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ruri Jan 20th 2016 1:08 pm

Spouse Visa Documents Check list
 
Hello everyone,

Now that we've finally received our daughter's British passport, we are ready to move on and apply for the spouse visa for myself. We have a full month of Feb to prepare all the documents and we will be making the application (priority service) at the beginning of March. But first of all, I'd like to thank all the members of BE who helped us a lot with great information regarding the child first British passport application from overseas. I still can't believe how fast the process went considering that our countersignatory was a Malaysian too.

I would be very grateful if anyone can advice us with our document check list for the spouse visa application as below:

Applicant's Documents
-completed application form
-payment receipt
-cover letter
-current passport
-previous passports
-passport photo x2
-TB Test
-English Test
-Biometric

Sponsor's Documents
-completed sponsor form
-cover letter
-passport (colour copy of bio data page?)

Financial Evidence
-Letter from employer
-contract letter
-most recent payslips x6
-most recent bank statements x6
-P60

Evidence of accommodation
-Tenancy agreement
-Council tax statements x 1?
-Property inspection report
-Utility bills x 1?
-Letter from landlord

Relationship Evidence
-Marriage certificate & certified translation
-Copy of passport stamps
-Skype call logs x 5 A4 sheets
-Annotated photos x 15
-child's birth certificate & certified translation
-Letters/cards (Christmas/Birthday/emails)
-previous flight tickets?

I really feel like I'm missing a lot here. No words can explain how worried and nervous I am knowing that all the fees and expenses are non refundable and that's a lot for us to lose. My husband will be coming over to Malaysia to assist me with the application and to avoid the complication with the 28 days rule.

So, many many many thanks for all the help we will receive from members here in advance.

Ruri

michali Jan 20th 2016 2:15 pm

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Appendix 2? Otherwise looks good to me. I hope others will check too. I am sure you know all documents must be originals unless certified. And of course, a copy of all documents in a separate pile. Keep a copy of the application form and appendix 2 for yourself. Not sure you really need birthday cards etc to each other.

ruri Jan 20th 2016 3:23 pm

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Originally Posted by michali (Post 11843147)
Appendix 2? Otherwise looks good to me. I hope others will check too. I am sure you know all documents must be originals unless certified. And of course, a copy of all documents in a separate pile. Keep a copy of the application form and appendix 2 for yourself. Not sure you really need birthday cards etc to each other.

Oh damn, thank you! I've completely missed that. It's so hard to think clear and do things properly with my 2 year old daughter begging for attention every time I'm trying to do something.

Yes, I'm aware that everything has to be original unless certified and must be photocopied too. I'm also really not sure about birthday or Christmas cards but that was my husband's suggestion. We have been together for 10 years with a child now, so covering all those years under the relationship evidence is a bit crazy, but I wouldn't risk the chance by not doing this properly.

Thanks so much for your reply!

SanDiegogirl Jan 20th 2016 4:00 pm

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Leave out the Christmas and Birthday cards. They just create more clutter.

Sponsor's passport - no need to send passport itself - full copy will suffice.

Appendix 2 very important.

ruri Jan 20th 2016 4:25 pm

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Originally Posted by SanDiegogirl (Post 11843238)
Leave out the Christmas and Birthday cards. They just create more clutter.

Sponsor's passport - no need to send passport itself - full copy will suffice.

Appendix 2 very important.

Alright I will take the cards out of the list and have added the Appendix 2. For the sponsor's passport, when you said full copy, do you mean by copy of all pages or just the bio data page? Thank you so much.

SanDiegogirl Jan 20th 2016 5:54 pm

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Originally Posted by ruri (Post 11843271)
Alright I will take the cards out of the list and have added the Appendix 2. For the sponsor's passport, when you said full copy, do you mean by copy of all pages or just the bio data page? Thank you so much.

The guidance notes say bio page I think, but some people have sent the whole thing.

michali Jan 20th 2016 6:17 pm

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For FLRM, you definitely have to copy every page of the sponsors passport but, as far as I know, only the bio page is needed for spousal visa. If in doubt, send a copy if every page!

ruri Jan 21st 2016 12:11 am

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Originally Posted by michali (Post 11843371)
For FLRM, you definitely have to copy every page of the sponsors passport but, as far as I know, only the bio page is needed for spousal visa. If in doubt, send a copy if every page!

I'm guessing it will be safer to send a copy of every page.

spouse of scouse Jan 21st 2016 3:34 am

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Originally Posted by ruri (Post 11843598)
I'm guessing it will be safer to send a copy of every page.

I copied each page of my husband sponsor's passport, it helped with proving the relationship as all the stamps corresponded with those in my passport.

Good pick up from michali re Appendix2 - when I submitted my application the processing people told me it was by far the most important document (the money) :lol:

ruri Jan 21st 2016 4:18 am

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Originally Posted by spouse of scouse (Post 11843726)
I copied each page of my husband sponsor's passport, it helped with proving the relationship as all the stamps corresponded with those in my passport.

Good pick up from michali re Appendix2 - when I submitted my application the processing people told me it was by far the most important document (the money) :lol:

Thank you for your reply. I will definitely do the same but unfortunately it's his new passport as he has just recently renewed it. I guess we will have to work on his previous passport too for the relationship evidence of course. Did you have to copy it in black and white or colour? And also did you have to get it certified?

I apologize if I'm asking too many question but I have another :( I'm now slowly filling out the online form and I'm quite confused as to what answer I need to put for the question of "how long do you intend to stay in the UK?" Should I put 2 and half years, or maybe permanent?

Another one is the question under details of where we would stay in the UK. It's asking of a name of the person/hotel just above the address detail. So, if it's a rented house by my husband, should I put his name or the landlord's name in the box?

Quite terrible that I completely missed the appendix 2! money, money, money! :)

nabeeha Jan 21st 2016 8:22 am

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Looks very thorough! Good luck x

nabeeha Jan 21st 2016 12:04 pm

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How many p60s did you include?

ruri Jan 21st 2016 1:01 pm

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Originally Posted by nabeeha (Post 11844017)
How many p60s did you include?

In fact, I'm not sure and havent thought of it. I shall ask my husband about this and it would be very good too if someone can share their experience with us here.

nabeeha Jan 21st 2016 1:29 pm

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Ok cool thanks

michali Jan 21st 2016 2:35 pm

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Don't worry about asking questions here. That is what we are here for! And we all needed help when applying for our visas.

To the question how long do you intend to stay, we put 'permanently' but then qualified it in the area for extra information by saying something like 'depending of course, on the granting of further visas'. Some however suggest you should put two and a half years, the length of the visa. I don't think it really matters.

I cannot recall having to put a name or hotel for accommodation. Maybe they have changed it allowing for the fact that some applicants will not have a permanent place to live on arrival. Especially as landlords now sometimes do not give permission in advance for a migrant spouse to live in their property until the visa has been granted. I would just put the address of the property and you should include a tenancy agreement that your husband has with the landlord along with a letter from the landlord giving you permission to live there when you get your visa. A utility or council tax bill should also be included. If you are sharing with anyone else you should get an inspection report. Now others who have applied more recently may be able to advise better on this issue. Not sure whose name should go in the box, your husbands or the landlord's.

ruri Jan 22nd 2016 11:15 am

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Originally Posted by michali (Post 11844151)
Don't worry about asking questions here. That is what we are here for! And we all needed help when applying for our visas.

To the question how long do you intend to stay, we put 'permanently' but then qualified it in the area for extra information by saying something like 'depending of course, on the granting of further visas'. Some however suggest you should put two and a half years, the length of the visa. I don't think it really matters.

I cannot recall having to put a name or hotel for accommodation. Maybe they have changed it allowing for the fact that some applicants will not have a permanent place to live on arrival. Especially as landlords now sometimes do not give permission in advance for a migrant spouse to live in their property until the visa has been granted. I would just put the address of the property and you should include a tenancy agreement that your husband has with the landlord along with a letter from the landlord giving you permission to live there when you get your visa. A utility or council tax bill should also be included. If you are sharing with anyone else you should get an inspection report. Now others who have applied more recently may be able to advise better on this issue. Not sure whose name should go in the box, your husbands or the landlord's.

For now I put 2.5 years answer for the question of "how long do you intend to stay in the UK?"

As for the accommodation, I was advised to put my husband's name by someone who has recently applied for the visa.

We have done filling out the first form now but we have not confirmed it as I wondered if we could still edit it after confirming it?

michali Jan 22nd 2016 4:25 pm

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Do you mean submit? I have forgotten the process but once you submit and pay, I don't think you can edit any more. Any corrections would have to be handwritten on the printed form. You can, of course, save the form each time you come out of it before submitting.

ruri Jan 23rd 2016 12:22 am

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Originally Posted by michali (Post 11845248)
Do you mean submit? I have forgotten the process but once you submit and pay, I don't think you can edit any more. Any corrections would have to be handwritten on the printed form. You can, of course, save the form each time you come out of it before submitting.

Well, under the save & quit button, there is a confirm application button and it seems like I need to click that before I can go to the next step which to sign declaration and the rest.

Also I was looking for where the appendix 2 is today! goodness, I was expecting all the form to be in the online application but the appendix 2 is missing!

So I made a search and found the link below that you posted from 2014 thread in this forum. Is it still the same Appendix 2 we need to fill out today? And is it to be filled by the sponsor or by the applicant? well, we both will do that anyway.

https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...-Appendix2.pdf

Thanks so much michali, I really appreciate all the helps I'm getting!

bobbyleo Jan 26th 2016 5:02 pm

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Originally Posted by michali (Post 11844151)
…..If you are sharing with anyone else you should get an inspection report. Now others who have applied more recently may be able to advise better on this issue. Not sure whose name should go in the box, your husbands or the landlord's.

Can someone help me out with this as this is the situation we find ourselves in. We will initially be staying at my parents home. Father has provided a letter but the 'inspection report' letter evades us!

I have asked numerous local estate agents, home inspectors and surveyors but they all say its not a service they provide and seem concerned their liability insurance does not cover it. I have explained all I want is a letter giving the basic description and layout of the home and how many rooms/bedrooms it has. Even willing to pay a home inspector or surveyor but still all negative.

Banging my head against the wall on this one requirement!.

Any advice?

spouse of scouse Jan 26th 2016 5:52 pm

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Originally Posted by bobbyleo (Post 11848986)
Can someone help me out with this as this is the situation we find ourselves in. We will initially be staying at my parents home. Father has provided a letter but the 'inspection report' letter evades us!

I have asked numerous local estate agents, home inspectors and surveyors but they all say its not a service they provide and seem concerned their liability insurance does not cover it. I have explained all I want is a letter giving the basic description and layout of the home and how many rooms/bedrooms it has. Even willing to pay a home inspector or surveyor but still all negative.

Banging my head against the wall on this one requirement!.

Any advice?

I can't imagine that your application would fail because you didn't have an 'official' inspection letter. If your father's letter includes the number of rooms and bedrooms in the house (thus showing there's room for you), perhaps accompanied by a copy of a mortgage document or deed (to prove ownership), and how many people are living there permanently, I think that would suffice. That is only my thoughts though, so don't hang your hat on it.

We provided a Homebuyers Report because we'd just bought in the UK, so already had one. If you want to provide the same, there's nothing to stop your father getting one done, he could just say he's thinking of putting the house on the market and wants the document as a selling point. Ours cost 275 pounds though, so it's not a tiny amount.

michali Jan 26th 2016 6:25 pm

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Originally Posted by ruri (Post 11845634)
Well, under the save & quit button, there is a confirm application button and it seems like I need to click that before I can go to the next step which to sign declaration and the rest.

Also I was looking for where the appendix 2 is today! goodness, I was expecting all the form to be in the online application but the appendix 2 is missing!

So I made a search and found the link below that you posted from 2014 thread in this forum. Is it still the same Appendix 2 we need to fill out today? And is it to be filled by the sponsor or by the applicant? well, we both will do that anyway.

https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...-Appendix2.pdf

Thanks so much michali, I really appreciate all the helps I'm getting!

Yes, that is the Appendix 2. I just checked and it appears to be the latest version.

michali Jan 26th 2016 6:33 pm

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Originally Posted by bobbyleo (Post 11848986)
Can someone help me out with this as this is the situation we find ourselves in. We will initially be staying at my parents home. Father has provided a letter but the 'inspection report' letter evades us!

I have asked numerous local estate agents, home inspectors and surveyors but they all say its not a service they provide and seem concerned their liability insurance does not cover it. I have explained all I want is a letter giving the basic description and layout of the home and how many rooms/bedrooms it has. Even willing to pay a home inspector or surveyor but still all negative.

Banging my head against the wall on this one requirement!.

Any advice?

Wish I could help on this. On one forum, it is advised to get one done if sharing, but I really cannot be sure if it is mandatory. Here is just one example.

What is a property inspection? | Immigration property inspection | Manchester City Council

Hopefully someone else can advise.

bobbyleo Jan 26th 2016 7:01 pm

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Originally Posted by michali (Post 11849110)
Wish I could help on this. On one forum, it is advised to get one done if sharing, but I really cannot be sure if it is mandatory. Here is just one example.

What is a property inspection? | Immigration property inspection | Manchester City Council

Hopefully someone else can advise.

Thanks michali, thats a big help. Maybe I need to approach the local council.

ruri Jan 27th 2016 8:07 am

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Originally Posted by michali (Post 11849100)
Yes, that is the Appendix 2. I just checked and it appears to be the latest version.

Thanks again Michali!

I was a little concerned when I looked at it and it is a 2013 version.

plimper Jan 27th 2016 8:19 am

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Ruri, in your checklist I see that you have put "completed sponsor form" in there. I assume this refers to document SU07/12 - is this a necessity for a spouse visa application? I've googled it and am none the wiser. Would love to know as I've not seen it in any other checklists. Thanks!

ruri Jan 27th 2016 8:27 am

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Originally Posted by plimper (Post 11849700)
Ruri, in your checklist I see that you have put "completed sponsor form" in there. I assume this refers to document SU07/12 - is this a necessity for a spouse visa application? I've googled it and am none the wiser. Would love to know as I've not seen it in any other checklists. Thanks!

Yes, it is the SU07/12 and it is a necessity. I recently read in another forum that someone got her visa application refused earlier this month because her spouse forgot to complete and submit this form along with their application.

plimper Jan 27th 2016 8:51 am

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Thanks Ruri. Isn't it only necessary if the sponsor already lives in the UK? I live in SE Asia with my wife, and we will be applying from here and using the savings route to move back. I imagine if I was already living in the UK and going down the income route for 6+ months I would need it, but with my situation I can't see how I would need it. Hmmm!

ruri Jan 27th 2016 10:18 am

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Originally Posted by plimper (Post 11849724)
Thanks Ruri. Isn't it only necessary if the sponsor already lives in the UK? I live in SE Asia with my wife, and we will be applying from here and using the savings route to move back. I imagine if I was already living in the UK and going down the income route for 6+ months I would need it, but with my situation I can't see how I would need it. Hmmm!

Oh, I'm not sure if the form is needed for the saving route. My husband is already living in the UK so I have been checking on the category we are on mostly only. But there are so many members here who can help you clear this for you, so don't worry :)

Where in SE Asia are you and your wife at the moment?

plimper Jan 28th 2016 12:38 am

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We're both currently living and working in Cambodia, Ruri. I'll try and find out some more information about this form as I'm really not sure what to do with it, but my gut feeling is telling me it's not necessary in our case. :)

michali Jan 28th 2016 8:11 am

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I believe the form SU07 is intended for those bringing in adult or child dependents and not spouses. I defer to those more knowledgable but we did not submit it with our application.

ruri Jan 30th 2016 10:18 am

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Originally Posted by michali (Post 11851071)
I believe the form SU07 is intended for those bringing in adult or child dependents and not spouses. I defer to those more knowledgable but we did not submit it with our application.

Right, I did some research about SU07 and there were lots of mixed answers I found so it is quite confusing. Also I'm now wondering if the p60 is really necessary/mandatory?

I ask because my husband moved to a new company just before the tax year last year and as for this year we are going to send our visa application before April.

plimper Feb 1st 2016 5:57 am

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I've decided that in my case I'm going to complete the SU07 form and take it anyway, just in case they do need it, although I'm pretty sure I don't. Better to be safe than sorry!

orange108 Feb 1st 2016 12:59 pm

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we're i the same boat re SU07. i've read whilst doing the online application (boxed in blue) that SU07 is intended for parents, children and any other dependents of the sponsor. my husband was not initially keen to complete it. however, a friend who recently applied told us that at SFV where we hand our applications, she was asked for the form.

i've asked my husband to complete the form (he agreed). my view is when i arrive in the UK, i will not be working so i may be viewed as a dependent. hence, the need for the completed form.

ruri Feb 1st 2016 2:31 pm

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Well we have decided to complete the SU07 form and will bring it to the application centre when I go for the appointment. Just in case...

noogin87 Feb 1st 2016 7:13 pm

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I was recently accepted for the visa and I put all my documents I included in the link below. I'm kind of jealous by the amount of replies you got haha! We put a checklist of all the documents in the cover letter from my wife (the applicant).

http://britishexpats.com/forum/citiz...cklist-868244/

bobbyleo Feb 1st 2016 8:25 pm

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Originally Posted by noogin87 (Post 11855500)
I was recently accepted for the visa and I put all my documents I included in the link below. I'm kind of jealous by the amount of replies you got haha! We put a checklist of all the documents in the cover letter from my wife (the applicant).

http://britishexpats.com/forum/citiz...cklist-868244/

Thanks for the list. I used yours to help get mine together.

With regards to the SU07 form (which you didn't include), I can't see how the SU07 could even be completed and signed by me as I am currently still here in the States with my applicant wife and we will be staying with my family when we arrive. We will be showing we have sufficient funds to maintain us for at least 30 months.

Appendix 2 seems to cover all the relevant questions regarding adequate finances, maintenance and accommodation and not being eligible for benefits.

I would welcome to hear from anyone else who was recently accepted for a spouse settlement where the SU07 was needed.
Thanks.

ruri Feb 2nd 2016 12:34 am

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Originally Posted by noogin87 (Post 11855500)
I was recently accepted for the visa and I put all my documents I included in the link below. I'm kind of jealous by the amount of replies you got haha! We put a checklist of all the documents in the cover letter from my wife (the applicant).

http://britishexpats.com/forum/citiz...cklist-868244/

Thank you so much. I will definitely compare my check list to yours and see if anything missing. My husband and I both wrote a cover letter for each too and I did put the check list of documents in mine.

To be honest I am more jealous to you because your wife have already got her visa. Congratulations.

Also thank you for mentioning the british passport copy of your daughter's. I really didn't think of that before. But I wonder if I need to include my daughter's Malaysian passport copy too along with the british one?

noogin87 Feb 2nd 2016 12:39 pm

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Originally Posted by ruri (Post 11855698)
Thank you so much. I will definitely compare my check list to yours and see if anything missing. My husband and I both wrote a cover letter for each too and I did put the check list of documents in mine.

To be honest I am more jealous to you because your wife have already got her visa. Congratulations.

Also thank you for mentioning the british passport copy of your daughter's. I really didn't think of that before. But I wonder if I need to include my daughter's Malaysian passport copy too along with the british one?

Just include it. They won't look down on the application for Including something that's not needed, they'll just disregard it. I only included my daughters passport to prove our relationship, and so the timeline of events makes sense on our cover letter outlining when we met etc.

ruri Feb 11th 2016 1:48 am

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Hi all,

We will be sending my UK spouse visa just in 2 and a half weeks from now and I have some more questions to ask, I hope these will be the last but I doubt so!

1. Skype logs and emails: Can we simply take a screen shot of these and print them? Or can I do it any other way?

2. Excess money: By the end of this month there will be some amount of money going into my husband's bank account because we have finally sold our flat in Edinburgh last month. Do we have to include a written explanation regarding this in his cover letter, and what document can we include as an evidence? We are applying under the salaried employment category by the way.

3. Applicant's (me) bank statements: My husband has been sending money through Western Union but it all went straight into my bank account therefore I do not have a physical receipt for any of the transaction. It does show my husband's name in my bank statement so I wonder if I could just include my bank statements along with other supporting documents for the our relationship evidences. If so, how many should I include?

Thank you so much for all the help given!

Ruri

HighCaper Feb 11th 2016 8:35 am

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Hi Ruri, you listed biometric as being something you were attaching to your application, what is this ?


Originally Posted by ruri (Post 11843078)

Applicant's Documents
-completed application form
-payment receipt
-cover letter
-current passport
-previous passports
-passport photo x2
-TB Test
-English Test
-Biometric

Many thanks


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