How to make a UK visa application for entry clearance

Applying for A UK Visa
Applying for A UK Visa

These include the following settlement applications:
spouse
fiancée visas,
Dependent,
Unmarried partner/ same sex.

How to make a UK Visa application for entry clearance
Recent changes to the Immigration Rules came into effect from July 2012, and also the introduction of new financial requirements under Appendix FM. The consequences of these changes means that sponsors considering applying for entry clearance will need to wade through a copious volume of documents, in order to know whether they meet the criteria. It always worth going through the IDI (Immigration Directorate Instructions) as this is the internal guidance given to staff, on deciding on an application. Most applications initially now have to be made on line, but a quick check on www.visa4uk.gov.uk will enable sponsors to clarify this.

A very brief summary of the changes in the financial requirements consist of the introduction of the new minimum threshold of £18.600. The probationary period of leave granted if successful in bunches of 30 months (2.5 years) ILR after 5 years. The sponsor would also need to produce documentary evidence of self employment, if he /she fitted into this category. If you don’t think that you will meet the minimum threshold, let’s say you earn slightly less £15,000 then you will need to have cash savings of at least £25,000 at the entry clearance/leave to remain stage. Only savings of £3,600 can be used  to make up for the shortfall.

At the indefinate leave stage  savings of £9,000 can be used if other sources of income add up to £9,600.

Now that’s a lot of loose change, and great if you have it in the current economic climate. In relation to partners, there are now new English language requirements. There are exemptions for English speaking countries.

see table below:

 

Total Savings held

Entry Clearance/Leave to Remain

Indefinite Leave to Remain

Amount which can be used

Income needed from other sources (that can be combined with cash savings)

Amount which can be used

Income needed from other sources (that can be combined with cash savings)

£62,500

(62500 – 16000) ÷ 2.5

= £18,600

None

(62500– 16000)

= £46,500

None

£40,500

(40500 – 16000) ÷ by 2.5

= £9,800

£8,800

(40500 – 16000)

= £24,500

None

£33,000

(33000 – 16000) ÷ 2.5

= £6,800

£11,800

(33000 – 16000)

= £17,000

£1,600

£25,000

(25000 – 16000) ÷ 2.5

= £3,600

£15,000

(25000 – 16000)

= £9,000

£9,600

£17,500

(17500 – 16000) ÷ 2.5

= £600

£18,000

(17500 – 16000)

= £1,500

£17,100

£16,500

(16500 – 16000) ÷ 2.5

= £200

£18,400

(16500 – 16000)

= £500

£18,100

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