This visa provides an opportunity for non-British partners to live and work in the UK. You can apply for this family visa if you are the husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner (living together in a relationship for at least 2 years) , fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner (will marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of arriving)of a specified partner (see below) Some of the requirements are terribly restrictive, for example, applicants must meet a significant minimum income/finance threshold, which has been subject to fierce legal battles and criticism from family groups.
Our team provides expert legal advice and representation to those who are applying for a UK family visa as a partner or spouse, and we have a strong track record of successful applications.
UK Spouse Visa Minimum Requirements & Guidelines:
To apply as a partner, you and your partner both need to be 18 or over.
Your partner must also either:
You and your partner must intend to live together permanently in the UK after you apply.
You also need to prove you:
A Spouse Visa or Spouse Entry Clearance permits a married couple living outside the UK to immigrate and reside in the UK with their partner (husband/wife) who has UK citizenship or indefinite leave to remain (ILR). Even if you are a non-EU citizen, you can apply for a Spouse Visa if you want to live with your partner permanently and meet the Home Office Immigration requirements.
You are eligible to apply as sponsor if you:
The British Home Office generally requires that the sponsor and the partner have met at least once during their marriage in order to support the Spouse Visa application. It’s to demonstrate that they’ve spent enough time together and that their relationship is real.
Any of the following sources can be used by the sponsor and partner to meet their financial needs:
Please note that per dependent, the spouse visa income threshold (£18,600) will exceed in the following manner.
Yes, a Spouse Visa’s initial validity is usually up to 33 months. You must request for an extension when your current one expires.
You can apply 28 days before your current visa expires. All other requirements, such as accommodation, financial capability, and a real relationship, will remain the same as they were when the Spouse visa was first applied for. At this stage, however, advanced level (CEFR-A-2) English language proficiency will be required.
In general, the following documents must be provided in support of your Partner Visa application:
Home Office currently states that most applications are decided within 12 weeks. Applicants have the option of choosing Priority processing service, that puts their application ahead in the queue.
Applicants who would like to extend their spouse visa from within the UK can also opt for same-day processing by paying a premium fee.
If your spouse visa application is rejected, you can appeal against the Home Office decision. This is a long-winded and challenging process that is best assisted by an immigration adviser.
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