It is a condition of UK immigration rules that any application made for residency be supported by proof that the Sponsor and Applicant have adequate accommodation.
This requirement applies to a wide category of visas such as Spousal Visas, Fiance/Marriage Visas and family dependents (such as Children, Parents, Grandparents) Visas.
Property Inspection Reports are the stipulated way to satisfy the authorities that this aspect of the regulations is met. They must be carried out by individuals who are suitably qualified to do so and they must be independent.
As one of the leading providers of reports across Britain and Northern Ireland we here at Immigration Property Reports have the satisfaction of helping reunite families settling in the UK.
But why is a Property Report Required?
The report is required to demonstrates to the authorities that the Applicant(s) will have not need to be re-housed once in the UK and so will not be a burden on the Exchequer.
The Home Office/UKBA must be satisfied that the Sponsor can accommodate the Applicant(s) in housing that that will not become statutorily overcrowded under the provisions of Part X of the Housing Act 1985 and is safe and fit for human habitation under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004.
The property report is, in most cases, a formality. However for those where some issues arise we can provide advice on what needs to be done in order to meet the criteria.
Obtaining a Property Inspection Report for UKBA is required to receive a UK settlement visa. It sounds a daunting task but in reality arranging the inspection and receiving the report are straightforward. And they don’t need to be expensive!
There are two types of inspection report available. They carry equal weight with the authorities…
As the name suggests this inspection is carried out in-person by one of our agents at a mutually agreed time and date.
On the day of the visit a visual inspection of the outside of your property will be carried out and relevant notes will be made.
Once the external examination is complete, all internal living spaces will be measured and notes taken of the numbers of people who live in the premises.
You will then receive a report detailing your assessment which you can use to support your immigration application. The visit will last approximately 20 – 45 minutes.
A Desktop Inspection is available where it is not feasible or possible to have an assessor visit the premises. This may be due to any number of reasons such as an isolated location where the expense of having an inspector visit is not reasonable.
For a desktop inspection we send a comprehensive questionnaire to you. You complete this, including providing measurements of the rooms. Plans of the premises may also be required.
Once the details are returned we complete a report as normal, with just some extra verification of specific details where necessary.
A desktop inspection report is considered by the authorities as having equal weight to one carried out in person and, from our experience, has an equal success rate.
Immigration Property Report work with qualified professionals across the country. This means that wherever you are we can help you get your Property Report – and do so quickly and cost-effectively in a respectful way.
To arrange your report simply give us a call during office hours on 0141 280 5694.
Or complete the form below. We will then contact you to ask you some questions, tell you the documentation we require at the assessment, and arrange an inspection at a time that is convenient to you.