ECO-Friendly always stresses that any applicant from the Philippines should attach not only the documents listed in the official website of the UK government but any and all other documents which is connected with the application even if not officially listed in the UK government’s website.
This means that the applicant for the UK Spouse Visa or UK Fiancée Visa should anticipate questions which an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) may ask regarding with the application and have ready documents attached with the application in answer to these queries.
For example, if the applicant will be filing for the UK Spouse Visa, the required basic documents which the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) would expect the following supporting documents to be attached with the application packet:
- Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) printed in its security paper
- Pictures of the wedding
- Even the wedding invitations would help greatly to prove that the wedding was celebrated
However, to further strengthen the application, it is wise to also attach, letters from the family in the Philippines, like the father or mother of the bride, supporting and fully consenting to the impending marriage.
On the other hand, for a UK Fiancée visa applicant, the basic documents which should be attached with the application packet would be;
- Proof that a wedding will be celebrated in the UK within 6 months from the date of issue of the visa
- Proof of relationship between the future bride and groom
- Proof that both parties (the Filipina applicant and the British sponsor) are legally free to marry each other
But just to intensify the application (ECO-Friendly calls this “ADDITIONAL POGI-POINTS”), a copy of the wedding invitation or other documents to demonstrate the UK wedding may be affixed with the application.
But these are just the basic supporting documents to prove the intention of the applicant for the UK Spouse Visa and the UK Fiancée Visa.
If there are other specific facts and details that the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) needs to know, these must also be supported by evidence. As an example, if one of the parties is a widow or the previous marriage has been annulled, the corresponding death certificate or annulment decree issued by the appropriate government agency is suggested to be appended to the application packet of the for the UK Spouse Visa or UK Fiancée Visa application.
In the case of an application for a UK Visit Visa and the applicant has a business not registered with the proper government agency, do not despair because the UK Visa and Immigration may still accept the fact that the UK Visit Visa applicant manages a local business and derive income from this enterprise even if it is not officially registered with the Philippine government’s Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) or the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) or the Barangay office.
Any proof that you receive income, however small or large, from this business, as long as you can show legitimate proof of receipt of this income plus other evidence to support this declaration, this may be accepted by the UKVI as long as legitimate, reasonable and genuine.
Beware, however, that if the UKVI investigates and confirm that the documents are falsified, forged or not completely true, the application will be denied and the applicant may even be penalized with a ban from entry to the UK for a period of ten years or even a lifetime, depending on the gravity of the offense.