I am a female from Pakistan ... I have been visited UK 4 times before in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014. The first time I visited was a one week trip, with 5 days in London and two days in Scotland. I feel in love with the country! I am a self made person who enjoys travelling, so with my savings instead of buying flashy cars or designer bags I like to explore the world as much as I can. Other than UK I have traveled to Netherlands and Switzerland twice in 2012 and 2015, Paris in 2015, United states in 2013. UK has been one place that keeps calling me back, I took my sister along in 2014, sponsoring her trip, we visited London, Lake city and Scotland ... had the time of our lives. It is only natural that you want to share the place, with the ones you love, so hearing all the stories we had to tell about London, my mom wished to visit it as well!
This year we were planning to visit US (we have a valid visa for it) but since my mom wanted to visit UK we decided to go there, as she is getting old and with every passing year it might become difficult for her to do the long travels and she has already been to US twice.
To cut the story short our visa (6 months visit) was refused because we could not apparently justify our finances. (I am a full time employee with monthly salary of above RS 225000, my sister is a contract employee who makes on average around RS 1 Lac monthly) My mother is our dependent. I had attached my employment letter as well and my sister her contracts.
In my sister's case she does not get a salary every month but enough contracts to make RS 100000 a month on average but the person handling the application concluded that she does not have a regular income coming in her account.
My office letter stated my salary but a typing error resulted in the office not adding the word "net salary" s the person concluded my salary is not what I showed it to be! The savings in my bank have been there for six months, I sometimes take them out for investment purpose and then put the money back ( the form does not provide any field where we can fill in such kind of details) I have been working for past 13 years and have been jobless only for three months during this period (this detail was filled in my form)
My mom's form clearly said she was sponsored by me, he still wasn't satisfied with the funds in her account (when obviously if her source of income is family support there won't be a regular income coming)
Now let's assume the reason of refusal is that I failed to justify my income properly (mistake in employment letter, not attaching statement of my current account where my salary comes and only attaching my savings account statement) what made me angry was the fact that on our visa refusal the person reviewing application thinks, we won't come back ... I have visited UK twice, I have been to US thrice, Swtizerland and Netherlands twice ... my sister has been to US, UK, Switzerland, Netherlands, France ... if we had to stay back we would stay back when we had our visa issued the first time .,. we wont' wait for our 2nd or in my case 5th trip to stay back that too when all of us have a valid US visa, where its much easier to disappear! Not the refusal but this remark made me really really angry, I do not deny people do such things ... but is it really this difficult to differentiate between a valid tourist and someone wanting to stay back? I have been going on holidays every year since 2012 ... my travel records are a proof of that ... my sister has been going since 2013 as well.
Not just this they also wrote you can apply again but your visa would be refused again unless your circumstances change drastically! What I will win a lottery? We like travelling with my hard earned money ... if that circumstance is not enough I don't know what would be!
I don't even know if I want to apply again but in case i do ,,, would it be worth it or should i let it go? I have never been refused a visa before, this is the first time so i don't know what to do! Also I know someone who has been to UK 42 times before (all legal, with valid visa) he too was refused a visa on the grounds that they are not convinced if he would come back! Yea he waited for 43rd time to disappear in UK
I do not blame the authorities since they have a job to do and this world is becoming a difficult place day by day but I feel this just isn't fair!
P.S: The only reason I will be tempted to reapply is that I simply love the place ... i have been to many countries and cities but none keeps calling me back the way London does ... and this is the reason why i felt so sad and angry ... the thought of never been able to visit the place again!
[ Edit: Edited on 08-Jun-2016, at 09:20 by PakTraveler ]