FAO TOM, PART 1Hi, Tom, Please see below a full list of supporting documents that we plan to submit along with the application for UK as spouse of settled person. Can you please help me review and let me know: a) whether each document satisfies UKBA requirement b) each item starting with ?? has a specific question in it c) whether there is any document that is missing. There seems to be a text limit so I’m separating this into 2 threads. Thank you very much!1. Appilcant’s application form: online form + 1 printout included in documentation 2. ?? Applicant’s passport (Is photocopy needed? If so, what pages are needed if not all pages. )3. ?? 1 applicant’s photo (does applicant need to sign the back of the photo?)4. ??Applicant’s resident permit (Are original and photocopy both needed here? The resident permit is in French, does this need to be translated as well?)5. ??Applicant’s previous passports (Is photocopy needed? If so, what pages are needed if not all pages. )6. Online payment printout – 1 copy7. Applicant’s birth certificate – Original birth certificate + 1 photocopy + certified translation8. ??Validated Sponsor’s birth certificate – Original birth certificate + 1 photocopy + certified translation ( what does “validated” mean? Why is the applicant’s birth certificate not need to be validatd?)9. Marriage certificate – International Marriage Certificate issued by Brussels local government (including English and French + Marriage Certificate in French only. 10. Applicant’s previous marriage certificate + photocopy + certified translation (from Chinese to English)11. Applicant’s previous divorce certificate + photocopy + certified translation (from Chinese to English)12. ?? Sponsor’s Certificate for No Impediment: as Belgium government won’t release my original copy, we plan to submit 2 certified copies. ONE is certified copy from Belgium government including: certified photocopy with French supporting letter. TWO is duplicate from the issuing authority – sponsor’s local UK register office, signed by the register officer. (Are both needed to be safe? Or the signed printout from UK register would be suffice? )13. Evidence of sponsor’s visit – about 30+ boarding passes for both of us visiting each other + photocopy (no translation needed here) 14. ?? Evidence of relationship: photos, about 10 of them, including key moments of travelling together, proposal, meeting parents, classmate reunion, Xmas with friends. (Do we need to write down the date and occasion on the back of each photo? Do we need to provide photocopies of these photos?)15. ??Evidence of relationship: Viber messages. We do not use Skype. Instead we use an iPhone app named Viber to send text messages to each other. (If this is not translated, do we need to explain in the supporting letter? Do we need to explain what Viber is? They will be printout anyway, would photocopy/2nd copy still needed?)16. ??Evidence of relationship: emails. (Most of our emails are in Chinese. If this is not translated, do we need to explain in the supporting letter?)17. Appilcant’s Pearson English test certificate – in English18. ??Sponsor’s Tenancy Agreement – Original copy + photocopy. This is a 2-bedroom apartment. (Does the applicant need to provide proof for accommodation as well?)19. TB certificate – as Applicant has been living in Belgium for over 1 year, this should not be needed. 20. ??Supporting letter from Applicant (Will draft one and ask for you proofreading)21. ??Supporting letter from Sponsor (Will draft one and ask for you proofreading)22. Applicant degree certificate – in China there are 2 certificates upon graduation. ONE is a GRADUATION certificate, TWO is a DEGREE certificate. We plan to provide original+photocopy+certified translation for both certificates.23. Sponsor’s past 5 years of P60 + photocopy (2011-2012 is original Inland revenue post, other 4 years are printout from sponsor’s employer and signed+stamped+dated by HR. 24. Sponsor’s 6 months of payslip + photocopy (Feb-May missing because of sabbatical, which will be explained by employer HR letter)25. Sponsor’s employer’s supporting letter on sabbatical (including date of sabbatical, company policy on sabbatical as a benefit for any employee over 5 years of service, and the fact that it doesn’t change sponsor’s permanenent employee status)26. ??Job adverts in UK – printout of 10 job adverts in UK that Applicant is qualified for. (The more the better proving it’s easy for applicant to find job in UK?)27. ??Applicant’s CV (is photocopy still needed?)28. ??Supporting letter on applicant’s search for jobs in the UK, proving with applicant’s experience(CV) and qualification(degree), she is qualified for those job adverts. (Does it help if she can provide evidence of agreed job interview? What kind of evidence would be needed to support this?)
Province/Country relating to question : Brussels, Belgium
Hi Wei, I'm going to have to spend some time on this. I should be able to answer by 4.00 pm though..Tom
HiThanks for your reply.1. Fine. 2. The original passport should be enclosed. They will need it to verify the passport is genuine and then to stamp the visa in once she gets approval3. She should sign the back of the photo, then print her name, nationality and date of birth4. The original resident permit should be submitted. Keep a copy for yourself. 5. If she holds old passports these (ie. originals) should be submitted. If she does not then she should state this and explain what has happened to her old passports or why she cannot retrieve them.6. Fine.7. Fine8. I think validated just means endorsed by the issuing authority. If you have your original BC from the issuing registry then this will be fine. 9. Fine, but if the marriage certificate is in French then I would have this translated as well. If you can’t by the time of the application then just submit both but relying on the IMC10. Fine11. Fine12. Fine, but refer to the further question that you submitted.13. Fine14. I would number them and then refer in your statements to the numbering (eg. 1-5 – from our visit together in belguim between date A to date B. Send originals. 15. I would explain what Viber is. If you can’t get them translate then in time I would send them any way and explain that they are records of text messages and referring to the message detail s(eg. Recipeint, time, date etct)16. Same as with 15 above. 17. Fine18. No. Tenancy agreement only, but I would also see if you can get a letter from your landlord confirming that they are happy for your wife to also live there and be named on the new tenancy agreement when your current one expirers.19. If this is a medical test certificate for TB then I don’t really think you need to include this20. Fine21. Fine22. Fine23. This should be okay, but I would get them to explain why they can’t provide the originals. This should be written on company headed paper in a letter enclosing the p60s24. Fine, on headed paper though25. Fine. I cannot see that you have listed you Contract of Employment as one of the documents to be enclosed. You need this as well. If you don’t have a written contract then you should request a statement of terms of employment from your company under the Employment Rights Act 199626. Fine27. Just a copy is fine28. No, just an explantion referring to the CV and the job adverts as reasonable and viable prospect of employment.Please remember to RATE my answer ***3 STARS*** or above if you are satisfied that you have received the correct legal advice (even if it is not the answer you wanted to hear), otherwise I do not receive any credit for answering your question. I will answer your follow up questions on this thread.If you wish for me to provide you with further guidance on any question you may have in the future then please submit a further question to the board requesting me either by my profile or by marking your question. “FAO Tom”. Kind regards,Tom
BA (Hons), PgDip, Practising Solicitor
Thanks, Tom. Question 2 was asking whether photocopy of passport is needed, and if so, what pages need to be photocopied. (as original is already included)
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Which pages should be photocopied? Just 1 page with the photo/birthday etc?
Hi, I always err on the side of caution and advise clients to copy every single page. Tom
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