If you are applying for a spouse visa, the very first thing to do is to read the Immigration rules http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/policyandlaw/immigrationlaw/immigrationrules/part8/spouses_civil_partners/ and http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/policyandlaw/guidance/ecg/set/set3/.
The Directorate instructions can be found at http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/policyandlaw/IDIs/idischapter8/section1/annexf.pdf?view=Binary. It’s also worthwhile to go through the Maintenance and Accommodation guidance at http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/policyandlaw/guidance/ecg/maa/. You can find all required documentation at http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/policyandlaw/IDIs/idischapter8/. A brief document list can also be found at http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/partners-families/citizens-settled/spouse-cp/documents/
Sorry for starting the thread with so many links to documentation, I suggest everyone go through them carefully as every case is different. Also I am not including any information that can be found in guidance notes or application form like photograph’s basic requirements or approved English language test centres etc, you must be able to get these information easily.
There is no document that is right or wrong. There is no document that is more or less. Its up to to you to decide how much documentation you want to provide. Below are the list of documents I enclosed along with my wife’s application. I did make a few references to the Immigration rules so the case worker is aware of it. Me and my wife made an application as if she would be more or less dependent on me for her initial travel and stay in the UK and can work if need be.
· Covering Letter from Applicant
· Fully filled VAF4A application and Sponsorship form (su07/01)
· Sponsor Letter and sponsors Job prospects in the UK
· TB Report and Chest X-Raynaresh.pai
The Application form and covering letter are mandatory document. I sent a sponsor letter containing my employment and our relationship details. I also had to include Sponsorship form(SU07/01) as VFS Bangalore asked for it. If you are from India, you won’t need to do a health check-up or TB Test as per http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/policyandlaw/guidance/ecg/med/. I had already got this done for my wife before finding out, so included it with my application as an additional doc.
I will possibly post the contents of Cover Letter and Sponsor letter shortly. Please make sure that you fill the latest version of the VAF4A form carefully and honestly. Don’t write anything that is not appropriate or required.
Applicant’s and Sponsor’s Identification
Immigration Rules Part 8, Paragraph 281((i)(a)(i), (ii), (iii))
· Applicant’s Birth Certificate (Original)
· Applicant’s Passport (Original – both current and Previous)
· Sponsor’s Passport (Notarised Copy)
· Sponsor’s Passport Driving License and NI Card(Notarised Copy)
· Sponsor’s PR confirmation Letter (Original)
Applicants passport and sponsors passport copy and ILR confirmation letter are mandatory documents. I supplied my UK driving license as additional proof of identity. I got my passport and driving license notarised by Notary Public in UK(cost me approx £100). I also provided a photocopy of my NI card as my NI number was provided in the application form.
My wife’s birth certificate was also an additional document. Make sure everything is in English.
English Language Requirement
Immigration Rules Part 8, Paragraph 281((i)(a)(i), (i)(a)(ii))
· KET – English Language Certificate
· Applicant’s Educational Qualification – Original Degree Certificate – both Bachelors and Masters.
· Letter from University.
My wife passed her KET exam conducted by CambrigeESOL. We decided to go for the exam even though her degree was thought in English and was in the list of approved universities by UK NARIC. As an additional document we got and letter from the university that her degree was thought in English(this document is not required).
Evidence of Marriage
Immigration Rules Part 8, Paragraph 281((i)(a)(i), (ii))
· Original Marriage Certificate
· Engagement Invitation, Engagement snaps, Caterer’s payment and Banquet hall receipt
· Wedding Invitation, Wedding snaps, Caterer’s payment and Banquet hall payment receipt
· Honeymoon booking details and snaps
· Sponsor’s Air Tickets – Travel for Engagement and Marriage
Marriage Certificate, Wedding Invitation and a few snaps are the Only mandatory documents. I decided to breakdown the evidence into various categories as above. I decided to bundle proofs for my engagement, wedding and post marriage details separately. I also included my flight tickets used to travel for my engagement and wedding.
Evidence of Subsisting Relationship
Immigration Rules Part 8, Paragraph 281((i)(a)(i), (iii))
· Itemised Phone Bill (Applicant’s and sponsor’s)
· Email communication (Applicant’s and sponsor’s)
· Facebook screen dumps (Applicant’s and sponsor’s)
· Consent letter from Applicant’s and Sponsor’s Parents.
There is nothing mandatory in this section. I had only 2 months duration between my engagement and wedding so provided itemised bills, some imp emails exchanged between us. I also included a colour printout of our Facebook homepage which has “Married To” section along with our profile picture. As an additional document I took a No Objection letter or Consent letter my both of our parents.
Immigration Rules Part 8, Paragraph 281((iii), (iv), (v)) & MAA6; MAA8; MAA11; MAA12; MAA13
· Latest Council Tax renewal receipt (Original)
· Latest Rental agreement – renewal letter (Original)
· Independent property inspection report – Accommodation Certificate
· Sponsor’s Utility Bills – Gas and Electricity bill, Water bill (Original)
· No Objection Letter from Landlord
· No Objection letter from Shared tenant
All documents above is more or less mandatory. I was advised not to provide too many documents, hence I provided only one utility bill(latest) and one council tax renewal notice(latest). I live in a two bedroom apartment and shared my flat with a friend and the word “Exclusively” was worrying. Hence I had to get a Accommodation certificate from local council to prove that there would be adequate space in the house after she comes here(I paid £200 for this). I also attached a No Objection letter from my landlord and other tenant.
Financial Security and Income
Immigration Rules Part 8, Paragraph 281((iii), (v)) & MAA5; MAA8
· Sponsor’s Bank statements – 6 months
· Sponsor’s Payslips – 6 months
· Sponsor’s Employers Certificate
· Sponsor’s P60 – Last 3 year
· Applicant’s bank statements – 6 months
I provided exactly 6 months of bank statements and payslips (I was advised not to provide more than that). I attached a letter from my employer confirming the salary and employed in my current organization. I included 3 years P60 to prove I had been employed continuously and also progressed throughout. My wife’s bank statement was an additional proof.
I clipped each of the above bundles separately with a cover page for each section. These section wise cover page had details specific to documents in that section and which immigration rule it adheres to. It is important to instruct the application that the VFS executive do not jumble the document whilst submitting.
I understand that we all are curious to know the progress on our application and we all want our application to be processed ASAP, but there is very little we can do abt this. Its best to have a look at the average time lines to process a particular visa for a consulate in your region and expect it to take as many days as it takes for 90% of application’s take.
I am just collating all information I used in my case as most of these details are already available in various places in various forms. The details in this post does not guarantee a successful visa but is just guidance. I would like to thank administrators / moderators and support staffs supporting this Immigration Boards website as it’s a THANKLESS job and usually gets unnoticed.
Finally, for all the above efforts, my wife got her visa in 6 working days (that is the quickest I know off).
Hope you find the article helpful and All the very best for your application