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  1. #271

    Accommodation criteria query

    "Application" section of the online gov.uk spouse visa application - have a question about accommodation requirements.

    Spouse (applicant) and I (sponsor) jointly own a 2 bedroom apartment in London that we intend to put on the online spouse visa application as our intended residence in the UK. It is currently tenanted but will be available for our exclusive use once we serve notice.

    The questions ask "Does [Sponsor] own this property?" and "Does anyone else, other than [Sponsor] their dependants, live at this property?"

    Q1 Sponsor and applicant jointly own property but this is just a yes / no question. Picked yes.

    Q2 Is this current status or in the future? This seems to assume the Sponsor is in the UK right now, which isn't the case where we are both in HK and intend to move to the UK (as it seems most are in this forum). We don't want to put our current tenants details down as we wouldn't be sharing accommodation with them, but yet if we mark down "no" would this create issues? There is no comment box to clarify the situation! Assume as part of supporting documents we need to provide title deeds etc which we can easily provide as legal owners of the property.

    Any advice greatly appreciated.

    PS Also have relatives in the UK that we can put down to offer accommodation but would prefer not to bother them in the application.


  2. #272

    Can the financial requirements be in HKD rather than GBP?

    My wife is from the UK, she's been working in HK for 10 years now, all of our savings and income are in HKD.

    We're both working and have enough to meet the annual income of GBP18,600, but again all of our money (income and savings) are in HKD.

    Does she also need a job waiting for her upon returning? I've browsed a few websites and some say that she needs a job offer that starts within a few weeks of her return/

    We're basically deciding whether or not to move back to the UK in the next few years, and would need to know if we can apply from here rather than being separated for a few months while she finds work in UK and starts to earn in GBP.

    Just wondering if this is possible before I go through the application process.


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    The Immg rules are about to change to more of a points based system and the earnings level is to be raised as well. So, much of anything you learn will be moot and best to see what is needed at the time you decide to leave.


  4. #274

    Savings can be in any currency they’ll use current exchange rate to determine if it meets the financial requirements. For her to bring a spouse you’ll need £62500 to be in the account for 6 months before application date.
    If your using saving route then no need to have a job prove as hk job won’t count unless you have a Uk job lined up which starts within 3 months of arrival


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    Quote Originally Posted by David4Maths:
    The Immg rules are about to change to more of a points based system and the earnings level is to be raised as well. So, much of anything you learn will be moot and best to see what is needed at the time you decide to leave.
    Spouse visas will not be on the points system.

    What is needed as of 20th July is a letter of employment with a start date within 3 months (was just looking at this time frame but reading too many details to be sure, you should check the detailed financial guidance on the UK gov site to confirm) showing an income over 18,600 pounds, and 12 months proof of income showing the same in Hong Kong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimwy66:
    Spouse visas will not be on the points system.

    What is needed as of 20th July is a letter of employment with a start date within 3 months (was just looking at this time frame but reading too many details to be sure, you should check the detailed financial guidance on the UK gov site to confirm) showing an income over 18,600 pounds, and 12 months proof of income showing the same in Hong Kong.
    Not just talking about the points system. A lot of the rules are due to change including financial aspects. I myself would look to get my wife a spouse visa with both my daughter ( to go to school ) and I ( retired ) having Brit Passports but the rules are like quicksand at the moment if you don't fit the young employed family profile. The rules as written, to the uninitiated, are quite intimidating.

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