If you’re married, it’s only natural, you as a couple wants to live together in the same country. But if your partner is in the United Kingdom, sometimes it might get a little difficult for you to do so, given the restrictions of the Home Office. However, if your sponsoring spouse is living in the UK either with a settlement or British Citizenship, you can apply for a Spouse visa.
This branch of the UK Family visa allows non-British partners of UK settled individuals to reside and work in the United Kingdom. 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 arrival) of a specified partner, you can apply for the Spouse visa.
The UK Spouse visa has some extremely severe restrictions. To acquire a family visa as a partner or spouse, for example, applicants must meet a significant minimum income/financial criteria.
- Both you and your companion must be at least 18 years old.
- Your partner must:
- Be a British citizen
- Have settled in the UK – for example, they have ILR, settled status, or proof of permanent residence
- Be from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status – they must have begun living in the UK before January 1, 2021,
- Have a Turkish Businessperson visa or Turkish Worker visa,
- Have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK.
- You’ve been in a legally recognised civil partnership or marriage in the UK for at least 2 years when you apply, or you’re a fiancé, fiancée, or prospective civil partner who will marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of arrival.
- You must be a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner seeking entry to the United Kingdom for your marriage or civil partnership to take place there.
- You and your sponsor must have a sincere and lasting relationship.
- You aim to stay in the UK permanently with your sponsor and have suitable housing without relying on public funds.
- The financial obligation is met by your spouse, who is going to sponsor you in the United Kingdom. This typically entails a yearly salary of at least £18,600 (which rises if you have children) and/or sufficient savings.
- You have a good hold over the English language.
To apply for a Spouse visa, you can fill out the registration form online. As part of the process, you’ll need to make an appointment at a visa application centre to enrol biometric data (picture and fingerprints). You must not only complete the application form accurately but must also make sure that all the required documents are submitted successfully.
You may be requested to attend a Spouse Visa Interview if the caseworker assessing your application has reservations about the validity of your connection. You’ll be quizzed on your relationship with each other to check if your marriage is genuine and not a ruse.
You can apply for a spouse visa from anywhere in the world or from within the United Kingdom. You may be allowed to switch to a spouse visa if you are already in the UK on a fiance visa, work visa, or student visa that is valid for longer than six months.
If you want to enter the UK because of a relationship with a British citizen, you must apply for entry permission before visiting.
If you are applying from within the United Kingdom, you must have permission to stay in the country on a six-month visa at the time of your application.
If you are already in the UK and were admitted for a duration of fewer than six months – for example, if you were in as a visitor or prospective student – you cannot switch your existing visa to a spouse visa.
From the time you apply to the UKBA, the average processing time for a spouse visa application is 2–12 weeks. The length of time it takes to process an application depends on the country where it is submitted.
The initial entry clearance visa is granted for 33 months (30 months if the application is made from within the UK; if you apply as a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner, you will be given a 6-month visa to allow you to enter the UK so that your marriage or civil partnership can take place here), after which you can apply for a 30-month Spouse Visa Extension. You may be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after five years.
Officials from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will want to see the following documents with your application:
- Your passport or other travel documents are valid at the time of your visit.
- Your certificate of marriage or civil partnership
- If relevant, a divorce certificate from any previous marriages.
- If appropriate, details of any criminal convictions
- Your Social Security number (if you have one)
- Information on your lodging in the United Kingdom
- Statements of account
- If applicable, proof of employment income
- The British passport or Indefinite Leave to Remain document of your sponsor
- Information about any youngsters who will be visiting the UK.
Our lawyers will work with you to ensure that your application is filled out accurately and that all necessary documents are delivered. This will prevent immigration officials from rejecting your application due to a clerical error.
You may feel assured that your best interests will be safeguarded and that the visa application procedure will go smoothly if you cooperate with us. We put forth a lot of effort and strive for the best results possible. Also Checkout here – Top 10 Immigration Lawyers in London UK