I'm a British citizen who would like to invite my widowed mother-in-law and single, employed sister-in-law to be with me and my wife on welcoming our second baby. I'm sponsoring their full travel and accommodation. I'm submitting all legal documents as per check list with balance maintenance of £12,000 for the last six months statement, pay slip, company details. I had submitted for them twice before with the same documents and, thankfully, they were successful. Those times, my sister-in-law was a student and we submitted bona fide letters from her institute.

We did not submit any papers of the mother-in-law or sister-in-law. They traveled to the UK, stayed for a short holiday, and returned back home. This was at the end of 2015.

This time, we are submitting my sister-in-law's employment details with six months of her salary slips, salary deposits six months which is 15,000 Indian Rupees. Her maintenance level is low in that account, a sum of 35,000 Indian Rupees. We are submitting this paper just to show her ongoing activity and ties with her country. I am again saying that I'm her main sponsor.

Will the Home Office consider her bank balance as money for the UK visit or will it assume we submitted these documents to show all funds?

Also my mother-in-law's bank account has a fixed deposit of 3,000,000 INR of which 2,000,000 INR is more than a year old; 1,000,000 INR is two months old. This is from family inheritance money and funds received from loan repayment from her deceased husband's relatives. In the 6-month's statement, cash going in of 30,000 Indian Rupees is from her son and a fixed deposit monthly income.

Again we are submitting just to prove my mother-in-law and sister-in-law have strong ties to the local economy and family members back home. This is the only intention of using both of their papers.

How should this be stated in the letter to the Home Office so that it is clearly understood, or should I submit with only my sponsor documents?

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You are a Brit who wants to provide sponsorship for two people. Even though the applicants do not have the capacity to travel, you want them to demonstrate a stable lifestyle and on-going solvency in the Indian economy. You propose that they include evidence like employment contracts, bank statements, and other forms of HARD evidence.

And? ... AND? This is what applicants are supposed to do. It's how people convince ECO's to issue visas and it's not unusual at all. What we get on this site are people who don't do that. So you're on to a good thing. Read this for more info: Should I submit bank statements when applying for a UK Visa? What do they say about me?

You have some questions about it...

Will the Home Office consider her bank balance as money for the UK visit or will it assume we submitted these documents to show all funds?

Once your capacity for sponsorship is fully established, they will use her evidence to determine if her personal circumstances are secured enough such that she qualifies. They are not idiots; they know that there is an economic disparity between India and the UK and this is not their paramount concern. They will be looking for how 'plugged in' she is with social, family, and economic ties.

How should this be stated in the letter to the Home Office so that it is clearly understood, or should I submit with only my sponsor documents?

In both theory and practice you don't need to say anything. As mentioned above they are intelligent professionals who can see the bigger picture when it's clearly laid out for them.

If you are really nervous about it, you can template your cover letter like this...

(Premise and relationships go here) I am pleased to once again provide economic sponsorship for xxx (mother-in-law) and yyy (sister-in-law) and zzz (sister). The occassion is the expected arrival of my son who is due on xxxx. Blah blah blah. (attestation of your relationships goes here)

(FULL description of your own personal circumstances goes here)

(then some BRIEF text about what you're trying to say) While I have the capacity to provide sponsorship, I understand that the personal circumstances of each applicant are of paramount concern. Accordingly, they must demonstrate a stable lifestyle along with social ties and sufficient economic ties to India to warrant their return at the conclusion of their visit. To this end I have advised each family member to include their own employment contracts, salary slips, and bank statements. This is done with the expectation that you will find their personal affairs in order and conclude that they qualify under Appendix V of the Rules.

(Attestation of your presence in the UK during the visit goes here)

(Blub on accommodation goes here)

(Burb on transport and insurance (if necessary) goes here)

It should be straight-forward and if you need more than a page you're doing it wrong. ECO's love a well-polished, eloquent, and informed cover letter, but it's risky because if it's poorly written or too long or introduces irrelevant material it can work against you. Avoid having them revert to the discrepancy method to refuse the application(s).

Critical notes:

  • There is nothing at all in this template that says anything about the applicant's intentions other than the occasion of the visit. If you put something in your letter about their intentions or their performance history, your other attestations will be discarded and ignored. You cannot read people's minds and suggesting that you can will damage your credibility.

  • There is nothing at all in this template where you guarantee that the applicants will return to India. This is overstepping your role and will undermine your credibility. You cannot tell the future so avoid suggesting that you can.

  • There is nothing in this template where you describe their personal circumstances or make excuses for their employment or their reduced circumstances or anything else like that. Once again it's overstepping your role and they may discard your sponsorship altogether.

  • Your cover letter is about YOU, not them.

    Finally, don't cut-and-paste my text. It's elevated and will be out-of-whack with the other parts of your letter. Use your own words.

Random note: Indian nationals account for for 21% of all entry clearances issued world-wide. As such they are the 2nd largest end-user globally (455,000 issued). 85% of entry clearance applications in India are successful.

(Source: Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release 2016)

  • Gayat can u advise me on below . You have given a reall support on my situation .
    – Sheyu
    Jan 11, 2017 at 10:11

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