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Complete Guide for a UK Visit Visa for Pakistani Applicants

United Kingdom is one of the place which is always on the priority and bucket travel list of every traveler, but honestly speaking getting a UK visa is not a piece of cake for everyone. UK gives a “Standard Visitor Visa” to those who want to visit the UK for various purposes like

  • Tourism
  • Family visits
  • Medical treatment
  • Business visits etc

These Standard Visitor Visas have following validity options:

  • Six Months
  • Two Years
  • Five Years
  • Ten Years

In General, these visas allow for multiple entries, but each visit is limited to a maximum stay of 180 days. Nevertheless, there may be cases where single-entry visas or visas with reduced validity and duration are granted under special circumstances.

Which validity option should you apply for?

There is no strict guideline for selecting a validity option. Nevertheless, it is advisable to begin with a Six-month visa and progress to longer-term visa for subsequent visits if needed. However, obtaining a longer-term visa often requires demonstrating a compelling reason for frequent visits to the UK.

The Most common reasons of visit visa refusal:

Most common reasons for visit visa denials for Pakistani applicants are

  • Lack of strong ties to the applicant’s home country.
  • Lack of clarity regarding the applicant’s source of funds
  • The funds required for the trip being significantly higher than the applicant’s stated income
  • Unclear purpose for the visit
  • Purpose of the visit falls outside the requested visa domain

How to deal with these concerns and what documents to provide:

Lack of strong ties to the applicant’s home country.

To prove and confirm your family ties to Pakistan, it is recommended to obtain a Family Registration Certificate (FRC) issued by NADRA. Providing passport copies, CNIC copies, job letters or other financial documents of relatives in Pakistan may not be helpful in establishing family ties, as these documents are considered “inadmissible” under UK immigration laws. Therefore, it is advisable to rely solely on an FRC to demonstrate family ties to Pakistan.

Demonstrating financial assets in Pakistan can also be helpful in establishing strong ties to home country. It’s not just the amount of money in the bank account that matters, but the length of time the account has been created, which indicates stability in the home country. Similarly, properties in the home country can also be presented as evidence to establish ties to the home country.

Demonstrating Professional stability is also crucial in showing ties to Pakistan. Similar to financial ties, the length of time spent in the same job is important for immigration officials to evaluate the stability of applicant’s ties to their home country. Individuals who have been employed by the organizations for the extended period of time are generally seen as more stable compared to those who are newly employed or who frequently switch their jobs.

Socio-professional ties can also assist in establishing strong ties to the home country. Individuals in certain profession can assure by providing a copy of the relevant membership/enrollment (For example for doctors it’s the PMDC membership, for businessmen it’s the Chamber of Commerce membership, for lawyers it’s the Bar Council membership, for engineers its PEC etc.)

Strong travel history is also a great indicator of strong ties to home country. They look it from the view that this person visited certain countries, and then came back to his home country. Therefore, it appears that he is stable in his home country and is not a potential illegal immigrant. Visits to countries like USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand give more benefit than rest of the countries. Also, they are mainly interested to evaluate your travel history for last five years, as over the years circumstances can change for any person.

Source of funds is not clear:

You should give documentary evidence for all the money in your accounts. It can be salary slips in case of salary. It can be tax returns and other business/company related documents for businessmen and self-employed people. It can be a gift deed if someone gifted you money. Then for example you sold a car and deposited the money into your account, then it will be a letter of explanation along with any receipts or copies of cheques etc.

Lack of clarity regarding the applicant’s source of funds

A lot of people do the mistake of stating excess number of days for stay in the UK and/or showing that they will be staying at an expensive hotel. Always make a sensible itinerary. For example, if an applicant has a salary of Rs 50,000, but they show that they will be spending Rs 500,000 for their trip to the UK. It may not sound reasonable to the visa officer that a person will spend ten times more than their salary on a holiday.

Purpose of visit is vague:

Visa officers always like those applicants who have a clear purpose of visit, instead of those who have dual purposes and/or generic reasons to visit the UK. A generic reason will indicate all you want from your application is a UK visa, on the contrary, a specific reason will show a genuine need for a visit to the UK.

It is recommended that your reason should be like “I will be staying in London for seven days and during that time I will visit major touristic places in and around London. Or, “The purpose of my visit is to see my sister and her children for ten days, I will be spending most of my time with my sister and her family as I have not seen them in two years”.

Do not write vague reasons to visit like “I want to go to London, if I get a visa I may also go to Scotland”. Or, “I will meet my sister in Manchester, however I may stay in a hotel in London”.

Purpose of visit is not within the scope of a visit visa:

Unfortunately some people do not read the instructions carefully and apply for a wrong category. For example they select “Family Visitor” but then write in form that the purpose of trip is tourism. Moreover, some people state reasons to visit which are not allowed on a visit visa, like work, study etc.

Common Misconceptions:

Status of the relative or friend in the UK does not have any significance. It is your visit visa application, they care about your circumstances, not your relatives or friends in the UK. Some people think that their relatives have very good jobs and money in the UK. Sorry, but this will not count in at all. Similarly, if the one you will be visiting in the UK is not financially stable, again it will not be a factor in assessing your application.

Some people think a “guarantee” will work, sorry it will not. Some applicants get a written guarantee from someone in the UK and/or in home country. That they take the responsibility and they will be responsible if anything goes wrong. Such letters are “inadmissible” under immigration laws of the UK, and they will land in dustbin as soon as they arrive at a visa processing office.

Some believe that they have lived or visited the UK or other countries before, and they will definitely get the visa again. This is again not true, visa officers see each application as new and from all the aspects. You will certainly get the credit for your good travel history, but they will assess your application just like they assess a first timer’s application.

There is another misconception that a refusal from UK or another country is something very negative for future travel. This is again not true. Refusals are very common and as soon you meet their criteria they will issue you a visa regardless of how many refusals you have had in the past. Only exception is a refusal on the basis of misrepresentation or fraud.

Someone I know gave certain documents and they got the visa, I will also give exactly the same documents and I will get the visa. This is again not true, every application is different. Something may work for somebody, however, it will not work for everyone.

Someone applied for a visa last year with these documents, so I need all the same documents to apply. No, rules on what documents are required and not required are always changing. Always consult the official website before applying.

Final advice, do not trust any person, agent, or lawyer with your application. It is your application, you know the best and most about it. Even if you use someone’s services, do not blindly trust them and check everything carefully yourself.

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