To fill you in briefly with my situation, me and my partner met back in 2010 when i visited San Francisco on a holiday, 8 months of emails and skype followed before i got up the guts to go back out there and see her. We haven't looked back since, with regular visits to each other burning holes in our pockets. In late August 2012 she decided to come stay with me for a while to try the whole living together scenario which has worked perfectly. Now with her Visa expiring she is heading back to America, where i will meet her and we will marry in the coming months. We then want to apply for the UK spouse visa so she can return to the UK with me.
I'm really looking for some advice about the financial requirements of the sponsor. As far as i understand the minimum Gross salary must be £18,600. I'm working as a trainee accountant and so as i progress through my studies my pay increases and bonuses are awarded. My current pay which runs from 06/04/12 - 05/04/2013 is £18,000pa however with bonuses i have received in the year i will pass £19,500 gross income by the end of this month (January 13) and have pay slips to prove this. Also due to completing Level 3 of my qualification in the year i have been awarded a payrise to £20,000pa affective as of the 6Th April 2013.
Basically my query/worry is will this be enough to satisfy the visa requirements?? I'm flying to America in March to Marry my partner, after which we will submit our application. I'm worried as my salary is only £18,000 for the year it will be rejected, but it has surpassed the £18,600 and will be clearly shown in my payslips. Also my boss at work has said he will write a letter on my behalf stating the confirmation of the pay increase.
Or should i wait for the pay increase and for my p60 to arrive confirming the figures?
Any advice will be greatly appreciated