Denied UK Visa – Common Reason for UK Visa Rejection [And What You Should Do About It]

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor March 17th, 2020 Posted in Travel Blog, VISA Application Guides No comments

Visas are scary, aren’t they? We’re afraid of rejection and the possibility of us not reaching our dream. We need to be prepared in our application. If you’re determined to visit the UK, this article will help you know common reasons for UK visa rejection and will learn how to avoid it.

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If you would like to visit the following places, you need United Kingdom visa:

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

If you would want to visit other countries like Italy, France, or Spain or the Schengen Area, you need a Schengen Visa.

We will discuss who is Eligible for UK Visa and discuss reasons why visas are rejected and I’ll give you some pointers.

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For you to be granted a UK Visa, you must always show that:

You’ll leave the UK at the end of your visit

If you don’t submit proof that you will go home at the end of your visit, you can be rejected. Embassies don’t like people who would be overstaying, so you need proof that you will go back. Here are documents that will be great pieces of evidence:

  • Employment Certificate – include the start date of employment, salary, role, company contact details. A plus is a leave form that proves your employer knows you are in the UK and that you are allowed to take a leave.
  • Business Documents if you have a business at home, then you’ll surely come back to manage it. Bring your business registration documents with the owner’s name and the date it started and also tax returns.
  • Properties or Investments – you can bring land titles, condominium titles, anything that ties you to your home country
  • Flight ticket – though not a requirement, you can show a flight ticket as proof of when you are going back
  • Travel Itinerary – this will show what you will be doing and how many days are you targeting during your visit

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You’re able to support yourself and any dependents for the duration of your trip

The embassy will look at your financial capacity to travel, if you can’t afford it, maybe you’ll be looking for a job in the UK or end up begging on the streets, which is a no-no. Show them proof that you could afford it:

  • Bank Certificate or Bank Statements
  • Proof of Earnings like Payslips, remittances, Income Tax Returns (especially for business owners since it will show how much you are earning)
  • If someone is providing you financial support – documents to show that they have sufficient money to sponsor you

You’re able to pay for your return or onward journey and any other costs relating to your visit

The same as above, you need to prove you are financially capable

  • You can also include an Itinerary with a per-day budget

You have proof of any business or other activities you want to do in the UK, as allowed by the Visitor Rules

There are some additional requirements; the embassy may deny you if your proof of visiting doesn’t coincide with your documents.

For example: if you are there for private medical treatment, then you need to provide a letter from your doctor or consultant in the UK. If there for performing, a letter of invitation from organizers and details of payments you received. Or if you are going for a research letter from your current employer about your leave due to your research and from the UK host confirming your research arrangements.

Incomplete proof may get your visa rejected.

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Other common reasons for a UK Visa Rejection are:

Wrong Visa Type

The first step in the application is selecting your visa type. If you choose the wrong one, it may be grounds for rejection. For example, you applied to be an Organ Donor; however you have no intention to donate instead you want to travel, you will be rejected. If you applied for a partner visa and you haven’t even met the other person yet, that will be a red flag. If you are there for tourism and pretended to be an Investor, you can be rejected especially if your documents are counterfeited.

False Documents submitted

If a person submits a documented or information that is verified as false, forged or not genuine. If you are found to do this, the application will be rejected and you’ll be banned for applying for visa in the next 10 years.

This will include:

  • tampered or altered documents
  • fake document 
  • document used by an imposter
  • document illegally obtained or issued

Inconsistent Documents

If the applications are good for a week, but you have an itinerary good for 10 days, then it may result in rejection. Make sure what you have typed in the application, the visa type, your cover letter, and your supporting documents are consistent – the same information, the same goal. Inconsistency will make you look like an unsure applicant or someone who is hiding something; the Embassy will not let you enter if they think you are a risk.

Invalid Passport

If your passport is damaged, you will be denied your visa application. Always keep it in good condition, no detached or missing cover, no watermarks or tear, and bio-page is without unnecessary markings.

Make sure that the passport has a blank visa page. Though the UK is not strict with the 6-month rule, your passport should be valid for the whole of your stay in the UK. However, make it valid for more than 6 months, even if the UK accepts it, you might not get out of your country.

Abnormal Bank Balance

If your bank balance is high, but your Average Daily Balance is below average then there’s a possibility you have deposited an amount the last minute and you don’t have bank transactions too. There will be a possibility of denial due to sudden influx and lack of activity. The embassy will probably worry where you got the money. So better deposit your funds slowly or just stick to the amount that you have based on what you declare as your source of income.

Criminal Actions

If the applicant is a threat to the UK, then you may be denied entry. If you have a record of terrorism, child abuse or trafficking, addiction, theft, homicide, it will be hard to enter the territory.

Bad UK History

If you had a UK visa before but failed to respect its rules, then you may be denied your second visa. Here are some examples that you should not be doing:

* paid or unpaid work (do not attempt to work in the UK illegally)

* Live in the UK through regular visits for lengthy periods

* request for public funds

* register a civil partnership or marry or give notice of either

If you want a better application, then here are some tips:

Cover Letter

You can attach a personal cover letter that includes the purpose of your travel, especially what you look forward to in the UK. Make it simple but with a personal touch. You can also add an explanation of some documents you are not able to provide.

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Travel History

Showing that you are a frequent traveler and have a good travel history will be useful for your application. You can submit your issued visa or entry/exit travel stamps.

If your visa got rejected, you may submit an appeal. After you get your decision, you have 28 days to appeal. You can also do the whole process and apply again after your first one was rejected.

If you want to know more about UK visa, here is a UK Visa Guide. You can also avail our Visa application bundle pack where we will prepare all of your requirements to help you with your application. If you need a little more help, just let me know! I can personally train you for interview questions and go through your requirements one by one. We’ll both work hard for you to get that visa of your dreams! Set an appointment now 🙂

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