Tier 1 (General)
This section explains the documents you should send to support your application under Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system.
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Sending original documents
You must send the original document, not a copy.
What documents you must send
If you do not send us all the documents we need when you make your application, we will contact you if you have sent:
- a sequence of documents, and some of the documents in the sequence are missing (for example, if one bank statement from a series is missing);
- a document in the wrong format; or
- a document that is a copy and not an original; or
- a document which does not contain all of the specified information.
We will contact the you or your representative in writing, and the evidence must be received by the UK Border Agency processing centres within 7 working days. If you do not send in the correct documents we may refuse your application.
We will not ask for further information where:
- none of the information has been submitted (for example an English language certificate is missing); or
- we do not anticipate that a correction of minor errors or omissions will lead to an approval because the application will fail for other reasons.
You must send 2 recent passport photographs and your passport, along with proof of the following:
- maternity or adoption-related absence (if relevant);
- previous earnings;
- United Kingdom experience;
- English language;
- maintenance (funds); and
- HSMP transitional arrangements (if relevant).
In certain circumstances you may be unable to supply the combination of documents above, for example, if you are still on maternity leave and no birth certificate has been issued. In this case, you should read the policy guidance for details of other evidence that we may accept.
How we return your documents
We will return your documents to you by post, to the address you provide on your application. If a representative makes an application on your behalf, we will return your documents to them.
We will return your documents by recorded delivery. If you want us to return them by special delivery, you should provide a prepaid special delivery envelope. You can also arrange for your documents to be collected by courier at your own cost. If you would like to arrange a courier, you must make your request in writing by fax to 0114 207 5862.
Proof that your earnings are genuine
If we are not satisfied that your earnings are from genuine employment, points for those earnings will not be awarded. This may affect your points score under both Previous Earnings and UK Experience.
When considering your earnings, we will assess the following;
- The evidence you have submitted;
- Whether the money appears to have been earned through genuine employment, rather than being borrowed, gifted, or otherwise shown in your financial transactions or records without being earned;
- Whether the business from which the earnings are claimed can be shown to exist (or have existed) when you claim to have earned the money and has been lawfully and genuinely trading;
- Previous earnings claims you made to the Home Office compared to declarations you made to other Government Departments;
- Your previous educational and business experience in relation to your claimed business activity;
- Your immigration history and previous activity in the UK;
- Where the nature of your employment or business requires you to have mandatory accreditation, registration and/or insurance, whether that accreditation, registration and/or insurance has been obtained;
- Any payments made by you to other parties and
- Any other relevant information.
We may request additional information and evidence. Your application will be refused if the requested documents are not received within 28 days of the date of request.
We may request that you attend an interview and refuse your application if you fail to comply with such a request.
Where a document is not in English or Welsh, you must provide the original and a full translation that can be independently verified. The translation must:
- confirm that it is an accurate translation of the original document; and
- be dated; and
- include the full name and original signature of the translator or an authorised official of the translation company; and
- include the translator or translation company's contact details; and
- if you are applying in the UK, be fully certified and include details of the translator or translation company's credentials.