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Immigration

Spouse Visa Applications 

If you are looking to apply for a spouse visa in the UK, our team of specialist Immigration Solicitors is here to help. 

UK immigration law can get incredibly complex very quickly, our specialist advice will make applying for a UK spousal visa simple. We have extensive experience in this area of law and use our knowledge to reunite families like yours every day. 

Call us today on 0161 979 0806 to discuss your situation with a specialist Immigration Solicitor. 

UK spouse visa requirements 

When applying for a spouse visa in the UK, you are required to meet a number of strict requirements. These include: 

  • Both you and your spouse are over the age of 18 
  • Your partner earns at least £18,600 or you have at least £18,600 in savings
  • You have suitable accommodation in the UK 
  • You meet the minimum English language requirements
  • You can support yourself and any dependents without access to public funding 
  • You and your partner must intend to live together permanently

If you are not yet married you may still apply for a spouse visa as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner. In these cases, you must also prove:

  • Any previous marriage or civil partnership has ended
  • You and your partner plan to marry or become civil partners within six months of arrival

How long is a spouse visa valid for?

If your application is accepted and the home office gives you permission to stay in the UK, spouse visas for married couples are valid for two and a half years. After this, you will need to apply to end your stay.

Those granted a UK spousal visa while engaged will be provided an initial visa for six months. Following this, you will be expected to be married and have to apply for a visa extension which will last for the full 30 months.

Can I extend my spouse visa?

At the end of your initial stay in the UK, you will be able to apply to extend your spouse visa for an additional 30 months, to take your total time in the UK to five years.

Once you have lived in the UK for five years, you will be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) if you wish to remain settled in the UK. If you meet these requirements and are granted ILR you will then be eligible to apply for naturalisation and to become a British citizen.

What documents do I need with my spouse visa application?

When you apply for a spouse visa, you will be required to produce several documents to evidence the claims made in your application. These include:

  • Proof of all your names and date of birth
  • Your current passport or other valid travel ID
  • Copies of the photo page and any visa or entry stamps in your previous passports
  • Details of any previous immigration applications you’ve made
  • Details of any criminal convictions
  • Your national insurance number, if you have one
  • A copy of your biometric residence permit, if you have one
  • Your tuberculosis test results, if you are from a country where this is required
  • A certified translation of any documents not in English or Welsh
  • Your parents’ date of birth and nationality, if you are applying from outside the UK
  • Proof you meet the financial requirements laid out

In addition, you will also be required to provide proof of your relationship with your current partner and information on all your children, even if they’re not applying.

UK spousal visa appeals

Being refused a spouse visa is incredibly worrying. However, it’s important to note that, on average, 50% of Home Office decisions regarding visas are now overturned. Our specialist team are here to give you the best-possible chance of making a successful appeal.

There are several common reasons for being refused a spouse visa, such as:

  • You failed the English language requirements test
  • You have applied for the wrong type of visa for your situation
  • Your documents have been organised incorrectly
  • You haven’t disclosed convictions
  • You’ve followed incorrect advice

The UK Home Office will reject your visa application for event the smallest of errors. This doesn’t, however, mean you will be unable to obtain entry clearance. 

If you live in the UK you will have 14 days to appeal your rejection, while those living outside the UK have 28 days from the day they received the decision. Instructing a specialist solicitor to go through your application to ensure everything is in order and lodge an appeal can often lead to the decision being overturned and your spouse visa being granted.

If your application for a spouse visa has been rejected and you wish to appeal, call us today on 0161 979 0806.

How long does it take to get a spouse visa granted in the UK?

UK visa processing times can vary dramatically, making applying in good time vital if you are looking for everything to run smoothly.

On average, the application process for a UK spouse visa takes 2-12 weeks from the date the application is submitted, with applications from outside the UK typically taking longer than those made from inside the country. However, some applications may take up to 24 weeks.

There is a priority service available if you wish to expedite this process which shortens it to just 30 days. This service is available at an extra cost, our Immigration Solicitors will be best-placed to advise if this is the right move for your situation.

Contact us today

Our team has extensive experience in helping people apply for a spouse visa in the UK. We know exactly what’s required to ensure a successful application and can make the entire process as smooth as possible.

If you’re looking to submit a spouse visa application, contact us today on 0161 979 0806 and ask to speak to one of our specialist Immigration Solicitors.

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