GENERAL RULE: BANK STATEMENTS & PAYSLIPS IN RELATION TO UK SPOUSE VISA APPLICATION
The following are the evidence requirements for bank statements and payslips.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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