Visit Visas To The UK – Should You Be Providing Evidence That You Are A Genuine Visitor?

08 Mar 2018, 57 mins ago

Applying for a visa to visit the UK can be time consuming and expensive. The Home Office requires applicants to declare extensive information and provide evidence to detail this information. The level of detail includes but is not limited to:

  • How much you earn
  • How much you think your trip will cost
  • Who is paying for the trip 
  • Details of your employer, your partner, your parents and your children
  • Your travel history over the last 10 years
  • Details of any criminal history

It is important to be completely honest on your application. If you are found to have deceived the Home Office you could face a 10-year ban from the UK. 

Many applicants complete the application form honestly and truthfully but still get refused. One of the most common grounds for refusal in such a case is that the Home Office is not satisfied that you are a genuine visitor and will return home after the trip. 

In order to show that you are a genuine visitor, when you make your application you should provide the Home Office with documents that evidence that you have strong ties to the country in which you are normally resident. This could include some of the following documents:

  • Evidence that you own or rent a property in your home country
  • Evidence of a job in your home country
  • Evidence of emotional ties to your home country such as family and friends
  • Evidence of future commitments in your home country


Whilst this does not guarantee that the application will be successful, it should help the Home Office to establish if you are a genuine visitor. 

Gherson has a strong history and proven track record of advising clients who are applying for visit visas and assisting those who have been refused previously. Should you wish to discuss your visit visa application or any of your immigration matters please contact us


The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.

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