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I think Joppa answered your banking questions on one of your other threads.

What is giving me pause is in the first sentence of your post here-that you deposited money into your mum's account to avoid the ex knowing about your finances (very wise move, I did something similar decades ago for the same reasons)

If you are planning to take minor children from that now ex-relationship, and you have had to hide funds from him in the past, are you sure he is going to be amenable now to you taking those children out of Canada? You need to be very sure, and very clear, and you are going to need court certified orders giving you full custody with no restrictions on taking those minor children out of Canada.

Otherwise you run a near certain risk of the children's applications being denied, and you will lose the money on those apps as the UKBA does not give refunds on denied applications.
 

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Do your court documents say anything about moving the children in or out of Canada? I know in the US it can be a real issue even when the biological parent has essentially abandoned the children by not maintaining contact but I have no familiarity at all with Canadian procedures with minor children. I do know that the UKBA is very conscientious about minor children, so hopefully your paperwork covers the possibility of your moving countries. The notarised letter no matter when it's dated won't be accepted from what other applicants are reporting, although there have been a few who did manage to use a recently dated notarised letter. Possibly they had court documents that were clear an international move was acceptable, I don't know.

As for not telling the UKBA precisely why you deposited monies into your mother's account as opposed to having it in your name, I don't know. You need to be 200% up-front with them, but I wonder if the more gory details are TMI and not needed.

Unless someone with better knowledge of that posts in to correct me, I think I would simply use a very brief explanatory note that for several years you preferred to deposit into your mother's account, include the letter from the bank as Joppa suggested, and leave it at that-if they want to know more, they will ask and I think I would let them.
 

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I'm not the NYC UKBA (where your apps would be submitted), but your court order sounds like what they were looking for from other applicants.

The bank info looks right, too. Good luck, and don't forget to post in the visa timeline thread, updating as you hear about the applications progress:)
 
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