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Old 27th July 2015, 02:38 AM
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Some basic points about supporting documents for your visa application:
1. Make a photocopy (black and white will do) of every document you submit. If you genuinely don't mind not getting certain documents back, then don't enclose a copy but remember if your visa is denied and you want to reapply, some of the documents may be needed again.
2. Put them in logical order, such as printed-out application, followed by any extra form you need to submit such as Appendix 2, letters of introduction and sponsorship, passport(s), photos of the correct size, and then put together your financial documents, then accommodation, and lastly your relationship.
3. Don't use clips, binders, folders or anything else. Small items which may get lost can be placed inside a transparent Ziploc bag, such as passport, ID card, biometric residence permit etc. While you may think this will help the ECO (visa officer) to find what they are looking for, the reverse is usually the case. They will have to remove all clips, binders, folders, content page etc and rearrange the documents in their preferred order.
4. Make two piles, one for the originals and the other for the copies, in identical order, and hold each pile together with strings. Then it becomes a simple job for visa office staff to cut the strings, rearrange in their preferred order and present them to ECO (entry clearance officer) for review.
5. While each application is unique and some people may need more supporting documents than others, there is really no need to submit anything thicker than an inch (2.5 cm) or so. People often overdo communications record such as Skype log and texts. It should come to no more than 10 to 15 pages in all, leaving out the actual conversations but just recording the names of sender and recipient, with dates.
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Thank you for this.

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thanks joppa,

can i just second that photocopy everything bit....including your form!

I really wish i had a copy of my first spouse application form all filled out to reference during my second application. It's amazing how much you can forget. Keep a copy of the form!!

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Thank you very much, Joppa.

Just to clarify: the applicant should submit both the original documentation and also their photocopies? So that's two submissions at the same time?

I didn't understand what you meant by securing the paperwork with string. Could you please explain (again)?

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Yes, both sets.
Just put strings in a cross formation to secure each bundle of documents.

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Thank you Joppa for your helpful tips.

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Thanks for the post Jobba.
What's the reason for submitting both the original documentation and also their photocopiess, as I don't see this on the uk immigration list?
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