WHAT APPLICANT SHOULD KNOW
Most first-time applicants for a UK Spouse Visa or a UK Fiancee Visa usually take the filing of their application for granted.
Since the British sponsor and the Filipino applicant for a UK Spouse Visa or a UK Fiancee Visa are confident that the ECO will automatically believe every single declaration provided in the application, they usually don't bother to support the answers in the application with the appropriate evidentiary document, and this often leads to the unfortunate denial of the application.
ECO-Friendly explains that applicants for the UK Spouse or Fiancee Visa and their UK sponsors must realize that every ECO assigned in every British Embassy post is highly-trained to adapt with the environment and lifestyle of the country of assignment.
In the case of the Philippines, these professional ECOs are strictly instructed and disciplined to conform with the way of life of the Filipinos, studying each and every character and attributes of the locals in order to perform their official duties as decision-makers more effectively.
Correspondingly, after a careful and comprehensive research on the Filipino culture, the usual result of the inquiry will be used as basis for the ECO in arriving at every decision.
Since forgeries and other unlawful practices tend to proliferate in the country which make it easy for bogus and dubious documents to proliferate, the UKBA, through the ECOs, have constructed virtually formidable fortresses in their front lines, to ensure that only legitimate applicants are admitted in the UK.
In so doing, the UKBA now enforces a strict policy that every allegation or declaration mentioned in the application should be supported by a corresponding original document duly issued by the public or private entity concerned.
Thus, according to ECO-Friendly, for every essential detail answered by the applicant in the application, a corresponding evidentiary document must be submitted specifically supporting said allegation.
ECO-Friendly will discuss more on this issue next time...