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Thomas, Solicitor
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Hi, I am about to send out the residence card application for my wife + the residence certificate application for myself to Liverpool. Now, we are currently in the situation, that we came here Sept 2012, lived in a temporary shared apartment, from where I conducted my business as self employed photographer!

February 6th we are moving to a new apartment. Should we now rather put down the address of the new apartment on the application forms, and add the new tenancy lease to it (+ statement, "We lived in A so far, moving to B Feb 6th...!")

Alternatively, I was thinking, I could send it out tomorrow, put down the current address (I will forward our mail from the old to the new place anyways) and then send them later a change of address once we actually moved.

My only worry with the first way is, that I have all the supporting documents, bank statements, correspondence, HMRC letters etc. with the old address on it. If I put down a different new address now on the form, that might provoke them into requesting more documents, from the new address, and I want to avoid slowing down the process that way.

What might be the better strategy here1?

Will your new address effectively be your place of business once your move there?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes, everything will be moved there, business included!


Thanks for your patience.

The key is to be honest. If at the date of application your residence and place of business is the flat that you are currently in then you should use this address.

You should write a detailed and clear covering letter stating that you are going to move address and from X date you should be regarded as having your residence and place of business at the new tenancy address.

Sometimes applicant’s personal circumstances do not fit neatly in to the standard format forms and so it’s necessary to give more detail in the covering letter to the application. This is what you have to do here, I think.

I would still have the post forwarded service in place just in case, as a precaution but provided you are clear in that your wish for them to correspond with you after X date at your new address then they will do so.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Ok, thanks for your advice! I have it all pretty much together now. As to the accountant letter. I met with the guy, and he said he can write a letter for me, stating, that he is my accountant, that I earned X amount of money so far and that I signed up for HMRC / paying class 2 NICs!


However, then he said he would have to send it to Liverpool himself! Is that correct? I was under the impression, that I need to include that letter in the pile of documents I am going to send in myself!!!?


You should probably include a copy of the original that your accountant will send to the united kingdom border agency. He can then send the original under separate cover. Insure that he reference's it with sufficient detail.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

How about copies, should I send in copies of all documents as well, so that they don't keep my originals!? For the family permit, they asked for that, for the residence card they didn't!


I guess my question is, did you ever hear that the UKBA decides to keep certain originals for some reason, or do they normally return 100% of the documents!?

I will answer tomorrow morning

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