General entry clearance application—checklist
General entry clearance application—checklist

The following Immigration guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • General entry clearance application—checklist
  • Checklist of supporting documents for entry clearance
  • Format for translations
  • Format for documents
  • Contact details
  • Copies of documents
  • Retention of documents by the Home Office
  • A. Documents for all applicants
  • B. Additional documents for dependant applicants
  • C. Additional documents required where a dependant is applying separately from the main applicant

Checklist of supporting documents for entry clearance

Format for translations

Any documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by the version in its original language with a full translation which includes:

—certification by a qualified translator and details of the translator's or translation company’s credentials

—contact details for the translator or translation company

—confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document

—date of the translation, and

—full name and original signature of the translator or an authorised official of the translation company

Format for documents

All identity documents that are provided must be original, unless otherwise specified.

The supporting documents can be either originals or copies.

When submitting copies, please ensure these are clear copies of the original documents. If a caseworker wants to verify a document, they reserve the right to request the original document within a specified time frame. It is therefore advisable that the original documents are readily available to mitigate any delay to the decision-making process, should this occur.

Contact details

For all documents being submitted as evidence of eligibility (eg, marriage certificate to show marital status or payslips to show previous employment), please provide contact details, if these are not otherwise detailed on the relevant document, in order to assist the Home Office in verifying them if required. Please let us