I'm a freelance journalist based in Pakistan. I'm a working student. Having won a journalism award recently, I had to apply for a UK visa to receive the award. My airfare and accommodation are being provided by the event organizers and they provided reasonable evidence for my hotel and flight reservation.

Since I'm a freelancer, the letters I received from the publications state me as a freelancer contributor, without mentioning the pay because there is no fixed amount. Given my estimated monthly earning, I quoted that in the salary box. My bank statements match my claims.

However, I'm worried if I will make a strong case. Since my trip is being sponsored by a registered company, does my pay and bank statement still matter? And does it have to be healthy?

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  • I'm note sure "receiving an award" qualifies as business, and thus whether a business visa is appropriate. – George Y. Sep 22 '16 at 17:21
  • It's an official presentation ceremony. What could have been the appropriate category then? – Umer Ali Sep 22 '16 at 17:22
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    Since you already submitted your application, then it doesn't seem like you can do anything right now. No need to worry until you hear back from them. – George Y. Sep 22 '16 at 17:46
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    This is post-submission anxiety. Your activities all fall withing those listed in Appendix V. You should always submit a history of bank statements regardless of your sponsorship. – Gayot Fow Sep 22 '16 at 19:19
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    @UmerAli not unusual, sounds fine. – Gayot Fow Sep 28 '16 at 10:59