Dear Mr Bassie,
What are the specific details that are needed to be known by the United Kingdom authorities concerning a sponsor living and working in the United Kingdom?
Someone who is sponsoring a person to visit the United Kingdom will need to show that sponsor's salaried income if he or she is currently employed in the United Kingdom. He or she will also have to provide his or her job title and the name of his or her employer.
It will also be necessary to state on what date the applicant's sponsor commenced his or her employment and what is his or her National Insurance (NI) number. The NI number allows the sponsor to work in the United Kingdom and the format is as follows: XX 12 34 56 X.
The number is usually provided on a plastic card, which is issued automatically when a person has attained the age of 16, if in the United Kingdom at that time, or when the individual first applies for an NI number. The applicant will also need to state the type of employment the sponsor has and the address, phone number, and email address of the sponsor's employer. The address should include the post/ZIP code.
The applicant will also need to tell the authorities what his or her sponsor's annual income is from employment before tax. In addition, it is also necessary for the applicant to state his or her sponsor's annual income from current employment before tax.
The applicant also has to show how long the sponsor has been in employment and the amount he or she has been earning if it has been continuous for six months prior to the date of the application.
The British authorities will need to know whether the applicant's sponsor had any other salaried employment in the United Kingdom during the 12 months prior to the date of application. If this was the case, then the authorities will need to know what the applicant's sponsor's previous/other job title was and he or she will be required to provide the sponsor's previous or other job title.
The applicant must provide the name of the sponsor's previous/other employer as well as the date his or her sponsor commenced this employment. The applicant must state the date on which the sponsor started his or her previous/other employment and on what date he or she finished this employment.
The authorities will also need to know the type of employment this was and what was the address, phone number, and email address of the sponsor's previous/other employer, including full details inclusive of post/ZIP code.
The applicant will need to include the sponsor's annual income (before tax) from salaried employment in the last 12 months prior to application and the sponsor's total income from any previous/other employment before tax.
Also, the applicant will need to state whether the sponsor's annual income (before tax) from salaried employment meets or exceeds the financial requirement that the applicant must meet.
I hope this sheds some light on the matter.
John S. Bassie is a barrister/attorney-at-law who practises law in Jamaica. He is a justice of the peace, a Supreme Court-appointed mediator, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a chartered arbitrator and a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (UK). Email:firstname.lastname@example.org