Based on ECO-Friendly’s experience British partners and the applicants for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa, other UK Settlement Visa as well as UK Visit Visa would sometimes think that the documents comprising the basic requirements like the passport, proof of income, and relationship with the British sponsor is enough to show the Entry Clearance Officers (ECO) that the applicant from the Philippines is qualified for the visa applied for.
First let us talk about the main requirements that need to be complied with.
There are actually five (5) major requisites that need to be fulfilled by the Filipina applying for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa, other UK Settlement Visa, as well as the UK Visit Visa:
1. That the relationship between the British sponsor and the Filipina applicant is genuine and legitimate
2. That the British sponsor is financially capable of supporting the Filipina applicant
3. That there is sufficient accommodation for both the British sponsor and the applicant from the Philippines once the latter is in the UK
4. Tuberculosis test Certificate
5. English Test Certificate
(The last two are applicable for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa and other UK Settlement Visa only and is not required for the UK Visit Visa unless the applicant will be visiting and staying in the UK for more than six (6) months.)
ECO-Friendly would also like to stress that aside from the TB Test Certificate, all applicants likewise need to pay for the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) if they will be staying in the UK for more than six (6) months.
Going back to the 5 requirements listed above, the applicant for the UK Spouse Visa and UK Fiancée Visa must also submit documents that will support all her answers to the application.
As an example, under question number 1.21 of the financial form which the Filipina applicant must attach with the application form, there is a question asking the applicant, “Have you or your sponsor previously been married/or entered into a civil partnership?”
If the applicant from the Philippines had a previous marriage which has been dissolved due to annulment of the marriage or death of the other spouse, then a valid decree from the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of the Philippines and the corresponding Certificate from the PSA must be attached in the case of annulment or a valid PSA issued Death Certificate must be attached with the application.
On the other hand, if the application is for a UK Visit Visa, documents to prove that the applicant will return to the Philippines must be filed with the application (This will be next topic of the ECO-Friendly blog).
ECO-Friendly always reminds its readers to be meticulous and see to it that everything which the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) wants to see must be properly attached in the application to avoid a negative result. Thus, submission of the basic requirements is normally not sufficient and it is up to the applicant to make the proper research and study to determine what other documents need to be filed in order to convince the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) that the applicant for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancee Visa or any other UK Settlement Visa as well as a UK Visit Visa is truly qualified.
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