ECO-Friendly emphasizes that the purpose for visiting the UK is not always for leisure. Sometimes, the applicant simply intends to travel to the UK for emergency reasons.
If this is the real objective, the ECO - Entry Clearance Officers usually show their considerate side and allow the applicant for a UK Visit Visa to go to the UK to perform very important or essential tasks.
Reasons are usually to visit immediate family members with serious illness, or death of an immediate family member like a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, brother, or sister.
The UKBA website also state as additional ground for the approval of an application for a visit visa, an “emergency medical treatment” which include people who need to travel with the applicant for support. The website cites as an example, “a parent caring for an ill child.”
In order for the application to be considered as one for compassionate reasons, the applicant should inform the receiving officer at the UK-VFS Philippines in Makati City that the application is being filed under the said ground and personally hand the latter the evidence showing the details of the emergency.
ECO-Friendly, however reminds that applicants who intend to use this ground should have legitimate and valid proof such as death certificate, medical certificate accompanied by other corroborating documents.
ECO-Friendly, however, would like to emphasize that this ground (compassionate reasons for travel) are generally not allowed to be used by applicants for a UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa, or any other type of UK Settlement Visa as the main objective of these types of visa is to settle permanently in the UK, as opposed to the temporary nature of the UK Visit Visa for “compassionate reasons.”
By way of example:
A Filipina applicant for a UK Spouse Visa files her application at the UK-VFS Philippines a few months after the marriage in the Philippines. Her British husband left a few days after the wedding and is now in the UK waiting for his new wife.
While the wife is busy gathering documents for the application, the husband dies of a freak accident before the Filipina spouse can actually lodge the application. She is devastated and wants to immediately go to the UK to see her husband at least for one last time.
But how can she file her UK Spouse Visa application when she no longer has a spouse in the UK. In this case, the ECO-Entry Clearance Officer is given enough latitude to approve, for compassionate reasons, a UK Visit Visa should the spouse apply for it in order to visit the deceased husband for one last time.
The conditions set forth in the visa are: that the spouse shall not exceed six months in the UK; that she will not engage in any employment while in the UK; that she will not study while in the UK, among others.