American expat in UK with Indian girlfriend seeking UK tourist visa.
My girlfriend and I are worried about her recent UK tourist visa application. I'm seeking any feedback you might be able to give regarding our situation. First, some background.
I am an American who has been living and working in the United Kingdom for three years. My work visa is valid until 2013. My girlfriend is Indian and she lives in Delhi. We would like to get married in 12-18 months, and while the long-distance nature of our relationship has not impacted our seriousness for each other, it has complicated the logistics of our courtship.
Over the past three years, I have visited her several times, but we'd like to take the next step. We think it's time for her to visit me in London for a period of 2-3 months. This way, we could spend a bit more time together, as I wouldn't have to take holiday order to dash off to India for a few weeks here and there. Furthermore, I'd like her to see (and share in) my lifestyle here. After 2-3 months on a tourist visa, she would return to India. After that, we would ostensibly make a decision about a marriage date.
Here's what we've done so far:
- Girlfriend has applied for a tourist visa at the BHC in Delhi, on 16 March 2010. - In her application she included: - A sponsor's invitation letter from me, where I state that I will cover all of her expenses. - 6 months worth of my pay slips and bank statements. - A copy of my passport and UK work visa. - A copy of my tenancy agreement. - Visa fee.
We believe we'll learn the results of her application sometime in early April. Now, all we can really do is hope for the best, but we do have some concerns that her application might be rejected. Our concerns are:
- In my sponsor letter, I referred to her as a "friend", whilst she wrote that I was her "fiance" when making the application. This was not a deliberate attempt at deception, we merely wrote down what each of us thought the closest legal interpretation of our relationship was. I think we both made an honest mistake here, which could come back to haunt us.
- I will have no problem covering her expenses and fortunately, am gainfully employed. However, she recently lost her job. She has no intention of trying to emigrate here to the UK but we thought we'd take advantage of her free time by having her come to stay with me for a little while. Will the BHC instantly red flag her employment status and therefore reject her application?
- While I have more than sufficient savings and income to take care of her during her stay, she's not got much saved. I think she would be hard put to show any more than Rs 50K in savings.
Based on all this info, can you offer an analysis and maybe an educated guess as to whether or not she'll be approved? We really want to see each other again and spend some time together, but we're really sweating bullets as we wait for her application results!
What can we say? The application is in, and what will be will be.
I would have thought you should have your answer by now. I remember seeing something about British visa applications being suspended while they upgrade their system (disgraceful: what about real emergencies) but I don't recall the dates or if it applied to all India, not just Chennai.
Good luck... Remember the old saying... Worry is like a rocking horse; it gives you something to do but doesn't get you anywhere.
I'm a long time reader of your posts here at IndiaMike and was secretly hoping you might reply. Thanks so much for your feedback.
The BHC told my girlfriend that it would take roughly 15 days for the application results to come in. I keep telling her not to worry as the application is in and the situation is out of our hands. Of course, I'm a big hypocryte, because I'm just as worried as she is!
"Worry is like a rocking horse; it gives you something to do but doesn't get you anywhere."
Indeed! Brilliant saying. I've not heard this before. I'll forward this to the GF and let her know it came from you. :) (She's familiar with your posts as well)
Still, given the worry points I listed above, do you have any gut feelings about whether or not they might sink us?
I have to give credit to a matchbox for the saying... do matchboxes still come with sayings on the back? I saw it on a matchbox in about 1972! :D
I'm surprised it takes 15 days --- is this an ordinary visitor's visa? Last time, for my wife, we got our answer within 48 hours, which was too long in the emergency circumstances, we went straight to the travel agent and were on a plane that night!
I won't presume to express any opinion: just, hey, be optimistic, but be prepared!
Hey Max_pisces, did your girlfriend got visa? I am in similar situation and my girlfriend applied for a visa on 19th March. But haven't heared back yet. I will update the thread after i hear back anything from the consulate.
They are taking quite a while for us too. As of now, we are well over the 15-business-day maximum duration for processing. My hope is that this delay just has something to do with the Easter weekend and the changes that are said to be happening in the Chennai office. In the meantime, it is difficult to live in limbo while we would live to move ahead with our lives.
Oh well, hope it turns out well. I will let you know just as soon as I hear something.
No, no word yet. As of now, it has been one full calendar month since we completed making the application. Thanks for keeping me updated. I'm sorry to hear it's taking too long for you, but I must admit that I'm somewhat comforted by the fact that the approval delay seems systemic and not specific to either of our cases.
Can you please let me know just as soon as you hear more information? I promise to do the same.