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Hello All! So I've compiled a index I'm using for the list of evidence needed in a spouse/settlement visa to the UK, particularly for someone applying where the sponsor is a sole proprietor of their own business (Self-Employed). It took me a long time to get it together, and by no means use this as the final word in what is needed! It's just a good place to start and hopefully will help.

Anyone who would like to comment or make notes, please add them!

I. Visa Application (including biometric appointment, receipt, and passport photos)
II. Applicant (Wife) Supporting Documents
a. Letter
b. Passport – ORGINAL & Copy
c. Previous Passport – ORGINAL & Copy
d. Birth Certificate – ORGINAL & Copy
e. Drivers License, Social Security Card – Copy
f. Marriage License – ORGINAL & Copy
g. Photos of Couple
h. Travel Itineraries of holidays/visits spent together
i. Cards, Ticket stubs from special events
j. Email Correspondence
k. Proof of future accommodation - Lease, Letter from Landlord
l. Most Recent Council Tax Statement
m. Professional Testimonial
n. Pay Slips
o. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
p. Letter from Bank, Bank Statements
q. Intended Date of Travel to the United Kingdom
r. Initial Date to Travel to UK​
III. Spouse/Sponsor Supporting Documents, Appendix 2 (VAF 4A)
a. Letter of Invitation
b. Financial Appendix 2 (VAF 4A November 2012)
c. (Certified Copy) Current Passport & Copy
d. (Certified Copy) Previous Passport (UK Visa in this passport) & Copy
e. (ORIGINAL) Proof of Marriage Termination & Copy
f. Unique Tax Reference Number (UTR) and/or the UTR of the partnership or business
g. Proof of registration with HMRC as self-employed (Listed on HMRC Document)
h. (ORIGINAL) Bank statements for the same 12-month period as the tax return
i. Evidence of the amount of tax payable, paid and unpaid for the last financial year.
j. Annual self-assessment tax return to HMRC (a copy or print-out);
k. (ORIGINAL) Statement of Account (SA300 or SA302) & Copy
l. (ORIGINAL) Personal bank statements for the same 12-month period as the tax return(s) showing that the income from self-employment has been paid into an account in the name of the person or in the name of the person and their partner jointly.
m. Evidence of ongoing self-employment through:​
i. A certificate of VAT registration and the latest VAT return (a copy or print-out) confirming the VAT registration number, if turnover is in excess of £73,000​
IV. Supporting Letters from Friends and Family
a. Listed by name​
 

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You have a lot of stuff about the applicant you don't need:
Driver's license, SS card
Testimonial
Pay slips
CV
Bank letter & statement
Initial date to travel(?)

You need two identical photos in accordance with specs
Prospective flight schedule

Supporting letters from friends and family - not needed (i.e. ignored, not read), unless they are specifically offering support with accommodation.

Also don't attach an index. Just put them in certain logical order (i.e. financials in one, accommodation in another etc), and tie them together with strings, so that when cut, they have individual loose documents they can arrange in the order they prefer. Put copies either in separate pile or put them with originals, writing COPY in pencil to distinguish.
 

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Sorry, *intended date of travel! :)

It said in my application confirmation that I should submit 3 months of bank statements. That may be a standard message to all applicants? I agree, I probably should take out the Drivers Licence/SS card out. I did have several people write letters, so I will submit them - just in case.
 

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They aren't interested in the applicant's finance at all - only the sponsor's. So I don't know where you got the 3 months from.
Letters from friends won't be read.
 
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