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TOPIC: Title: Change of circumstances and the rapid claim

Title: Change of circumstances and the rapid claim 6 years 9 months ago #14134

I guess this is a bit complicated and all answers will be greatly appreciated. I was on a long term Incapacity Benefit before starting work. However, my mental health deteriorated within weeks and I am about to send them my rapid claim application form and all necessary documentation, as soon as possible.
In the form they ask me if I am married etc and the fact is that I got married abroad some 6 months ago. Now I don't know what to do because I have never reported that I got married to a foreigner. The reason is that we have great difficulty in obtaining so- called Entry Clearance Visa for my wife and that visa is still not activated (she still didn't come to join me here, and never did).My question is- what shall I do? Declare that I am married in the form? Or report change of circumstances (it has been 6 months ago, though), or preferably, neither (at least for now)? As my wife is still way back home and haven't joined me here, or activated the visa she obtained over there. In part 7 of the rapid claim form they are specifically asking about changes regarding applicant's spouse. I worry that they might fail me and ask to pay them back, although my wife's and my savings are not high and this marriage did not improve my financial situation at all. She has a little savings over there, she is unemployed, and does not occupy her own flat. Please if you can help as the time is precious and I don't want to cause any trouble. Also- would it be possible to report that I got married once she physically joins me here and the rapid claim is processed? Although there would be some eight months in between I got married and reporting that.
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Re:Title: Change of circumstances and the rapid cl 6 years 9 months ago #14140

  • Jim Allison
  • retired Principal Welfare Rights Officer

I'm afraid that as moderators we can only give advice to supplement the guides in the members area which cover incapacity and disability. We cannot give advice on individual claims as is explained in the Spotlights area of the forum

You need to seek legal advice about Visa's, marital status etc are these subjects
are not within our remit.

You could try contacting Community Legal Advice who can put you in touch with local lawyer. However, in my opinion with many organisations closing over the Christmas/New Year period, it's highly unlikely that you'll be able to receive any assistance until the holidays are over.

PLEASE READ THE SPOTLIGHTS AREA OF THE FORUM REGULARLY, OTHERWISE YOU MAY MISS OUT ON IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems
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