Hello everyone! Today’s post continues my series on UK immigration via spousal route, and here I’ll be showing you our introduction letter templates and giving just a few tips on how to write your own.
Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an immigration advisor. I am not any kind of professional. I’m merely giving my own input and experience in UK immigration, and it should be treated as such. However, I hope it eases your confusion and helps you on your journey to Britain.
When applying under the spousal route, you and your sponsor/spouse will each need to provide a letter of introduction. These letters will outline your relationship in non-emotional terms and cover your common interests and plans for the future.
– Keep each letter to one page.
– Keep it simple and to the point. See example sentences below as well as our actual introduction letters at the bottom of the post.
– Provide dates of the start of the relationship, visits to each other, and your wedding.
– Mention why you’re choosing to live in the UK instead of your current country of residence.
– Share your letters on ExpatForum to get super helpful proofreading and advice.
– Sign your letters under your printed names.
– Gush and use emotional language. It’s best to have a professional approach, almost like you’re writing a resume. I don’t believe sappy language will necessarily get you rejected, but your ECO may take you more seriously this way and consider your relationship to be genuine.
– Over-describe events or use lots of unnecessary information.
– Leave any gaps in your relationship timeline.
– Put anything in the letters that is covered elsewhere in the application, such as your sponsor’s employment status.
– Have the exact same letter as each other. Use your own words.
Here’s an example paragraph. The first one was what I originally had at the end of my introduction letter, and the second one is after I got lots of advice on ExpatForum and and heavily revised it.
Nope! – Emotional, unnecessary
“I love the culture and history of the United Kingdom. I admire and appreciate the historic buildings and castles. I also have a passion for nature and exploring, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the country. I can easily see myself flourishing with the UK and would love the opportunity to build my future here. Our plans for the future are to settle in Leicestershire, preferrably in the village Ibstock, or in the towns of Coalville or Ashby de la Zouch. We have been eagerly looking at houses together in the local real estate ads in newspapers and online. ”
Yes! – Simple, to the point
“Having carefully thought things through, we have decided to begin our lives together in the UK instead of Canada or the USA because of Jonathan’s career and the opportunities he has within it. While initially we will be living with my in-laws in Leicestershire, we intend to find a more permanent place of our own as soon as possible, preferably in or just outside Leicester.”
See what I mean? The second paragraph is easier to get through and isn’t boring!
And now, here are the actual introduction letters we used. Feel free to use them as a general idea for your own, but create yours in your own words. This is YOUR application we’re talking about here! 🙂
APPLICANT INTRODUCTION LETTER EXAMPLE:
Date: 15 August 2016
Dear Entry Clearance Officer,
My name is Mary —, and I am applying for a spouse visa to be with my husband, Jonathan —, in the United Kingdom.
Jonathan and I first met in April 2002 on a 3D chat program called Active Worlds. We quickly became friends and remained so until late September 2014, when we decided to enter a relationship together. Our commitment and devotion to one another quickly grew as we chatted and video called every day. We have much in common; we share the same interests in travel, food, games, movies, music, art, and we enjoy trying new things.
Jonathan visited me in February 2015, spending two weeks with me before we flew together to the UK, where we spent the next six months further building our relationship. We did some sight-seeing and I bonded with his family, but most importantly, we focused on spending quality time together as a couple. We were both happiest when we were together, and it became apparent to us during this time that this is what we wanted for our future.
Once I returned home in September, we resumed our daily communication using Skype, Viber, text messaging, and Facebook Messenger. We were fully integrated into one another’s lives, keeping up-to-date with plans, meals, and daily activities. We have made every effort to share our lives from far away, and we continue to do so while apart.
During this time, my divorce (initiated in early September 2015 after the one year separation required by Ontario law) became final on 25 December 2015. Jonathan was not involved in my previous marriage or in its end. Though our relationship began after the dissolution of my previous marriage, he remained respectful of the legal proceedings, and after it was finalized he asked me to marry him. In February 2016, while visiting Canada, Jonathan and I were married in a small ceremony in Toronto at City Hall, attended by three of my closest friends. In March, I flew back with him to the UK and visited until May.
Having carefully thought things through, we have decided to begin our lives together in the UK instead of Canada or the USA because of Jonathan’s career and the opportunities he has within it. While initially we will be living with my in-laws in Leicestershire, we intend to find a more permanent place of our own as soon as possible, preferably in or just outside Leicester.
SPONSOR INTRODUCTION LETTER EXAMPLE:
Date: 15 August 2016
Dear Entry Clearance Officer,
My name is Jonathan —, and this is a letter of sponsorship for my wife, Mary —, in her application for a UK settlement visa. As her sponsor, I confirm I will financially support and accommodate her upon her arrival in the UK.
We first made contact through a 3D chat program, Active Worlds, in April 2002. We were friends until late September 2014, when we began our relationship. Our devotion grew across the long distance as we chatted daily on Viber and Skype and video chatted on the latter. The only time we weren’t talking to each other is when I was at work or one (or both) of us was sleeping.
We met up in February 2015, and I spent two weeks with Mary before we flew back to the UK together to continue to build our relationship. Our bond cemented, and by the end of her visit in September, we both knew where we wanted our lives to head, and that was with each other.
Once Mary returned home to Canada in September, we resumed our daily communication through the previously mentioned programs. In late December 2015, I asked her to marry me.
We were married at Toronto City Hall in February 2016. Our small wedding was attended by Mary’s three closest friends; my family in the UK and her family in the US were unable to attend.
Since the start of our relationship and whilst we are apart, Mary and I have kept in daily contact through the applications Viber, Skype, Facebook, and texting. We have many common interests such as travelling, food, music, games, belief systems, and books, and we enjoy playing games together and seeing new sights. Our relationship has been successful and will continue to be so because we are not only a committed partnership, but also best friends.
After much consideration, we have chosen to settle together as husband and wife in the UK, as opposed to Canada or the USA, because of the stability of my career and the opportunities I have in my field. Our plans for the future are to settle in Leicestershire, close to my job in Leicester.