UK Visitor Visas refusals from Southern Africa very high
Breytenbachs are aware that many applicants who apply for their visitor visas by themselves, from Southern Africa, are having difficulty to get their UK visitor visas approved by the Sheffield Visa section. The refusal rate is especially high for persons applying from Zimbabwe. Another category of applicants struggling to get their visas approved is persons with boyfriends or girlfriends in the UK, or parents living in the UK. Unemployed persons, and those who do not have sufficient funds or accommodation arranged in the UK, also get easily refused.
Unfortunately, many travel agents assisting their clients with UK visitor visas are not aware of how strict Sheffield is at present. Clients subsequently contact Breytenbachs to assist them with their visa refusal.
It appears that the high refusal rate seems to lie in the fact that the Sheffield Visa section believes that applicants will not return to Southern Africa. This conviction stems from the fact that, unfortunately, many persons choose not to return to Southern Africa on the expiry of their visas and become illegal. Others overstay on their visas.
Proving responsibility for UK visitor visa applications
Fortunately, the Breytenbachs offices in South Africa are successful in securing UK visitor visas for applicants. The main thing to prove with the visitor visa to the UK is that one has responsibilities to return to Southern Africa after the visit. One can prove your responsibilities in many ways, including;
- Strong ties and responsibilities to return to South Africa;
- The specific date of return to South Africa;
- Evidence of family members remaining in South Africa;
- Property owned or rented in South Africa;
- Sufficient funds;
- Accommodation arranged for the UK stay.
If you had a visitor visa refusal, our South African offices will be able to assist. However, this will depend on the reason for the refusal, as well as the documents from the first application.
Please feel free to contact Breytenbachs in South Africa to discuss your refusal, or for assistance with visitor visa application.
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