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We get asked these two questions quite a lot:
#1 What is a Sponsorship Undertaking form (SU07/12 form)?
#2 Is a Sponsorship undertaking form (SU07/12 form) required for a UK spouse visa?
Let’s discuss this.
What is the SU07 form (sponsorship undertaking form)?
A sponsorship undertaking SU07/12 form, as stated on the gov.uk page:
Confirms that you will be responsible for the applicant’s maintenance, accommodation and care, without relying on public funds for at least 5 years, if they are applying to settle throughout their stay in the UK.
Many people fill in the SU07 form without knowing whether this is actually required in the application.
A common thought, as put nicely by a poster on an immigration forum, ‘I have already filled in 303 pieces of paper, what is the harm of filling in another one?’.
This form really, should not, be completed, unless it is absolutely required.
This is because the signing of the form can be of some significance.
If a sponsor signs the form on behalf of their partner (who is applying for a UK partner visa application), it will be open for the Department for Work and Pensions or the Home Office to take action to recover back certain funds involved with public funds or future asylum claims.
This is because the SU07 form (which can be found here) states the following:
I understand that this undertaking shall be made available to the Department for Work and Pensions in the UK, who will take appropriate steps to recover from me the cost of any public funds paid to or in respect of the sponsored person named above. I also understand that the Home Office may take appropriate action to recover from me amounts attributable to any support provided under Section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (support for asylum seekers) to the sponsored person named above. I further understand that I may be committing a criminal offence and liable to prosecution if, after I have given this undertaking, I do not support the sponsored person named above and income support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (under social security legislation) and/or support for asylum seekers (under immigration legislation) is provided to or in respect of the sponsored person named above.
Where does the confusion about the SU07 come from?
People are unsure because of two things:
#1 The gov.uk page in typical Home Office fashion, vaguely states:
Use ‘Form SU07’ to support the application of a person who is applying to come to the UK to visit or settle.
This form is to confirm that you will be responsible for the applicant’s maintenance, accommodation and care, without relying on public funds:• for at least 5 years, if they are applying to settle• throughout their stay in the UK, if they are applying to visit
#2 Unqualified & incorrect advice on forums
Immigration forums are a great resource for some things, terrible for others.
On the one hand, they are rather helpful to see what the current UK spouse visa processing times are.
Similarly, forums are great for hearing about people’s application submission procedure for certain visa centres as this is something that is continually developing & changing.
On the other hand, when it comes to the actual immigration law (such as whether a SU07 form is required for a spouse visa), applicants would be well advised to look for reputable sources (such as law firms that are regulated by the OISC).
Is a SU07 form necessary for a UK spouse visa in 2021?
A SU07 form is not necessary for a UK spouse visa in 2021.
For UK spouse visas, SU07 forms are only required in ‘exceptional circumstances’.
On the other hand, these are more commonly requested in other types of UK family visas (i.e. parent, grandparent and other dependent relative applications).
Where can I find the sponsorship form download?
You can download the latest form at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sponsor-a-visa-applicant-form-su07
In short, if you are completing a UK spouse visa application or partner visa application, unless you have been told otherwise, do not complete an SU07 form.
If you would like assistance with your partner visa application from start to finish, you may be interested in our full legal representation service.
Our full legal representation service is offered by Ed Lowe. Ed has worked for the Home Office for 20+ years, with many of those years being a Senior Home Office executive.
On the other hand, if you would like to process your own application yourself but would like guidance regarding the best way to submit a partner visa application, feel free to check out our DIY Application Pack Service.