I am a university student from Ghana and have an invitation letter from the British Army to attend assessment in the month of February (20th-22nd). I have a bank account with savings containing Gh9,000 cedis (~£1,678.94) and my source of funds is monies from my family (most often my sister in the UK) and my family in other countries. I have Western Union and MoneyGram documents to show as proof for my source of income. My sister and my parents (both government workers and my dad owns his business) would be sponsoring me.

I also made my parent write an introductory letter and have a letter from my university stating the course, enrollment and when I would graduate, which would be in September 2019. The dean also granted me permission to leave for the assessment. I have family land property documents and house allocation documents.

Am I 'good to go' or do I need another document/more evidence to add to the ones I have already to make the ECO comfortable and pleased with my application?

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    @Pnuts,my assessment is on 20th-22nd February Jan 22, 2017 at 15:40
  • @pnuts,yeah for a fact thus true and a fact and thanks for the advice would keep that in mind but can you tell me Qs related to Army assessment visit visa,please. Jan 22, 2017 at 15:49
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    @EthanElisha a search for UK visa army is presently returning 8 results (some are questions while others are answers): travel.stackexchange.com/search?q=uk+visa+army. Not all are relevant, but most are.
    – phoog
    Jan 22, 2017 at 16:35
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    @Gayot Fow,not really getting you can you explain or throw more light on what you said so I can understand you well Jan 22, 2017 at 21:49
  • @pnuts, no. Please read travel.stackexchange.com/questions/51849/…
    – Gayot Fow
    Jan 23, 2017 at 0:18

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You need a UK entry clearance in order to get your army assessment. This is a two day affair that comes midway in the recruitment process. Other than sending an invitation the army does nothing else. Applicants are expected to pay their own expenses and for those needing it, acquire an entry clearance. UKVI treats the occasion as a job interview and so the entry clearance needed is a Standard Visitor Visa issued under Appendix V of the rules.

Nearly every facet of your personal circumstances is alarmingly weak and moreover you have a prior refusal to contend with. Deeply worrying is your intent to provide receipts from Western Union and Moneygram as evidence of your solvency. This is a money laundering pattern, even for small amounts, and they are not going to like this at all. See My application was refused due to 'lack of evidence of funds', are there hidden requirements for UK visa applications?.

If they do not refuse outright on funds provenance, you can show few if any, ties to Ghana and no reason whatsoever to return at the conclusion of your visit. This is usually the point where we advise people to wait for a more prosperous time in their lives before applying for a UK visa.

In the comments you revealed that you have three sisters who are career soldiers in the British army. This is gold. And in your case, solid gold. It gives you a fully defensible premise that they will not be able to rebut. You come from an army family and it's natural for you to join. If played correctly your premise can be put forward in a way that finesses your other weaknesses. This is not a certain bet, but it opens a pathway in what's otherwise a doomed application. You'll need to do more than just mentioning it in your application.

Unfortunately we are not in the business of providing legal advice and hence would not be able to provide specific help with your application. Our domain is travel and visas are a subsidiary topic. You can try on our collateral cousin's site 'law', but I suspect they would be reluctant to provide specific help for a situation as complex as yours.

You can get help from a solicitor, or in this particular case from a seasoned adviser. Both of these attract a fee for their services and you would not be able to get help for free. I would estimate a solicitor would charge about GBP 800 and an adviser about GBP 350 - 400 (at commensurate quality) but these are just onageristic guesses and may not reflect the current market for immigration services.

Avoid using visa agents in Ghana because you may not be able to detect if you are being scammed or not. And avoid internet forums because your situation is too complex and too delicate to be entrusting it to random people on the net.

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