I living and working in the UK under a Global Talent visa. My partner is currently applying for a dependant visa and, on the online application form, is asked the following question:

Has UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) agreed to certify your maintainance?

If you are unsure ask, [your partner with the Global Talent visa, which is me]. You can check this on their funding endorsement letter.

We are confused by this question because it is oddly specific and it is unclear to us whether this is a necessary requirement. I am endoresed by UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) and have never heard anything of UKTI.

Question: Are we right in answering this question with 'No'?

We are worried that we are missing something crucial and will not have the chance to explain our confusion.

As a side question: if the success of the application hinges on our answer to this question, will UK Visa and Immagration contact us about this, or will there just be a rejection with no chance for explaining ourselves?

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    Have you asked UKRI about this issue? Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 14:44
  • It seems especially weird that they ask that since UKTI (under that name) ceased to exist in 2016.
    – Dennis
    Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 19:40
  • How soon into completing the application does this question appear? Try answering ‘yes’ to see what route that leads down, then go back and amend as appropriate
    – Traveller
    Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 22:35

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While I have no further information on why this was asked, I can at least provide an update on the situation.

Eventually, we decided to submit the visa application with answering No on this question. This had no bad effects and the visa was granted with no delays or further queries.

  • My guess is that there is a thin sliver of potential applicants where the answer is 'yes', and they would likely specifically know that the question will be asked on the applicants and how to answer it.
    – ouflak
    Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 15:35

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