Its holiday seasons again, making it a very good time to go over the 9 most common UK Tourist Visa Rejection Reasons. Before we get started, let’s remind everyone that if you’re looking to visit the UK for tourism/holiday purposes, what you need is a UK Visit Visa. The reasons listed below are common grounds for refusal for any UK visa.

However, I have taken the time to go over each reason listed and made amends to it so that it specifically tackles the Visit visa application; taking care of these issues will guarantee that a UK Visit or UK Tourist Visa Rejection is impossible for you. This list was originally compiled by one of our esteemed associates at The SmartMove2UK (a unit of Smart Move Immigration), Saurav Vasindi.

A visa rejection is the primary concern for any UK Visa applicant. The UK is one of the hubs for migration in today’s world. Therefore, many people apply for UK visas. UK Visas consists of Work Visas, Business Visas, Tourist Visas, and many more. As per the data, there were 256,395 (~10%) of the visas refused in 2017.

Let’s discuss 9 common UK tourist visa rejection reasons in 2021 for several visa categories that you should keep in mind:

1. Mistakes in the application form

One of the major reasons for Tourist Visa refusals in 2020 (and previous years) have been minor errors in the application form. If you meet all the requirements, it can be frustrating to get rejected simply because you did not take the time out to see that you filled every part of the form accurately.

2. Large Deposits

In the UK Visit Visa, the applicants submit their bank account statements as a proof of their financial situation. Many times these bank statements reflect huge deposits. Applicants usually fail to explain the source of these deposits in their cover letter and often get refused.

3. Wrong Visa Category

Many times people often select wrong visa category and later get refused due to the same. If you want to visit the UK for tourist or holiday purposes, make sure that you apply for the UK Visit Visa, and nothing else.

4. Documents Not Submitted

Another reason for UK Visa rejection is that people often fail to submit ALL their supporting documents. Some fail to submit the bank statements, some fail to submit their relationship documents, etc. So at the time of your application pay utmost attention to what all documents you are including and what documents you are submitting.

5. Non-Disclosure of Previous issues

Often applicants have had previous immigration or legal issues that they decide not to disclose, such as bans or certain criminal convictions already spent — especially if a long time has passed. But the Home Office miss nothing and question everything. Worse still, if they believe an applicant has attempted to mislead or misrepresent themselves intentionally (deception) a UK visa refusal might be the least of your worries.

6. Failure to evidence financial requirements

Another common reason for UK Visa refusal is a failure to meet the financial requirements. If you are unable to provide evidence that you have enough financial resources to carry you through your stay in the UK and return back to India, your application will certainly be refused.

7. Documents not in proper format

A very common issue we as immigration advisors see when people come to us with Visa refusals is with the filing of the documents. Many applicants in 2020 provided documents that are not in the proper format as required by the Home Office i.e. the documents should not be laminated or torn, etc. This is one of the main reasons we urge visa applicant to consult with professionals before going ahead with the application procedure.

8. Correct Documents not provided

It is really important that you provide all the documents required for your application. Different visa categories require several supporting documents, so it is important to make sure your application is specific to the Visit Visa requirements, and that nothing is missed out.

9. You did not seek expert advice and followed advice from friends

If you think that just reading from a website of the Home Office or by asking friends, it is easy for you to fill in application form correctly, provide documents which are required in the required format and order, then you may be wrong. You should ask the experts as they know the nitty-gritty of everything when it comes to applying for a UK Visa.

Do not let any of these avoidable courses of action become one of your visa rejection reasons. Approaching The SmartMove2UK (a unit of Smart Move Immigration) for help guarantees you a 99% success rate. We are a niche law firm with a specialization in UK Immigration, having offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chandigarh & London.


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