If you are planning to make a new visa application in 2020, these are the steps you could take now:
1. Study for Life in the UK Test.
If you are planning to secure a permanent residency or British Citizenship in the future, you can start studying now. Doesn’t matter if you are a good few years away from it - the test doesn't have an expiry date! You cannot take the actual test until the test centres re-open but you can order a Book or study online.
2. Download bank statements.
Most applications ask for the bank statements for the last 6 - 12 months, so you could download them as soon as they are ready. Same for payslips.
3. Prepare 2019-20 tax return if you are self-employed.
This applies if you are self-employed (a sole trader, without a company) and are likely to use such income for your next application. Doesn't matter the HMRC gives you time until 31 January 2021 - the visa authorities expect to see the 2019-20 tax return if you make a visa application before 5 April 2021.
4. Make a list of all oversees trips since your last UK visa.
Almost every application now asks about all trips outside the UK since your last visa started. For example, if you are currently on the initial Spouse visa, you will be asked for this when you apply for extension.
5. Download household bills.
Another common piece of evidence, required for almost all applications, covering a period since your last UK visa was issued. These can be in the electronic format, so you can download them at home. Examples: utility bills, council tax bills, tenancy agreements, mortgage statements.
As always, we are here to help if you need advice or to start working on your application: https://www.1st4immigration.com. We are open and working remotely, with the online submission to the Government.
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