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Is it necessary to provide "paid leave statement" from my current employer when applying for a UK visit visa for a 5-day-visit?

I live in Iraq.

  • Sorry, do you have a specific reason for asking this? 5 days is well within normal vacation time, paid or un-paid. – Johns-305 Sep 14 '16 at 12:36
  • If it seems necessary then I will take leave now , however if not , I won't rush , and will take the leave following getting the visa – Saman Ahmed Sep 14 '16 at 12:40
  • I do not know, but the question is so specific, any detail might help someone else provide better advice. – Johns-305 Sep 14 '16 at 12:42
  • I would be very surprised if the UK had a fixed rule no matter where the applicant resides. Employment traditions vary from place to place, and what the ECO needs to know is that it makes sense given the employment customs in the applicant's country for him to go on the proposed location and expect still to have his job when he comes back -- otherwise it will be suspected that his real plan involve ditching his current job and try to find work in the target country instead. So in order to have any hope of a useful answer to this you need to specify where you are. – Henning Makholm Sep 14 '16 at 13:32
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You are an Iraqi national applying for a UK Standard Visitor Visa and you want to know if you should include a so-called 'paid leave statement' from your employer as part of your evidence.

Is it necessary to provide "paid leave statement" from my current employer when applying for a UK visit visa for a 5-day-visit?

It is not 'necessary' in the sense that the only 'necessary' evidence is a passport and photos. But having said that, yes, you should include such a statement IF

  • the statement passes their muster as high quality (fundamental);
  • the employer is established and reputable (critical);
  • the employer is ready to take a phone enquiry;
  • you can prove that it is not a forgery (critical); and
  • the info dovetails with your bank statements.

If any of these fail, it can spell doom. Iraqi nationals are one of the highest risk of visa applicants, look at this letter from the Home Office (selected at random from my personal archives)...

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This goes on all the time so you should be prepared to give spotless evidence about your current circumstances and lifestyle. The more relevant (and 'hard') evidence you can provide, the more favourable the outlook.


Note: the length of your proposed visit does not reduce the risk of absconding because that is a constant. Even a visit of 1 second is enough to go underground once you clear controls. Instead the visit length should sync up with income and lifestyle and most importantly, the premise.

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