Sponsoring a Visitor to the UK
How to sponsor a visitor to the UK
This section covers the criteria for visitors applying for visitation within the United Kingdom with a UK sponsor, as well as the requirements and obligations for the sponsor, and the arrivals process.
In the event that a sponsor of a general visitor application has not acted as a sponsor previously, it is recommended that they read the criteria of sponsors carefully ensuring that they meet the relevant requirements.
It is also advisable to read the private medical treatment requirements for details regarding the eligibility of the visitor themselves.
What documentation should be provided by a sponsor in order to support a general visitor's application?
This section covers the relevant documentation required by sponsors in a general visitor's application.
The required documents are dependant relevant to circumstances of each specific case. The government may require receipt of the following:
- evidence of the sponsor own immigration status within the United Kingdom; and
- an official letter of sponsorship detailing the relationship between sponsor and visitor applicant, additionally to the purpose of visit accommodation information
In the event that a sponsor will provide financial support and accommodation for the general visitor and/or pay for travel to the United Kingdom, the following information should be supplied as evidence of financial status and ability to do so:
- bank or building society statements and payslips for the last six months; or
- a copy of a self savings account book
In the instance of sponsoring a person for business purposes, the government may require a letter from the sponsors employer outlining the corresponding links between companies, explaining what the visitor plans to do and whether the company is financing the trip.
Will acting as a guarantor for a visitor assist in an application through sponsor?
It is not possible to guarantee a person additionally to sponsoring them regarding the predetermined departure within the agreed timescale. Any refusal of entry to the United Kingdom is due to the candidate not meeting the strict guidelines set within the immigration rules, it is the general visitor who must satisfy the entry clearance officer / the immigration officer with information regarding qualification of entrance, not the sponsor.
The process post visitor arrival in the United Kingdom
Satisfaction will be required in the form of approval from the immigration officer regarding the visitor’s qualifications for entry of UK visitation through checking that each of the requirements of the immigration regulations are met.
General visitor's documents
In the event that a general visitor is a non-visa national and is not already in receipt of entry clearance it will assist the visitor’s application if they have a return ticket and letter of sponsorship.
It is advisable that the acting sponsor meets the visitor at the port or station and brings evidence to support the claim; for instance if it is agreed that the sponsor will be covering the costs of the visit, evidence should be brought detailing financial security to do so.
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