Sunday, 16 February 2020

How to get visa for your parent to come visit you in the UK


Recently, I applied and got visa for my mom to visit me in the UK. Before I did, I had lots of questions that visa websites were not very helpful to answer. I relied on advice from friends who had done the same. I discovered I could apply for her online and all she needed to do was to attend her Biometrics appointment and wait. During the application process, I also learnt certain things which I think would have made my application easier if I had gotten a heads-up about them. I shall now take you through the process of obtaining a UK visitor visa for your parent. This also applies to obtaining visitor visa for any family member or friend. There are 6 basic steps which we will discus in detail. Stay tuned.

1. Apply online
2. Book biometrics appointment
3. Submit documents
4. Parent attends biometrics appointment
5. Wait
6. Visa ready for collection

I will be using Nigeria as a case study.

1. Apply online
This involves going to the gov.uk website, choosing the visitor visa category and creating an account with your email address. Then follow the link in your email to access the application any time. So basically, if you are applying for your parent, you need to fill the form as though they were the one filling it out. But remember to put your own contact details if you want to be the primary contact for the visa. Don't worry, at the end stage when submitting the application, you will be asked if you are completing the application on behalf of someone for which you will then answer Yes. You can always save your application and return to it using the link in your email.

2. Book biometrics appointment
After filling the application form, paying for it and submitting the form, you will be directed to the Visa Application Centre (VAC) website to book an appointment for your parent to go to provide  their biometrics and facial photograph. Nigeria uses a company called TLScontact. You will have to choose what location you want your parent to go to.

In Nigeria, there are centers in Lagos - Ikeja, Lagos - Victoria Island, and Abuja. Note: Victoria Island centre has a default user fee of £55. So if you don't want to pay that fee, you should choose the Ikeja centre that has no fees. If I had known about this, I would not have chosen VI. Once I chose VI, I could no longer change it to Ikeja. I don't know if there are fees for the Abuja centre.

There are certain tricks to be aware of when booking your appointment. Please read the legends well and understand what appointment you are to book. Appointments at 9am and 12noon are for those opting for Super Priority service (explained below). If you mistakenly choose either of those times, your shopping basket will be automatically updated and by the time you pay, the charge for Super Priority service will be withdrawn from your account. So beware. I know someone who almost got charged the equivalent of £956 for choosing the wrong appointment time. 

I don't know if this next point is a trick to get people to spend more than they are willing or a mistake, but for some reason as at the time I applied in January 2020, all the prices on the site were displayed in Naira. For example, the user fee was showing as N55 rather than £55. Priority service was showing as N220 rather than £220. Only after you've chosen it and are about to pay that it changes to £220. At that time, you may not be paying attention, and if you had chosen it with the mindset that you were to be charged N220, you will be shocked when the equivalent of £220 is withdrawn from your account. So shine your eyes.

3. Submit documents
After you've booked your appointment, you have from then till the day of appointment to submit your accompanying documents if you chose Self Service. If you cannot scan and upload the documents yourself, then do not choose Self Service, choose and pay for Assisted service. But I will advocate Self Service. It will save you lots of money and save your parent the stress of carrying many documents to the biometrics appointment.

The rule for submitting documents is the more documents, the better their chance of getting the visa. Even though on the gov.uk site, it says do not submit family pictures, etc; please submit. They require financial evidence (to show they can afford the trip and their stay), sponsor evidence (if someone else is paying for them), family evidence (to show relationship to the person they are visiting and ties to their home country), employment evidence (proves work ties to their home country and financial status), accommodation evidence (where they will stay while in the UK).

Click here to see a list of documents I submitted to accompany my mom's visa application. She was to be sponsored by my dad, me and my husband.

4. Parent attends the biometrics appointment 
Your parent is to attend the appointment with their original International Passport, a copy of their checklist of attached documents, proof of appointment date and 2 passport photographs. They should write out the name of whatever document you have attached if not on the checklist. 

5. Wait
Standard visitor visa service takes 15 working days from the day biometrics are taken. Priority service means they would put your application at the front of the queue. It should take about 5-7 working days. Super Priority is a same day service. My mom got back her Passport with the visa granted in 10 working days even though we chose the Standard service. Make sure you pick any calls as you might be contacted to confirm length of stay. I was not contacted but I know friends that were. You can track your application on the TLS website. 

6. Visa ready for collection
So in certain countries, the Passport can be collected by proxy. Not anymore in Nigeria. My mom was told not if she's below 65yrs of age. You can choose to have it delivered by courier. Even though my mom paid for text message service to notify her when her passport was ready for collection, she did not get any SMS. I got an email saying the Passport was back to the VAC and another saying it had been collected by the courier service. So don't waste your 300 Naira if you have a functioning email address.

In conclusion, you can apply for your parent, sibling or friend to visit you in the UK and all they have to do is show up for Biometrics appointment. Just follow the above steps and remember the more evidence you show, the better their chance. Good luck.

Radiant ~ February 2020

Documents to submit - UK visitor visa for your parent

I have written a step by step guide on how to apply and obtain visa for your parent to come visit you in the UK. You can read it here


Below are documents I submitted to support my mom's visa. Rule of thumb - the more evidence you provide, the better the chance of being granted the visa. I have written the headings as you will see them on the TLScontact website (the Visa Application Centre for Nigeria).

Accommodation temp or permanent
- Daughter's and Son-in-law's council tax
- Daughter's driver's licence (You can upload a utility bill instead)

Employment evidence
- Letter from her employer

Family evidence
This is to show relationship to the person they are visiting and ties to their home country. I uploaded Passports for those that had them and for those that did not have, I uploaded their driver's licence or birth certificates.
- Daughter's wedding certificate (this is because I had some documents in my maiden name and some in my married name)
- Daughter's birth certificate 
- Daughter 2's passport
- Son 1's passport
- Family picture
- Husband's driver's licence
- Son 1's birth certificate 
- Son 1's driver's licence
- Daughter 3's birth certificate 

Financial evidence
As my mom has 2 bank accounts, I uploaded 2 bank statements. If they are retired and are being sponsored fully, it is not necessary to show their own bank statements. 
- Bank statement 1
- Bank statement 2

Other
Old passports and visa
List of attached documents

Sponsor evidence
Letter from husband 
Husband's bank statement 
Letter of invitation
Daughter's bank statement 
Daughter's employment letter
Daughter's payslip
Daughter's passport
Daughter's residence permit
Son-in-law's bank statement
Son-in-law's employment letter
Son-in-law's payslip
Son-in-law's passport
Son-in-law's residence permit

Travel document


- Current passport 




My mom received her visa on the 10th working day even though we had applied for Standard visa service which should take 15 working days.

Click here to read my step by step guide on how to obtain UK visitor visa for your parent.

Radiant ~ February 2020

Friday, 14 February 2020

WAFBEC 2020 Day 2 morning session - Bishop Wale Oke


Prophecies before sermon
- If you are not dead, the glory will crush you. Let God take you through your own funeral and resurrect you, then you can carry the glory.

- When God establishes a church, he gives it a piece of the land.

- The blessing you're looking for is beside you. You only need for your eyes to be open. Hagar, Gehazi.

- Pastors, God is giving you land. Receive your land. The place where you will blossom, from where you will fulfill your destiny.

Sermon Topic - Fasting

Fasting is one of the principal weapons of our warfare

- Engaging in fasting grows you in godliness. 1 Tim 4:8
- It humbles your soul. Ps 69:10
- It is an access to grace. God gives grace to the humble.
- It teaches us discipline. It is a spiritual discipline that feeds your spirit. Kenneth Hagin said that whatever feeds your spirit starves your flesh and whatever feeds your flesh, starves your spirit.
- It is an exercise in godliness.
- It is engagement in spiritual warfare if used correctly.
- Patriarchs of old used it to drive their prayer life, to seek God diligently. 
- Fasting is a means by which we tap into divine help.
- It is a means by which we get heaven's attention when done correctly. Isa 58:3, Esther 4:16
- It gets God into the array to deal with your enemies. A means of securing divine intervention.

Fasting does not atone for sin. If you're living in sin and fasting, you're wasting your time.
Proudful fast (wanting everyone to know you're spiritual) is a waste of time 

How to fast properly
1.  Your fasting must be unto the Lord. The devil should not be your focus. Zech. 7:5
2.  Must be done in humility. Ps 35:18. Devoid of boasting, arrogance, showmanship.
3.  Have a clearly defined purpose.
4.  Feast on the Word
5.  Engage in ernest prayer. 
6.  If you break by mistake, don't beat yourself down, don't go a guilt trip. Get up and continue
7.  Add an act of charity or benevolence. Isa 58

Practice fasting. Even if very weak, God can hear you. The thoughts of men's hearts speak louder before the throne of God than their words. You cannot seek God too much. Be sincere. God sees your heart. 


Radiant ~ February 2020

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

WAFBEC 2020 Day 4 morning session - Dr Cindy Trimm


Prophecies
We are going to see the rise of prophets
You know you're part of a new thing when you have a shift in your vocabulary 
God will move you into the realm of innovation
You will know what to do every month because God will give you strategy
What you have lost in the past decade, you will play catch up this year.
God will upgrade you mentally

3 mantles coming out of the church - the prophetic, kingdom and priestly .

The world is divided binomially - natural and spiritual
There are 12 kingdoms, under which there are 12 systems
Systems are made up of fields, industries and sectors
Industries, fields and sectors influence communities and communities influence families.

This season, God will give you
1. Open heavens
2. Spiritual acuity - seeing things way ahead of time. The mantle of the prophet. Natural sight, dreams, vision, perspectives. God will atune your ear to His frequency.
The mantle of Daniel - interpret times and seasons. 
3. Innovation - God will move you to a realm of innovation. 
4. Indispensability - God will make us indispensable. Industries will say,  we may not like them but we cannot do without them.

In this generation and decade, there is going to be a restoration of identity. God will redefine what it means to be human. 

Education is not as powerful as revelation. 
Why stop at the level of a degree when you can have the mind of Christ?

You will never lose in life when you understand who you are.

When God wants to do something new, he starts with an individual who will be tested in his family, community, system and then kingdom.

There is an activation of faith in the church

When you are planted in an industry , you need to first ask what is the problem you have called me to solve. You have to match your gifts to the problems.

Isa 43:19-21
Goodbye yesterday - the power of innovation 

Noah the trend setter 
Joseph the game changer
Abraham the history maker
Esther the gap filler
Jacob odds defier

Theme - This is a decade of innovation 
Part One - Noah the Trend Setter

Gen 7:12, Matthew 24:38-39, Heb 11:7

God warned him about the coming trend. He was not going to be affected by the trend but was going to be a trend setter. We are not going to be swept away by the trend, but set the trend.
This season we will live without fear, because God will give us heads up. Faith will take me into the realm of unlimited potentials.

This is a decade to study the Word of God. The Word of God is going to be my life, my GPS system to navigate the changing times. 

People in my industry are measuring their performance by my performance. I am the edge. 
2 Kings 6:16-17

As God sends me into my industry to possess mountains, I will be surrounded by angels. 

I'm coming into a decade of revelation.

I'm a faith believer. I'm seeing beyond the natural.

God is filling my mind with dreams and visions, showing me coming trends. My mind is no longer filled with yesterday. I have new cycles. New cycles of influence, power, dominion, innovation. The new is here. 

God is giving me new concepts, new ideas, new philosophies that will push my industry forward. 

1 Sam 3:21
This year God will reveal himself to me. 
Eph 1:18 - 19, God is birthing me into a new realm of greatness. 

Nigeria is the leading super power in the continent of Africa

God will raise Nigeria to reset the calibrating system of other nations.

The anointing of Japheth is upon me.
Japheth means open. My eyes of understanding are open. We will learn, unlearn and relearn. 
Sham and ham mean fire. I will be on fire. People will watch me burn. 

The significance of the number 40
Mourning - Joseph. They mourned Joseph for 40days. Your mourning days are over.
Moses had 3 separate occasions of being on the mount for 40days
You will select 40 days 3x this year that you will go into the mountain of the Lord, to collect the strategy that will sustain you for the next 10yrs.

For the next 40yrs God will download to me supernatural strategies.

We are entering the 4th industrial revolution 

In the world to come AI will replace jobs. 

Robots by 2030 will outnumber the entire population of human beings. 
Psalm 91:1-5, 2 Cor 3:18

Biotech, body hacking, 5G will be ubiquitous. There will be smart drugs, green tech, Robocops, smart cars, lip reading CCT(V), aqua tech, high speed travel.

This is a generation of innovation.

Radiant ~ Jan 2020

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

WAFBEC 2020 Day 2 Evening session - Bishop Wale Oke


You step into your glory today
Every thing that has intimidated you before, you will dominate them
Tonight, the glory will change you.
The glory will make all things new in your life.
You will never recover from tonight.
The past years of your life are preparatory for tonight.
Tonight enter into destiny fulfillment

The winds from the 4 corners of the earth will blow in your favour. I can see you lifted for generational celebrations
Someone lost something precious 12 yrs ago. You thought and you said this is irreparable.
In this house tonight, what you lost 12 yrs ago, you are taking it home. Joel 2:25

The enemy put the destiny of Joseph on hold until his Word came.
Everything was changed. His prison garment was changed. Get ready for a change of garment.
His status changed. The gates, bars and fetters were destroyed.

Somebody here, you will hit the front page of the newspaper through a significant appointment

When your Word comes, everything must change.

There will be multiple weddings.

Cancer is vanishing, tumour is vanishing, leukaemia is vanishing.
Tonight God will trouble your trouble.

Every plant that the enemy has planted I root them up.

The Word heals you. Receive healing.

If you want to know what you look like, don't look at the mirror. Look at God. Whatever is not in God, should not be found in you.

Gen 1:26-28
By reason of creation, we are dignified. By reason of redemption, we are super dignified.
The first interaction man had with God was a blessing.

From today, for the rest of my life, I will walk in the blessing.

Be fruitful.
Twins are being distributed
Many of you will receive triplets

Some great children shall come out of this ministry
Children that will take care of you in your old age, children that will nurture you, children that you're proud of. Children like Isaac.

Lev 25:19
My land shall yield her fruit.

Gen 26:12, Deut 1:11

God's power to multiply is infinite.
This year God will give me multiplied harvests.
Great estates, great houses

The harvest of 10 yrs in this one year.
Through the favour of the most High God, my wealth will multiply, my honour will multiply.
This single year, you will register achievements that will last 1000 years

Radiant ~ Jan 2020