Spousal Visa Application - Pakistan

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Postby faaniali » Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:24 am

@mamalik1,,, bro the application status website is updated everyday,, but that donot means that its updated everyday for every single case,, the system is actually not real time tracking of the passport but whats its doing is only letting us know about the IN and OUT of application...

So once the applications are being sended from gerry's fedEx office to BHC,, the guys at gerry's office enter the reference number to the system. After that BHC process the application and take there time,, once they are done they send it back to gerry's. The guys at gerry's enter the computer number in the system and change the status from 'You applicaion is forwarded to BHC' to 'Your passport is ready to collect'

There is nothing efficient or genius being done on the back and there are no stages in the process where each case is individually updated day by day. you can simply say that every case is updated only twice and thats its
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Postby Safina1 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 12:19 pm

i'm reli worried abt d accomodation documents nw afta readin abt d probs sum of u guys hav been havin!

i handed in a letter frm my bro, a letter frm solicitor abt d land registry of d house (not actual land registry) and a copy of a document dun by d bank last month on d specification of the house. nothin frm solicitor or estate agents dats been stamped. can any1 plz tel me if dat'l b ok??

visa applications r officially taking approx 8wks n apparently derz gna b a chang in d rules nxt mnth which cud hav implications 4 alot of us. mayb me aswel cos my hubs is still 20 n d law mite change 2 21 soon.
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Postby princess22 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 12:57 pm

Hey guys,

Here are the papers needed for a spouse visa, however before you send them off have them checked here in UK and also get your partner to have them checked in Pakistan (or wherever your partner is residing). Some may not be applicable to you depending on your circumstances:

1 Sponsorship letter attested by a solicitor in uk

2 photocopies of sponsors passport. Passports with in/out Pakistan stamps, dully attested by a solicitor in UK

3 Sponsor's job letter with designation, duration and salary on employers letterhead pad, dully signed

4 P60/end of year certificate (if available)

5 Paye Tax coding Notice/A letter from in Inland Revenue Office. To show that sponsor's job is registered with them

6 Photocopy of sponsor's National Insurance Card attested by a solicitor in UK

7 Pay/wage slips covering at least the last 6 months

8 Bank statement, at least covering last 6 months, also has reasonable savings

9 Certification from the Bank/Property owner that mortgage/rent payments are regular and up to date

10 Photocopies of proposed house's H.M Land Registry, attested

11Survey/Inspection report of the proposed house to show that there is ample space available for accommodation according to the 1985 Housing Act

12 A consent letter from the House Owner to show that sponsor with his/her spouse can live there, on a rent free bases, as long as he/she wishes (if sponsor is not owner or tenant)

13 A balance sheet/Accounts report from accountants if sponsor is self employed

14 Sponsors Birth certificate, if sponsor is a British National

15 Photocopies of Sponsor's Tax returns, dully attested by a solicitor in UK, if sponsor is self employed

16 A letter from the Social security office to show that sponsor is currently not receiving any public funds

17 Evidence of contact between husband/wife such as letters, greeting cards, telephone cards, telephone bills, e-mail etc

18 Specific job offer in UK for applicant (if available)

19 A UK court divorce decree absolute/death certificate original, if sponsor has been married before.

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Postby cherry1 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 1:43 pm

Hi princess,,

If the property we're living in is rented and you have a tenancy agreement and so forth...do we still need to show the Land Registry document??? because that can only be done via the landlord....


i hope you can help answer my query plz!
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Postby princess22 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:04 pm

I wouldnt imagine so, as long as you have your tenancy agreement and also letter from council showing there will be enough space for your partner to reside there, it should be sufficient.

I provided land registry as it was my brother's property and i had a letter from him stating i could stay with my hubby on rent free basis.
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Postby cherry1 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:10 pm

yeh we have the council inspection report coming throughon monday InshAllah...so u think it should be sufficient...kool..thanks alot!

Also u know in ur list u mentioned the sponsorship letter being attested?

what kind of sponsorship letter is this...? plus what form is it that u need to supply with ur application..the Sponsorship undertaking form or the settlement form?
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Postby princess22 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:13 pm

Sponsorship letter is basically you stating that you are sponsoring your hubby 2 come to UK without resource to public funds, it is to be attested by a solicitor.

I sent sponsorship undertaking form and there was another one my hubby requested but i cannot remeber which.

I'll dig through my documents tonight and will leave info for you on here as to what forms you need to send and what is to be attested, okay?
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Postby mamalik1 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:25 pm

[quote="faaniali"]@mamalik1,,, bro the application status website is updated everyday,, but that donot means that its updated everyday for every single case,, the system is actually not real time tracking of the passport but whats its doing is only letting us know about the IN and OUT of application...

So once the applications are being sended from gerry's fedEx office to BHC,, the guys at gerry's office enter the reference number to the system. After that BHC process the application and take there time,, once they are done they send it back to gerry's. The guys at gerry's enter the computer number in the system and change the status from 'You applicaion is forwarded to BHC' to 'Your passport is ready to collect'

There is nothing efficient or genius being done on the back and there are no stages in the process where each case is individually updated day by day. you can simply say that every case is updated only twice and thats its[/quote]

thanks for your response, so gerry's are not really able to provide us with any meaningful update except its being processed or once the passport's ready?
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Postby cherry1 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:38 pm

aww thx so much princess!

ur a star!!
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Postby princess22 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:41 pm

Not a problem, I have been through this grilling process so know how it feels.

When do you plan on sending the papers for your hubby to submit his application?
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Postby cherry1 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:57 pm

yeh its so stressful!!

im hoping to send them out by the end of this month InshAllah....gosh im so nervous!
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Postby princess22 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:01 pm

Yeah I know how you feel but the relief of having your hubby with you is worth all this, trust me. Inshallah you will get good news and your hubby will be with you soon.

Main thing is to keep faith in Allah (swt), that keeps you going!

What office in Pak will your hubby be applying in?
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Postby cherry1 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:10 pm

yeah thats the thought that keeps me going everyday!..having him here and just seeing him again ... its been so long :(

well our house is in Mirpur but my hubby works in Lahore so he spends most of his time there ... so we were thinking in maybe applying in the lahore office? ... ive heard the Mirpur office is always veryy busy!...where did u apply?..and how long did it take?
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Postby princess22 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:38 pm

My hubby applied on the 26th march and he was told on the 28th to collect his passport. I left for Pakistan after a week of his case being submitted, we collected the passport on the 29th of april and visa was stamped, we were lucky it took a month but now it seems its more waiting time unfortunetly!

We applied in mirpur, the first day my hubby didnt even go in because of the queue and they werent accepting more cases, the second day he reached 3am in mirpur embassy lol (bless him) and got through in order to submit application.

How long since you havent seen your hubby? Mine was after 8 months, it was a killer.
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Postby cherry1 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:52 pm

wow..ur so lucky!! Mashallah!... Its going to be 9 months in 2 days!..and counting! .. its soo hard i cant even begin to describe it but uve been through it so ur more than familiar to the pain and agony..rite!?

ive booked my seat for the 25th of oct InshAllah so im hoping to be there when he gets his reply.,,,nonetheless its just been too long so regardless of the applications outcome im still going! :oops:
btw it doesnt effect the application does it if i travel to pakistan after we've submitted in the application!?

yeah thats what ive been told the mirpur application time is like 3 days!...lol i cant imagine my hubby standing in a queue at 3am in the morning, he'll be falling asleep standing up!...so we're thinking to apply at lahore instead..have u heard whats its like applying there at all?
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Postby princess22 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:03 pm

Nope it doesnt affect your case at all, its only human that you need to see your partner after soo long! I had to move my seats forward as I had only planned to go for 2 weeks, lucky for me hubby came back with me. The only thing is you have to be patient.

The bummer is the pricing for international calling cards has increased in the sense you dont get as much mins as before, too expensive to call from mobile!

I dont know about Lahore, sorry.

9 months, god thats is more than me, i sincerly pray that your hubby gets his visa soon.
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Postby cherry1 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:06 pm

tell me about it the calling cards are just crazy now..before i use 2 spend at least 5..6 hours calling from just 1 card...now the same card wont even call me a whole hour!...now we've resorted to him calling me from there because it works out to be so much cheaper!

U know when u went to Pak after sumbitting in the application did the BHC ring up ur wokrplace and confirm u were working there|?..do they actually ring up ur work places or not....?

so how long after ur marriage did u apply for ur hubbys visa?
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Postby princess22 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:13 am

cherry1 wrote:tell me about it the calling cards are just crazy now..before i use 2 spend at least 5..6 hours calling from just 1 card...now the same card wont even call me a whole hour!...now we've resorted to him calling me from there because it works out to be so much cheaper!

U know when u went to Pak after sumbitting in the application did the BHC ring up ur wokrplace and confirm u were working there|?..do they actually ring up ur work places or not....?

so how long after ur marriage did u apply for ur hubbys visa?


I asked my manager and he said no one from BHC called so I guess not, I was off for 5 weeks paid leave so I told my manager if BHC called to let them know that I still work there but have paid leave authorised. As long as you have sufficient proof (ie letter from work on their letter head confirming you work there, should be fine).

I applied for my hubby's visa after 7 and half months. I intially worked part time so applied for full time after I got back from Pak which was in mid august, it took till end of Oct for me to transfer to full time. So I had 4 months full time wage slips and then me and my hubby just thought we will apply because we had enough proof.

As promised, the following documents were included in our application (I'll mention any that need to be attested)

1 - A copy of my birth certificate (not original just a photocopy)

2- Photocopies of passport (the page where it mentions her Majesty and has your passport number on it, another copy of my picture part of passport as well as any in's and out's of Pak, I was away to Pak a yr before my wedding when I met my hubby so this was included. All these pages were attested by Lawyer

3- Sponsorship declaration letter (Again this was attested by a solicitor - if you wish I can send you a copy of how mine looked?)

4 - A letter from the council confirming that my hubby can reside at my brother's house without overcrowding.

5 - A letter from my brother confirming he was fine with me staying at his house for however long I required without incurring rent.

6 - A letter from my work place confirming that I did work for O2 (it also included my salary amount, when I started work, my job title, my NI number on an O2 letterhead)

7 - 4 months wage slips confirming my salary and how much Tax and NI is deducted as well as a letter confirming my salary increase)

8 - P60 for year 2006-2007

9 - A letter from HM Revenue and Customs confirming my job is registered with O2 and also confirming my tax code.

10 - 6 months worth of bank statements showing my incomings/outings (savings of about 3k)

11 - 3 months contract mobile bills showing my calls/texts to hubby's number (highlighted to make it easier for BHC to look at just at glance). I also included international calling cards as welll as cards that my hubby sent me ie birthday/valentines/eid etc.

12 - Some examples of texts my hubby sent me, printed via o2 bluebook.

13 - Sponsorship undertaking form

That is the list.

In regards to the VAF4 form, that is what your hubby needs to fill (or if you wish you can fill it out on HIS behalf, those are not your details its the applicants).

Hope that helps.

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Postby cherry1 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:41 am

hey princess.thanks so much!..ur such a sweetheart! :D

ok wel i have everything on that list apart from - A letter from HM Revenue and Customs confirming my job is registered with my employee and also confirming my tax code?? ... do u think it will a issue if i dont submit that?

Also I have 4 months full time pay slips and about 2 months part time..do you think this will be sufficient?

yeah and it would be great if you could show me an eg of ur sponsorship letter so i know im on the right path.plz....gosh i feel so illiterate, i have no idea how to put this stuff togther!!..im just so nervous!
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Postby princess22 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 3:47 pm

No worries hun, its natural to be nervous.....

Here is a copy of the sponsorship declaration - (some of the things won't apply to you as you are renting out a property):

Sponsorship Declaration

I ..............(your name) residing at.............(your UK address). I do hereby solemnly and sincerely declare and undertake as follows:

1 - I am a British citizen of the United Kingdom holding passport number ........(your passport number) and I reside permanently at the above address.

2 - I wish to sponsor my husband .........(husbands name) whom at present is residing in ..........(your and hubbys full pakistan address). We got married in Pakistan on the .............(wedding date).

3 - I reside at my brother ...............(brothers name) house where I have a room for my sole use which I will share with my husband on his entry to the United Kingdom. ......... (brothers name) will charge no rent for the use of the aforementioned room.

4 - I am in full time employment as a ........... (job title) working for .........(company you work for) at ...............(company's full address), where I earn and income of ...........(annual salary) per annum.

I hereby undertake that I will be responsible for the costs of travel to and from the United Kingdom for my husband ..........(hubby's name) and for his whole welfare, maintenance and accommodation as we reside in the United Kingdom and that without resource to public funds.

Sworn by me at ......(ie glasgow for me) on the .......(date this was sworn at) before

Commissioner of Oath/Solicitor .......................(name of solicitor)

Declared at ...........(place of declaration inc full address)

Signature of sponsor ............. (that's your signature)

The solicitor will then stamp the declaration.

Solicitor's can also make a sponsorship declaration up for you (they do charge though).

In regards to the missing document, I'm not sure but the fact that you have your p60 should mean that your job is registered, I just included everything to be safe.

Your 4 months full time and 2 months part time are sufficient. I hope you get good news inshallah, all the best! x
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