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I have my wedding upcoming in a few months time. I have been

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I have my wedding upcoming in a few months time. I have been told that I could request my aunty to come visit my wedding here in London from Kabul,Afghanistan. Can someone please let me know how this works. I am a student at the moment but I have a family member that will be willing to sponser her. Is there a chance that she could visit the wedding then return back? If so how,
Please explain
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 4 years ago.


Thank you for your question and patience, I’m Tom and I’ll try to help you.

As you are her nephew, she would not be able to apply for a Family Visitor’s visa to come here and visit you for the wedding. This is confirmed under the bullet-points on the following link:-

Instead, she will have to apply for a general visitor’s visa:-

The eligibility criteria for a visitor's visa is as follow , is that you need to show that:-
• You want to visit the UK for no more than six months;
• You intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit;
• You have enough money to support yourself during your stay in the UK without working or needing help from public funds

You have to try and show them that she has continuing obligations in her home country which will continue after the visit and therefore convince them that she is not a risk of overstay because she at present has compelling family and social/work ties to her home country which mean that she will not attempt to secure a permanent stay here whilst she is visiting. Things like a letter from her employer stating she has a job (if he does) and is expected to return to continue that job, return flight tickets, evidence of continuing accommodation (eg. tenancy agreement of evidence of ownership of a property), bank statements showing the money she has available, letters from relatives/friends confirming any obligations she has to them.

If you are based in the UK and will assist her during the intended stay you should go to a local solicitor to draft a sponsorship declaration in which you state the terms of the visit, that you are to return at the end of it, that you shall accommodate you and shall pay the costs of any unforeseen expenses that should occur during his stay so that nether of you will need to access public funds. You should also attach evidence of your accommodation and bank statements to show that you can support/accommodate her whilst she is here.

This should cost around £50+vat and you can find immigration solicitors via:-

This should then be sent to her so that she can then submit it with her application

Once she has received it she can apply for her visa. Details on how she can apply are contained here;-

My goal is to provide you with a good service. If you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up issues specifically relating to your question.

Kind regards,

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

So they will not need a wedding invitation letter? Because the banqueting company did say that they can provide with a wedding invitation letter detailing it all. Is that a different type of entry?

Expert:  Thomas replied 4 years ago.

It's not a different form of visa.

However, the letter from the banqueting company will be helpful to confirm and corroborate the reasons for her visa. I would request it from them and pass it to your aunty to submit with application as a way of verifying her legitimate reasons for wishing to visit.

It's helpful but not (in and of itself) dterminative. The key is meeting the eligiblity criteria in my above answer and making sure that you submit full documentation with the application.

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Kind regards,