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I am a British citizen and my boyfriend is a Belgian refugee. He has been granted indefinite leave to remain in August 2016, he has ID permanent residency and a Belgian travel document. He is originally an Iraqi national but doesn't have his original passport. He is claiming benefit as he has to study language before getting a job. He is currently studying language and working as a translator on a voluntary basis and gets paid around 235 euro each month on top of his income support. Since August 2016, his income is 1100 euro per month.

He applied for U.K. Visit visa twice and was refused. The first time we made mistakes on the form and it was my fault. The second application also got refused and the reason was:

You state that you have lived at your address for 4 months, are a student and have been a translator since 03/08/2015. You further state that you receive an income of 1350 euro and spend around 900 euro each month but have not provided satisfactory documentary evidence in support of your stated income and evidence in support of your financial circumstances in Belgium. I am therefore not satisfied that your financial circumstances are as claimed or of your intention to travel to the uk now. Further more I am not satisfied that you only want a short visit in U.K. and that you will leave at the end of your visit.

Evidence provided by my boyfriend:

  • Travel document
  • ID card
  • Letter that he has been working as a translator since stated date from the company
  • Income support letter, also stating the 235 euro he gets a month for translation from company
  • Letter from school showing term holidays, the course will end in April 2016
  • Flat rent contract starting August 2016 and ending July/2017
  • Bank statements 6 months and a certificate from bank
  • Employed in November 2016 for night shifts, they call him when they need him.

We attached pay slips of shifts he worked so far All documents officially translated apart from bank statements.

He made deposits of 1500 euro in August and 2500 in September after the first refusal. We mentioned that the money was gifts from friends and family.

From me:

  • Invitation letter to say that I will support him financially but I didn't write a declaration
  • Bank statements 6 months
  • Tax return
  • Photos of us
  • Tickets to when I visited him
  • Emails
  • Copy of passport
  • Hotel confirmation which I said I would pay for

My questions are: With his current situation in Belgium, is he likely to get a visa approval? What can we do differently because we want to apply again? Any advice would be highly appreciated.

Visa Refusal Notice part 1 Visa Refusal Notice part 4 Visa Refusal Notice part 3

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    If his income is 1100 Euro per month, why did you state it was 1350 Euro per month? To me this sounds like a clean cut case of funds parking. – Burhan Khalid Dec 25 '16 at 19:56
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    the refusal notice is incomplete, would you please scan and upload it into your question. See meta.travel.stackexchange.com/questions/4089/… for help, thanks – Gayot Fow Dec 25 '16 at 20:26
  • He stated 1350 as he was employed after first refusal which increased his monthly income. But I did tell him that you cannot say 1350 each month as that has only been this month – Sam Dec 26 '16 at 1:19
  • We did provide pay slips of the extra income – Sam Dec 26 '16 at 1:21
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With his current situation in Belgium, is he likely to get a visa approval?

A history of multiple refusals probably means that the next application will be carefully scrutinised and needs to be meticulously prepared.

It may be that your boyfriends circumstances are not sufficient to support a visit to the UK. Ideally he would have bank statements showing regular income and regular savings gradually building up sufficient savings to support himself for the planned seven day visit.

What can we do differently because we want to apply again?

Don't try to borrow money, or solicit "gifts" to inflate the bank balance.

He made deposits of 1500 euro in August and 2500 in September after the first refusal. We mentioned that the money was gifts from friends and family.

That probably looks like "funds parking" to the officials - you should avoid doing that. Doing so complicates the application and decreases the chances of success. From what I've read here, at a minimum, the application would need to be supported by statements from the providers of the gifts demonstrating exactly why they are motivated to provide such gifts as well as the origin of the gift funds.

Another obvious difficulty is showing that he has sufficient ties to Belgium to ensure he is fullly motivated to return there after 7 days. He is a refugee in Belgium with no permanent job who is reliant on benefits payments. Unless his circumstances change, I would expect it to be more difficult than average to obtain a visitors visa.

If you must meet up in the UK rather than in Belgium, he may be best advised to consult a UK lawyer who specialises in UK visitor visa applications.


Adding...

Contrast and compare to the OP's thread at http://www.immigrationboards.com/general-uk-immigration-forum/visa-rejected-twice-t221918.html posted on the same day as this one.

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    +1 and your answer could greatly profit from a link to this excellent Q&A about funds parking, among others. (not my post) – mts Dec 26 '16 at 17:50
  • Thank you so much for RedGrittyBrick for such a detailed answer, I really appreciate it. One more questions, I have mentioned that I will pay for his accommodation and food in uk. Is this weakening his chances of getting a visa approval? Thanks – Sam Dec 26 '16 at 18:34
  • @mts: Good point, answer updated. – RedGrittyBrick Dec 26 '16 at 19:09
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    @Sam: It seems to me that being dependent on a UK citizen is obviously a weaker case than being self-reliant. Having incentives to overstay (e.g. romantic attachments in UK and no ties to BE) means the rest of the case needs to be as strong as possible. But don't be tempted to mislead or deceive the ECO as that is likely to lead to worse outcomes and longer term consequences. – RedGrittyBrick Dec 26 '16 at 19:19
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    Nice answer! Clearly superior to the one posted on another place. I like the suggestion about funds parking. – Gayot Fow Dec 31 '16 at 23:31

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