I need some guidance and advise for the following scenario and I will appreciate an early response.
I am a British citizen and my wife is Pakistani. We got married in 2014. My wife applied for a spouse visa on 29th April 2015. She got her spouse visa refused on 15th July 2015. The only reason for refusal is my income (financial requirements) which according to visa officer does not meet the minimum requirements of £18,600 per anum of Gross income.
This according to me is not true. My Gross income works out to be £18,999.90. My net monthly income is £1462.89 and he has simply multiplied this net income by 12 to get a result of £17,554 according to refusal letter. I believe £18,600 of minimum income requirement is Gross annual income and not Net annual income. My case was straight forward and I had included all payslips, bank statements and even P60 with the application.
The only complication was, I started my current employment on 15 August 2014 and when we made the application on 29th April 2015, I was only 6 months into this employment and so I attached 6 months payslips, 12 months bank statements and P60 for the year ending April 2015. Even the P60 proves my annual Gross income to be £18,999.90.
Please advice me on this and I have the following questions:
Q1: Do I need to consider appeal?
Q2: If I am opting for appeal process, then what important facts/points I need to consider.
Q3: Do I need to write to the British High Commission in Pakistan about this error as well or simply appeal or can I do both things at the same time?
An early response will be highly appreciated because I have only 28 days to appeal from the refusal letter date.