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Hi there,

Quick background:

I'm from Hong Kong holding British National(oversea) passport. I first entered UK on a Tier 5 YMS visa in October 2011. My partner is a British Citizen.

We then lived together for 2 years in UK before I applied my first unmarried partner visa in HK in 2013. My visa is going expire in 4 October 2016, so I'm going to apply my first extension of unmarried partner FLR(M) visa in Croydon next week.
Can anyone give me some tips or advice for my final check documents?

Printout of appointment
FLR (m) form
• My 2 passports (British National oversea, Chinese)
• Sponsor’s passport (British)
• Deed of change of name (my sponsor changed her first name in 2015)
• 2 passport photos of me (name at the back)
• 1 passport photo of my sponsor(name at the back)
• Printed email confirming my IHS payment

Financial evidence (Category A >£18600)
• Letter from my company (stating my job title, current salary, start date)
• My contract (signed by my company and me)
• My printed 6 months payslips from March 2016 to August 2016
• Letter from my company confirming the printed payslips are authentic
• My bank statement from March 2016 to August 2016
• P60

English requirement
• A1 (awarded by Trinity College London in June 2013)

Accommodation
• Land registry documents (Sponsor owned property)

Correspondence to current address
Sponsor:
• Council Tax Bill (2014-2016)
• TV Licence (2014-2016)
• Affinity Water bill
• DVLA letter
• Letter from GP
• NHS Letter
• Bank statement and letter
• Mobile phone bill

Me (Applicant):
• Electricity bill
• DVLA letter
• Letter from GP
• NHS letter
• register to vote letter from Borough Council
• Bank statements
• Bank statements from overseas bank
• National Rail letter

Joint name:
• Joint Bank account statements

Additional relationship evidence
• 15 photographs

I have a few questions:
Do I need a cover letter of the list of all the documents?

Do I need a summary letter about me and my partner's relationship or future plans?

The letter from my company was dated in July, do I need one with a more recent date?

Does my company need to sign the printed payslips even though I got a letter confirming they're authentic?

My salary is based on commissions, is it still alright to meet the financial requirements? (Annual salary is >£18600 shown on P60)

Can I still use the same A1 certificate as it was approved by my current visa? (I know it needs to be A2 in October)

Do I need to copy all the documents?

Any comments are much appreciated! As always, thank you in advance for your input.
 

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Hi there, just a quick update, my company just updated my company letter today, and also signed all the payslips.
Can anyone help out with my other questions? I'm desperate for some advice, my appointment is next Monday.
 

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You should include one council tax or utility bill as evidence of occupation of your property.
You seem to have way too many documents to show cohabitation. How come you have so few joint bills?
No cover letter. Commissions are fine, using the average over 6 months.
Re-use English certificate.
Yes, it's best to attach one set of originals and another of copies.
 

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Thank you for your quick response Joppa.
On the above list, there are council tax bill(2014-2016) under by sponsor's name, do you think that is too much?
Which documents should I take off?
Unfortunately council didn't let me add my name with my sponsor.
One more question, my visa will expire on 4 October and my appointment is 5 September, will it be a problem 29 days before my visa expires?
 

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Hi Simonl87, I just posted a very similar checklist also. Of the documents that I think may be excessive would be the GP letter/NHS letter/national rail letter. We tried to keep our documents as 'bills' specifically but I personally would bring what you have just in case (just kept separately).

There's a grace period (I think its 28 days) after your visa expires for applications so I wouldn't worry about applying a month before the expiry date. You should be more than fine.
 

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It depends on when you entered UK on your current visa. You can apply from your 30-month anniversary of arrival minus 28 days.
 
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