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The Immigration Rules require that an applicant and their sponsor must provide evidence that they are able to maintain themselves and any dependants without recourse to public funds.
To meet the maintenance requirement evidence must be provided that demonstrates:
You must provide evidence that maintenance is available in the form of cash funds. Other accounts or financial instruments (such as shares, bonds and pension funds) are not acceptable, regardless of the notice period.
If you want to rely on a joint account as evidence of available funds, you must be named on the account along with at least 1 other named individual.
All evidence must cover the period of your relationship, and particularly the immediate period before you make your application.
The following types of documents are acceptable as evidence:
The joint income of a couple will be taken into account when assessing the adequacy of the funds available.
All documents must be issued by an authorised official of the organisation.
Every personal bank or building society statement should clearly show:
If you want to send electronic bank statements from an online account, these must contain all of the details listed above. You will also need to send a supporting letter from your bank, on headed paper, confirming that the statements are genuine. Alternatively, electronic bank statements with the official stamp of the bank that issued the statements will be accepted. The stamp must appear on every page of the statement.
We will not accept statements that simply show the balance in the account on a particular day, as these documents do not show that there are consistent funds to meet the maintenance requirement.
The building society pass-book should clearly show:
Each letter must be from a bank, a building society or a financial institution that is regulated by the Financial Services Authority (or the home regulator, if the account is overseas).
The home regulator is the official regulatory body for the country where the institution operates and the funds are located.
The letter should state:
We will not accept letters that simply show the balance in the account on a particular day, as these documents do not show that there are consistent funds to meet the maintenance requirement.
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