Thanks for your reply.
In view of the fact that there are a number of defects with your application I would consider submitting a comprehensive new application for a visitor's visa directly to the British Embassy.
It is generally easier to convince UKBA officials in a cogent and well prepared application from the start than to attempt to produce new evidence to remedy defects in an application that falls far short.
The eligibility criteria for a visitor's visa is as follows(as I am sure you are aware, is that you need to show that:-You want to visit the UK for no more than six months;You intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit;You have enough money to support yourself during your stay in the UK without working or needing help from public funds
You have to try and show them that you have continuing obligations in the US which will continue after your visit and therefore convince them that you are not a risk of overstay. Things like a letter from your employer stating your have a job (if you do) and are expected to return to continue that job, evidence of continuing accommodation (eg. tenancy agreement of evidence of ownership of a property, bank statements showing the money he has available to you)
If there is a person in the UK who will be assisting you during your intended stay then to assist your application you should ask them to go to a local solicitor to draft a sponsorship declaration in which they state the terms of his visit, that you are to return at the end of it, that if you in a relationship with that person then they know that you must leave at the end of the visit because it would harm the chances of any future application made to secure leave to remain on the basis of that relationship, that they shall accommodate your and hall pay the costs of any unforeseen expenses that should occur during his stay so that nether of you will need to access public funds.
This should cost around £50+vat and you can find immigration solicitors via:-
You have to specifically broach the subject of your previous overstay in your application by submitting a statement giving them details of the overstay and your reasons for it. The reality is that the UKBA are going to be disinclined to grant you a visa from the start because of the length of the overstay I'm afraid, but you should submit full reasons for why initially you overstayed (with any supporting documentary evidence - eg doctors note showing condition possibly) and why it went on so long. If you did not claim any public funds then you should state this as well as stating that you did not realise overstaying was as serious as you now understand it to be.
You may consider instructing a solicitor to prepare your application for you because it's not going to be easy with the overstay.
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