Sponsorship Letter for UK Visa

What is a Sponsorship Invitation Letter for UK Visa?

 A Sponsorship letter for UK visa is very similar to an invitation letter for UK visa. The main difference between them is that the sponsorship letter contains a declaration that the host will be handling some or all of the expenses of the guest.

When writing an invitation for your guest you are free to include in the letter that you will be responsible for the travel costs as well as the accommodation costs of your guest(s). With a sponsorship letter for visa, you will need to show proof that you can actually handle these costs.

A simple invitation letter on the other hand does not need to contain any declaration of support. All you need to include in an invitation letter is that you want your guest to visit you, Mothers- with sponsorship letter for uk visaas well as details about yourself and the guest.  The Visa Officer will not appraise your guests application for visa based on your income. The application for visa to enter the UK would be appraised based on the income of your guest.

Should the visa officer believe that you do not have adequate funds to sponsor your guest, the application will be denied or more documents will be requested. In many cases, what we have is a sponsorship/invitation letter for UK Visa.

A sponsorship/invitation letter contains both the invitation and the declaration of sponsorship. The declaration of sponsorship does not have to be full. For full sponsorship it is advisable that you fill out and sign a formal Declaration of sponsorship which can be obtained from the UK visa application website.

Sample Sponsorship Letter for Uk Visa

This letter is written by a UK citizen to invite his Mum to visit him in Manchester. His mum is retired and living on a modest pension in Kenya. He and his wife will be sponsoring his mother’s entire trip to the UK. This letter will be sent to his mother in Kenya along with COPIES of all the necessary documents. His mum will then attach them to her application to the British Embassy in Kenya.

The Visa Officer
British Deputy High Commission

Standard Visitor Visa application for – Mrs Grace Kikuyu, Passport No: 1237777

Dear Sir /Madam,

I  Andrew Kikuyu am pleases to provide this letter of invitation for my mother Mrs Grace Kikuyu who resides at 34 Mango Road, Nairobi, Kenya.  She intend to visit us for holidays for 6 weeks from October 1st 2016 until 15th of October, 2016.  Mrs Grace is a retired teacher and widow of my dad Mr Thomas Kikuyu.

I am the Network Administrator at MicroMana, an IT company based in Manchester, UK. Please find enclosed herewith my payslips and bank statements in which my salary is deposited.

My wife an I own a 4 bedroom bungalow at 234 Swan Street, Manchester, which is of sufficient size to accommodate my mother during her stay in the UK. Enclosed is a copy of our Title deed for the house and copy of our Council tax bill and utility bill.

I will be responsible for my mum’s travel costs, maintenance, accommodation and care and shall ensure that during her stay in the UK, she does not have recourse to any public funds. I also undertake to ensure her return to Nairobi, after visit in the UK.

Should you require any further information, please contact me on +44-123-12345 or  e-mail andrewkikuyu@microblast.com


Andrew Kikuyu

• Copy of British Passport
• Copy of 6 month Salary statements
• Copy of 6 month bank statements
• Copy of Title deeds for our house
• Copy of Council tax bill for our house

Is a Sponsorship Letter for UK Visa Required?

Although an invitation letter is not required for the application for a Uk Standard Visitor Visa, it is advisable that you get one. It acts as one of the supporting documents for the visa application.

It is important however to note also that there are more important and required documents and information that the guest must provide. Click here to see a list of other required documents.

A sponsorship Letter however is required because it is the document that shows how the guest plans to pay for the trip to the uk.

If you are sponsoring your guest financially to the UK, you must provide this document as well as the signed Declaration of Sponsorship form. Otherwise you could just fill the form and attach it to a regular invitation letter.

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46 thoughts on “Sponsorship Letter for UK Visa

  1. Gerson Mendes

    Hello I’m portuguese and my wife is brazillian. We are married and we wanted to spend 4 weeks in England. My mother is currently living and working in the UK so I wanted to know if my wife can be allowed in the UK with a sponsorship letter from my mother with all of her information. Thank you.

  2. Olamide Lawrence

    I want to know why I will need. I met someone online and he decided to invite me over to the U.K. , I just completed my university degree , I only wish to stay for for three to four weeks

    1. Dems Post author

      Sorry Warda,

      We don’t send invitation letter to people. We only guide you or your host to write an invitation letter.


  3. Steve Lawrence

    Regards invite from Gambian citizen to U K ..I currently live with my mother at her rented house Will it be acceptable as place to stay for length of visa as it’s not my own property

    1. Dems Post author

      Hi Steve,

      If that is where you leave and there is room for your guest. I do not see why it should not be okay. If however you have an alternative arrangement, then you may go for that. These are my thoughts. Since I am not an immigration lawyer, I can only suggest.

  4. Ivy Fleming

    Hi.. I’m planning to get my son to stay with me permanently my visa is permanent resedence, I am confused if I still need to make a sponsorship letter?hope some one can advice me.. Thank you.

  5. farshid daryabeiki

    hi , i live in Iran. my friend is a British citizen and wants to send me an invitation letter but he does not know what to do and where he should go to apply for that , would you please guide me ?
    i will wait to hear you soon

    1. Dems Post author

      Hi Farshid,

      You will need to go to the British Embassy nearest to you to apply. The invitation letter is one of the documents you would need.

  6. ernest

    my brother wife is a citizen of uk.. she invited my brother 2015..and my brother came back after the visit . can she also invite me to visit her this 2017..

  7. Taimoor

    Hello dear sir.
    I am Taimoor, please I want to be guide about the sponsorship as my friend want to sending me. He is the citizen of UK. So how he can send and what should I need to complete the requirements….. I want the help please.

  8. Sankari Nagarajan

    Hi all,
    I am planning to invite my family in India to UK where I am working. I got the sponsorship declaration form from your website. However, I don’t understand who should sign in the second page of it which says for official use. Is there any authority I need to contact on behalf of Secretary of State before I send this letter to my family?

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  10. Gracie

    I want to spend my August vacation in the Uk. My dad will take care of my expenses but his sister who is a uk citizen is providing accommodation for my stay. Please, what documents do I need to process my visa. Thanks

  11. Akay

    I am travelling to UK from India on business Visa for 3-4 weeks. I have already applied for my business visa. Now my wife also wants to join me and she has submitted her tourist visa application mentioning that she will be joining me for 3 weeks. I am sponsoring her trip. What all documents I need to submit along with her application?

  12. Elly

    Hi sir…
    My friend worked in itali.. and wants me to come there. Can she makes sponsorship letter to me? And what document needed for it ?
    Thanks ..
    Please give me example of sponsor letter

  13. Emmanuel

    Good day
    My uncle and his wife resides in London.
    she wants to send me an Invitation to come to London from Nigeria to be with them,
    But we need step by step guideline on how to get the invitaion and the visa as theres no idea how we can get it.

  14. Kirit

    I just know my wife parents want to visit in uk for only 6 month I’m uk citizens so which letter I can send and how I can get this letter pl

  15. Ajaz

    I would like to invite my mother to uk.she is in her late seventies.iam a British citizen living with family in London.at the moment I’m working part time and claiming few benefits due to which I can’t sponsor her but can I just write an invitation letter to her saying I’m only accommodating her and rest she is responsible for the cost of her travel? Please advise me on this thanks.

    1. Dems Post author

      Yes Ajaz, You can invite her. If she has enough funds to sponsor herself then she is good to go.

  16. Fritz Jaleco

    Hi good day! I applied last april 2017 for uk visa but I withdraw it.can i used again the documents from my aunt and uncle they provided together with the sponsorship form.they are both British Citizens and they invited me to visit them.i’m planning to apply visa again this coming August.so can i used it again or i need a new one? thanks !

    1. DemsSample

      Hi Fritz,
      If the dates on the letter are still okay, you can use them. If not, you need new ones.

  17. Hussnain Pervaiz

    hi i want to ask that my aunt send me a sponsor letter and its having a 1 letter mistake in my surname ..i do have previously 4 visas of uk . So should i have a new sponsor or is allowed to use this sponsor for application.
    Thank you

    1. DemsSample

      If you can get another letter it will be good! With your history though, you shouldn’t have a problem with a typo.

  18. salimata ndoye

    My friend is a British citizen living in uk and he wants me to come and visited her for just in month and she is sponsorin my whole trip to UK. Am a immigrant living in Germany what are the documents that I needed from her?

  19. Daniel Agyemang

    Hello, I’m Daniel
    I am a university student from Ghana. I am making a presentation at a conference in the UK. The organisers have sent me an invitation letter. My brother who lives in Ghana is sponsoring me. Please may I know the content of his sponsorship letter. Also, is there any other documents I might need from both sides?

    1. DemsSample

      Hi Daniel,
      Your brother in Ghana can write a simple letter that he is your sponsor. More importantly, he should present financial statements and documents to show that he is capable of sponsoring you.

  20. Enirehtac

    I just want to ask about the council tax bill. My fiancee is renting a house and doesn’t have council tax bill. Is it necessary to include the council tax bill as part of proof of accommodation?
    Please help on this matter. Thanks.

    1. DemsSample

      Hi Nicolle,

      for your boyfriend to live with you, he has to immigrate to uk. Right now has he ever visited you in the uk?

  21. Prashanth

    Hello! I am an Indian Citizen living and working in the united states for the past few years – I am planning to go to the UK as a tourist for 9 days and I am planning to stay at a friend’s place in London. She is also an Indian Citizen living and working in UK on a UK work permit. In addition to the Invitation letter from her, what all documents of my friend should I provide? Please let me know. Thanks!

    1. DemsSample

      You don’t need much other than the invitation letter and proof of your friend’s immigration status in uk.


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