My Visa Journey: How to Apply for a UK Fiance(e) Visa (Part 3)

It took me almost a month to collect and complete the forms required. After securing my TB and IELTS test certificates, I have to finalise the rest of the documents so I can apply for the visa.


VAF4A and Appendix 2 

Each applicant needs to secure 2 application forms which are the VAF4A and appendix 2. The VAF4A document is mainly about the applicant’s personal information. On the other hand, the appendix 2 document is about meeting the requirements — finance and accommodation.
(**Update: VAF4A and appendix 2 are no longer required and the application is now done online.)

These are the main forms that must be filled-up and signed by the applicant. For a fiance(e) visa, the category we selected on VAF4A application was:

Type of visa: Settlement
Purpose of application: Settlement
Type of application: Marriage

You can create an account via the official UKVI website. What you should do:
1. Fill-up the form;
2. Sign the declaration;
3. Book an appointment;
4. Pay the visa fee; (USD 1,625; **Update: Fees may have changed.)
5. Print the application. (**Update: You will no longer have to print the application form as it’s done online)

The rest of the documents (e.g. IELTS, pay slips, employment letter) are just proofs to back-up the information supplemented in the form.

For the appendix 2 form, you can get it from the UK government website. Just make sure you are downloading the recent form which is issued by their official website.


Financial Proofs 

If you’re applying under Category A (employment), the sponsor needs to meet the financial requirement which is £18,600/year. If there is 1 child dependent, the requirement is £22,400. After that, there will be an additional £2,400 for each child dependent. Make sure that you submit recent financial documents.

There is a 28-day rule and this means that the recent financial documents should not be older than 28 days since the online application submission. The main point here is the financial documents should be recent or up-to-date. It is important to make sure to calculate the number of days and plan carefully on when to submit the application.

 

Accommodation Proofs 

The sponsor should provide evidence that there will be an adequate accommodation for the applicant. In the appendix 2 form, number of rooms and other occupants will be asked.
(**Update: VAF4A and appendix 2 are no longer required and the application is now done online.)

The proof can include title/ownership of the property, mortgage statement, letter from the landlord, etc. A bill can also be included to verify the address, this can be a council tax and/or utility bill.

For the complete list of what I submitted on my fiance(e) visa application, see below:

Printed VAF4A
Printed VAF4A – Appendix2
(**Update: VAF4A and appendix 2 are no longer required and the application is now done online.)


Applicant’s Documents

Cover Letter
2 recent Passport Size Photos (**Update: Passport photos are no longer required)
Current Passport
Certified Copy of Birth Certificate
Certified Copy of CENOMAR
Certificate of Employment
Recent Payslips
TB Test Certificate
English Language Certificate

Sponsor’s Documents
Cover Letter
Copy of Passport Pages
Confirmation of Employment
P60 (2015-2016)
Recent Payslips
Recent Bank Statements
Accommodation
Council Tax
Water Bill
NatWest Mortgage Details
Provisional Booking (Registry Office)

Evidence of Relationship
Screenshot of Facebook Messenger Chat Logs (**Update: No longer required)
Screenshot of Skype Call Logs (**Update: No longer required)
Holiday Photos Together
Flight Itinerary Details
Receipts
Hotel Bookings
Tours
Tickets
Engagement Ring Photo and Receipt (**Update: No longer required)

Please take note that the documents listed above may differ to other applicants. Our circumstances may not be similar. I applied under category A. If you are also applying under the same category, you can use my list as a guide. Also, you need to provide a separate bunch of copies of the documents.


Timeline 

Here is my timeline below:
Type of Visa: Fiance Visa
Date application submitted online: October 1, 2016
Date biometrics taken: October 6, 2016
Date visa was received: November 16, 2016

It took me 6 weeks of waiting. But it’s all worth it.

After securing my visa, I booked online for my CFO appointment. All Filipinos who are settling abroad need to attend the CFO seminar and get the CFO sticker/certificate. Failure to do so will only delay your departure.

Take note that you can only get your CFO sticker and certificate once your visa validity date has already started. If not, you need to go back again and get the sticker.

UPDATE:
*The process of submission of documents has changed. Please check the official website for any changes.
*The fees may change without prior notice
**Updates were noted within the post

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6 Comments

  1. November 12, 2019 / 7:41 am

    Hi there! I'm about to process my fiance visa and your blog is really helpful! Just want to ask you something about taking EILTS exam which is B1, during the exam you alone or with another candidate? Thank you so much!

  2. November 12, 2019 / 7:44 am

    IELTS I mean😊

  3. November 24, 2019 / 10:16 am

    *Partner is another candidate.

  4. November 26, 2019 / 9:24 am

    I’m kinda nervous since I’m just doing it on my own. I hope I will be okay with it. Thank you really! Means a lot!

  5. November 27, 2019 / 10:04 pm

    Once you arrive in the IELTS centre, you will be paired up with another candidate. Don't be nervous, I'm sure you will ace it. 🙂 Keep on practicing, it helps. Goodluck! 🙂

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