What is the UK Spouse visa application process?
Obtaining a UK Spouse visa
You will need to make a UK Spouse visa application if you’re settled in the UK and are married to a non-EEA citizen so that they can join you in the UK. The initial visa is granted for 2.5 years, after which you will need to apply for a further visa extension for 2.5-years and thereafter for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. A Spouse visa allows a non-EAA spouse to live in the UK, travel, study or work without any restrictions.
Eligibility for a UK Spouse visa
British citizens and their partner who wish to apply for a Spouse visa need to make sure they meet the eligibility criteria in the immigration rules. The following requirements must be met:
- Both individuals must be aged 18 or over
- The couple must have met each other and are legally married
- The parties must intend to live together permanently
- The non-EEA national’s relationship with the UK partner must be “genuine” and “subsisting”
Genuine relationship requirement
Applicants must persuade the Home Office that they are in a genuine relationship by providing relationship evidence. Documents the Spouse visa applicant can provide are photographs showing them with their UK partner, evidence of communication, joint commitments and statements from third parties confirming the same.
It is usually the UK sponsor who has to meet the financial requirements in order to successfully apply for a Spouse visa. As a sponsor, your income can only be taken into consideration if you are a resident in the United Kingdom. The minimum income required to sponsor your spouse or partner to come to the UK is £18,600 and the amount is higher if the sponsor is also sponsoring dependent children. However. there are several sources of income which count towards the financial requirement and reduce the financial threshold required to be met.
- Salaried or non-salaried employment
- Cash savings of at least £62,500 held for a minimum of 6 months
- Income from self-employment
- Permitted benefits, pensions and allowance
Adequate accommodation requirement
The Home Office must be assured that you will be adequately accommodated. The property must not be overcrowded as defined in the Housing Act 1985, and it can either be owned or rented. If rented, written permission from the landlord is required.
English language requirement
As a Spouse visa applicant, you must prove that you can speak and understand English at the required level of difficulty. If you are from a country outside of the EEA which is not primarily English speaking, you must pass an English Language test which is authorised by the Home Office.
The list of countries exempt from passing the English language test:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- the Bahamas
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
How can NA Law Solicitors help with a UK Spouse Visa Application?
Spouse visas have extremely high refusal rates mostly due to applicants’ failure to provide the right documents in the specified format. Refusal of a Spouse visa application can cause complications such as loss of money, time and frustration. At NA Law Solicitors, we understand the importance of being close to loved ones and we will do everything to make sure your chances of success in your Spouse visa application are maximised whilst you strengthen and enjoy your relationship.
We will do the following on your behalf:
- Assess your suitability
- Check your documents to make sure they are adequate for your Spouse visa application
- Prepare a detailed document list
- Certify you have enough evidence that your relationship is genuine
- Liaise with the Home Office during your application process
Contact us now for a case assessment and to discuss how we can assist with the process of joining your loved one or bringing your loved one to the UK.