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Gayot Fow, Hi, Please would you add something from your experienced eyes to my queries below. Thanks.

Thanks for your time for reading my post.

I made a mistakes in filing application forms for my parents 6 months visit visa without realising and as a result got a real heartbroken refusal. Because of some silly mistakes their passport is now saddled with a refusal. Refusal letter is attached here for your expert views/feedback.

A little background on my case. I have recently(April2016) naturalised as a British citizen through Tier 2 general route. I am a permanent employee and earn GBP 40,000 from my job. My parents have visited us here in Aug 2010 when our first child was born. At that time in 2010 we used similar set of documents we have used this time and they got their visa within 4-5 days.

Since their refusal I’ve been going through the Internet to understand what mistakes we made. To date amongst other websites I’ve found this Forum is one of the best source for guidance and help. After going through several old posts here I can now see what major mistakes I made on my parents applications. The biggest one of them was a huge sum of transfer into parents account by my sister just 2 days before and NOT attaching any letter for explanation of it whatsoever. Also, in the application form we stated that the cost of this trip would be GBP 1000, but didn’t clearly specify that this is the cost for 2-way tickets for both of them rather than just for 1 person. I did enclose sponsorship letter in which I confirmed that I will bear all expenses incurred by my parents during their stay in the UK and for their travel.

My father is a self-employed shop owner and his shop is on rent which gives them steady income. My mother is a housewife but receives rental income, she’s registered owner of the house and have land registry in her name. The house they currently resides in has three floors and the top floor is on a rent to a relative (rent is received in cash and sometimes may get deposited in their bank account). The house worth at least GBP 200,000. The shop my father owns has a market value worth at least GBP100,000. They don't have any intentions of living in the UK for longer than a month or two at a stretch, all their friends and family relatives are in India, they are also not very comfortable in speaking English. The only reason they want to come to the UK this time is to spend some time with our two little ones in our new house.

In the refusal letter ECO didn’t mention anything about my mother’s finances, they copied & pasted same reason on her refusal letter. We did submit her Income Tax return and she’s a joint account holder for the bank account for which the passbook was submitted.

To reapply again I understand our documentation has to be solid with clear explanations of my parents circumstances without any ambiguity. 1. We are thinking of getting a valuation done on my parents properties for the shop & house and use it to demonstrate that they have strong ties in India. Will it help? 2. Secondly, attach a letter written by my sister to confirm that she has given gift to my parents for a large sum, this will be supported by her bank statements. 3. I did write a sponsorship letter which I’ll do it again to bear their living and accommodation expenses here. Could someone point to a template please if there is one? 4. Also, I’m thinking of drawing up a family tree chart which shows that I’m the only family they have here and everyone else is in India, this to demonstrate that they have more social life in India. 5. Is it advisable to change some basic facts in their application forms eg. In my mother’s form can we now say that she’s a housewife and not show rental income from the house, the reason is because she doesn’t have a rent agreement in place and her bank records do not substantiate this claim. Although her annual Income Tax returns are based on this rental income. TBH I’m really not comfortable with the fact that we hide this.

Is there anything else we could do?

Could experts please give us some guidance here, we would be really grateful.

Could experts answer my 5 queries please? sorry, and add whatever they feel I might have missed. The reason I request is that I don't want my parents to have another refusal due to something which is avoidable. Much appreciate your time.

Many thanks Amit Page 1 Page2

marked as duplicate by David Richerby, Burhan Khalid, JonathanReez, mts, Gayot Fow uk Jun 24 '16 at 23:26

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    I know its unfortunate but it seems that the application has been flagged as parking funds for the purpose of visa eligibility. Parking of funds means large deposits that do not match the normal pattern of deposits given the income sources stated. I think your parents should explain the large deposits. Have a look at the question linked by David for some more clarification. – Burhan Khalid Jun 24 '16 at 16:44
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    Thanks David, Burhan. I just had a read through of the link provided by David, really helpful. Thanks again David. Do you guys think that if we explain about the large funds as they came from their daughter as a gift our application should be okay? I understand that you can't guarantee but is it enough for completeness? Do you see any major concern in refusal letter which we should explain/address when re-apply? Many thanks – Amit B Jun 24 '16 at 17:00

I cannot think of anything other than all those things you've already listed. As Long as the stated grounds for refusal are addressed, more likely than not your parents should be granted visas the next time. Above all, explain in a letter the large sum of Money your parents got.

And as for the property valuation, I say go for it. It'll be a very good Bonus to the application

  • Many thanks, Crazydre. Your comments are much appreciated. What's your view on my point 5 above please? """5. Is it advisable to change some basic facts in their application forms eg. In my mother’s form can we now say that she’s a housewife and not show rental income from the house, the reason is because she doesn’t have a rent agreement in place and her bank records do not substantiate this claim. Although her annual Income Tax returns are based on this rental income."" Kind regards – Amit B Jun 24 '16 at 19:57
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    I don't know their exact circumstances, so what I can say is: do NOT lie about anything, EVER. If something has changed, explain it in Detail, providing any available evidence. Even though it says an application will be considered solely on its own merits, in practice the fact that they got refused once WILL make it harder for them. – Crazydre Jun 25 '16 at 6:14
  • Thanks again, Crazydre. Exactly my thoughts. We would explain in the letter that my mother is in receipt of rental income which she receives in cash. Though she doesn't have any rent agreement but her Income Tax Return is based on solely this income. – Amit B Jun 25 '16 at 10:02
  • Sounds great. Frankly, if all of this doesn't convince them, chances are nothing will – Crazydre Jun 25 '16 at 10:59
  • Let me know how it goes. – Crazydre Jun 25 '16 at 17:04

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