Spouse Visa questions - Page 2

Go Back   Expat Forum For People Moving Overseas And Living Abroad > Europe > Britain Expat Forum for Expats Living in the UK

Britain Expat Forum for Expats Living in the UK The Britain Expats forum is a community of people that have moved to the UK from overseas. This is the place for Expats to meet and discuss anything about the British way of life.

Like Tree1Likes

Spouse Visa questions - Page 2


Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 20th December 2011, 07:46 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Malvern, Worcestershire
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 0
susong is on a distinguished road
1 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from usa. Users Flag! Expat in uk.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joppa View Post
You can usually get a biometric appointment at an Application Support Center covering your state of residence pretty quickly, often within a week. Look at the thread where people have posted their timeline for visa application - most contributors are Americans applying in the US.
Thanks Joppa. I have another question. How much money is needed to show support. I haven't actually found any figures.

Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 20th December 2011, 08:44 PM
Joppa's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sunny Lancashire
Posts: 17,369
Rep Power: 9630
Joppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond repute
2476 likes received
185 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in uk.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by susong View Post
Thanks Joppa. I have another question. How much money is needed to show support. I haven't actually found any figures.
Currently, the only figure given is £105.95 (without children) after housing per week, which amounts to around £13,500 a year putting you just outside the trigger level for working tax credit. But the government is revising the rules on family migration and in future you may need as much as £26,000 a year before tax to sponsor a migrant.

Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 21st December 2011, 12:30 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Malvern, Worcestershire
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 0
susong is on a distinguished road
1 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from usa. Users Flag! Expat in uk.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joppa View Post
Currently, the only figure given is 105.95 (without children) after housing per week, which amounts to around 13,500 a year putting you just outside the trigger level for working tax credit. But the government is revising the rules on family migration and in future you may need as much as 26,000 a year before tax to sponsor a migrant.

Thank you again Joppa. Do I need to submit a budget with just Housing living expenses (rent, council tax, electricity, water and gas) or do I need a more detailed budget? I'd also like to ask you if you are an Immigration Lawyer. I appreciate your help as I gather my documentation together and work on the application and cover letter. I may be seeking a lawyer to review my application.

Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 21st December 2011, 04:54 PM
Joppa's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sunny Lancashire
Posts: 17,369
Rep Power: 9630
Joppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond reputeJoppa has a reputation beyond repute
2476 likes received
185 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in uk.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by susong View Post
Thank you again Joppa. Do I need to submit a budget with just Housing living expenses (rent, council tax, electricity, water and gas) or do I need a more detailed budget? I'd also like to ask you if you are an Immigration Lawyer. I appreciate your help as I gather my documentation together and work on the application and cover letter. I may be seeking a lawyer to review my application.
What you can do is to to include a bteakdown, along with your bank statement, of how much you pay each month for housing - rent or mortgage plus council tax, but not other bills like utilities and insurance.

No, I'm not a lawyer (IANAL). If I were, Iwouldn't be giving out free advice!
susong likes this.

Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old 6th February 2012, 01:19 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 0
Mrs Moley is on a distinguished road
4 likes received
2 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from malaysia. Users Flag! Expat in england.
Default

Hi Susong. My husband and I made an honest mistake of getting married in the UK whilst I was on my standard entry visitor visa. It was after the abolishment of COA. The register office personnel didn't say anything even though they can clearly see that I have the standard entry visitor visa stamp in my passport.

When I was researching for info regarding spouse visa application, I came across the rule that stated that "you must be able to show that you do not intend to marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership during your visit". I was really worried and upset thinking that I may have broken one of the immigration rules and that it may affect my spouse visa application. We contacted the UKBA enquiries line and talked to 3 different IO and all of them suggested that I didn't break any rules because when I first came into the country, it wasn't my intention to get married.

However, we were honest by telling the truth to the ECO in my cover letter and my husband's cover letter for my spouse visa application. We were apologetic and explain what really happened. I got my visa last week and am extremely happy and grateful.

IMO you need to be absolutely honest and not hiding anything from the ECO. I'm sure everything will be fine.

All the best and good luck for your application!


Last edited by Mrs Moley; 6th February 2012 at 01:20 PM. Reason: The quote box didn't appear
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old 6th February 2012, 01:31 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 83
Rep Power: 0
mistbound4england is on a distinguished road
11 likes received

Default

I dont advise people to go into foreign countries, get married and then act like it was an honest mistake ( for future applicants who may b reading this) You may not b so lucky to get ur visa approved as Im sure the more incidents like this they are coming across, the more they will b on the lookout for them. Just do it the legal way so you have nothing to worry about.

Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old 6th February 2012, 02:05 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 0
Mrs Moley is on a distinguished road
4 likes received
2 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from malaysia. Users Flag! Expat in england.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mistbound4england View Post
I dont advise people to go into foreign countries, get married and then act like it was an honest mistake ( for future applicants who may b reading this) You may not b so lucky to get ur visa approved as Im sure the more incidents like this they are coming across, the more they will b on the lookout for them. Just do it the legal way so you have nothing to worry about.
I do agree with you. I don't advise future applicants or anyone reading my earlier post to do this either. It is wrong and unacceptable if you do it intentionally. I'm just trying to make Susong feels less anxious and worried because the mistake has been done. A lot of things will affect the outcome of the application. Besides being honest, you need to meet all the requirements set by the UKBA. Anyway, even if you manage to get married in the UK whilst on standard entry visitor visa, you still have to go back to your home country to apply for your spouse visa. Therefore, it is better and advisable to apply for fiance or visitor for marriage visa if your intention is to get married in the first place rather that torture yourself feeling anxious and depressed whilst waiting for your spouse visa to be approved on your own and away from your spouse.

Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old 6th February 2012, 02:19 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 83
Rep Power: 0
mistbound4england is on a distinguished road
11 likes received

Default

Well said Mrs Moley

Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old 16th February 2012, 06:15 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Malvern, Worcestershire
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 0
susong is on a distinguished road
1 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from usa. Users Flag! Expat in uk.
Default Spouse Visa approved

Quote:
Originally Posted by mistbound4england View Post
Well said Mrs Moley
Hello to all who have been following my posts. I have my spouse visa approved and will return to the UK next week! It only took 2 hours from when my application and documents arrived in New York to be processed and approved and I had my passport back within 2 days. I had a lot of angst going into this whole process and was thrilled to have such a quick outcome. Here's what worked for me: I did the bulk of the application myself and then had an immigration lawyer review it and help me answer some of the questions by email as I was filling in the application form. He wrote a cover letter. My husband and I were transparent in our cover letters about what had happened and also had letters of support from family and friends. I put the documents in a lever arch book with plastic cover sheets for all the documents, alphabetized to make it easy for the Immigration Officer to read. We paid the extra $300 through World Bridge to get an answer within 3 weeks. I had many wonderful pictures of our relationship and marriage along with the documents. I am a spiritual person so I did a lot of praying and meditation around this process. I also do a lot of therapeutic work and faced my fears. I also decided to make lemonade out of the lemon. What other reasons was I to be in the U.S.? What larger purpose was happening in being separated from my husband? Now that I'm in the U.S. I can see there were many other important reasons for me to be here on so many levels. It's been a huge huge thing to go through and my compassion to all that are going through this process right now.
Thank you all for listening and giving me feedback along the way.

Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
spouse visa uk

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Spouse visa 309-100 questions melaniequeenan Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in Australia 7 22nd February 2012 11:35 AM
Questions about the spouse visa Selver Britain Expat Forum for Expats Living in the UK 8 5th June 2011 03:27 PM
FLR (M) Spouse visa important questions, please help? KayKay Britain Expat Forum for Expats Living in the UK 6 28th May 2011 11:10 AM
spouse visa, a few questions Deathcomesarippin America Expat Forum for Expats Living in America 6 9th March 2011 02:24 PM
Several questions (inc spouse visa) jenalizaz Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in Australia 1 28th January 2009 09:52 PM

LEGAL NOTICE
By using this Website, you agree to abide by our Terms and Conditions (the "Terms"). This notice does not replace our Terms, which you must read in full as they contain important information. You must not post any defamatory, unlawful or undesirable content, or any content copied from a third party, on the Website. You must not copy material from the Website except in accordance with the Terms. This Website gives users an opportunity to share information only and is not intended to contain any advice which you should rely upon. It does not replace the need to take professional or other advice. We have no liability to you or any other person in respect of any content on this Website.
FORUM PARTNERS

ExpatForum.com is owned and operated by VerticalScope Inc.

Retiring Overseas Guides | Moving Overseas Guides | Cost of Living | Health Care Guides


All times are GMT. The time now is 07:58 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO