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I am new to this community and my question might seem bit not specific or repeated (though I didn't find proper answer for this upon searching the site) and open-ended but any kind of input or suggestion is well appreciated.

I am an Indian national, 28 years old and finished my Masters in 2015 (still unemployed)

I am applying for UK visitor visa to check universities' departments and meet few professors to consider for PhD program.

Sponsor -- A family friend of mine who is a British-Indian, is sponsoring entirely for my trip of 10 days.

My personal bank account -- rarely used but 2 months ago, my father deposited about 15 lacs ( roughly 17,000 pounds) after sale of a property which is there untouched from last 2 months. I have all the required documents of property sale and transaction related to the property sale etc.

Supporting documents - I have agricultural lands and some another properties on my name which I intend to show in my application and I do have some travel history around few Asian countries.

My father wont be in India for another 3-4 months due to his work trip. So, I am unable to provide any of his Bank documents.

my query is - though this trip is costing me nothing ( as being sponsored by family friend), is it still mandatory to provide my father's bank statements?

my personal bank account has above mentioned balance for last 2 months ( I have sufficient proof of where the money came from) but before that it was pretty much inactive and low balance of about few hundred pounds, will that be a problem?

Being sponsored for the trip, still need to show 6 months bank statement?

  • Have any of those professors indicated an interest in meeting with you? – Gayot Fow Dec 1 '16 at 22:13
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    @GayotFow yes. 2 professors who also happens to be colleagues of my Family friend in uk, from different universities in Uk, visited my university and showed particular interest in my research work during my masters. though, most of the conversation was verbal during their visit and later over the phone and emails but they asked me if I would like to visit their departments and consider applying for PhD. – user54348 Dec 1 '16 at 22:23
  • I have their email sent from their university email account expressing genuine interest in me visiting department bla bla which I intend to attach with my application stating the same in my cover letter as purpose of visit. So, query still remains the sAme, I.e. Financial related as mentioned in my post. – user54348 Dec 1 '16 at 23:13
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You contemplate a visit to the UK to meet with the faculty of several universities with a view to enrolling in their PhD programmes. A friend of your family is paying for your visit. You have bank statements that will appear to match a funds parking profile with a large deposit and no activity that demonstrates an on-going lifestyle in India. You have supporting documentation for the deposit(s), but haven't accessed them in a way that demonstrates they are actually yours. You are unemployed.


Based upon what you wrote, your application is going to be very weak. To start, we can look at the UKVI formulae that the ECO will think of right off the bat for your refusal letter (they have an inventory of standard text to draw upon)...

The onus is on you to qualify for entry clearance based upon your own circumstances and your intentions. You have said that xxxxxx will help you with this visit by paying for your maintenance and accommodation whild you are in the United Kingdom and I am satisfied that he is in a position to do so. But whilst I take that into account in assessing your proposed maintenance and accommodation in the UK that is one aspect of the visitor rules and this sponsorhip does not satisfy me of your own intent to leave the UK on completion of your visit.

The key words here are "your own circumstances". What this means is that sponsorship satisfies one of the rules, i.e., that you will not go hungry for those 10 days. But there are other things to prove also and these things are proven by looking at your personal circumstances.

As icing on the cake, they might include another one of their standard formulae along this line...

...it is therefore unclear why your sponsor is providing you accommodation and living expenses in the UK. Furthermore you have not submitted any evidence to show they are able to provide this support. Given the above, I am not satisfied you have a genuine professional or personal relationship with your sponsor or that your sponsor can provide support to you for the intended duration of your stay...

When somebody like a friend offers to pay for everything, that's wonderful, but the notion of 'coherence' comes in to play, it needs to make sense in the bigger picture. There are questions like why are they doing that for you? Do they do it for everyone? Do they have a history of sponsorship that UKVI knows about such that the ECO will trust (or distrust) them? Can they actually afford to take on the burden?

Honestly, when somebody just pops up out of the blue offering to pay for everything, UKVI will be justifyably suspicious of a contrivance and this damages an applicant's credibility.

Coherence is really important and we see lots of refusals where people didn't sit down and consider if the whole arrangement made sense from end to end. Incoherent applications come from the complete range of applicants, including people with advanced degrees up to and including PLAB registrants. Avoid incoherence!

With these things in mind, we can turn to your questions...

my query is - though this trip is costing me nothing ( as being sponsored by family friend), is it still mandatory to provide my father's bank statements?

The only mandatory items are a passport, some photos, biometrics, the application itself, and the fee (Paragraphs 33 and 34).

The relevant question is what do you expect to prove by submitting your father's bank statements? You already have a 3rd party sponsoring you, and they will be confused about what you are trying to tell them. They already know there's a strong connection between you and your father (I assume so because someone must have paid for your graduate and undergraduate degrees), but that's not enough to keep you from going underground in the UK if you are so minded. His bank statements can show that he is established and has a stable lifestyle, but this does not provide information about YOU and your circumstances. Incoherent. His bank statements are unlikely to improve your application, but nothing prevents you from doing putting a few in.

my personal bank account has above mentioned balance for last 2 months ( I have sufficient proof of where the money came from) but before that it was pretty much inactive and low balance of about few hundred pounds, will that be a problem?

Yes, it is likely to be a problem. Incoherence again. You have an account with GBP 17k and yet you need a sponsor to support you 100% for 10 days. The ECO is going to ask "What is that about?" This doesn't make sense. Moreover the account is a picture perfect image of funds parking, i.e., it does not show that you really have access to those funds and you are working against your own credibility by relying on a sponsor. In addition to capacity, bank statements are used to show the person has social and economic ties to their country.

Being sponsored for the trip, still need to show 6 months bank statement?

This is answered exhaustively over here: Should I submit bank statements when applying for a UK Visa? What do they say about me?


So to bring this full circle, you are going to need a compellingly strong premise in order to overcome the weaknesses in your evidence. It means there's stationery and letterhead from the various universities in a formal communication that expresses interest in speaking with you personally. It should be written minimally by someone at the Associate Professor level that they can Google and call on the phone if necessary. You would also need a closely hewn itinerary that supports your premise. Against these needs, the banking evidence has a secondary priority.

  • i asked the professors to send me their interest in me visiting department on their letterhead and signature and contact details in case BHC wants to confirm it. also, decided to make my paternal uncle my financial sponsor with giving reason why my father can't be that as reading ur view on it, i realized i am just making my application complicated and VO might not appreciate that. BTW, will mentioning my father travel in cover letter would suffice or should i ask him to ask his office to send me some kind of document confirming that? – user54348 Dec 3 '16 at 21:51

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