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i read that there is no mininum account balance (to support themself) when applying for visit visa to uk because each case is different i.e accomodaton, length of stay etc...

 

so planning a weeks trip for her and contacted a visa agent and lawyer one said B5000 and the other B40000 but now worried they will say anything just to get deposit!!!

 

anyone got UK tourist visa for gf and how much was in her account?

 

any decent visa agents out there? 

 

thanxs

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You're right there is no set amount required in the applicants bank account, as you say it depends on the length of the their proposed trip, their accomodation and whether the applicant is being sponsored or not, it also depends on the applicant has an income in their home country.

 

For a standard visit visa and agent shouldn't normally be required, the applicant will need to satisfy the decision maker that their proposed trip is genuine, affordable and that, on the balance of probabilities, they will return home at the conclusion of their visit, the use of an agent isn't going to change that and your girlfriend will still have to supply the relevent evidence to support her application.

 

As you've found out you've asked an agent and an immigration lawyer and got two different answers, I think your assuption is correct.

 

You really need to supply futher details about your girlfriend, you and her proposed trip before we can advise you further.

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She wouldn’t need any money in her account if you act as sponsor.

 

But, as OG suggested, there are more important questions to be considered about genuineness of relationship/reason to visit plus reasons for your GF to return to Thailand.

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18 hours ago, theoldgit said:

You're right there is no set amount required in the applicants bank account, as you say it depends on the length of the their proposed trip, their accomodation and whether the applicant is being sponsored or not, it also depends on the applicant has an income in their home country.

 

For a standard visit visa and agent shouldn't normally be required, the applicant will need to satisfy the decision maker that their proposed trip is genuine, affordable and that, on the balance of probabilities, they will return home at the conclusion of their visit, the use of an agent isn't going to change that and your girlfriend will still have to supply the relevent evidence to support her application.

 

As you've found out you've asked an agent and an immigration lawyer and got two different answers, I think your assuption is correct.

 

You really need to supply futher details about your girlfriend, you and her proposed trip before we can advise you further.

thank you oldgit 

 
ok she has no proof of income so unemployed currently
 
ive been sending money monthly to her bank account 10K for last couple of years so im her sponsor right? what exactly is a 'sponsor' and how do i prove it?  
 
accomodation will be a rented 4 bedroom semi with spare room for 7- 10 days then return solo to thailand 
 
thx again

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18 hours ago, Jip99 said:

She wouldn’t need any money in her account if you act as sponsor.

 

But, as OG suggested, there are more important questions to be considered about genuineness of relationship/reason to visit plus reasons for your GF to return to Thailand.

thanxs jip99 

 

i have heard that no money is required cheers for cleariñg that up 

 

how about the sponsors account balance? 4K sterling acceptable?

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2 hours ago, jose34 said:

thanxs jip99 

 

i have heard that no money is required cheers for cleariñg that up 

 

how about the sponsors account balance? 4K sterling acceptable?

 

For the intended length of holiday......more than sufficient.

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The fact that you send your girlfriend money to live on in Thailand and the fact that you propose to fund her trip to the UK, are totally seperate.

 

You send her 10k every month towards her living expenses, I'm assuming that's Baht. you need to explain your reasoning for the sending of cash rather than her working. There is always a danger that the Entry Clearance Officer might assume, rightly or wrongly, that your girlfriend intends to visit the UK on a holiday and remain there with her benefactor, she really needs to satisfy the ECO that she will return to Thailand at the conclusion by convincing the decision maker that her ties to Thailand are more compelling than those in the UK.

 

I agree with Jip99 that the funds you have available are sufficient to sponsor your girlfriends trip, but you need to make it clear that is what you're doing, maybe give an indicative sum of what you expect the expenditure to be.

 

You mention a rented house, is that your current accomodation or one your renting for the duration, you need to make it clear.

 

It's always more difficult for an unemployed person in Thailand, whose only means of support is a benefactor in the UK, and wishes to visit them, to obtain entry clearance, it's not impossible and many visas are granted every year, but she really does need to convince the ECO that her ties to her home country are compelling enough to satisfy the ECO that she will leave the UK at the conclusion of her proposed trip.  

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13 minutes ago, theoldgit said:

The fact that you send your girlfriend money to live on in Thailand and the fact that you propose to fund her trip to the UK, are totally seperate.

 

You send her 10k every month towards her living expenses, I'm assuming that's Baht. you need to explain your reasoning for the sending of cash rather than her working. There is always a danger that the Entry Clearance Officer might assume, rightly or wrongly, that your girlfriend intends to visit the UK on a holiday and remain there with her benefactor, she really needs to satisfy the ECO that she will return to Thailand at the conclusion by convincing the decision maker that her ties to Thailand are more compelling than those in the UK.

 

I agree with Jip99 that the funds you have available are sufficient to sponsor your girlfriends trip, but you need to make it clear that is what you're doing, maybe give an indicative sum of what you expect the expenditure to be.

 

You mention a rented house, is that your current accomodation or one your renting for the duration, you need to make it clear.

 

It's always more difficult for an unemployed person in Thailand, whose only means of support is a benefactor in the UK, and wishes to visit them, to obtain entry clearance, it's not impossible and many visas are granted every year, but she really does need to convince the ECO that her ties to her home country are compelling enough to satisfy the ECO that she will leave the UK at the conclusion of her proposed trip.  

Quite right.  One of my concerns in this application would be the length of the visit, and the expenditure involved.  The ECO will be asking himself why the applicant (and the sponsor, of course) intend only a one week visit. The sponsor is spending a fair amount of money on a one week visit.  The applicant is unemployed, so why is she only staying in the UK for a week ? Why not a month, or whatever. These applications are not just about finances, they are also about the credibility of the application. Is it credible that an unemployed applicant, with no (stated) reasons to return to Thailand, would take a one week holiday to the UK ? Put yourself in the ECO's shoes for a minute.   

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2 hours ago, Jip99 said:

 

For the intended length of holiday......more than sufficient.

I don't like to disagree with your normally good advice, but ( and I have posted this before) see below. This is from a refusal of a Thai girl going to visit her boyfriend in the UK. I think it's wrong to tell an applicant or sponsor that their funds are "more than sufficient",  because it is the ECO, and only the ECO, who will decide that.  What will you say, or do, if the applicant is refused for the reasons in the screenshot below ?  Do you take responsibility for the advice given ?

 

 

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2 hours ago, Tony M said:

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I don't like to disagree with your normally good advice, but ( and I have posted this before) see below. This is from a refusal of a Thai girl going to visit her boyfriend in the UK. I think it's wrong to tell an applicant or sponsor that their funds are "more than sufficient",  because it is the ECO, and only the ECO, who will decide that.  What will you say, or do, if the applicant is refused for the reasons in the screenshot below ?  Do you take responsibility for the advice given ?

 

 

 

I stand by my comment that the amount quoted is more than sufficient for the short duration of this holiday. 

 

I agree that I would have questions about the visit only being one week. I have seen a friend go for for a fortnight and there were good reasons for that - which were fully outlined in the application.

 

This, of course, is the whole point; everything should tie up together and not give an ECO any reason to doubt any aspect of the application. The numbers are the easiest part if everything else is properly covered in the covering/sponsor letter - and the application. 

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I would have thought a Thai girl living with her boyfriend for a week and with tickets both ways, about 300 pounds would be enough.

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11 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

I would have thought a Thai girl living with her boyfriend for a week and with tickets both ways, about 300 pounds would be enough.

I wouldn’t mind the contact details of your travel agent 😎

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19 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

I would have thought a Thai girl living with her boyfriend for a week and with tickets both ways, about 300 pounds would be enough.

For the whole trip or per day?!    LOL

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Ask 10 agents and you'll get 10 different answers.  They just have a format that is presumably relatively successful (although not always!) and they'll stick to that.  I found the same thing for my now ex, one even suggested dumping a large amount of money into her account which I've always read as a big no no.  Others said they wouldn't use the statements and others suggested something like 30k being in there, going up over a few months.  

 

If you use an agent make sure they are OISC registered as they should at least act to some sort of professional standards.  Some of them will just ask you for some documents from you both then write everything themselves, you will never see what's written except briefly at the Trendy in Bangkok when she scans them in, before the files are taken away again.  This means you are tied to them in future as you actually have little idea what was said on the application and in the letters written pretending to be you.  I heard about a guy who's girlfriend used a Thai bloke on Facebook, it wasn't cheap either, and the rejection letter read like they were talking about somebody else and the agent just said he'll do it again but he still wouldn't share what was written.  I can only imagine what the letters pretending to be the farang read like if the Thai "agent" didn't have a native speaker doing them for him.

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