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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by LuvlyIva(m): 12:18pm On Aug 14
Lexusgs430:



Would not work with payslips, submitting payslips would be tantamount to application suicide......

The prerequisites for self assessment/employed, is more stringent than the PAYE route........

Many thanks
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by LuvlyIva(m): 12:22pm On Aug 14
dustydee:

OK.
If you follow the UKVI/UKBA guides and instructions, you won't go wrong. I know it can be confusing a times but I'd say when in doubt, adopt the literal meaning of the instruction or guidance.
If what she has is what is currently in force, then she doesn't have to wait till the next tax year. I believe she has payslips so that should be included.
Have you left now? All the best.

Many thanks.

Yes i have left UK.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by addbol: 9:03pm On Aug 14
You are right, COS indeed has 3 months validity.

EngrSaks:


Ok, noted...I guess he should look at his COS to know which category he falls and also talk with the employer to know if he would be given a maintenance letter for his family or issued a new COS if needed...I hear COS cost as much as £1000 pounds for the employer
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by addbol: 9:12pm On Aug 14
My earlier submission is wrong kindly disregard.

EngrSaks:


Well the COS I know has a validity of 3 months and all the employer has to do was tick yes for maintenance for the main applicant and dependants (didnt state anything about an additional maintenance letter)...

Anyway in any case, the duration/validity of a COS is clearly written on the COS. I am assuming we are talking about certificate of sponsorship (COS)

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lolipopp: 9:28pm On Aug 14
Yes, it is possible to apply at the same time. Good enough you have an A rated sponsor so that makes things easier. Now let me answer as someone who got a Tier 2 and applied for dependants after getting here.

1. If you choose to apply at the same time you may find it difficult getting an accomodation from overseas here in the UK ( you may speak with your employer if they will be willing to help) as you will have to pay both rent and sometimes some deposit or even get a guarantor to be able to rent. All of these is usually stressful for a new migrant hence the reason a lot of tier 2 holders prefer to come in first and then bring in dependants later.
2. The better news is, yes CoS is valid only for 3 months but it doesn't stop you from bringing in your dependants after it has expired. Your A rated sponsor only needs to supply you a maintenance letter stating the following details according to home office
- printed on official letter head
- Full name, CoS number, Passport number of principal applicant
- Full name, Passport Number, Date of birth of each dependant
The letter must also state that your employer is happy to provide up to £630 for initial one month of your dependant (s) coming into the UK likewise a cover for their accomodation.
Note, with this letter in hand you don't need further proof of funds. (Countless number of people have done this seamlessly)
3. In the event your employer isn't happy to provide you with this letter only then will you have to show proof of funds to the tune of £930 per dependant

If you require further clarity just check out PBS dependant policy on home office website.
I hope this helps.


Elderss:
Good morning my Ogas in the house.

Your boy don come again oo.
Abeg help me use your 'Ogbon Agba' smiley scrutinize and express your thoughts on the issues highlighted below:

1. I intend to apply for a Tier 2 visa as the main/principal/primary applicant.
Can my dependants apply at a later date after mine?

2. If Yes (which I believe it is), must their application be made before the expiration of the primary applicant's COS or can the application made after the expiration?

Though I want the best option for all, cash availability is also a challenge, hence the aforementioned questions.

NB: Employer is an A rated Sponsor.

Thanks

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Elderss: 9:43pm On Aug 14
Lolipopp:
Yes, it is possible to apply at the same time. Good enough you have an A rated sponsor so that makes things easier. Now let me answer as someone who got a Tier 2 and applied for dependants after getting here.

1. If you choose to apply at the same time you may find it difficult getting an accomodation from overseas here in the UK ( you may speak with your employer if they will be willing to help) as you will have to pay both rent and sometimes some deposit or even get a guarantor to be able to rent. All of these is usually stressful for a new migrant hence the reason a lot of tier 2 holders prefer to come in first and then bring in dependants later.
2. The better news is, yes CoS is valid only for 3 months but it doesn't stop you from bringing in your dependants after it has expired. Your A rated sponsor only needs to supply you a maintenance letter stating the following details according to home office
- printed on official letter head
- Full name, CoS number, Passport number of principal applicant
- Full name, Passport Number, Date of birth of each dependant
The letter must also state that your employer is happy to provide up to £630 for initial one month of your dependant (s) coming into the UK likewise a cover for their accomodation.
Note, with this letter in hand you don't need further proof of funds. (Countless number of people have done this seamlessly)
3. In the event your employer isn't happy to provide you with this letter only then will you have to show proof of funds to the tune of £930 per dependant

If you require further clarity just check out PBS dependant policy on home office website.
I hope this helps.



Thank you so much for this piece.
God bless

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Elderss: 9:44pm On Aug 14
addbol:
My earlier submission is wrong kindly disregard.


Thank you for all the responses.
I appreciate you
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Elderss: 9:45pm On Aug 14
EngrSaks:



Well the COS is for 3 months only, I dont know if COS can be reissued or renewed but it is best you all apply within the 3 months validity of the COS

You can all apply separately within the validity period once your sponsor ticked yes for maintenance...but outside that you would have to show proof you can sponsor your dependants

Depending on how large your dependants are, I would suggest you source for cash and do the application for them within the validity of the COS. You can put a different entry date for them...

without COS you are looking at least 4 -6 months of work and savings for you because you would need to have funds and accommodation for them to join you

Thank you so much Boss.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs: 10:11pm On Aug 14
Those commuting via train networks, British Rail wan follow chop inside that cherished money, you thought it's best to live out and commute in ......... cheesy
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by sgtponzihater1(m): 12:03am On Aug 15
I am currently in a temporary accommodation for 2 weeks after which I would move to a permanent accomodation someone should kindly enlighten me on paying bills after rent:

1What internet provider is most affordable

2. What is the average one is to pay on energy monthly in a building solely dependent on electricity with no gas

3. How is the utility bills usually payed. What if we are a couple, is it deducted from one person or both have to pay

4. Average cost of water bills

5. What other bill is included for a home after this.

NB: We will just be 2 in the house

Kindly
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by umarwy(m): 7:28am On Aug 15
sgtponzihater1:
I am currently in a temporary accommodation for 2 weeks after which I would move to a permanent accomodation someone should kindly enlighten me on paying bills after rent:

1What internet provider is most affordable

2. What is the average one is to pay on energy monthly in a building solely dependent on electricity with no gas

3. How is the utility bills usually payed. What if we are a couple, is it deducted from one person or both have to pay

4. Average cost of water bills

5. What other bill is included for a home after this.

NB: We will just be 2 in the house

Kindly

Congratulations

1. You have to check comparison sites, and I think you should not make affordability your 1st criteria but speed/coverage. That's what would determine the providers available and spee would determine the cost. For 60 down I pay 26 on Vodafone. You can get <20 for 18£ or less. From the smaller providers (post office, talk talk, something warehouse etc)

2. Energy used for cooking, electronics et al is negligible (compared to heating) and it depends on the type of light bulbs you use. And your houses EPC rating is directly proportional to the amount of energy used to heat up the house. During winter I I was paying about 100-120 monthly on energy. Really bad EPC rating.

3. If you do sign up for Direct debit it comes from one account, if you have the top up cards you can each top up the metre in pre arranged intervals

4. It depends on size of house and occupants. ( I pay 38 fixed for 2 occupants monthly)

5. Council tax, which depends on the value of your house in 19** Don't forget you have to pay mama Charlie her own share.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by sgtponzihater1(m): 7:40am On Aug 15
umarwy:


Congratulations

1. You have to check comparison sites, and I think you should not make affordability your 1st criteria but speed/coverage. That's what would determine the providers available and spee would determine the cost. For 60 down I pay 26 on Vodafone. You can get <20 for 18£ or less. From the smaller providers (post office, talk talk, something warehouse etc)


God bless you. I sincerely appreciate

2. Energy used for cooking, electronics et al is negligible (compared to heating) and it depends on the type of light bulbs you use. And your houses EPC rating is directly proportional to the amount of energy used to heat up the house. During winter I I was paying about 100-120 monthly on energy. Really bad EPC rating.

3. If you do sign up for Direct debit it comes from one account, if you have the top up cards you can each top up the metre in pre arranged intervals

4. It depends on size of house and occupants. ( I pay 38 fixed for 2 occupants monthly)

5. Council tax, which depends on the value of your house in 19** Don't forget you have to pay mama Charlie her own share.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by LagosismyHome(f): 9:26am On Aug 15
sgtponzihater1:
I am currently in a temporary accommodation for 2 weeks after which I would move to a permanent accomodation someone should kindly enlighten me on paying bills after rent:

1What internet provider is most affordable

2. What is the average one is to pay on energy monthly in a building solely dependent on electricity with no gas

3. How is the utility bills usually payed. What if we are a couple, is it deducted from one person or both have to pay

4. Average cost of water bills

5. What other bill is included for a home after this.

NB: We will just be 2 in the house

Kindly

Electric (hard to predict , you just have to see how the first few months go. Winter is more expensive than summer months due to heating . I find british gas more expensive than other provider but I might be wrong.
Water (that one has monopoly so you just have to pay . I pay about 35 a month) . but you need to check if that property has meter or if its fixed rate .
Council tax ( you can go online put in post code and check how much the annual fee is)
https://www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands
TV license (very annoying, this one pains me to pay)
Internet , TV cable (if needed) . I find the full sport package overpriced but its a must in my house so i carry my eyes away
Most can be paid by direct debit but not two accounts but one account at time…….if you don’t want to set up direct debit and want to see the amount before you pay then that fine don’t set up . Just remember to pay then bill on time. when the bill is due you call and pay it with a card. I have a joint account and just run all these through the account . seems very organized that way. Also if you are forgetful like me then direct debit is better so you don’t incur late fee. My council very annoying , once you are over late they charge you penalty
For rates and comparison on internet and Electric, there are website that you can go and compare cost

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by spacyzuma(m): 7:56pm On Aug 15
sgtponzihater1:
I am currently in a temporary accommodation for 2 weeks after which I would move to a permanent accomodation someone should kindly enlighten me on paying bills after rent:

1. What internet provider is most affordable
2. What is the average one is to pay on energy monthly in a building solely dependent on electricity with no gas
3. How is the utility bills usually payed. What if we are a couple, is it deducted from one person or both have to pay
4. Average cost of water bills
5. What other bill is included for a home after this.

NB: We will just be 2 in the house
Kindly

1. I use Virgin 100Mbps (just broadband, no phone, no tv) and never regretted it, although it's not very affordable. Cheaper deals can be found with TalkTalk, Plusnet, Post Office.
I had a bad experience with BT in my first flat and swore to never deal with them for anything again. All the other internet/cable companies use BT's cable structure, except Virgin.
I started paying around £25 pcm but now pay almost £50. I don't mind through, Virgin's service is worth it. I consume more than 150GB every month

2. My old flat was electric-only, and I used a top-up cards and prepaid meter. It was expensive, I was spending about £40 pcm in summer and £100 in winter.
My new flat is both gas/electric. I used to use ScottishPower but switched to one of these new, small, clean energy companies and costs about £50pcm

3. Utility bills can be paid via directdebit or manually. Directdebit is easier, but I dont trust these companies and always monitor my account deductions. Also, I only keep just enough money for all the bills in my bank account. If both of you are strangers or not related with enough trust, you can decide who will pay the bills online and the other person will bank-transfer his/her share.

4. In Glasgow, water is supplied by the local council and the cost is included in the council tax.

5. The usual bills are: Rent, council tax, cable/phone/broadband, electricity/gas, water (for the English). I think some serviced apartments may charge extra for domestic cleaning, parking, landscaping/gardening.

Cheers.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by sgtponzihater1(m): 8:29pm On Aug 15
spacyzuma:


1. I use Virgin 100Mbps (just broadband, no phone, no tv) and never regretted it, although it's not very affordable. Cheaper deals can be found with TalkTalk, Plusnet, Post Office.
I had a bad experience with BT in my first flat and swore to never deal with them for anything again. All the other internet/cable companies use BT's cable structure, except Virgin.
I started paying around £25 pcm but now pay almost £50. I don't mind through, Virgin's service is worth it. I consume more than 150GB every month

2. My old flat was electric-only, and I used a top-up cards and prepaid meter. It was expensive, I was spending about £40 pcm in summer and £100 in winter.
My new flat is both gas/electric. I used to use ScottishPower but switched to one of these new, small, clean energy companies and costs about £50pcm

3. Utility bills can be paid via directdebit or manually. Directdebit is easier, but I dont trust these companies and always monitor my account deductions. Also, I only keep just enough money for all the bills in my bank account. If both of you are strangers or not related with enough trust, you can decide who will pay the bills online and the other person will bank-transfer his/her share.

4. In Glasgow, water is supplied by the local council and the cost is included in the council tax.

5. The usual bills are: Rent, council tax, cable/phone/broadband, electricity/gas, water (for the English). I think some serviced apartments may charge extra for domestic cleaning, parking, landscaping/gardening.

Cheers.

Many thanks
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by fatima04: 9:51pm On Aug 15
Elderss:


Thank you so much Boss.
Just to buttress the above points, it would be cheaper and easier at the long run if you all apply with the current COS, other wise you are looking at lonely months ahead in the UK before your family can join you.

I totally understand the financial implications but dont worry you will surmount it if you believe that's your only option. All the best.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by fatima04: 10:06pm On Aug 15
For we JJC in holiday booking things, check out butlins holiday resort which is still quite cheap for June to August 2020 (a family of 4 for £280 excluding feeding) and you can also pay small small

It's an ideal setting suitable for both kids and adults to visit. We enjoyed our first family holiday in the UK at the bognor Regis resort centre.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Elderss: 10:42pm On Aug 15
fatima04:

Just to buttress the above points, it would be cheaper and easier at the long run if you all apply with the current COS, other wise you are looking at lonely months ahead in the UK before your family can join you.

I totally understand the financial implications but dont worry you will surmount it if you believe that's your only option. All the best.

Thank you ma for this piece.
I salute
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by LuvlyIva(m): 5:42am On Aug 16
As always, many thank to everyone on this group who take the time to reply. It is always much appreciated.

So I (applicant) had got all the WhatsApp chats evidence ready and just realised that I've done screen shots from my phone and not my wife's (sponsor). Can I print all relationship and communication evidence from my own phone ?

Would this matter, or should I get the evidence from my wife's phone? I can tell her to print out from her own phone and send to me.
Thank you
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by LagosismyHome(f): 6:16am On Aug 16
fatima04:
For we JJC in holiday booking things, check out butlins holiday resort which is still quite cheap for June to August 2020 (a family of 4 for £280 excluding feeding) and you can also pay small small

It's an ideal setting suitable for both kids and adults to visit. We enjoyed our first family holiday in the UK at the bognor Regis resort centre.

Great post ...To add

if you use the Sun newspaper deal you can get Butlins for £180 for family of 4 .... this group on Facebook usually post the codes and announce the time it is done. You don't even need to buy newspaper the codes are posted. Just go to website put the codes and search. January usually the start of it when you get the most availability . Then they have several promos all through the year . So in jan you can plan for half term and any holiday or target later in the year promo

altomincio in Italy for less than £100 for 3 nights for accomodation and all the 3 butlins (you can get 180 or even pay only date, £40 ) and some havens Even Durneill is on there. There are over 150 holiday parks you can get from sun holiday either in Uk or Europe
https://m.facebook.com/groups/2250091218

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by fatima04: 9:28am On Aug 16
LagosismyHome:


Great post ...To add

if you use the Sun newspaper deal you can get Butlins for £180 for family of 4 .... this group on Facebook usually post the codes and announce the time it is done. You don't even need to buy newspaper the codes are posted. Just go to website put the codes and search. January usually the start of it when you get the most availability . Then they have several promos all through the year . So in jan you can plan for half term and any holiday or target later in the year promo

altomincio in Italy for less than £100 for 3 nights for accomodation and all the 3 butlins (you can get 180 or even pay only date, £40 ) and some havens Even Durneill is on there. There are over 150 holiday parks you can get from sun holiday either in Uk or Europe
https://m.facebook.com/groups/2250091218

Yeah, that is correct, you have access to a lot of resort through the codes. But from my experience at Butlins booking now or January may end up at the same price/more expensive because I know for certain Butlins (minehead) is £180 pounds currently for a silver apartment in July/August next year.

Just to add about my experience at Butlins,

We booked via the sun newspaper codes earlier this year and for the dates available in July, we were charged £298 for 5days for a family of 4 (this was influenced by the resort).

Being that the booking came via a 3rd party site, you get a generic silver apartment assigned. It was when we got to the resort we discovered this is the least attractive apartment/barracks on site with no towels, housekeeping and microwave(you have to rent this at an extra cost) included in our package. The apartment location and all is another story entirely but we sha enjoyed it is the main point smiley smiley

When booking this things one has to really check the fine prints to be certain it is actually cheap as described.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by LagosismyHome(f): 10:18am On Aug 16
fatima04:


Yeah, that is correct, you have access to a lot of resort through the codes. But from my experience at Butlins booking now or January may end up at the same price/more expensive because I know for certain Butlins (minehead) is £180 pounds currently for a silver apartment in July/August next year.

Just to add about my experience at Butlins,

We booked via the sun newspaper codes earlier this year and for the dates available in July, we were charged £298 for 5days for a family of 4 (this was influenced by the resort).

Being that the booking came via a 3rd party site, you get a generic silver apartment assigned. It was when we got to the resort we discovered this is the least attractive apartment/barracks on site with no towels, housekeeping and microwave(you have to rent this at an extra cost) included in our package. The apartment location and all is another story entirely but we sha enjoyed it is the main point smiley smiley

When booking this things one has to really check the fine prints to be certain it is actually cheap as described.

you are right ........i went to Minehead through Sun for May half term, omg i had to go immediately to upgrade the apartment .. It was so poor especially the bathroom but have been to Butlin Skegness through Sun and it wasnt bad at all ..... Even some of the Havens accommodation wasnt bad at all. So you do get some good deals from the Sun and then the holiday becomes what you make of it

Another one to do with Sun is the theme park........... absolutely steal as it works out to be about £4 per tickets for Thorpe park, legoland , Alton

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Kolping: 10:04pm On Aug 18

Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by imnotconfused: 1:02am On Aug 19
@fatima04

A while back,we wanted to try the Butlins but a Caucasian colleague talked so badly about it and told us to go to Center Parcs instead.

We went to the Woburn Forest and it was amazing.
Accommodation was great and everything else was good.

Kayaking,jet ski for kids,pedaloo ,they also had lovely pools ,subtropical water paradise,spa,zip lining,pottery etc

They also have a Safari in the village.


Is Butlins same kind of experience? Would you recommend? Bognor Regis isn't even that far from me.

Check out center parcs,it's lovely.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Inkredible(m): 4:30am On Aug 19
Gentlemen and ladies,

Where can local man goan stretch legs and catch small trips in Scotland?
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by gratefulme40: 12:49pm On Aug 19
My people, I am about to rent a 2 bedroom flat. The heating is electrical and here is the EPC rating. Can anyone tell me roughly what to expect as monthly bills especially as winter is almost here

Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs430: 3:25pm On Aug 19
gratefulme40:
My people, I am about to rent a 2 bedroom flat. The heating is electrical and here is the EPC rating. Can anyone tell me roughly what to expect as monthly bills especially as winter is almost here

£500.00 per month if you use all the time...... Don't turn your heating on at all..... Save the £500..... grin
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by ecstacy29: 3:57pm On Aug 19
Lexusgs430:


£500.00 per month if you use all the time...... Don't turn your heating on at all..... Save the £500..... grin

shocked Boss! You wee gee somwan heart attack ooo... How much is now d rent
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs430: 4:11pm On Aug 19
This chap should win an award, for the most dumb most wanted......

The police used their Facebook page, to place a wanted alert......

Guess what happened next...... This criminal responded to it........

Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs430: 4:13pm On Aug 19
ecstacy29:


shocked Boss! You wee gee somwan heart attack ooo... How much is now d rent

Oya Oga, how can we determine the OP's energy cost vs usage......

Nah we get British gas or we get OP's hand to turn on and off the energy switch............... grin
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by LagosismyHome(f): 4:31pm On Aug 19
imnotconfused:
@fatima04

A while back,we wanted to try the Butlins but a Caucasian colleague talked so badly about it and told us to go to Center Parcs instead.

We went to the Woburn Forest and it was amazing.
Accommodation was great and everything else was good.

Kayaking,jet ski for kids,pedaloo ,they also had lovely pools ,subtropical water paradise,spa,zip lining,pottery etc

They also have a Safari in the village.


Is Butlins same kind of experience? Would you recommend? Bognor Regis isn't even that far from me.

Check out center parcs,it's lovely.

Butlins is a poor cousin to Center Parcs cheesy ........but little kids will enjoy Butlins and Bognor Regis is the newest of the Butlins so accomodation is a lot nicer
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by gratefulme40: 4:39pm On Aug 19
Lexusgs430:


£500.00 per month if you use all the time...... Don't turn your heating on at all..... Save the £500..... grin


Ah Oga
Fear God oooo. My heating will be on most times in winter as I will have a new born so managing no dey for that one.

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