I applied for a visa to attend my graduation ceremony in the UK. I have clearly mentioned that, after the graduation, I will return to my country. I'm unemployed, just got out of college, and am dependent on my parents.

How to I convince them to issue a visa? I consider being unemployed as an unfair reason to refuse me. I can manage the funds issue; my concern is the first point in the letter.

What I need to do to improve the next application?



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    Thanks for the 1st page, can you do the 2nd page also? We need to see the grounds. I can see the problem pretty clearly, but need to know which parts of V 4.2 they cited at the end. – Gayot Fow Feb 10 '17 at 17:22
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    I am curious when did you graduate finish your coursework and when is the actual graduation date? Is this a case of you were financially sound enough to have been a student at the university but suddenly not enough to enter as a visitor? Were you an online student? Did you actually attend physically in the UK? – Augustine of Hippo Feb 10 '17 at 17:34
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    You seem to be expected visa granting to be fair. It might be nice if it were fair, but it isn't. In particular, there seems to be no place for arguing "I'm a law-abiding rule-following person. You admit me until date X, I'll be out of your country no later than X because that is the sort of person I am". – Patricia Shanahan Feb 10 '17 at 17:37
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    @SheikPaul many UK universities run overseas courses, where 90 to 100% of the tuition is carried out local to the students, by local faculty at a local college or university, but under supervision by the UK university, and the qualification is issued by the UK university. They may never have set foot in the University of Bedfordshire before. Typically you get an invite to a graduation ceremony in the UK, as its fairly prestigious. – Moo Feb 10 '17 at 18:34
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    @PatriciaShanahan Its worth noting that UK immigration officials try very hard to be fair - to the UK, that is. They have no obligation to people applying to visit, but they have every obligation to UK tax payers to try and prevent illegal immigration. – Moo Feb 10 '17 at 18:37

The third sentence of the first bullet point says "I am not satisfied you have strong ties to your home country."

  • Find a stable, well-paid job at home. That's the most important factor.
  • If you have dependents who do not travel with you, that might help. Unless the ECO believes that they're your reason to work in the UK.

You write that you consider your employment status an unfair reasony to deny you a visa. The UK disagrees, and they make the rules. You would be well advised not to raise the fairness issue in any communications with the UK entry clearance officers, because you must convince them that you will abide by the rules. Questioning their fairness doesn't help your position.

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    The unemployed part is just icing on the cake and not the root issue. It's a combination of proportionality and provenance, but only knowing the actual grounds will tell us for sure. – Gayot Fow Feb 10 '17 at 17:56
  • My graduation date is 16march 2017. And it was distance learning course. How can I show my ties when Im still depending on my parents money. – Don Wee Feb 12 '17 at 1:38

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