Steps to get a UK Visa

United Kingdom visa in passport

British Embassy Manila

Embassy in Taguig, Philippines

Address: 120 Upper McKinley Rd, Taguig, 1630 Metro Manila, Philippines

Hours:

Open 24 hours

Phone: +63 2 8858 2200

https://www.languagecert.org/en/language-exams/english There is a language exams but you are exempt if you have a college or university degree taught in English and that is the link.

Costs to consider are plane tickets and visa fees. Also expenditures for traveling back and fro with the British Embassy including Hotel accommodations if from the province. Plan ahead in advance and save. Normally this would take anywhere from a year to two years as there is a waiting period and that also gives you sufficient time to save for visa fees and plane tickets.

For couples in a civil partnership: It is easy to get married at the British Embassy so long as you can afford to pay all the fees and must be able to commute to the location. Arrangements can be done anytime as long as there are no legal impediments to prevent the marriage from being solemnized.

The visa application process may take some time as there are tests that needs to be done. And there is a need to save money for the expenses and fees. The test must be positive otherwise the visa application will not proceed. So, the applicant has to prepare and read English subscription and buy a book on Life in the UK and read on the history of the British nation, its parliaments and its people as they are applying to live in the UK. It is a must to be able to write and speak English properly.

Check if your partner needs to take an English language test

Your partner usually needs to take an English language test before they apply for a partner visa. Their children don’t need to take an English language test.

Your partner doesn’t need to take a test if one of the following applies:

  • they’re a citizen of a country that’s exempt because English is an official or majority language there – for example Jamaica or the USA
  • they have a university degree that was taught or researched in English
  • they’re under 18 or over 65 years old

If your partner has a physical or mental condition that stops them passing the test, they might not have to do it. They’ll need to ask their doctor to confirm their condition:

  • is unlikely to change
  • makes it impossible for them to learn enough English – for example, a learning disability or brain injury that stops them learning the language

You can check the full rules about who needs to take an English language test on GOV.UK.

Exemption From Financial Requirement For ILR As A Civil Partner Under 5 Years Route (Adequate Maintenance)

Where the applicant’s partner is in receipt of any of the following benefits or allowances in the UK, the applicant will be able to meet the financial requirement at that application stage by providing evidence of “adequate maintenance” rather than meeting an income threshold of £18,600 or above:

Carer’s Allowance.

Disability Living Allowance.

Severe Disablement Allowance.

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

Attendance Allowance.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Armed Forces Independence Payment or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

Constant Attendance Allowance, Mobility Supplement or War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions Scheme.

Police Injury Pension.

If the applicant’s partner is in receipt of one of the above benefits or allowances on behalf of their child, the applicant will be able to qualify by meeting the financial requirement through “adequate maintenance”. The evidence required to demonstrate that the applicant’s partner is in receipt of a specified benefit or allowance is specified in Appendix FM-SE.

If you get disability benefits

Special rules apply if you get any of the following benefits:

  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
  • Constant Attendance Allowance, Mobility Supplement or War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions Scheme
  • Police Injury Pension

To meet the financial requirement, you only need to show you’ll have enough income to look after your partner and any children. This is called the ‘adequate maintenance’ test.

To check if you can pass the adequate maintenance test, you need to first work out how much income the government says you need each week. You then need to check if you have enough income.

Work out how much income you need each week

To work out how much income the government says you need each week, add together:

  • £121.05 – this is for you and your partner
  • £70.80 for each child aged under 18 who will live with you – even if they’re not part of the application
  • your housing costs – these are your rent or mortgage payments plus your council tax

When you’re working out your housing costs, don’t include any part of the costs that will be covered by Council Tax Reduction, Housing Benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit.

The Home Office will look at the council tax you’ll have to pay when your partner lives with you. For example, if you get a single person discount at the moment it will usually stop when your partner starts living with you.

Example

Henrik’s partner is applying for visas for her and her child to come to the UK. Henrik gets PIP.

The total weekly income Henrik needs to sponsor his partner and child is £121.05 plus £70.80 plus his housing costs.

Henrik’s rent is entirely covered by the housing element of Universal Credit. This means his only housing cost is council tax.

When Henrik’s partner and child live with him, his council tax will be £30 each week. He gets Council Tax Reduction of £10 each week. £30 minus £10 is £20. This means he needs £20 income for council tax each week.

The total income Henrik needs each week is £121.05 plus £70.80 plus £20. This is £211.85.

Check if you have enough income

Work out how much income you’ll get each week after tax. You can include earnings, pensions and income from things like rent or shares.

If your partner is already in the UK, you can add their income to yours. If they’re not in the UK yet, you can only include income they’ll still get after they move. If the extra income will make your benefits go down, you need to calculate your total income based on the benefits you will get when they live with you.

If you and your partner have any savings, you can add them to your income – you must have had the savings for at least 6 months. Divide the amount of your savings by 130 – this is how much you can add to your weekly income.

If your total income is high enough, you’ll pass the adequate maintenance test.

Example

Henrik’s partner is applying for visas for her and her child to come to the UK. Henrik gets PIP. The total weekly income he needs to sponsor his partner and child is £211.85.

Henrik’s weekly earnings after tax are £180.

Henrik and his partner have £6,500 in savings, which they’ve had for the last 6 months. £6,500 divided by 130 is £50. This is added to his income.

£180 plus £50 is £230. Henrik’s total weekly income is £230. This is more than the government says he needs, so Henrik can sponsor his partner and child.

If your total income isn’t high enough

When you work out your total income, you might be able to include other benefits you get – for example some parts of Universal Credit. It depends on your circumstances.

If you need help working out if you can pass the adequate maintenance test, talk to an adviser.

Links: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/immigration/getting-visas-for-family-members/check-if-your-partner-and-children-can-get-visas-in-the-uk/

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/immigration/benefits-services-and-your-immigration-status/are-you-subject-to-immigration-control/

She has a university degree so she is exempt from the language test.

The cost of a spouse/partner visa made inside the UK is £1033. The applicant will also need to pay £19.20 biometric enrolment fee as part of the application. From outside the UK the spouse visa (classified as a “settlement visa” for the purpose of entry clearance) the visa cost is £1523.(P102,041)

English Language Requirement For ILR As A Civil Partner Under 5 Years Route

The applicant must provide specified evidence that he/she:

is a national of a majority English speaking country; or

has passed an English language test in speaking and listening at a minimum of level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages with a provider approved by the Home Office, UKVI; or

has an academic qualification recognised by UK NARIC to be equivalent to the standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD in the UK, which was taught in English; or

is exempt from the English language requirement because at the date of application:

the applicant is aged 65 or over;

the applicant has a disability (physical or mental condition) which prevents the applicant from meeting the requirement; or

there are exceptional circumstances which prevent the applicant from being able to meet the requirement prior to entry to the UK.

Life In The UK Test Requirement For ILR As A Civil Partner Under 5 Years Route

You will have to pass the Life in the UK test in order to apply for ILR as a civil partner unless you are over the age of 65 or you are seeking exemption from this requirement due to medical reasons.

What documents are required for UK visa?

What Are the Required Documents for a UK Visa?

UK visa application form. …

Two photographs. …

Your Valid Passport. …

Proof you have the financial means to cover the living costs while in the UK. …

Proof of accommodation. …

Detailed travel itinerary. …

Tuberculosis Test Results. …

Biometric information.

How can I apply for UK visa from Philippines?

Applying for a UK Visa from the Philippines

Research your visa type.

Apply for your visa through www.gov.uk.

Pay your visa fees.

Choose your services.

Upload your supporting documents.

Visit the visa application center. VFS Global has offices in Cebu and Manila.

Track your application.

Pick up your documents.

N.B. This is for Dang to consider. She can make it provided there is savings for the visa fee and plane tickets, on our part. I am exempt from the maintenance test. Basta yung mga fees lang.

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