UKBA Approved Accountants
UKBA approved accountants
What does UKBA stand for?
UKBA stands for United Kingdom Border Agency. UKBA has replaced visa applications and Immigration who deal with applications for people who want to work, visit, settle, or study in the UK.
What is an Accountant’s Certificate of Confirmation?
An accountant’s certificate of confirmation tends to be a letter from a certified accounting firm or accountant in which they confirm that they have managed the individual’s business accounts. The accountant’s confirmation certificate needs to be issued by a qualified accountant who is a member of the IFA or a member of a recognised UK supervisory body.
You could need an accountant’s certificate of confirmation for a range of purposes. Whether you’re a new UK business who wants to open a bank account, or if you’re thinking about applying for a company loan, you’ll need to provide an accountant’s certificate of confirmation. Even for some visa application categories, the home office needs proof from your qualified accountant that your business accounts have been rightly checked and that your business is paying the mandatory taxes.
Why do I need an Accountant’s Certificate of Confirmation?
You could need an accountant’s certificate of confirmation for a number of reasons. However, you should be aware that there are other documents that you can receive for your UK business that could do a similar job.
You’ll need an accountant’s certificate of confirmation if you’re trying to get an account statement confirmed or are trying to increase business funds here in the UK. You’ll need this to ensure that all the information regarding your accounts is correct and to process applications required by your bank. So, an accountant’s certificate of confirmation makes it easier for you to do all of this as you’re not getting everything together on your own.
You could also need an accountant’s certificate of confirmation for any issues about immigration or business visa applications. It would be best if you made a note of the date that the document was issued so that you can make use of it in the near future. In other words, if you’ve got an old certificate on your hands, you may have to go back to your qualified accountant for a new one to confirm your accounts. An accountant’s certificate of confirmation can go a long way to make sure that you’re not wasting money on a credit card or loan that hasn’t been entirely paid off in the past.
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What categories are exempt for needing an Accountant’s Certificate of Confirmation?
The different categories that don’t need to have an accountant’s certificate of confirmation include:
1. Partners who under Category A include non-specified employment income
Category A includes both non-salaried and salaried employment and is usually designed for people who’ve been employed for more than 6 months at the time of an application.
A non-specified company is where one of the following doesn’t apply:
- Registered UK limited company.
- You’re an employee or director of the company.
- Applicants hold the shares.
- Less than 5 other people hold any remaining shares.
2. Partners who are under Category B include non-specified employment income.
Category B includes both non-salaried and salaried employment and is usually designed for people who’ve been employed for less than 6 months at the time of an application or have been employed for more than 6 months at the time of an application but don’t meet the financial requirements.
3. Partners who are under Category C include non-specified employment income
This includes dividend income, interest accumulated from savings, maintenance payments, maternity or bereavement allowance, maintenance grant, or ongoing royalty or insurance payments.
4. Partners who are under Category D include cash savings
Cash savings are often only accepted if you’ve held them for 6 months and meet the following:
- The cash funds must be held in a deposit, current, or investment account.
- The financial institution must be regulated appropriately.
- Savings are in cash and can be withdrawn straight away.
- Source of funds must be declared and legal.
5. Partners who are under Category E include pension income
6. Partners who are under Category F or G are including self-employment who must produce annual audited accounts
What do I need to prove for a tier 1 visa application in England and Wales?
If you’re looking to apply for a tier 1 visa, then you must provide the following:
- An up-to-date passport or other valid travel ID.
- Your TB (tuberculosis) test results if you live in a country where you need to have the test.
- A criminal record from all the countries you’ve lived in for 12 months or more over the past 10 years.
Where can I get an Accountant’s Certificate of Confirmation?
If you’d like an accountant’s certificate of confirmation and you’re living in the UK, then our expert team at WIS Accountancy can help you. We’ll go through your UK business accounts, get rid of any inconsistencies, make sure everything is in order, and when we’ve done all that, we’ll issue and print an accountant’s certificate of confirmation.
Rest assured, this is not a challenging or long process. All you need to do is fill out the contact form on our website or give us a call, and a member of our team at WIS Accountancy will review your needs and get a proposal ready for you. We might need some additional information about your registered company accounts before you’re sent a proposal. Once you’ve received and accepted our proposal, we’ll begin working on your request straight away.
How much does it cost for an Accountant’s Certificate of Confirmation?
The price of an accountant’s certificate of confirmation will vary from firm to firm. As a rough estimate, it can come up to between £50 to £200. Feel free to contact our expert and friendly accountants at WIS Accountancy to discuss the costs of an accountant’s confirmation certificate and for additional guidance and support.
You can contact us via our website contact form or download our WIS app for free.