What supporting documents should I include with my application?
For PBS applicants, this question is fairly easy to answer because the UK immigration rules stipulate that a list of “specified documents” have to be submitted in support of all PBS applications. In other words, it is clear what you will need to submit in terms of documentation. To find out what these specified documents are, please refer to the guidance for the relevant PBS category on the UKBA website and ensure that you submit all the documents specified.
For all other visa categories the answer to this question is less straightforward, simply because the documents to be submitted in support of all other UK visa categories has not been laid down in UK law. In other words, the onus is on the applicant to submit any documentation that he or she feels is relevant to his/her application. The UKBA website, however, does contain guidance on what supporting documents to submit. Please refer to the visa category of your choice on their website to find out more details.
You will note that UKBA recommends that any applicant/sponsor submits, for example, evidence of his/her income and of the funds that are available to him/her. With the exception of PBS applications and (from 8 July 2012) settlement applications (i.e. you wish to join your partner in the UK), there are no amounts listed. Again, this is simply due to the fact that set amounts have not been laid down in UK law. But common sense prevails. For example, if an unemployed applicant proposes to come to the UK as a tourist for four weeks staying in hotel accommodation and his/her bank statements show continuous overdrafts, his/her application is unlikely to be successful. But again, there are no set amounts. Please note that from 8 July 2012, the UK introduced specific financial requirements for those that wish to settle in the UK. You can find more information about this on our settlement pages, or on the UKBA website. For visit applications, we have collated a list of recommended supporting documents in the visit section of this website. The latter should always be read in conjunction with the supporting documents guidance for visit applications on the UKBA website.
Remember, immigration law is complex and subject to continuous change. The information provided here may be out of date, or just based on personal experience/knowledge. The use of these pages is therefore entirely at your own risk. Before applying for any type of visas, you should always seek information from the authorities direct via their official websites. You will find some useful website details on our Links page.