ECO-Friendly emphasizes that any supporting document that will demonstrate that the Filipina applicant and the British sponsor are truly in love with each other will truly help the application and will drastically increase the chances of approval.
No matter how small or inconsequential the document may be, it will not harm the application if it is attached and filed.
Small things like official receipts of the restaurant in Manila where the Pinay applicant and her British boyfriend or spouse had dinner, coupled with a selfie picture of the two lovebirds inside the same restaurant is a classic example of proof of relationship.
Based on ECO-Friendly’s experience, the applicant for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa or any other UK Settlement Visa should collect and gather any document which he or she can get hold of as long as it was acquired while in the presence of her British partner or boyfriend.
Aside from pictures of the British sponsor together with the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa or any other UK Settlement Visa applicant, the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) will also always look for any other evidence that will confirm that the applicant and her UK sponsor are in a legitimate and genuine relationship.
It is therefore important for the applicant to always be alert whenever she is with her British partner and must not consider as trivial any document or possible evidence that may be used as potential proof of relationship.
Bus tickets or boarding passes for local travels within the Philippines, are also possible proof of relationship if it can be paired with any other document that will connect the couple at the bus terminal at the time and place indicated on the bus ticket.
As an example, the bus ticket may be joined with an official receipt of a coffee shop nearby as well as a photo of the couple eating at the said coffee shop and boarding the bus.
According to ECO-Friendly, the best document to show that the applicant for the UK Spouse Visa is married to her British husband is still the marriage certificate, while in the case of the applicant for the UK Fiancée / Fiancé Visa, the provisional booking acknowledgment showing the date and place of the marriage in the UK is the best evidence of their relationship.
The other documents mentioned above are considered as minor documents to support the relationship, which nevertheless plays a vital part in convincing the ECO that the applicant for the UK Spouse Visa or UK Fiancée Visa are genuinely and sincerely in a relationship.