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Visit Visa Application for Parent with Rejected UK Visa Application

Dear all,
My parents are going to apply for a Visa to visit us here in CH (from Swiss embassy in Iran). Recently, they have been rejected a visa application for UK, due to some mis-arrangements and lack of documents (they wanted to visit my sisters there).
Has anybody any idea how will this affect their Swiss Visa Application?

The embassy wants a letter from them describing the reason behind their UK refusal. Has anybody got a good template/motif for such a letter?

Thanks a lot
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Re: Visit Visa Application for Parent with Rejected UK Visa Application

Well as far as I know the UK is NOT part of Schengen. So, in order to get into Switzerland as a visitor you will need a schengen visa from a one of the schengen countries. Even though the UK is part of the EU they have their own visa for entering. They will need to go through the Swiss embassy to enter Switzerland and the UK embassy to enter the UK.
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Well as far as I know the UK is NOT part of Schengen. So, in order to get into Switzerland as a visitor you will need a schengen visa from a one of the schengen countries. Even though the UK is part of the EU they have their own visa for entering. They will need to go through the Swiss embassy to enter Switzerland and the UK embassy to enter the UK.
Thanks. I know. My question is how UK visa rejection will affect a Swiss visa application?
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Re: Visit Visa Application for Parent with Rejected UK Visa Application

Probably won't as UK isn't part of Schengen. And anyway, each application will be decided on its own merits in whichever country you're applying in. Just make sure you have all the necessary documents ready to go with the application.
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Re: Visit Visa Application for Parent with Rejected UK Visa Application

Think from the visa officer point of view - he wants to "check and make sure" that refusal of UK visa was not due to some very serious reason. For example, working in underground nuclear silo in Iran or whatever will probably be suspicious.

And all of those visa officers really love paperwork and documents. More documents and papers you produce, the better. With the explanation make sure to explain that it was due to (for example) missing documents X and Y, and meanwhile they have obtained them (and attach copies)..
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Think from the visa officer point of view - he wants to "check and make sure" that refusal of UK visa was not due to some very serious reason.
I don't think the UK refusal will have any bearing, not least because I don't think the Swiss consular officials will be aware of it. The standard Schengen visa application form doesn't appear to ask about visa refusals (though it does ask what other visas have been issued to the applicant in the past 3 years and about past stays in the Schengen area). Perhaps the UK and the Schengen countries share information on visa refusals, but considering the extent to which the UK has tried to keep its distance from the whole Schengen project, I tend to doubt it ...
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