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As a student applying for a tourist visa to the UK and attaching bank statements, can you use Western Union, MoneyGram, and World Remit receipts from family and friends who sent the money to prove to the ECO your sources of income?

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You will have to explain who pays for your visit and why. For tourist visa, the money must be a genuine gift and not a loan or investment that you are expected to repay at a later date. If it is a loan, the visa officials will assume that you intend to work in the UK to repay it.

So the question will be why your family and friends would give you the money. You must show that they earn enough themselves to give you the money.

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