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Hello all!

We have just successfully applied for the FLR M extension using Sponsor's self-employment income. This forum was so helpful for us while preparing so we thought we’d share a list of the documents we supplied in case that helps anyone - everyone’s case is different of course, but not many people are using self-employment it seems, so hopefully this helps a bit!

Just as a bit of background/the oddities of our case:

- We used only the last financial year (2018-19) to prove earnings.
- I (sponsor) am not VAT registered.
- We did not need to meet the language requirement as the applicant is a national of a native English-speaking country (New Zealand).
- We moved house and renewed the applicant’s passport during the validity of the last BRP and we FORGOT to tell the home office. Luckily this did not affect our application.
- We rent an apartment together under a Statutory Periodic Tenancy agreement.
- We paid for super-priority service with document checking. Our appointment was at 9am in Croydon, we arrived at 8am, all was done by 910am and decision received by 1220pm. Staff at the centre were all friendly and helpful, although the sponsor could not enter with the applicant.

The documents we provided:

A) PROOF OF IDENTITY/TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:

- Applicant’s current BRP
- Sponsor’s current British passport

B) PROOF OF APPLICATION

- Family Declaration
- Consent Declaration (for joint accounts etc)
- IHS Reference number confirmation
- IHS payment confirmation/receipt
- Visa application payment confirmation
- UKVI appointment confirmation
- Applicant’s current New Zealand passport.
- Applicant’s old New Zealand passports (only ones used previously to enter UK) - we weren’t sure if this was necessary or not, but provided just in case)

C) OTHER

- Applicant’s Taiwanese passport (she is a dual citizen). They asked for details of this passport in the application, so we thought we’d upload it just in case. Probably unnecessary, but we wanted to be safe!

D) RESIDENCE IN THE UK

- Cover Letter explaining our changes of address since our last grant of leave to remain and explaining our current tenancy arrangement, which is slightly odd in that it is a Statutory Periodic Tenancy.
- Various letters and bills spread over the last 2.5 years since our first grant of leave. These were bank statements, electricity bills, water bills, council tax bills and HMRC letters. None of these were spaced further than 4 months apart. The document checklists all mention wanting to see how much council tax is due where you are living, so we made sure to include as many council tax bills as possible here.
- Our Assured Shorthold Tenancy for our current home (expired April 2018 - after this it transitioned into a periodic tenancy)
- A PDF of an email from our landlord confirming that this Shorthold tenancy had officially transitioned into a Statutory Periodic Tenancy.
- A section of the Housing Act detailing how Statutory Periodic Tenancies work - just because we were paranoid about this - these kinds of tenancies aren’t very common, and we wanted the home office to understand that it is absolutely legally binding!

E) FINANCES

- Financial Cover Letter explaining the nature of my work and how to match the payments made into my bank account with my invoices.
- HMRC letter confirming my NI number
- HMRC letter confirming my UTR number
- HMRC letter confirming my request to pay Class 2 NICs
- Accountant’s Certificate of Confirmation - essentially just a letter from an ICAEW accountant confirming my profit from self-employment in the last tax year.
- Unaudited accounts prepared by the same accountant. This is a very basic document drawn up by my accountant which just details my incomings and expenses and capital allowances for the last financial year and mentions the accounting basis I use to complete my tax returns.
- Tax Year Overview (this is the document they want when they ask for “evidence of the amount of tax payable, paid and unpaid for the last full financial year”). Printed and sent to me by HMRC on my request.
- Tax Calculation/SA302. Printed and sent to me by HMRC on my request.
- Tax Return. Printed and sent to me by HMRC on my request - call HMRC on 0300 200 3310 and ask that they send these three documents. This will take up to 2 weeks to arrive.
- Spreadsheet listing my invoice numbers, dates and payment dates for the 2018-19 tax year.
- All my invoices from the tax year in question
- Bank statements for the whole tax year (6 April 2018 - 5 April 2019) and also for May 2019 so far since my invoices are often paid a month after work is performed. We highlighted all the self-employment payments into my account and used post-its to mark which invoice numbers the payments were for. We also highlighted rent, council tax and HMRC tax payments made from the account. I got my bank to print and stamp some statements as I had not yet received statements for this month.
- Proof of ongoing self-employment: Spreadsheet listing my invoice numbers, invoice dates and payment dates for the 2019-20 tax year so far, as well as all invoices issued so far this year and bank statements up to our application date showing continued earnings.

F) LIFE EVENTS

- Civil Partnership Certificate
- Some pictures from our CP ceremony
- A letter of support from the sponsor (not sure if this was necessary or not)

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