I am citizen of Turkey but moved to Northern Cyprus 7 months ago. I am going to apply for 2-years visitor visa for the UK in February 2019 to sit a medical exam. When i was in Turkey, I had my 6-months visitor visa 2 years ago and I visited the UK without any problem. I am working as a doctor in a private hospital in Northern Cyprus since May 2018. But I have two problems:

  1. My work permit was issued in the end of September.
  2. My first salary was paid in the bank on June.

How should my employment letter and bank statement mention the date I started working here and the date I became a customer of the bank?

  • To get a long-term Standard Visitor visa you’ll have to prove that you need to visit the UK regularly. gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa A visit premise of sitting one medical exam is unlikely to meet this criteria; in addition it is typically held that a good travel record of compliance with several visit visas is also necessary. – Traveller Jan 18 '19 at 0:58

Whatever documents you submit to UKVI (or any other visa-issuing agency) should state only true facts. If the application asks when you began work in Cyprus, tell the truth. If the application asks when you became a customer of the bank, tell the truth. One should tell the truth because none of us know what information UKVI has, nor what kind of investigation they might make.

Perhaps in completing the application some things (e.g., why you were working in Cyprus before your work permit was issued) must or should or can be explained. For instance, there may have been a good human reason (not a legal reason) to begin work before officially being permitted to do so. Your explanation gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your honesty.

Remember that UKVI will be focused on deciding if your application shows that you will indeed leave the UK on time. This may be demonstrated by the applicant showing ties and relationships to the applicant's home country. Review this SE:Travel page for a beginning discussion of this issue. In other words, UKVI will look to see if the applicant will be motivated to leave on time, rather than motivated to go underground in the UK and live and work there.

If UKVI find you've misstated facts or lied, your application will be denied and you may earn a ban. UKVI could make such a finding through seeing inconsistent statements in your application, or inconsistencies between the documents you submit and your statements, or inconsistencies between anything in your application and any information UKVI has collected elsewhere.

Keep in mind as well that a visa refusal would be a significant negative for a future application. If your research indicates you'll likely be refused by UKVI, postponing your trip and visa application until your circumstances are more favorable could be a rational choice.

  • (+1) Sound advice in general but if these facts would result in an automatic refusal, it could change the risk/benefit calculation. – Relaxed Sep 9 '20 at 16:30
  • @Relaxed I agree, and should have mentioned that it could be a rational choice for the OP to abandon plans to seek a UK visitor visa to avoid a refusal at this time. I'll amend the answer to include this issue. While this question was posted almost two years ago, changing plans should be considered by anyone else in a similar situation. – DavidSupportsMonica Sep 9 '20 at 17:38

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