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Old 28-02-2007, 16:22
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I'm wondering how easy it is to go about it. Im told there has to be one member of the sponsor's household,working.Is that it,just one form to fill in or is there more to it? The reason I ask is I have a friend in New York who wants a friend from India to move to NY to be with her,and they seem to think it'll stand more chance if he comes to the UK first,so have asked if my husband will sponsor him(I dont work).
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Old 28-02-2007, 16:29
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This sounds like a minefield - Immigration advice is very complex - as far as I know you can only sponsor a dependant relative to come to the UK.

The problem you have is that someone from India has to get entry clearance before they leave India which will involve interviews over there - if the person wants to enter the UK they need to fit into one of the specific categories.

I really don't know why your american friend thinks UK entry will be helpful but personally I wouldn't get involved - you certainly need to get further advice before you consdier it - but Like I say I suspect that you're not allowed to sponsor a non relative anyway.
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Old 28-02-2007, 16:40
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It's a piece of piss to sponsor someone to live in the UK.

I did it with a friend of mine from Chennai last year.

Sponsorship means in a nutshell that you are willing to pay for everything to help the foreigner stay in the UK.

To summarise: you will have to show the Indian Embassy in the UK a LOT of bank statements, bills and identification, and this is basically to prove that you have enough money to look after the person whilst they are in the UK (and stereotypically .... so you're not gonna sell them or put them into cheap labour).

You sometimes have to send bank statements and info (upon request) to the British Embassy in whatever country (in my case India). It helps if you can make a visit to the embassy that the person you want to sponsor is applying at - this only helps process applications and get it sorted more quickly. It's not compulsory.

The sponsored person (obviously) has a limited amount of time in the UK (about 6 months, maybe 12) and after that time, they can either apply for another type of visa, visa-extension etc. or they have to leave. And if they do not leave on time the blue boys will come looking for the person who was doing the sponsoring.

It is actually more simple than it first appears.

Check out the British Foreign Office website, I found it very helpful and straightforward.

Good luck....give me a PM if you like or have any more questions.
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Old 28-02-2007, 16:52
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Thanks for the replies. The friend in NY is someone I speak to on the net and havent met. We have no intention to pay any money,so will we have to say we are or would we need to prove we are paying for their keep?
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Old 28-02-2007, 17:23
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You would have to prove that you/ your husband have enough money to support and accommodate the visitor for the maximum 6 months visitor visa. You wouldn't have to actually pay any money. He would have to show that he intended a genuine visit to the UK.

If the entry clearance officer gets wind of the fact that you don't actually know the applicant and he wasn't really intending to visit the UK, the application is likely to be refused.

I don't know why this process would supposedly make it easier to enter the US, and if entry to the UK was refused, it would probably make things worse.

Not sure I'd want to get involved if it was me
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Old 28-02-2007, 17:32
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I don't know too much about it but it sounds like a lot of grief for someone who is a friend of a friend (and not a close one at that) If it were me I'd politely decline.
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Old 28-02-2007, 17:47
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Sounds dodgey, a "friend" off the internet wants you to sponsor a "friend" from India to go via the UK to live in New York?

I wouldn't of thought the US would hold much weight in a person being sponsored in the UK, they think and do pretty much what they want don't they?

Wouldn't US immigration see whats going on? I don't know anything about it tbh but one person sponsoring another in a different country would have no bearing on another country ect?

Wouldn't it be easier if the person in India went directly to the US?
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Old 28-02-2007, 19:40
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Originally Posted by Taboo
I'm wondering how easy it is to go about it. Im told there has to be one member of the sponsor's household,working.Is that it,just one form to fill in or is there more to it? The reason I ask is I have a friend in New York who wants a friend from India to move to NY to be with her,and they seem to think it'll stand more chance if he comes to the UK first,so have asked if my husband will sponsor him(I dont work).
don't do it as i heard there can be all sorts of problems, especially if the then person intends to move on to the states .
also can you affford to do it? never ever do something as big as this for people you have never met.
Now this is hypothetical but say you did do this, then they got into the USA and was say involved in terrorist activities while over there, are you prepared for the CIA,FBI and the uk security services to rip apart your life and possibly throw you in jail,just for being associated with said person?.
It's a chance you take, but it still seems dodgy and you really don't know what this person is could could end up being.

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Old 28-02-2007, 20:57
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Originally Posted by Mickey Blue
don't do it as i heard there can be all sorts of problems, especially if the then person intends to move on to the states .
also can you affford to do it? never ever do something as big as this for people you have never met.
Now this is hypothetical but say you did do this, then they got into the USA and was say involved in terrorist activities while over there, are you prepared for the CIA,FBI and the uk security services to rip apart your life and possibly throw you in jail,just for being associated with said person?.
It's a chance you take, but it still seems dodgy and you really don't know what this person is could could end up being.
Bloody hell,to be honest I never even thought of that Thank you
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