Who can sponsor a UK visa

UK Standard Visitor Visa for Indonesian Citizens

I am a Spanish citizen and currently live in London, United Kingdom. I have an Indonesian friend and we are in a long distance relationship. I usually visit him (I've been going for almost 2 years). Now we would like to apply for a visitor visa so that he can come to the UK and visit his sister who is a citizen. However, she has advantages that she cannot support him financially. We would then go to Spain to visit my family.

We looked at the application process and there are some circumstances that complicate matters. I can support him during his stay but I am not a UK citizen so I cannot sponsor him. His sister or other friends can sponsor him, but not support him financially. He does not have a permanent job in Indonesia because he is a painter and driver and therefore cannot produce a letter from the employer.

I was stupid thinking we might need the flight to show that it is going to leave the country and I already bought a ticket. He also heard that it is impossible to ask for a multiple entry when coming to the UK for the first time. The plan was for him to come to the UK, then we will visit my family in Spain for 3 weeks and return to the UK to take the flight back to Indonesia.

So many questions and no one to answer them, so struggling to find help.

Honorary citizen of the world

From what you write, the chances are very, very slim that he will be approved for the visa. And when I checked, Slim was already driving out of town.

Alixe Loba

I checked with the Citizen Tip here in UK and they told me as a person who legally lives in UK I can sponsor it so maybe the chances are not too slim. Why do you think they are slim?

Honorary citizen of the world

Obviously, you are a beginner in applying for visas as you would not be asking this question if you had experience. I would set the likelihood of approval at 5% or less. Read similar questions on the website and learn. No permanent job, needs a sponsor, from the poor country, British friend. In fact, the likelihood of approval is closer to zero.

Alixe Loba

Obviously I had no experience, I had a friend who had to leave the UK with a super good job just because he was Arab and he was only allowed to be here for 5 years, even he had money and everything. This is my only experience. Quiet is to me as a western traveler and I don't find any problems, which is crazy when you think about it. I'm not even British either, I'm Spanish, which is probably even worse.

Traveller

You don't need to sponsor a visit need to be a UK citizen https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/673351/Visit-guidance-v7.0EXT.PDF # Page20 You need to do, however, show why you would sponsor him (e.g. proof of your relationship) and that you can afford to do so. UK visit visas are usually granted for 6 months so the UK - Spain - UK - Indonesia route you describe is possible. The biggest stumbling block, however, will be his personal situation in Indonesia - a sponsor does not relieve him of the need to qualify for a visiting visa himself. This usually involves demonstrating an intention to leave the UK at the end of the visit, having strong economic and social ties with the applicant's home country. You may find it helpful to read this answer UK rejected visas on V 4.2 + c (and sometimes 'e')

Alixe Loba

In this case it may be useful to show that he has a child in Australia and also has some postage stamps in his passport that he went there and returned to Indonesia. Perhaps the flight could also be something to demostrate that it has at least one return ticket. Because the relationship is easier because I was there for 2 years and can also show some other evidence than maybe letters from friends or pictures. or a recording of calls.

Traveller

@Alixe Loba Having a child in Australia is unlikely to be seen as a reason to return to Indonesia. His travel history to Australia can help. Strong social / economic ties typically include one or more jobs, savings, real estate, and dependents in the applicant's country of residence. UKVI visitor visa rules specifically state that flights should not be booked before a visa is issued. Therefore, the ECO can discount its return flight at this point (although this is of course relevant if / when it arrives at a British port of entry).

Alixe Loba

Yes you are right, after doing some research I found that getting a visa to Indonesia is not the opposite, but because it is exactly the opposite it might help, but it looks better if we don't even do it mention. On the other hand Indonesia doeesn't work like UK so sometimes getting documents for activities like jobs or whatever isn't tha easy because not everything is reglulated like in UK. The problem is how to prove he's coming back. We can get a letter from the landlord, as he has got a new place for a year and is paid for there in advance.

Alixe Loba

Perhaps the letter and banker's statement could work as there is no legal contract like this. and try to collect other documents to prove he works as a painter there but like i said is self employed and not regulated so it might be worth getting some extra advice from someone in indonesia.

Alixe Loba

Quite difficult and challenging at this point as we as westerners don't have too many problems getting there, but it's not easy to have a sponsor like me who can prove that I have enough money to support them support. Finding help to solve simple questions is also crazy. I only spend £ 15 calling the Immigration helpline (not free) to ask the same and they even gave me a less human and not as good answer with information as you give me. So thank you for that by the way.