GENERAL RULE: BANK STATEMENTS & PAYSLIPS IN RELATION TO UK SPOUSE VISA APPLICATION

GENERAL RULE: BANK STATEMENTS & PAYSLIPS IN RELATION TO UK SPOUSE VISA APPLICATION

The following are the evidence requirements for bank statements and payslips.

  1. Bank statements MUST be on official bank stationery. Electronic bank statements can also be accepted as long as they are either accompanied by a letter from the bank on its headed stationery confirming that the documents are authentic or which bear the official stamp of the issuing bank on every page.
  2. Payslips MUST be original formal payslips issued by the employer and showing the employer’s name or be accompanied by a letter from the employer/s, on their headed paper and signed by a senior official confirming they are authentic.
    • Payslips covering a period of 6 months prior to the date of application if the person has been employed by their employer for at least 6 months.
    • Any period of salaried employment in the period of 12 months prior to the date of application if the person has been employed by their current employer for less than 6 months or in the financial year relied upon by a self-employed person.
  3. A letter from the employer who issued the payslip must contain the following:
    • person’s employment and gross annual salary
    • length of their employment
    • the period over which they have been or were paid the level of salary relied upon in the application
    • type of employment (permanent, fixed-term contract, agency)

Every applicant should be wary of the so-called 28-day rule. Always bear in mind that the specified evidence relating to a period which ends with the date of the application MUST BE DATED NO EARLIER THAN 28 DAYS BEFORE THE APPLICATION.

 

Sources: Appendix Fm_1.7 FR; Appendix FM SE

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