I (British) and my partner (Ethiopian) live in Ethiopia and apply for a visitor visa to visit my family in the United Kingdom.
I assumed that I would be the sponsor and that I would receive letters of invitation from my mother and father in the United Kingdom.
However, the SU07 / 12 Sponsorship Commitment form states that "The sponsor making this commitment must be a resident in the United Kingdom" (although it provides separate boxes for the applicant's accommodation address and the sponsor's address).
All my bills go to my mother's house in the United Kingdom, I am registered for the postal vote and my citizenship is the United Kingdom, but I am a tax resident in Ethiopia, since I live and work in Ethiopia and only visit the United Kingdom occasionally . (The only qualification document that could have confirmed my UK base in mom is a letter about my voting record abroad).
Do I have to get my mother to be the sponsor, since I normally reside in the United Kingdom?
Therefore, does it not make sense to present my bank statements, since my mother assumes legal responsibility? Or should I be an additional sponsor (but not complete SU07 because I normally reside in Ethiopia)? We both have ample savings to cover the trip, although obviously I would pay them. Part of our request is that I covered our vacation expenses in Asia and Africa during the last 3 years of our relationship.
My mother and father divorced a long time ago and we hope to stay with each of them during periods during our visit. Should the dates in your letters coincide with the itinerary of the trip and not overlap? Or can they both send invitation letters that cover the entire trip?
We hope to travel in 6 weeks, with Christmas holidays in between. Should the invitation letters be extended beyond the end date of the trip, in case the visa application is delayed and we have to travel later?
Should my mother and father sign SU07 and present proof of mortgage? If so, my father is traveling, so I can't get an original signature (I can get an invoice from his home in the UK, but I don't have anyone to bring me a signed form in Vietnam). Would it be simpler to stay at my mother's house? (They live a couple of hours apart so that this does not prevent us from spending time with my father).
Huge thanks. Sorry if I missed the orientation or a relevant question here.