In August 2016, Madonna Sandison filed and got her UK Spouse Visa with the help of ECO Immigration Consultancy. Now, five years later, she is set to file for an Indefinite Leave to Remain.
Manila, Philippines - After receiving the UK Spouse Visa here in the Philippines and the Filipina wife is now in the UK, she is given an initial two and a half years to stay which is extendible to another two and a half years.
According to UKVI rules, a UK Spouse Visa holder who stays in the UK for a period of five (5) years shall be eligible to file for an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
After staying for another year, the ILR holder, should she opt to, may now file for British citizenship.
It is very important, therefore, that the Filipina spouse be acquainted with the important steps and basic procedures to take once she enters the UK.
What is FLR-M?
FLR-M stands for Further Leave to Remain. It is the next application which the UK Spouse Visa holder from the Philippines must apply for to lawfully continue staying in the UK after she initially enters on a UK Spouse Visa.
If she applies and the application is approved, she will then be given another two and a half years in order to comply with the five year residency in the UK and then file for the ILR.
For the applicant to be qualified to apply for FLR-M, The applicant partner must either be:
This year Mr. and Mrs. John and Madonna Sandison welcomes the newest member of their family baby Elias. Congrats John and Donna!!!
•present and settled in the UK
•in the UK with refugee leave or humanitarian protection
The applicant must also be inside the UK in order to be allowed to apply.
ECO-Friendly reminds that the applicant spouse may also include their children below 18 years of age before the filing. However, children over 18 years old are not permitted to file except if they were initially granted leave in the category at a time when they were under 18.
This application must likewise be filed before the expiration of the applicant’s allowed stay in the UK.
According to the UKVI website, in order to make sure that the application is valid, the applicant must:
• Apply on the current version of form FLR-M.
• Pay the specified fee by one of the methods specified in the payment guidance.
• Provide photographs of the applicant and her British partner and any children under 18 together. Said photos must be attached in the application form and must meet the mandatory format standards specified in the photograph guidance.
• Complete sections 1, 9 and 10 of the form as required and section 4 if the applicant and/or the sponsor have any dependent children in the UK.
• Make sure the relevant declarations in section 14 are signed by the applicant and the partner.
• Send the application by prepaid post to the Home Office or make it in person at a Premium Service Centre.
If the applicant fails to do any of these things, the application will be invalid and will be returned to the applicant. This could result in the loss of appeal rights if the permitted stay has run out by the time a valid application is made.
According to the UKVI rules, all documents attached to the application must be in the original form.
UKVI rules state that, “Copies of any kind are not acceptable unless there are valid reasons for not being able to provide the original document. In such circumstances, we may accept a copy certified by the body or authority which issued the original (for example, a copy of a savings book certified by the building society or bank), or by a notary.
“The reasons for not being able to provide the original document must be explained in a covering letter. We are unlikely to grant your application without the original document…Any documents which are not in English must be accompanied by a reliable English translation… Make sure passports or travel documents are signed.”