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Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by dewale1234(m): 12:12pm On Nov 07
[quote author=Nsiehi post=72710017][/quote]

Please what's the name and location of the hostel you used

Thanks
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 1:34pm On Nov 07
Chibabe4Christ:
Happy weekend my people!!!!!! Please I would like to know the kind of visa that is suitable for a day paid course and other corses with different dates but free coures that fall between 3weeks. Secondly I want to apply for 2years visa after I had gotten the first UK visa they gave me 6months which expired April this year and now I want to renew for 2years but they say I need to go for tuberculous test if I will be staying for more than 6months. My concern is this, if am going for a course which I will spend just three weeks and come back, do I still need to go for the test since am applying for 2 years.
Thirdly, is it wrong to tell the embassy that I will stay in my cousin's house for the period of the course.

Thanks for your usual coroperation.

1. You do not need a TB test for a UK visit visa
2. Yes, you can apply for 2 years, since you were once approved for 6 months. It's the natural thing to do. The duration of your intended course is not important. What's important is that you meet the requirement for a visitor visa to the UK based on your present circumstance.
3. Yes, you can stay with a cousin as long as your cousin can provide documents like: passport data page, utility bills, mortgage bills, council bills, and a letter from your cousin accepting to accommodate you in the UK when you visit.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 1:36pm On Nov 07
Orjforlife:
I don't think he should be discouraged ...i work in a mfbank and a colleague just returned from his vacation to the uk...he is a 1st time traveller, submitted all his employment details plus other required docs and was given a 6months visa

Yes. UKVI accept statements from Microfinance banks
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 1:44pm On Nov 07
mex551:
@ekpotek, @Justwise, please respond to the question abov

The issues you need to address apart from your budget is why do you want to visit the UK? Where your previous visit to SA on tourism? Why do you want to leave your family behind and travel on your own?. These are what the ECO will be looking at. Your finances and home ties are strong, however, you need to convince the ECO of your real intention. Setting aside N250,000 on a monthly basis for next 4 months does not show consistences on your spending pattern and the ECO will detected that you just did this to apply for a visit visa!
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 1:46pm On Nov 07
arro:
Please house, I need help as a matter of urgency, I got UK visa tourist visa for 180 days, since April to Oct, but I did not use my visa until last date of sept and I only spend 14 days.
But now I want to apply for 2 years, since I was the only person that went for the visa application, now I want to apply for family trip for tourist visa, 2yrs for my self, then maybe 6month for my wife and child.

Sure, you can do that.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 1:50pm On Nov 07
tasho105:
I am somehow sceptical about the hostel booking.

Gurus in the house shold pls clarify on this...

There's nothing wrong in using hostel booking. In fact, booking a hostel gives you an advantages as a tourist. Most genuine tourists try to save money during their visit. If you're still not comfortable, you can try a 5 star hotel instead. shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 1:53pm On Nov 07
Tintas:
Greetings Great people, does a one man business owner need to pay himself or herself monthly salary?

So what will happen in a bad month where you do not make any profit? Would you still pay yourself a salary? Think?
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 1:55pm On Nov 07
Meziea:
Please I just summited my application for a tourist Visa to uk but just discovered now that I put the date of travel on the application 14. Dec to come back 20 dec but on the hotel it’s was 14 November instead of dec and I also discovered that the hotel have been cancelled what are my chances of getting a visa ?

Only the ECO can say. However, many have been denied based on the inability of the ECO to confirm their hotel booking
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 1:58pm On Nov 07
carnal:
pros in the house, is it possible for one to apply for a UK visa -tier 4 from united state, a nigerian citizen or the applicant must return to Nigeria?

If the applicant has a valid residence permit in the USA, the applicant can apply from the USA. No need to return to Nigeria
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 2:02pm On Nov 07
Tintas:
@justwise and ekpotek n others, if a one man business can’t pay himself a fair salary? Do you suggest the submission of both business account and personal account irrespective of their balances at the time of printing. Thanks

The statement you submit depends on the purpose of the visit. If its business, submits business account, if its personal, you submit your personal account.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 2:05pm On Nov 07
princej78:
pls my people I need help before I make a mistake first I am using my business license and applying as a licensed business owner I have everything except my tax clearance which I dont have and my letter of introduction I wrote a request for a visa and how long I would be spending there and also explained about the lump sums that came in July and august with invoice receipts and also told them as a business owner I dont earn a specific amount of money monthly or annually I only earn money from my trading. now its nov 4th im confused should I print from may bank statement or from June ? did I do everything right opening balance from may makes more sense than opening balance from June oh and my closing balance 1.3m also July to august more than 8 million hit my acct tho I used it for the supposed business and backed it up with invoice receipts pls answer anyone and I have landed properties stocks document im submitting all that I am submitting this week

What is your main purpose of visit to the UK? Is it for business or pleasure?
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 2:22pm On Nov 07
OMOLARAFE:
Hello Gurus in the house.
Please I need your expert views/inputs as regards the history of my previous visa applications and the new one I am about making.
My first family visit application to go visit my husband who is resident in the UK (we got married traditionally plus church blessing in January 2014 but no court (legal) marriage until October 2018)was denied in January 2017 reason given as in the attached document. So in my first application I referred to my husband as my "unmarried" partner.
I made another application in August same year (2017) and got a similar response. I can't readily place my hand on the refusal letter for now but will upload when found.
Now I want to attempt it again but this time around with our baby girl of almost 8 months old.
Your kindly advise is needed on what I could have been doing wrongly in the past applications and how to avoid another refusal.
Our baby was born in the US and I know she does not require a visa to go to the UK so my other question is do I include her passport in my own application as accompanying or make an application for her as well.
Thank you

Your refusal letter is well over 6 months. I would not dwell too much on it as the reasons are very clear. The question is have you rectified all the reasons stated by the ECO.

1. Do you have a court issued marriage certificate?
2. Do your husband have the necessary documents to invite you?
3. What is the current status of your husband's residency in the UK?
4. Did your husband actually spend over 2 years outside the UK with ILR?
5. Do you have strong home and financial ties to Nigeria?
6. You do not need to apply for your child or include her passport in the application, since the baby has a US passport. Just mention in your application that you will traveling with a baby and the baby is a US citizen.

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Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 2:44pm On Nov 07
Demime:


I want to say a big thank you to Jennyhumphrey, ijeshaoflondon, just wise and all the gurus in the house. I got my 10 years UK visa but my brother was rejected for 6 months and it was his 1st time. I really need your advice on the solution to reapply for him as I really want to travel with him this December for the holiday. All advice is welcomed and will be appreciated. Please find attached his rejection letter.

1. No information on course of study. This will include school receipts, letter from HOD, school ID card, school photos, examination results, etc.

2. Who is funding your brother study? Sponsor bank statement and cover letter, specific transfer for school fees, school allowances from the sponsor's bank statement which will also reflect on your brother bank statement.

3. You are sponsoring your bother trip to the UK, but he has over N3 million in his bank account! Haba, how do you expect the ECO to believe him.

Your brother application was badly packaged but it is still redeemable, if you can attend to the issues raised by the ECO with the above documentation.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 2:44pm On Nov 07
qmd24:
I need help on this pls.

My wife applied for visiting visa about two weeks ago to come over this December and I saw two missed calls from Sheffield Centre today.

I tried calling back severally but not getting through.

What should I do pls.?

Just pray and hope for a successful outcome. You are unlikely to get through as they do not answer calls.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by tasho105(m): 2:51pm On Nov 07
Many thanks ekpotek for your response...
I'm doing hostel.

Will let you guys know my budget breakdown.

I must confess...NL has been making the application process simple. now believe i can do it by myself for myself with you guys
All thanks to all the gurus and others sharing their experiences for us to learn from.uote author=ekpotek post=72761469]

There's nothing wrong in using hostel booking. In fact, booking a hostel gives you an advantages as a tourist. Most genuine tourists try to save money during their visit. If you're still not comfortable, you can try a 5 star hotel instead. shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked[/quote]
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by OMOLARAFE: 2:54pm On Nov 07
justwise:


It’s important to find out about your husband’s status in the U.K before making another application because his ILR status is in question.

When you are holding ILR you can leave the U.K for two years or more. Tell him to call Home Office to find out how to ratify his status

Thanks very much @ Justwise for your input. His ILR status is still very valid. The visa officer must have misread my statement about living together . I meant whenever he visits which is quite often.

ekpotek:


Your refusal letter is well over 6 months. I would not dwell too much on it as the reasons are very clear. The question is have you rectified all the reasons stated by the ECO.

1. Do you have a court issued marriage certificate?
2. Do your husband have the necessary documents to invite you?
3. What is the current status of your husband's residency in the UK?
4. Did your husband actually spend over 2 years outside the UK with ILR?
5. Do you have strong home and financial ties to Nigeria?
6. You do not need to apply for your child or include her passport in the application, since the baby has a US passport. Just mention in your application that you will traveling with a baby and the baby is a US citizen.

Thanks very much for taking time to respond on my inquires.
To answer the questions;
1. Yes we have a court issued marriage certificate
2. Yes, he has documents to invite us but I will appreciate if you can mention the likes of documents he needs to send with the invitation
3. Please can you expatiate on this? Do you mean something like permanent residence/ILR or citizenship?
4. No, he did not spend over 2 years outside the UK at a stretch and any point in time. The VO must have read me out of context or I "mis-presented" the statement. What I meant was that we have a family home where we live together whenever he comes home (Nigeria) on visits. and in the last 3 or 4 years he has actually visited more than 7 times.
5. Home ties; I have a relatively good job (if that serves as a tie) , living parents and 2 undeveloped expanse of land, one current being used for farming
6. Thanks for the clarification as regards our baby.

I will attach the second refusal letter when I find it.
Thanks and God bless you.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by TroublemakerPro: 2:57pm On Nov 07
Goodday guys .
I applied for a visa and went for biometrics and submission of application on August 17.
I recieved a call on November 5 to come collect my INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT on Friday without stating if I got the Visa or not.

Please what should I expect.
Should I be bothered .

Thanks in advance

ekpotek
justwise
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by TroublemakerPro: 3:05pm On Nov 07
ashekmoney:
Hello house I greet everyday

Please I submitted my application at Ikeja on 15th of August 2018 is over 8 weeks now and av not receive any SMS or email for pick up. Please is it take so much time now to pick up passport or what can cause the delay.

Thanks pls quick respond house

I submitted on the 17th of August and I just got a call.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Uchboggy(m): 3:19pm On Nov 07
Hi UK visa gurus,

please assist me with answers to the below question.

I currently reside in Norway, I have a USA visa and I was in USA this summer.

I plan to travel to Nigeria for Christmas with British airways from Frankfurt,

I want to know if I would need a transit visa since there would be a stop at heathrow airport in London

Note: I plan to stroll out of the airport to site see if possible
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 3:45pm On Nov 07
TroublemakerPro:
Goodday guys .
I applied for a visa and went for biometrics and submission of application on August 17.
I recieved a call on November 5 to come collect my INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT on Friday without stating if I got the Visa or not.

Please what should I expect.
Should I be bothered .

Thanks in advance

ekpotek
justwise

I have no idea what to expect. However you should prepare for the worst possible outcome.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 3:50pm On Nov 07
Uchboggy:
Hi UK visa gurus,

please assist me with answers to the below question.

I currently reside in Norway, I have a USA visa and I was in USA this summer.

I plan to travel to Nigeria for Christmas with British airways from Frankfurt,

I want to know if I would need a transit visa since there would be a stop at heathrow airport in London

Note: I plan to stroll out of the airport to site see if possible

You will need a UK visa if you plan to leave the airport and stroll out, or if you will have to change departure terminal. My advise is to get a UK visa from Norway since you’re a resident there.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by TroublemakerPro: 3:56pm On Nov 07
ekpotek:


I have no idea what to expect. However you should prepare for the worst possible outcome.
Ok Thanks
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 3:58pm On Nov 07
OMOLARAFE:


Thanks very much @ Justwise for your input. His ILR status is still very valid. The visa officer must have misread my statement about living together . I meant whenever he visits which is quite often.



Thanks very much for taking time to respond on my inquires.
To answer the questions;
1. Yes we have a court issued marriage certificate
2. Yes, he has documents to invite us but I will appreciate if you can mention the likes of documents he needs to send with the invitation
3. Please can you expatiate on this? Do you mean something like permanent residence/ILR or citizenship?
4. No, he did not spend over 2 years outside the UK at a stretch and any point in time. The VO must have read me out of context or I "mis-presented" the statement. What I meant was that we have a family home where we live together whenever he comes home (Nigeria) on visits. and in the last 3 or 4 years he has actually visited more than 7 times.
5. Home ties; I have a relatively good job (if that serves as a tie) , living parents and 2 undeveloped expanse of land, one current being used for farming
6. Thanks for the clarification as regards our baby.

I will attach the second refusal letter when I find it.
Thanks and God bless you.

Invite letter, copy of his passport datapage, utility bills, council bills, mortgage letter, 6 bank statement and payslips etc

Since you have explained his supposedly 2 years outside the UK, no need to worry about about his ILR. I guess you can give it a try and apply. Most importantly, you will need to proof relationship and that you want to take the baby to see her father. with emails, phone call logs, chats etc apart from the marriage certificate. Also the following documents will be useful: his previous flight tickets and boarding pass to Nigeria, photos as a family in Nigeria etc. On your own part, you woll need to proof that you will return after the visit. Employment letter, bank statement, properties, etc.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Uchboggy(m): 4:04pm On Nov 07
Thanks
ekpotek:


You will need a UK visa if you plan to leave the airport and stroll out, or if you will have to change departure terminal. My advise is to get a UK visa from Norway since you’re a resident there.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ijeshaoflondon: 4:06pm On Nov 07
[quote author=TroublemakerPro post=72763133]Goodday guys .
I applied for a visa and went for biometrics and submission of application on August 17.
I recieved a call on November 5 to come collect my INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT on Friday without stating if I got the Visa or not.

Please what should I expect.
Should I be bothered .

Thanks in advance

ekpotek
justwise[/quot

August 17th?
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 4:12pm On Nov 07
[quote author=ijeshaoflondon post=72765158][/quote]

UKVi will not disclosed if your visa application was approved or refused. You will only know when you have collected your passport. Anyone telling you that you have visa or not is mere speculation. Good luck.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by TroublemakerPro: 4:27pm On Nov 07
[quote author=ijeshaoflondon post=72765158][/quote]
Yes
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Nsiehi: 5:28pm On Nov 07
dewale1234:


Please what's the name and location of the hostel you used

Thanks

Please go to www.booking.com or airbnb to look for hotels or hostels. Many of these hostels abound in the UK and most western countries.
On booking.com website, input your location, dates of check in and check out, and the number of guests and click the search button. This is going to display all the properties (hotel, hostels, guest houses, apartments etc) that are registered with booking.com. You can apply filter by clicking on the hostel tab at the right hand column of the page, this will display all the hostels that are registered with booking in that area. Read reviews about the hostel, also note their rating, look at the pictures of each hostel, facilities available, such as free 24hr fast wifi, kitchen, free toiletries, balconies, receptions, extra rooms, free or paid parking space, breakfast and a lot more. Also check if they have free cancellation and other terms and conditions. Make your choice after your extensive search and comparison.

Nigerians erroneously think that the hostels are very filthy buildings meant for the lowest of the low, judging from what we have back home especially hostels in Nigerian universities. I have used hostels in most of my Europe tours and 95% of the guests I met there were from Europe, North America, South Korea, Japan, and China. You rarely come across people from 3rd world countries, I do not know their reason for ignoring hostels.
I will attach some pictures of some areas in one of the hostels I used. I took the pictures myself.

!st and 2nd pictures are the kitchen
3rd picture is the hostel dining area
4th picture, preparing my stew

Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 5:36pm On Nov 07
Nsiehi:


Please go to www.booking.com or airbnb to look for hotels or hostels. Many of these hostels abound in the UK and most western countries.
On booking.com website, input your location, dates of check in and check out, and the number of guests and click the search button. This is going to display all the properties (hotel, hostels, guest houses, apartments etc) that are registered with booking.com. You can apply filter by clicking on the hostel tab at the right hand column of the page, this will display all the hostels that are registered with booking in that area. Read reviews about the hostel, also note their rating, look at the pictures of each hostel, facilities available, such as free 24hr fast wifi, kitchen, free toiletries, balconies, receptions, extra rooms, free or paid parking space, breakfast and a lot more. Also check if they have free cancellation and other terms and conditions. Make your choice after your extensive search and comparison.

Nigerians erroneously think that the hostels are very filthy buildings meant for the lowest of the low, judging from what we have back home especially hostels in Nigerian universities. I have used hostels in most of my Europe tours and 95% of the guests I met there were from Europe, North America, South Korea, Japan, and China. You rarely come across people from 3rd world countries, I do not know their reason for ignoring hostels.
I will some pictures of some ares in one of the hostel. I took the pictures myself.

Thanks for this great enlightenment. Many that seek a UK visa as tourist, do not actually understand what it meant to be tourist. European tourist look for cheap accommodation (hostels) and even prefer to stay with strangers. However some of these hostels are not cheap and some may cost more than a standard hotel room. The only difference is you will have to share things. The bottom line is to make as many friends as possible on your tours, mix with local culture and have a good time. When I visited Ireland 4 months ago, I stayed in a Airbnb and my host offered to pick us at the bus station, abandon the whole house to us for a whole 2 days with well stocked kitchen for breakfasts, provided free bikes to ride into town and site seeing. All for 30 euro a night. Today we still chat and exchange emails. Anyway our skepticism of hostels accommodation is assumption that it does not demonstrate strong financial to the ECO. If you are genuine tourist, the ECO will see it from your travel history and not from your bank statement.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Nsiehi: 5:38pm On Nov 07
dewale1234:


Please what's the name and location of the hostel you used

Thanks

More pictures from my hostel experience.

pic 1: cooking my chicken
pic 2: my rice is done

I would have posted the room pictures here but I can't seem to mask my face and those of my new friends I made in the hostel.
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Ngosoo: 6:44pm On Nov 07
justwise:


That is what you need to explain in your application form

OK...thanks
Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by folla: 7:24pm On Nov 07
Hello everyone in the house.

I wish to salute Justwise, Ekpotek and all other gurus on this forum. Well done for the selfless service being rendered to humanity. I have been a silent follower for years, but decided to make this post in the hope that some persons will benefit therefrom.

My wife and I applied for UK Visit Visas and we were both given. She applied for 6 months, while I did for 2 years. She is a 1st time applicant, while I have been to the UK once, like 7 years ago. Then I was given a 2 year HSMP work visa, but only travelled once and stayed for 14 days. I have other international travel histories, though.

Our time lines are as follows:

1. Submitted online applications at about 10 October 2018;

2. Biometrics was done at the TLSContact Ikeja on 18 October 2018;

3. Emails received from TLS informing us that applications have been transferred to UKVI for processing on 18 October 2018;

4. Emails from UKVI informing that our online applications have been received on 24 October 2018;

5. Emails from TLSContact Ikeja informing that our passports are ready for collection on 1 November 2018;

6. We picked up our passports at the TLSContact Ikeja on 6 November 2018 and found that the passports have been stamped with UK Visit Visas.

Our Supporting Documents are as follows:

1. Letters from our respective employers showing when we were employed, our annual pay and plan to travel to the Uk;

2. Our payslips for 6 months;

3. Our salary account statements for 6 months. She had a credit balance of about N500k, while I had a credit balance of about N1.1m;

4. Photocopies of all our international passports [in colour];

5. Our respective retirement savings account statements;

6. Our respective fixed deposit statements. She had N6m, while I had N7.5m to mature in early December 2018;

7. Letters explaining that the funds in the fixed deposits would be available to us for our travel;

8. Our hotel reservation on booking.com;

9. Marriage certificate;

10. 2 family pictures;

11. A schedule of our itinerary in London which shows all the interesting places we planned to visit in London;

12. Breakdown of our respective costs of travel, i.e feeding, tickets, accommodation, intra-city transport. We ensured our respective costs were not up to our 2 months salaries;

13. Our children's birth certificates;

14. Our landed property document, jointly owned; and

15. Rent receipt for our present accommodation.


I do hope the information above would assist, at least, one person in his visa application.

I wish all the UK Visit Visa applicants success.

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