Applying for a UK Spouse Visa in the Philippines
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The most important qualification which an applicant for a UK Spouse Visa must possess is a valid marriage with the UK sponsor who must either be a UK national or a person permanently settled in the UK. If the marriage is celebrated in the Philippines or any other country outside the UK, the following requisites must be complied with in order for the marriage to be considered as valid and binding:
1. That both parties (the applicant and the UK sponsor) are twenty-one years or over
2. That the marriage is recognized as legal in the country where it was celebrated
3. That the marriage was actually celebrated in accordance with the law of the country where the marriage took place
4. That under the law of the country of domicile of each party, no act was carried out restricting the freedom of either of the parties (domicile, under this provision, is the country in which a party considers as his or her permanent home)
According to ECO-Friendly, if you are filing for a UK Spouse Visa at the VFS-UK Philippines, the best evidence that will prove the validity of the marriage is the Marriage Certificate duly issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) and printed in its official security paper.
WHAT IF THE FILIPINO APPLICANT IS ONLY 18 WHEN THE MARRIAGE TOOK PLACE?
In the Philippines, the legal marrying age is eighteen years old. What then, would be the consequence if the Filipino who is under 21 but over 18 years of age, marry the the British sponsor and apply for the UK spouse visa?
Although there is automatic refusal if one of the parties to the application is under 21, ECO-Friendly would like to stress that a marriage under this scenario will still be considered as valid and recognized under UK laws as long as the following considerations are present:
- That the marriage is valid in the country where it was celebrated (all the formal and essential requisites of the marriage, under Philippine laws must have been complied with when the marriage was celebrated)
- That the parties to the marriage both possessed the legal capacity, as provided under the law of their domicile, to marry each other (under Philippine laws, a person acquires legal capacity to marry upon reaching the age of 18 years)
Since marriage at 18 is valid in the Philippines, the wedding is considered as binding in the UK for purposes of complying with the requirement of a valid marriage as provided under the UK Spouse Visa.
Under the UKBA website, the UK Spouse Visa applicant must show that:
-UK Spouse Visa applicant is legally married to the UK Sponsor
-UK Spouse Visa applicant is going to live together permanently with UK sponsor
-UK Spouse Visa applicant personally met the UK sponsor
-UK Spouse Visa applicant and UK sponsor can support each other without help from public funds
-UK Spouse Visa applicant possesses adequate accommodation where she and the UK sponsor can live without help from public funds; and
-UK Spouse visa applicant and UK sponsor are at least 21 years old
-UK Sponsor is presently settled in the UK
Basic Supporting Documents for a UK Spouse Visa Application:
In order to show that the UK Visa applicant has complied with the foregoing requirements, the following documents, as copied from the VFS-UK Philippines website, must be submitted (take note, however that this is not the complete list of documents which the UK Spouse Visa applicant is required to submit) and that the actual list of evidence which must be presented varies for each UK Spouse Visa applicant:
The complete list of supporting documents for each UK Spouse Visa applicant may be determined after assessment and consultation with ECO-Friendly UK Immigration Consultants.
Here at ECO-Friendly, we make it a point to submit all types of evidence that will show that the applicant has complied with the foregoing requirements. Our professional ECO-Friendly Visa Consultants are trained to conduct a comprehensive research and study on the personal circumstances of the applicant in order to ensure that all the issues which need to be clarified and explained in the application form are extensively covered by supporting documents.
Because this is the primary objective of our firm, to make your applications for a UK Visa truly ECO-Friendly.
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