ECO-Friendly would like to stress that the applicant from the Philippines can apply together with her Filipino children the same time as she is applying as long as the children are less than 18 years of age.
Please take note that it is not important whether the children applying is more than 18 years of age at the time the visa is supposed to be issued and by the time she travels to the UK. The primary requisite is that the minor applicant needs to be less than 18 years of age at the time of the filing or lodging of the application. Thus, if the favorable decision is achieved and the visa is issued when the young applicant has celebrated his or her 18th birthday, it is of no consequence and they can still be allowed to travel to the UK to settle.
Another important and relevant rule which the parent should remember is that the children need not necessarily be the biological children of the British sponsor. Thus, if the child applicant is the son or daughter of the Filipina applicant of the UK Spouse Visa or UK Fiancée Visa from her previous marriage to a Filipino husband, the young applicant can still apply the same time as the mother.
One mistake commonly committed by the Filipina applicant for the UK Spouse Visa or UK Fiancée Visa is filing for a Child Dependent Visa for their children whose father is a British national.
Applicants should realize that if one of the parents of their child is a British national, then the child is automatically a British citizen by birth.
This oversight usually occurs in the case of a former Filipino father who eventually becomes a naturalized British. They would overlook the fact that his children who are born after he becomes a British national would automatically be considered as a British national and therefore, the better recourse would be for the child to just file for the First British Passport with the UK Embassy here in the Philippines.
Sometimes, however, since some of the applicants do not realize this, what they do is take the tedious route of filing for the Child Dependent Visa which takes longer, requires more supporting documents and costs more.
MINIMUM INCOME THRESHOLD
ECO-Friendly would like to emphasize that another important issue which the Filipina applicant and her British boyfriend/spouse/fiancée should consider is the financial standing of the latter.
The Minimum Income Threshold (MIT) has always been the main concern of several applicants for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa or any other type of UK Settlement Visa because most British sponsors find it difficult to prove that they earn more than this MIT requirement.
More often than not, even if the British sponsor earns more than the minimum annual financial income requirement, the application is refused due to the strict compliance of the rules on evidence of the UKVI.
It is therefore very essential for the applicants to follow the rules set forth by the UKVI and see to it that all relevant and applicable requirements regarding the supporting documents are attached with the application in order to achieve a favorable result.
Unfortunately, the UKVI does not publish the complete list of supporting documents which each applicant for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa or any other type of UK Settlement Visa should provide. What the UKVI provides is a mere guide to applicants on what type of evidence they should furnish.
Thus, according to the UKVI, all applicants for the UK Settlement visa, whether for the UK Spouse Visa or UK Fiancée Visa should supply documents that will show the following:
- Relationship with the UK Sponsor
- Financial capacity of the UK Sponsor
- Accommodation in the UK if and when the UK Settlement Visa application is approved
It is thus up to the applicant from the Philippines to show that she possesses that qualifications listed above to show that she is truly qualified for the UK visa applied for.