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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #45 on: April 16, 2018, 09:55:31 PM »
How are you planning to make the "adequate maintenance" that ksand mentioned above, to show that you can support a spouse?

Basically, this:

I believe this has already been discussed above - they could use their £27,000 cash savings to meet the adequate maintenance requirement.

If they move in with his parents, I believe they won’t be paying rent/council tax and so will only need to show £115 income per week. Carer’s Allowance is £65.60 per week, so that’s only about £50 per week left to show.

£27,000/£50 a week gives 540 weeks... or 10 years’ worth of adequate maintenance.

Or if they have to cover the whole £115 using savings, that’s 4.5 years’ worth of maintenance.

The money is in the account to go along with my income to support a "normal" income-and-savings application.  I'm just looking into the possibility of having to make an application via Carer's Allowance as an absolute back-up plan, in case things go wrong with what's happening at work right now.


You also need to be aware that if you get CA, it might mean that your parents are given less benefits. The CAB often have a benefits specialist and they can do a benefit calculation for you to see if you claiming CA will reduce your parents' benefits.

Yeah, I'm aware that my claiming CA can reduce their benefits.  It's something that I've spoken to them about and they're okay with it, but I probably could do with looking into exactly how much they'd be losing if I go ahead with it.


The CAB benefits specialist will also know if that is counted as salary and when you would be granted CA.

I don't know if that would be considered employment income or not. My guess is that it would but that is only a guess.  :)

I'd give them a call,  explain the situation and see what they say.

https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance-unit

Thanks for the link and phone number.  I'll get in contact with them tomorrow if I can to see what they say.


Thanks for all the help and advice, again.
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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #46 on: April 19, 2018, 01:58:11 PM »
Update: looks like husband isn't going to lose his job. :) So we will go ahead and apply using income + savings, once I get out Japanese documents translated. Need to get things in order ASAP because my position IS being made redundant at my job here in the U.S. soon... Thank you all SO much for your help!!!


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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #47 on: April 19, 2018, 01:59:12 PM »
Update: looks like husband isn't going to lose his job. :) So we will go ahead and apply using income + savings, once I get out Japanese documents translated. Need to get things in order ASAP because my position IS being made redundant at my job here in the U.S. soon... Thank you all SO much for your help!!!

Great news :)! All the best with your application preparation, and feel free to keep asking questions as you get ready to apply.


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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #48 on: May 03, 2018, 05:02:52 PM »
Mmmmkay... So I printed out some photos of us for relationship evidence. They include:

*Photo of the two of us in 2007.

*Photo of us cutting the cake at the party we held after doing our marriage paperwork in 2014. We did not have an actual wedding, only paperwork followed by a karaoke party with friends.

*various photos of us from 2013-2017, including us with his parents, aunt, and uncle in Malaysia. These I printed two ways; regular photo style, and also screenshot style from my phone, so that it shows the date the pictures were taken at the top.

Should I send in the ones with the dates? I thought that might be good evidence of how long we have been together. It also proves that he has visited me during the time we have been apart these past two years.


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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #49 on: May 03, 2018, 05:10:39 PM »
You only need 2 photos maximum, one early in the relationship and one recent. Only the 2 of you should be in them, no one else.

So, I would include the photo from 2007 and the one from 2014... or if you have a more recent photo (2017/2018), include that instead, so you have one from 2007 and one from 2017/18.

The only reason to include any photos at all is to prove you have met at least once in person. That's it. They will just look at the 2 photos, tick a box and move on to the next document.


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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #50 on: May 03, 2018, 05:23:30 PM »
The one from 2007 isn't dated, but should I use the ares, screenshot style one for the more recent pic, or just a regular style photo?


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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #51 on: May 03, 2018, 05:32:22 PM »
The one from 2007 isn't dated, but should I use the ares, screenshot style one for the more recent pic, or just a regular style photo?

The photo(s) should be printed on photo paper.

It doesn't matter if it's dated or not... the only thing that matters is that you are physically standing next to each other in the photo.

It's a requirement for the visa that you must have met in person (to weed out forced or sham marriages), so that is the only reason for including a photo at all.


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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #52 on: May 04, 2018, 05:52:22 PM »
Hey, everyone.  Mr Snowfish here again.

What proof do I need to provide for my wife with regards to where we are going to live?

I understand that I will need some kind of letter from my parents showing that they own the house and are giving us permission to stay here, but is there any particular format that letter has to follow?  Is there any particular information that we MUST include in it and does it need to be witnessed or countersigned by anyone official?

Also, I was advised by the solicitor that we would need the following with regards to accommodation:

1. Photocopy of house owner’s passport (if property owned by friend or relative)
2. Copy of HM Land Registry (if property owned by friend or relative)
3. Property inspection report

Bearing in mind that that this solicitor specialises in non-US visa applications, I can't take the list as gospel.  Nonetheless, I feel that it's worth asking whether any of these things are also required for a US application.  Number 3, in particular, is a report made by the local council made after an inspection of the property to confirm that it is large enough and unoccupied enough to support my wife moving here, and will likely cost us upwards of £130 to have done (a minimal cost in the grand scheme of things, but if I don't need to pay to have it done then I'd rather not pay for it).
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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #53 on: May 04, 2018, 06:00:41 PM »
Hey, everyone.  Mr Snowfish here again.

What proof do I need to provide for my wife with regards to where we are going to live?

I understand that I will need some kind of letter from my parents showing that they own the house and are giving us permission to stay here, but is there any particular format that letter has to follow?  Is there any particular information that we MUST include in it and does it need to be witnessed or countersigned by anyone official?

Also, I was advised by the solicitor that we would need the following with regards to accommodation:

1. Photocopy of house owner’s passport (if property owned by friend or relative)
2. Copy of HM Land Registry (if property owned by friend or relative)
3. Property inspection report

Bearing in mind that that this solicitor specialises in non-US visa applications, I can't take the list as gospel.  Nonetheless, I feel that it's worth asking whether any of these things are also required for a US application.  Number 3, in particular, is a report made by the local council made after an inspection of the property to confirm that it is large enough and unoccupied enough to support my wife moving here, and will likely cost us upwards of £130 to have done (a minimal cost in the grand scheme of things, but if I don't need to pay to have it done then I'd rather not pay for it).

You need 2, but not 1 and 3.

The letter just needs to mention the size of the property and the number of occupants as well as giving permission for the two of you to live there.
It needs to be original with a wet signature but doesn't need to be witnessed or anything like that. :)

If there is a mortgage on the property, it's also a good idea to include the most recent mortgage statement.

The property inspection is only required in situations such as houses of multiple occupation.
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March 28th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).March 7th 2018 ILR. YAY! March 21st NCS&JCAP appointment.


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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #54 on: May 04, 2018, 11:10:20 PM »
You need 2, but not 1 and 3.

Brilliant.  Thanks for that.

The letter just needs to mention the size of the property and the number of occupants as well as giving permission for the two of you to live there.
It needs to be original with a wet signature but doesn't need to be witnessed or anything like that. :)

Awesome.  That shouldn't be a problem at all.

If there is a mortgage on the property, it's also a good idea to include the most recent mortgage statement.

My parents paid off the mortgage in the late 90's/early 2000's so we won't need to include anything for that.

The property inspection is only required in situations such as houses of multiple occupation.

Excellent.  Thank you very much for the detailed clarification.
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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #55 on: May 07, 2018, 12:02:52 AM »
Regarding proof of us living together in Japan...  I have gotten our tenancy agreements translated, showing that we were both listed on the lease for the apartments we lived in.  (Roughly four years of living together.)

I kept a LOT of bills from that time, in both our names.  I have:

--Mobile phone bills addressed to each of us (we had separate contracts,) at each address, over the four years.  Looks like I saved pretty much all of them over the four years.

--Money transfer statements from Lloyd's TSB in my name for both addresses... these are in English.  Husband may also have some in his name, he's going to look.  (This was a service we used to transfer money to our US or UK accounts.  I didnt' actually bank with Lloyd's.)

--Internet bills in husband's name, at both addresses.

--Electrical bills, in husband's name at the first address, and in my name at the second.  I'm hesitant to use these, as my name is misspelled in English on them. 

--Gas bills in my name, from the second flat.

--I have envelopes from two letters, one sent to me from my mom, and one sent to husband from his parents, both at the first address.  (Stamped to show the date they were sent.)

--Also an envelope from a card addressed to both of us, from husband's parents, at the second address. (Stamp shows the date sent.)  I could probably find the card that goes with it if necessary.

--Wedding invitation from Japanese friends, addressed to both of us at our second address.  Also a thank-you card from the same friends.  These are both postcard style.  While the address is written in Japanese, the other information is mostly in English.  Easy to have the address translated.

Sooo... I'm thinking of using the mobile phone bills,  as a lot of the information on the invoices is already in English.  Just need to have the address translated.  Also the money transfer statements, as they are in English, and the cards/letters for good measure.

What do you think?  How many of each should I include?  We lived together for about 4 years, two years in each flat. 

Additionally, I have our resident ID cards, on which is listed every address we lived at during our time in Japan.  I could have those translated.  I also have my Japanese drivers licenses, and I'm sure husband has his as well.  These also show our addresses. 

I have SO MUCH anxiety about this.   Especially after reading about that person who was rejected for both financial AND lack of evidence the other day.  (Sorry, don't recall their name.) I'm scared I didn't save enough evidence... drinking beer now to try and calm the nerves, lol. 
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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #56 on: May 08, 2018, 04:39:30 PM »
Just commenting again so hopefully my post gets visibility, and some kind soul has time to answer. :)


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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #57 on: May 08, 2018, 04:58:39 PM »
I would include the tenancy agreements, residency cards, and utility bills.  That's plenty.  :) 


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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #58 on: May 08, 2018, 05:06:20 PM »
I would include the tenancy agreements, residency cards, and utility bills.  That's plenty.  :)

How many of the utility bills should I include? Getting then translated costs about £40 per page... Say I use the cell phone bills... Should I include all 4 years worth? The translation cost would be astronomical...


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Re: lost passport/interview
« Reply #59 on: May 08, 2018, 06:04:03 PM »
How many of the utility bills should I include? Getting then translated costs about £40 per page... Say I use the cell phone bills... Should I include all 4 years worth? The translation cost would be astronomical...

How long have you been married again?


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