Holiday visa. 7 days. The agency needed to show she had a good income in Russia, so they apparently may have created a false employment certificate of some kind. My friend was not involved of course and thought they simply sorted everything out for a fee!
Yes she is, but it is sporadic and I doubt she could get any clear proof of regular income. So perhaps this is why the agency just submitted some sort of template. This seems to be commonplace with agents there and here too.
Anyway, the question is whether there is an alternate way of guaranteeing her return to Russia rather than the usual proofs of employment etc. Personal financial guarantees by someone in the UK?
She is Russian. She has parents there.
Yes she has travelled many times. We normally meet in Europe and she had always got schengen visas easily and returned to Russia after her trips.
This black stamp in her passport will now affect her future applications for schengen too
I don't think so.
That would be difficult. But I have told the main points - the application was refused because they believed the employment certificate to be false. And they also said they may now refuse any future applications because of that. They referred to paragraph 320(7A) and 320(7B)
But please can we now start moving towards answers? In general what can someone in the UK do to help someone in Russia get a 1-week tourism visa. Is there any kind of sponsorship or guarantor programme of any kind? And specifically is there any way she can solve this problem of a black mark on her record?
Thanks. You said I could send a formal letter regarding my financial status, but did you mean to help her reverse her black-listing, or did you mean to help with a visa application in general. They are two separate issues. Or are you saying we should handle them both at the same time? Perhaps appealing and requesting the visa to be granted at the same time?
What exactly are you saying we should do? Make an appeal, get the black-listing removed and then apply for a visa? Or simply make an appeal, including a letter from me, and try to get the de-listing AND the visa at the same time?
OK great thanks. So she should get the blacklisting removed first and then, afterwards, apply for a visa? Should I send a sponsor's letter for the visa application too? So I would be submitting the letter twice? Or would it be a different letter in the two cases?