Firstly, since the Biometrics were introduced to UK Visa applications I have had a 100% success rate in approvals. Therefore, using the information within this post you should have your Letter of Invitation taken care of. The first visa I applied for was a Fiancee Visa.
(Read my how to apply for a UK spouse visa post for more info on that. As the Fiance and Spouse visas are similar.). I may also write a dedicated post on Fiancee Visas in the future.
Then I was successfully approved for several Visit Visas for family members of my spouse. My first stop for sponsor requirements was always the UK immigration section of the British Home Office which you can find here.
If you find their website difficult to follow then just use the same information I provide within this post as I am about to invite family members here to stay with us again. I will tell you what I have included and why. Then you will know how to write an invitation letter for a UK Visa.
Letter of Invitation for UK Visa
First you will need the name/s and address of YOU the sponsor/s in the top right corner. If you’re a couple then include both names.
Next add the date at the top left but beneath the last line of the address.
Next you should have a TO line, for me personally I put, To whom it may concern but you could put Dear UK Visa Official or Dear Sir/Madam, I’m sure you get the idea.
Now the content, this is what you need and why…
UK Visa officials will not award a Visa if you do not meet these requirements.
You have to provide the officials with reasons the applicant will not become and illegal immigrant and they have to be genuine reasons. Don’t falsify documents as it could get you a lengthy ban from the Visa Application Process.
1. You or your applicant must PROVE the applicant has enough funds to support his/her entire stay in the UK. This can be done by the applicant having plenty of money in his bank account OR the Sponsor can provide proof of income that will fund the applicants stay. The Home Office are quite lenient on this matter and even if you only get sickness benefits you are allowed to invite your applicant.
2. YOU must prove that your own your home where the applicant will be staying OR you must provide an accompanying letter from your landlord/landlady stating they do not mind the applicant staying with you.
3. The APPLICANT must prove he/she has strong family ties or at least a reason to return home after their visit, unless it’s a spouse visa of course!
If you can include all that information in your letter of invitation along with the documents mentioned you will have a fantastic chance of approval. Take a look at my sample letter below.
March 1st 2013
To Whom It May Concern,
This letter is to confirm that my wife and I have invited APPLICANT/S to the UK this June 2013. They are my in laws and blood relatives of my wife (who has indefinite leave to remain). We have no objection to them staying with us during their holiday and my Landlord also has no objection. APPLICANT/S have been here before. They are more than capable of funding their visit themselves but if they struggle for any reason, we and my family can help them out. ***** is the father of the family and works in Kuwait and the whole family will return there in July. It has been three years since their visit and a lot has changed. My wife and I now have two children whom ***** and his family are yet to meet. ***** and ****** have also had another child (****** as mentioned earlier) and we have yet to meet her also. I will provide any required documents to APPLICANT/S for the application, including this letter.
It’s also worth signing the letter too before faxing, emailing or posting the letter of invitation for a UK Visa
I hope this helps you with your application
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