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When applying for a Standard Visitor visa to the UK and providing documents as a sponsor, must the bank statements be stamped or can they be printed out from online?

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Bank statements are needed for a lot of different reasons and applying for a Standard Visitor Visa without including an indicative series of bank statements is wildly adventurous. You asked...

When applying for a Standard Visitor Visa to the UK and providing documents as a sponsor, must the bank statements be stamped or can they be printed out from online?

You have three main options...

  • Print them out from the net and have them stamped by a bank officer; or
  • Send the paper statements that are received in the post; or
  • Have a member of the UK Law Society submit copies (this option is not for individuals to do by themselves).

Sending photocopies or unattested print-outs is asking for trouble. The guidance is clear that all evidence should be originals. A sponsor's bank statements must follow the same rules as the applicant (this includes provenance of funds also). Note: to help prevent identity theft, it is OK to blacken out any account numbers that appear on the statements and send them under separate cover (I used to do this as a matter of routine and never had a problem from it).

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