This post was most recently updated on December 16th, 2017
In order to invite a person to the UK, there are a few requirements that must be filled on your part (as the sponsor) and on the part of the invite (the person being invited). In this article, we present the documents needed to invite someone to the UK. As the host, you do not need to do much. Your guest, however, would need to prove to the visa officer that they will return to their home country after visiting the UK
Reasons to request this visa include;
- For leisure, or on a vacation for sightseeing and to visit family and friends
- or, to conduct business or to participate in creative national events
- Additionally, for other reasons – including medical and psychological
Typically, the online application form will give you the guidance you need, and the requirements vary with the purpose of the visit and your relationship with the guest; but here are a few things you should keep in mind nonetheless –
Documents needed to invite someone to the UK
1: Valid ID documents
These may include your national passport and/or driver’s license to show that you are a national of the UK or you are eligible to invite people in to invite people into the UK. As a legal resident of the UK, you are eligible to invite someone to visit you in the UK.
2: Proof of Your Relationship
Depending on your relationship with the guest, you may have to provide proof that you have a genuine relationship. This could simply be a letter that explains the details of your relationship including – where and how you met, how often you communicate and the medium of communication you use. Do not worry too much about this. A simple statement in your invitation letter should be sufficient.
If your guest is a parent or sibling; this may not be necessary, an invitation letter and your birth certificate may suffice. Also if the guest is being invited by your company; a simple customized invitation letter is enough evidence
3: Proof of Solvency (that you are buoyant enough to host your guest)
Whether the visitor’s expenses will be covered by them or you, you will have to provide proof that trip can be afforded. The proof, in this case, would be bank statements and /or pay slips. If your guest is going to sponsor their own trip, then you do not need to provide your bank statement or pay slip.
Document 4: Confirmation of your legal residence
This will include details of your current address, and an indication that the visitor will (or won’t be ) residing in your house for the length of their trip. As a citizen, all you need to provide is a passport or birth certificate. If you are a student or any other legal residence of the UK, you will need to send a scanned copy of your visa.
Documents required to apply for a UK visitor visa (Guest)
The visa officer would require some documents from your guest. Your guest should have documents to support whatever claims they have made in their visa application form.