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Was wondering if when I apply for my spouse visa if including my pay stubs from my job in the U.S. as well as my wife's pay stubs in the UK will help me? Also my wife does claim benefits such as housing and working tax, she does make just under the amount to satisfy what I understand is needed to sponsor me with the benefits it is well over the amount, just curious if this will have an impact on my visa approval? She is working two jobs and is a student as well. Although the jobs are both part time. I will also add that we have one child who is a citizen in the UK already. Thanks for any advice or feedback.

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Was wondering if when I apply for my spouse visa if including my pay stubs from my job in the U.S. as well as my wife's pay stubs in the UK will help me? Also my wife does claim benefits such as housing and working tax, she does make just under the amount to satisfy what I understand is needed to sponsor me with the benefits it is well over the amount, just curious if this will have an impact on my visa approval? She is working two jobs and is a student as well. Although the jobs are both part time. I will also add that we have one child who is a citizen in the UK already. Thanks for any advice or feedback.
Yes, your pay slips should be enclosed. What is important is how much savings you can bring to UK.
Any benefit payments your wife receives will be disregarded, so you need to have £105.95 plus £40 for your child per week after paying for housing and council tax.
This is the minimum requirement and if you just meet the criteria, you will be a borderline case.
Can you get external support from her family members, such as her parents? That will help. They need to make an offer in writing, such as signing a sponsorship undertaking form at http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/visas/sponsorship-form.pdf plus their bank statement to show they can afford it.
 

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Thank you again Joppa, I will indeed include my wage slips. I will have to calculate her wages again I personally think we will be fine. We are out of luck when it comes to finding a sponsor to help we have no family or friends that will do this, guess I will just have to hope if we are borderline that an agent will factor in everything else as well. Also I will have some savings in my account but they add up to about 2600 U.S. dollars, so not sure if that will help.

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Thank you again Joppa, I will indeed include my wage slips. I will have to calculate her wages again I personally think we will be fine. We are out of luck when it comes to finding a sponsor to help we have no family or friends that will do this, guess I will just have to hope if we are borderline that an agent will factor in everything else as well. Also I will have some savings in my account but they add up to about 2600 U.S. dollars, so not sure if that will help.

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I also meant to ask, since housing benefit pays quite a bit toward the rent here, should we count the amount she actually pays toward the rent, gas electric, and groceries?

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Thank you again Joppa, I will indeed include my wage slips. I will have to calculate her wages again I personally think we will be fine. We are out of luck when it comes to finding a sponsor to help we have no family or friends that will do this, guess I will just have to hope if we are borderline that an agent will factor in everything else as well. Also I will have some savings in my account but they add up to about 2600 U.S. dollars, so not sure if that will help.
Any combined savings will help. You normally need to have £145.95 per week for up to 6 months, the length of time generally regarded as realistic for getting your family established in UK financially.

I also meant to ask, since housing benefit pays quite a bit toward the rent here, should we count the amount she actually pays toward the rent, gas electric, and groceries?
No, that isn't required. All they are interested in, after taking away any benefits payment, is how much money is left from her pay and any savings to meet at least the minimum requirement, and preferably more to account for any unexpected dip in income. They will add all her weekly income minus benefits, and divide by 26 (weeks) the combined amount of savings and add the two together, and this has to come to at least £145.95.
 

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Yes, your pay slips should be enclosed. What is important is how much savings you can bring to UK.
Any benefit payments your wife receives will be disregarded, so you need to have £105.95 plus £40 for your child per week after paying for housing and council tax.
This is the minimum requirement and if you just meet the criteria, you will be a borderline case.

My understanding is that you will need £56 for each child plus the £105.95 per week, and this is after paying for the house rent, council tax and utility bills. you did not mention the utility bills in your reply.
would you advise if I am right please.
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I am looking to apply for a spouse visa for my wife and 1 year old baby, I am very unsure if I have acceptable case.
I work on temp ongoing contract and receive £312 a week, I have about £6000 savings, my problem is that I live in shared accommodation, and if I am to get a flat my the money left after paying rent+utility bills + council tax will be less than £105.95 + £56 a week which I understand is the minimum earnings acceptable by the embassy.

My landlord has agreed for my family to move in and is willing to provide a contract in this effect, but will an exclusive use of one bedroom and a shared use of the setting room, kitchen and bathroom be acceptable? or would they say the baby needs his own room as well? and will a tenancy contract with permission for the family to move in be adequate to the embassy?
What documents should I get from the landlord?
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Yes, your pay slips should be enclosed. What is important is how much savings you can bring to UK.
Any benefit payments your wife receives will be disregarded, so you need to have £105.95 plus £40 for your child per week after paying for housing and council tax.
This is the minimum requirement and if you just meet the criteria, you will be a borderline case.
My understanding is that you will need £56 for each child plus the £105.95 per week, and this is after paying for the house rent, council tax and utility bills. you did not mention the utility bills in your reply.
would you advise if I am right please.
thank you in advance.
Just checked the figures (I was relying on memory) and it's £165.56 for a couple with one child after housing cost, which is rent or mortgage and council tax but not utility bills.
Source: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/s...-route/family-migration-route.pdf?view=Binary page 17.

I am looking to apply for a spouse visa for my wife and 1 year old baby, I am very unsure if I have acceptable case.
I work on temp ongoing contract and receive £312 a week, I have about £6000 savings, my problem is that I live in shared accommodation, and if I am to get a flat my the money left after paying rent+utility bills + council tax will be less than £105.95 + £56 a week which I understand is the minimum earnings acceptable by the embassy.

My landlord has agreed for my family to move in and is willing to provide a contract in this effect, but will an exclusive use of one bedroom and a shared use of the setting room, kitchen and bathroom be acceptable? or would they say the baby needs his own room as well? and will a tenancy contract with permission for the family to move in be adequate to the embassy?
What documents should I get from the landlord?
Without utility bills you are above the requirement, though not by much. Try to get an external sponsor, and see how much savings your wife can bring over.

As for overcrowding, if your child is aged one or over, he needs his own room. Those under one can share parents' room. Other shared facilities are ok, provided the property itself isn't otherwise overcrowded.
Read the rule in UK Border Agency | Maintenance and accommodation (MAA) Section 14
 

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Jobba: Thank you so much for your input and the invaluable links you have provided.

If housing costs is based on (rent+council tax), then my earnings will meet the minimum weekly earnings for a couple with one child.

My landlord is likely to give me additional small room the baby, and write a letter with this effect, I will try to get a permission from the council that this will not create overcrowding. the total cost of housing will be £600 a month. that leaves me with £171 a week.

Also, I am being paid weekly, that make it (£1287/4 weeks). And because rent and council tax calculated on calender month, my salary should be calculated monthly and it is (1394.36 / calender month).

I hope the embassy will also calculate my salary on monthly basis. and since no utility bills included in the housing costs. I should be OK I hope.
 

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Thank you again Joppa, sorry I have another question, just want to be sure about things as I am headed back to the states in two weeks and will apply just a few weeks after that. The formula used to calculate the per week amount, is that based on 6 months worth of pay stubs ?

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Sorry to bother you with all of these questions , but I thought of another question I have , is the weekly pay based on pay before taxes or after taxes are deducted ? Also I know that you dont make the decisions regarding what savings would be considered as enough , but I will have about 3000 U.S. dollars in savings to show. In your opinion do you think this will be enough? This is about all I can do as my wife and I do not have a co-sponsor to use.

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Sorry to bother you with all of these questions , but I thought of another question I have , is the weekly pay based on pay before taxes or after taxes are deducted ? Also I know that you dont make the decisions regarding what savings would be considered as enough , but I will have about 3000 U.S. dollars in savings to show. In your opinion do you think this will be enough? This is about all I can do as my wife and I do not have a co-sponsor to use.

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Pay after tax.
$3000 will be converted to £1895 and divided by 26 equals £72.88, which will be added to the weekly income.
If you just meet the minimum requirement, you will be a borderline case.
 

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Thank you Joppa for all of your help, it's much appreciated.

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Pay after tax.
$3000 will be converted to £1895 and divided by 26 equals £72.88, which will be added to the weekly income.
If you just meet the minimum requirement, you will be a borderline case.
Joppa, I have a ? Regarding the Amount of savings that I have to add to the shortfall of the amount required per week. I have just recently made my application for my spouse visa ( week ago This Sunday) and did biometrics this past Wednesday and I was wondering if my savings had to show I could support myself for 6 months as stated above and added to my wife's left over amount per week I have 4135.78 in pounds for savings more than originally stated above as I had to delay my application, I have been told that there is a calculation as to how my savings would be figured and added to the amount my wife was short per week which sounded different than the calculation you gave me above. Sorry just curious as to how it's done. Also I am eligible for ILR as I have been living together outside of the UK with my spouse for the required time and passed my KOL test as well. Not sure they will give it to me now, but since I am eligible do they calculate my savings by the six months or two years? I apologize for all of the ?s as I am confused and I am sending my documents this week settlement priority. Thank you
 
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