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Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Portsmouth86(f): 4:10am On Dec 16, 2016
KemBee86:
Hello Portsmouth, just checking on you and your bundle of joy.
Cheers!

Hey Kembee86

Sorry for not posting of late, it has been so hectic i have been at the hospital pretty much every day since our Son was born, for about 15hrs per day, we then moved from a studio to a 2 bed property on 25th November, so its been all go go go getting prepared for Jamal coming home smiley

Jamal is now 15 weeks old and still just over a week away from his due date

he is now 6lb 6oz, and he didn't need any surgery, his eyesight is also fine, he will be coming home soon although on oxygen but thankfully there is no long term issues, completely perfect, very surprised as he was born at 23+6 weeks gestation and birth weight was 1lb 3oz

im so proud of him and ive been expressing this whole time, which is so exhausting, as its not the same as breastfeeding.



here is some pics, from birth and him now, our gorgeous boy smiley

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Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Darcy16: 5:44pm On Dec 16, 2016
Wow!!!

So beautiful. Congratulations again.

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Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Abbylove: 1:09pm On Dec 23, 2016
So chubby and cute

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Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Pmaakino: 6:14pm On Feb 11, 2017
Portsmouth86:


Hey Kembee86

Sorry for not posting of late, it has been so hectic i have been at the hospital pretty much every day since our Son was born, for about 15hrs per day, we then moved from a studio to a 2 bed property on 25th November, so its been all go go go getting prepared for Jamal coming home smiley

Jamal is now 15 weeks old and still just over a week away from his due date

he is now 6lb 6oz, and he didn't need any surgery, his eyesight is also fine, he will be coming home soon although on oxygen but thankfully there is no long term issues, completely perfect, very surprised as he was born at 23+6 weeks gestation and birth weight was 1lb 3oz

im so proud of him and ive been expressing this whole time, which is so exhausting, as its not the same as breastfeeding.



here is some pics, from birth and him now, our gorgeous boy smiley

How is your baby boy doing now?

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Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by stillwaiting: 10:17pm On Feb 11, 2017
Portsmouth86:
Hi there

This is what I did for my husband and his arrival in the UK, just to give a heads up of what you may need to do next smiley

My hubby arrived in the UK on Saturday 13th February

08/02/2016 Council Tax- I informed them as soon as I booked his flight (8th Feb) and advised what date he would be moving to the UK
15/02/2016- Went to the post office to collect BRP (Biometrics residents permit)
15/02/2016- Called Electricity, Southern Water and Portsmouth water and also called National Insurance line made application
16/02/2016- SSE (Electricity issued a bill) this was a PDF online bill I used as proof of address
17/02/2016- Opened NatWest Bank account and registered with GP
18/02/2016- I did my husband a CV and we went to the agencies and registered for work.
18/02/2016- Appointment with Lloyds Bank to open a Joint Savings account.

22/02/2016- FPR recruitment asked hubby to come in for a health and safety test PASSED cheesy
23/02/2016- Hubby started his first job in the UK in a bakery, and is still there smiley (and did SIA security training, now awaiting the licence)
24/02/2016- Applied online for a provisional Licence
02/03/2016- D/L application arrived pre filled, signed returned with BRP card
15/03/2016- BRP returned from DVLA ( I knew a licence is issued as the ref is a DL number smiley
16/03/2016- Provisional Arrived smiley

So in a nutshell:
-Council tax
-Collect BRP
-National Insurance
-Electric company
-Gas company ( if you have)
-Water company (both fresh and waste)

Then once you have a letter from one of the utilities or council tax:
-Bank Account
-GP
-Dentist (my husband hasn't yet registered with one smiley )


useful information:
NI number:
https://www.gov.uk/apply-national-insurance-number call 0345 600 0643 Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (make sure you state he has been offered a job but requires a NI number) they will ask why you need one although obvious, however you can actually work for up to 12 weeks without an NI number smiley this is issued now by the jobcentre Plus not DWP

You need to get proof of address before you can open a bank account or register with a GP, so make sure those are the first things, check your billing dates for utilities as you could time it to get a bill the following day, as i called the day before my bill was due to be generated (luckily)


Driving Licence ( international licence can be used for 12 months from entering UK)
https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence


And make sure you file any letters for Joint or single names for your next stage FLR as you need to provide proof of cohabitation smiley

I hope this helps smiley

Driving Licence ( international licence can be used for 12 months from entering UK)

PLS, Portsmouth86, Does UK allow Nigeria International Passport as the valid driving licence in the UK for 12 months? Thanks
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Lexusgs430: 10:09am On Feb 12, 2017
stillwaiting:


Driving Licence ( international licence can be used for 12 months from entering UK)

PLS, Portsmouth86, Does UK allow Nigeria International Passport as the valid driving licence in the UK for 12 months? Thanks

International driving license, can only be used for a duration of one year (must tally with entry on passport). And you must inform your insurance company and be expected to pay a hefty insurance premium.....
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by N101: 1:09pm On Feb 12, 2017
stillwaiting:


Driving Licence ( international licence can be used for 12 months from entering UK)

PLS, Portsmouth86, Does UK allow Nigeria International Passport as the valid driving licence in the UK for 12 months? Thanks
You can't use a Nigerian passport as a valid driving licence in the UK but you can use a valid Nigerian driving licence for up to 12 months (similar to an International Driving Licence).

Without a UK driving licence the insurance premium will be a killer.
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by stillwaiting: 4:12pm On Feb 12, 2017
N101:

You can't use a Nigerian passport as a valid driving licence in the UK but you can use a valid Nigerian driving licence for up to 12 months (similar to an International Driving Licence).

Without a UK driving licence the insurance premium will be a killer.

Thanks a lot for the clarification, Portsmouth. I made a mistake I meant Nigeria International Driving Licence
Thanks.
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by stillwaiting: 9:03pm On Feb 12, 2017
N101:

You can't use a Nigerian passport as a valid driving licence in the UK but you can use a valid Nigerian driving licence for up to 12 months (similar to an International Driving Licence).

Without a UK driving licence the insurance premium will be a killer.



Thanks a lot for the clarification, Portsmouth86. I actually meant Nigeria International Driving Licence
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Uchman365: 6:38pm On Feb 14, 2017
Hi guys, I want to enquire about change of name for my wife, when can she do it and does that mean a new BRP Card?
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Abbylove: 5:32pm On Mar 11, 2017
It's gone quiet in here.

Well here is an update on what I have done so far:

- BRP Picked
- My name was successfully added to our council tax bill
- Bank Account was opened
- National insurance number obtained from jobcentre
- Provisional driver's licence applied for online
- I applied to vote online and have received confirmation
- I also got a job via reed. Didn't like it as the employer was very unprofessional and made false advertisement...I stayed on while applying to several other places and finally got a good offer.

- Hubby took me on a tour to London Bridge where we took loads of pictures. (I learnt the importance of pictures from our 1st application)
- We hope to open a joint account in the near future.

- We are going on a weekend trip out of town soon...I will be gathering as much evidence of that as possible.

I keep every single document i recieve at the house inna big red box.

They would come in handy for my FLR

Am guessing the best evidence of cohabitation is a "baby"...lol.... we shall see about that next year.

Am still enjoying "being married for now"

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Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Lexusgs430: 6:23pm On Mar 11, 2017
Abbylove:
It's gone quiet in here.

Well here is an update on what I have done so far:

- BRP Picked
- My name was successfully added to our council tax bill
- Bank Account was opened
- National insurance number obtained from jobcentre
- Provisional driver's licence applied for online
- I applied to vote online and have received confirmation
- I also got a job via reed. Didn't like it as the employer was very unprofessional and made false advertisement...I stayed on while applying to several other places and finally got a good offer.

- Hubby took me on a tour to London Bridge where we took loads of pictures. (I learnt the importance of pictures from our 1st application)
- We hope to open a joint account in the near future.

- We are going on a weekend trip out of town soon...I will be gathering as much evidence of that as possible.

I keep every single document i recieve at the house inna big red box.

They would come in handy for my FLR

Am guessing the best evidence of cohabitation is a "baby"...lol.... we shall see about that next year.

Am still enjoying "being married for now"

A baby, twins or triplets. I think the latter would sought you guys well............
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Abbylove: 3:35pm On Mar 12, 2017
I don't mind twins oh.

So I can do it once and for all...and lock shop


Lexusgs430:


A baby, twins or triplets. I think the latter would sought you guys well............
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Lexusgs430: 8:00pm On Mar 12, 2017
Abbylove:
I don't mind twins oh.

So I can do it once and for all...and lock shop



Oga already told me he wants 4.......

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Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Abbylove: 8:37am On Mar 13, 2017
4 kor....6 ni

No be me and am. We never had such an agreement before we marry.

Na 2 I sign for.


Lexusgs430:


Oga already told me he wants 4.......

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Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Lexusgs430: 9:28am On Mar 13, 2017
Abbylove:
4 kor....6 ni

No be me and am. We never had such an agreement before we marry.

Na 2 I sign for.



Una truly sign for 2, verbally or on paper?
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by phardey: 12:49pm On Mar 21, 2017
Hi all,

I'm due for flr m Feb next year. Just wanted to ask do we need to submit pictures like we need for the initial spouse visa? I haven't been taking pictures.
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by N101: 11:28am On Mar 24, 2017
phardey:
Hi all,

I'm due for flr m Feb next year. Just wanted to ask do we need to submit pictures like we need for the initial spouse visa? I haven't been taking pictures.

You don't need to submit pictures or IM conversations again but you do need to submit:

* The sponsor's passport or a copy of every page of the sponsor's passport.
*Applicants passport
* 6 months of sponsor's bank statements
* 6 months of sponsor's payslips
* Sponsor's P60
* A letter from sponsor's employer
* Copy of Marriage certificate
* Applicant's language test certificate
* Rent statement/mortgage summary, especially if you've moved from the address where you originally lived for the initial application.
* Any bills in your name or both names for 2 years you have lived together.

The bill thing can seem complicated but the easiest way to remember is that (1) they must be spread evenly over the two years, and (2) you should use a maximum of 3 types of named documents. Again it sounds confusing, but it can be a combination of utility bills, council tax bills, bank statements, payslips, an official letter e.g from the council, Home Office or the DWP.

e.g. Water bill in both names in January 2016 and January 2017
Council tax bill in both names, March 2016 and March 2017
Bank statement in both names October 2016 and October 2017

If you have any period where you don't have anything in joint names, then you have to submit separate documents, one for each of you, for the period at the same address:
e.g. Sponsor's bank statement, January 2016
Applicant's letter from DWP January 20016

You can complete the application online, and with each step you just have to remember you have to confirm what documents you will be submitting. You'll get a summary at the end of the application anyway, but it helps to start collating stuff. You'll also have to pay the IHS at the end of the application. Good luck!

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Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by N101: 11:31am On Mar 24, 2017
Uchman365:
Hi guys, I want to enquire about change of name for my wife, when can she do it and does that mean a new BRP Card?

The answer is here: https://www.gov.uk/change-circumstances-visa-brp/youre-in-the-uk-and-have-a-brp

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Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Fynebouy: 7:05pm On Apr 02, 2017
Hello all,

Is there a time limit one can spend outside the UK. I am told there is no time limit in the first 2.5 years visa as long as one does not spend more than 6 months at a stretch. Is this true? Someone else told me that its a maximum of 90 days per 12 months from issuance of visa.

Please could anyone guide me?

Thanks
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by N101: 1:22pm On Apr 15, 2017
Fynebouy:
Hello all,

Is there a time limit one can spend outside the UK. I am told there is no time limit in the first 2.5 years visa as long as one does not spend more than 6 months at a stretch. Is this true? Someone else told me that its a maximum of 90 days per 12 months from issuance of visa.

Please could anyone guide me?

Thanks
I remember reading something similar but can't find the info!

It depends on the type of FLR visa; somewhere in the"terms and conditions" for the visa type, it advises that you shouldn't spend more than X amount of time outside of the country. I'll keep looking.
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Portsmouth86(f): 2:52pm On Apr 15, 2017
phardey:
Hi all,

I'm due for flr m Feb next year. Just wanted to ask do we need to submit pictures like we need for the initial spouse visa? I haven't been taking pictures.

no pics required this time around, instead you need proof of cohabitation
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Portsmouth86(f): 2:59pm On Apr 15, 2017
Fynebouy:
Hello all,

Is there a time limit one can spend outside the UK. I am told there is no time limit in the first 2.5 years visa as long as one does not spend more than 6 months at a stretch. Is this true? Someone else told me that its a maximum of 90 days per 12 months from issuance of visa.

Please could anyone guide me?

Thanks

You can spend no more than 90 days per year out of the UK

bear in mind when it comes to applying for your Citizenship, make note of these three points

And you must usually have:
lived in the UK for at least the 5 years before the date of your application
spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years
spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months

https://www.gov.uk/becoming-a-british-citizen/check-if-you-can-apply
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Portsmouth86(f): 3:03pm On Apr 15, 2017
Abbylove:
It's gone quiet in here.

Well here is an update on what I have done so far:

- BRP Picked
- My name was successfully added to our council tax bill
- Bank Account was opened
- National insurance number obtained from jobcentre
- Provisional driver's licence applied for online
- I applied to vote online and have received confirmation
- I also got a job via reed. Didn't like it as the employer was very unprofessional and made false advertisement...I stayed on while applying to several other places and finally got a good offer.

- Hubby took me on a tour to London Bridge where we took loads of pictures. (I learnt the importance of pictures from our 1st application)
- We hope to open a joint account in the near future.

- We are going on a weekend trip out of town soon...I will be gathering as much evidence of that as possible.

I keep every single document i recieve at the house inna big red box.

They would come in handy for my FLR

Am guessing the best evidence of cohabitation is a "baby"...lol.... we shall see about that next year.

Am still enjoying "being married for now"

Hiya

I have been very quiet in here of recent as I have a son, and we are in and out of hospital with respiratory issues so I rarely find the time to come online, but when I get a chance I do.

Ive just found out we are expecting baby no2 so ill be having a double maternity as baby due just after im to return to work smiley

Pictures is not an evidence requirement in the FLR, the proof of cohabitation replaces this

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Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Lexusgs430: 11:15pm On Apr 15, 2017
Portsmouth86:


Hiya

I have been very quiet in here of recent as I have a son, and we are in and out of hospital with respiratory issues so I rarely find the time to come online, but when I get a chance I do.

Ive just found out we are expecting baby no2 so ill be having a double maternity as baby due just after im to return to work smiley

Pictures is not an evidence requirement in the FLR, the proof of cohabitation replaces this

Congratulations................

Mr Bakare cannot seem to get his hands off Mrs Bakare.
Do you guys have a pet rabbit?

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Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Portsmouth86(f): 7:23pm On Apr 21, 2017
Lexusgs430:


Congratulations................

Mr Bakare cannot seem to get his hands off Mrs Bakare.
Do you guys have a pet rabbit?


I know right that's how it will look but if I'm honest we haven't had the time to get intimate too often as I'm always in the hospital with our son, but life has a funny way of surprising us lol, I had my scan and im due 22nd November, but will be under consultants and close watch due to Jamal coming so early.

Hubby is working in a really good security job now, and earns above the minimum income requirement on his own, and I claim carers now for our son, so we will actually be exempt come to the FLR app
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by tosine: 9:06am On Apr 27, 2017
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Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Nobody: 9:54pm On Jun 10, 2017
He is so cute❤️❤️ I Am sorry for just replying, I had a baby girl in January too and it has been hectic, just me and hubby compare to having families around in Nigeria. Congratulations again love!
Portsmouth86:


Hey Kembee86

Sorry for not posting of late, it has been so hectic i have been at the hospital pretty much every day since our Son was born, for about 15hrs per day, we then moved from a studio to a 2 bed property on 25th November, so its been all go go go getting prepared for Jamal coming home smiley

Jamal is now 15 weeks old and still just over a week away from his due date

he is now 6lb 6oz, and he didn't need any surgery, his eyesight is also fine, he will be coming home soon although on oxygen but thankfully there is no long term issues, completely perfect, very surprised as he was born at 23+6 weeks gestation and birth weight was 1lb 3oz

im so proud of him and ive been expressing this whole time, which is so exhausting, as its not the same as breastfeeding.



here is some pics, from birth and him now, our gorgeous boy smiley
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by Nobody: 9:55pm On Jun 10, 2017
Wow, congratulations!!!
Portsmouth86:


Hiya

I have been very quiet in here of recent as I have a son, and we are in and out of hospital with respiratory issues so I rarely find the time to come online, but when I get a chance I do.

Ive just found out we are expecting baby no2 so ill be having a double maternity as baby due just after im to return to work smiley

Pictures is not an evidence requirement in the FLR, the proof of cohabitation replaces this
Re: Applying For FLR After Your Initial UK Spouse Visa (extension) by aire94: 6:38pm On Jul 01, 2017
Hello House,

Got engaged to my fiancé who's from EU in march, we gave notice of marriage in the registry and it's been referred to the home office. Has anyone had a similar encounter because I planned for the ceremony in July when many of my family will be in Uk for the summer. Furthermore my flat rent is bills inclusive and I don't have to pay water or light bill but we have a joint account together. How can I show more evidence of cohabiting after our marriage when submitting to the HO. Thanks in anticipation

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