I am about to apply for my girlfriend from Serbia to come to the UK on a Standard Visitor visa for a 2 week trip.
She owns her own apartment in Belgrade, also has a stable job there where she has worked for 4.5 years. We are hoping to apply with me as her "sponsor" (I live in rented accommodation earning £35,000 per annum), however I am not clear about the details here. Internet searches lead me only to more ambiguity, contradictions and confusion.
I have read on some forums and other online articles that I can be her sponsor if I earn more than £18,600 per annum and have done so for 6 month or longer - for various employers I have exceeded this income level continuously for over 10 years. However, I changed job in mid-April 2019. She is planning to visit in mid-September, so I will have only been with this employer for 5 months at this point of her planned visit.
- 1) Does this "sponsor" concept actually apply to the UK Standard Visitor visa? The gov.uk link above does not mention it?
- 2a) If so, am I eligible to be her sponsor if I have not been with the same employer for 6 months?
- 2b) Could I apply for her visitor visa in September, when I still have not completed 6 continuous months with one employer, but can show that by the time of her visit I would have been with my employer earning over the threshold for 6 months? Or would I need to wait until October just to apply for the visa itself?
- 2c) If I am not acting as her sponsor, how much money will she need to have in her bank and bring for a 2 week trip to have her visa accepted?