If you live in Southampton and want to sponsor someone applying for a visa for entry in to the UK and they plan to live in Southampton. Border entry posts may require a report on the suitability of the accommodation in which the person will live or stay whilst in the UK.
There is a fee to carry out an accommodation survey assessment and report. From April 2013 these are:
|Initial application for 1 person|
|Charge including VAT||£185.00|
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|Repeat application within 12 months|
|Charge including VAT||£130.00|
|Additional persons on any application|| |
|Charge including VAT||£65.00|
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Home Office rules on overseas visitors state that the visitor must maintain and accommodate themselves and any dependents from resources available to them. They must not work and are not entitled to public funds. They can be maintained and accommodated by relatives or friends. In most instances the 'sponsor' is the relative or friend residing in the UK. The sponsor/visitor has to apply for Home Office entry clearance (ports or a British high commission/embassy abroad). As part of that application they would seek confirmation from a reputable body (such as Southampton City Council) that the proposed accommodation is suitable (for instance safe, in good repair, and not too small).