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Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to share my experience at the Croyden PSC last Friday. We were successful and over the moon, feels like a huge weight has been lifted from our shoulders.

Our Situation

I am in the UK on an Ancestry Visa, she was on a Tier 5 YMS.

We have been in a relationship for three years and living together for just over two years, with limited evidence for the first month (she wasn't on the lease as we knew we were moving to the UK the next month)

We booked a PSC appointment for two days before her visa expired (was closest we could get to the date), however her visa expired 8 days shy of us being in the UK for two years, so we wanted to get as much evidence as possible together.

Our Experience

We made the booking for 8.45am so it was subject to the £75 out of hours charge, the only reason we did this was it was the only booking we could get.

We got there about 8.15 and went through security, every one of the security staff were friendly and that process was relatively painless.

We then get up to level 3, and there is quite a line already, and only one person manning the reception desk. Its about 9.00am by the time we get allocated a number.

The staff member on the desk was quite abrupt/rude and seemed like he was under a bit of pressure, perhaps they were understaffed that day. I made the mistake of not having the form and payment receipt top of the pile, so took a second to hand that over.

We got given a number and told to wait in the cafe. At about 9.30 we were called to have our information entered into the computer system. The woman that served us there was quite friendly.

She liked the fact we were prepared with photocopies of the whole lot. One thing to note is, don't bother making a copy of the form, they do not need that. That process took about 10 minutes, and we were told to wait for biometrics.

My partner then went and did the biometric enrolment at 9.45 and handed in the documents, she said that the person taking the biometrics was a bit abrupt also.

We then went to the cafe to wait... At about 11.30 she got a call saying that she had not paid enough for IHS (which was correct, when we did the online form it only charged £200, not £600 as it should have) She got sent a link to make the payment, so we did.

About 15 minutes later we got called to collect our documents, and told we had been approved, with the standard letter saying she would receive her BRP in 7-10 working days.

Overall, the experience was relatively painless, but I wouldn't bother paying the extra £75 for an early appointment if it can be avoided.

I've provided a list below of everything we included in our application, I know that is is overkill and I would suggest providing less.

I will add another post below of helpful links and resources I used in this process, as there was not a huge amount of info I could find on people taking our exact path, but this forum was very helpful in sending me in the right direction.


Documents Provided

1. Table of Contents
2. Letter of Introduction - Applicant
3. Letter of Introduction - Sponsor
4. FLR (IR) Form
5. Application Booking Checklist
6. Application Confirmation Receipt
7. IHS Confirmation Email
8. HIS Payment Receipt
9. Applicant’s Passport
10. Sponsors’s Passport
11. Applicant’s Biometric Residence Permi
12. Sponsors’s Biometric Residence Permit
13. 2x Passport size photographs of Applicant
14. 2x Passport size photographs of Sponsor


Financial Information – Sponsor
1. Statement of earnings and confirmation of employment from Current Employer
2. Employment Contract
3. Pay slips from Current Employer (9 months worth)
4. Pay slips from Previous Employer (3 months worth)
5. Lloyd’s Bank Statement (9 months worth)

Financial Information – Applicant
1. Statement of earnings and confirmation of employment from Current Employer
2. Employment contract
3. Pay slips from Current Employer (9 months worth)
4. Lloyd’s Bank Statement (9 months worth)

Documentary Evidence Australia
1. Statutory Declaration from Housemate – Both Parties – September 2015
2. Form for Changed Tenancy - Sponsor – September 2015
3. Australian Driving License – Applicant – September 2015
4. Bank Visa Statement – Sponsor – September 2015
5. Cable Internet Bill – Sponsor – September 2015
6. Bank Visa Statement – Sponsor – October 2015
7. Cable Internet Bill – Sponsor – October 2015
8. Tax Invoices – Both Parties – October 2015
9. Driving License Endorsement – Applicant – October 2015
10. Bank Account Statement – Sponsor – October 2015
11. International Driving Permit – Applicant – October 2015
12. International Driving Permit – Sponsor – October 2015

Documentary Evidence UK - 2015 to 2016
1. Deposit Payment Receipt – Both Parties – November 2015
2. Rental Agreement – Both Parties – November 2015
3. Deposit Protection Receipt – Sponsor – November 2015
4. National Insurance Confirmation – Sponsor – December 2015
5. National Insurance Confirmation – Applicant – December 2015
6. Voter Registration application – Sponsor – January 2016
7. Membership – Both Parties – January 2016
8. NHS GP Registration – Sponsor – January 2016
9. NHS GP Registration – Applicant – January 2016
10. Bank Request – Applicant – February 2016
11. Membership – Sponsor – February 2016
12. Pay slip – Applicant – March 2016
13. Lease Agreement – Both Parties – April 2016
14. Council Tax Bill 2016 – Both Parties – April 2016
15. Royal Mail Redirection – Both Parties – April 2016
16. P60 Certificate – Applicant – April 2016
17. Deposit Protection Receipt – Both Parties – April 2016
18. Electricity Bill – Sponsor – July 2016
19. Pension Welcome Letter – Applicant – September 2016
20. Electricity Bill – Sponsor – October 2016
21. Electricity Bill – Sponsor – November 2016
22. P45 Form – Applicant – November 2016
23. Electricity Bill – Sponsor – December 2016

Documentary Evidence UK 2017

1. Water Bill – Sponsor – January 2017
2. Bank Statement – Applicant – January 2017
3. Electricity Bill – Sponsor – February 2017
4. NHS Appointment Letter – Applicant – February 2017
5. Travel Insurance Policy – Both Parties – February 2017
6. NHS Appointment Letter – Applicant – March 2017
7. Water Bill – Sponsor – March 2017
8. Electricity Bill – Sponsor – April 2017
9. Lease Agreement – Both Parties – April 2017
10. Council Tax Bill – Both Parties – May 2017
11. Deposit Protection Receipt – Both Parties – May 2017
12. Water Bill – Sponsor – May 2017
13. Pension Welcome Letter – Sponsor – June 201 7
14. Water Bill – Both Parties – July 2017
15. Invitation to Register to Vote – Applicant – September 2017
16. Membership – Both Parties – October 2017

Relationship Documentary Evidence
1. Birth Certificate - Applicant
2. Statutory Declaration from Sponsors Bother RE: Relationship – Both Parties – September 2017
3. Applicant’s Marriage Certificate – September 2008
4. Applicant’s Divorce Certificate – June 2014
5. BRP Issue Letter – Sponsor – November 2015
6. BRP Issue Letter – Applicant – November 2015
7. Australia to UK LHR Flight Itinerary, date we moved to UK – Both Parties – November 2015
8. Hotel Booking, London, date we landed in UK until first rental property – Both Parties – November 2015
9. 22x Photographs – Both Parties – August 2014 – October 2017
 

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Hi there,

I'm going through this process now. Thanks very much for the detailed explanation of your experience.

i have a couple of questions. Firstly, i see a few people seem to be including statutory declarations rom family members and/or friends declaring their relationships to be valid. Are these strictly necessary? It seems odd that the HO even consider something like this objective evidence given they generally seem to coming from family/friends?

Secondly, you have included letters of introduction for both the applicant and sponsor, what does this letter entail exactly, and is it considered necessary?

Thanks for very much
 

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Thanks for the detailed info. Excellent read it was.
 

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Hi there,

I'm going through this process now. Thanks very much for the detailed explanation of your experience.

i have a couple of questions. Firstly, i see a few people seem to be including statutory declarations rom family members and/or friends declaring their relationships to be valid. Are these strictly necessary? It seems odd that the HO even consider something like this objective evidence given they generally seem to coming from family/friends?

Secondly, you have included letters of introduction for both the applicant and sponsor, what does this letter entail exactly, and is it considered necessary?

Thanks for very much
Statements from friends and family are subjective and are unlikely to have impact so we discourage them.

You do not need to write letters.
 
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