If parents are old and want to go visit their daughter in the UK from UAE and 2 of their sons will go one by one to take them and other to bring them back as both can't stay for more than 15 days due to job and families in UAE, what's the best way to apply for a UK visa?


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what's best way to apply

"Best" does not have meaning in the context you have written about. There's the only way to apply. And once that is nailed down, you can add some 'best practices' on to it...

  • Have the daughter prepare a single invitation letter addressed to the Entry Clearance Officer at the decision-making hub in Abu Dhabi, add the proposed travel arrangements and explain why they are necessary; send the letter to the parents;
  • Have the daughter collect a single set of bank statements, tenancy contract or mortgage, job contract, send it to the parents;
  • Have each of the travellers (including parents) prepare the same bundle of evidence;
  • Have each of the travellers create an account a Apply for a UK Visa and complete the application;
  • Report to the Visa Application Centre in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi for biometric enrolment; and
  • Await results.

They are going to wonder why 4 people in the UAE need 4 open visas to the UK at the same time.

Since the proposal involves having the two UAE sons travelling to the UK as escorts, there's an opportunity to substantially reduce the overall risk by having the UK-based daughter provide all the escorting. I assume the difference in airfares is minimal since either way entails two round trips.

Other notes...

  • Bookings, tickets, and confirmations are not necessary for visit visas.
  • The itinerary should include transport to and from the airport, especially if the parents are not comfortable with spoken English.
  • Tenancy agreements (or mortgage info) will be key, make sure it's up-to-date.
  • If the UK-based daughter has visited the parents in the UAE recently, it can be worthwhile emphasising this in the application, if not then consider offering a really solid reason why not.
  • Does it make sense to explain the escorting situation somewhere in the application (e.g. a brief explanation of who's traveling at what time and why)? Feb 19, 2017 at 7:10
  • I think that's part of the invitation letter, but it might make sense to expand that dot point...
    – Gayot Fow
    Feb 19, 2017 at 7:27

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