if that's in scope then proceed accordingly.
    – Gayot Fow
    Feb 12, 2016 at 10:25
  • I understand the process for a spouse visa . My g/f needs to learn English for this visa . Have you any knowledge of what they require . As it may be the next step . But a visit was what I wanted . And proceed from there . Also the visor visa for 6 months can I be used twice in this time . And what percentage would think we have . As we are going to Cyprus in April now . But on return I will start again on the 2nd visa
    – mart1004
    Feb 12, 2016 at 10:30
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    @mart1004, it's not a forum here. You asked your question and you got your answer. You can wait for more answers or ask a new question or whatever. We cannot go along dragging it out with comments. Please read stackoverflow.com/help/someone-answers and note that spouse visa questions go on expatriates.stackexchange.com/questions
    – Gayot Fow
    Feb 12, 2016 at 10:47

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