Spouse and Family Visa
UK spouse visa or UK marriage visa can be applied if you reside in the UK with settled status and now wish to bring your spouse and children to join you, either permanently or temporarily. Royce Legals Spouse Visa Solicitors provide complete services to help you through the application process from the start to finish. The Spouse Visa Applications are time-sensitive, but rest assured that we provide fast and comprehensive service and have experience having helped countless people over the years. Our solicitors work exclusively in immigration law and understand how daunting the entire process can be. At Royce Legal, our immigration solicitors will provide you with a personal service with realistic advice and options.
What is a Spouse Visa?
A spouse visa allows you or your partner to live in the UK for 30 months. It is for individuals that are married to a settled resident in the UK and are not subjected to any visa restrictions to live, work and study in the UK. For permanent settlement in the UK, a spouse Visa is the first step. This is followed by Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and then eventually to full British citizenship.
The spouse visa is relevant to both homo and heterosexual marriages and gives the same right as a Civil Partnership Visa. Non-EU citizens can also apply for a Spouse Visa if they are married to a UK citizen or refugee with a “settled status” in the UK.
Basic requirements for a spouse Visa include genuine proof of your marriage along with a minimum income of at least £18,600 per year of the sponsoring partner.
What is the Duration for a Spouse Visa?
It depends largely on whether the spouse visa is issued from inside or outside of the UK. If it is issued while you are residing or visiting the UK, it will last for 2.5 years. If the visa is issued while you are overseas, it will last two years and nine months.
After this duration, you can apply for an extension that lasts for five years. Once five years are completed on this visa, you are eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
Minimum Income Threshold Changes
As of late, the UK immigration rules have gone through various changes. The minimum income threshold has been amended to make it easier for families to meet the requirements.
Firstly the sponsoring partner can consider other sources of income or financial support if the Minimum income requirement is not met. Evidence of their exceptional circumstances should be provided, otherwise, the application will be refused and count as a breach of Article 8. The applicant will be penalised, and subsequently, their spouse and children will also be affected by this decision.
Other Sources of Financial Support can include the following:
- Dependable and trustworthy guarantee of sustainable financial support from a third party;
- Reliable potential earnings from sustainable employment or self-employment of the applicant or their partner;
- A credible and reliable source of income or funds available to the couple.
The decision-maker will always consider the best interest of the child/children that may be affected if entry clearance is granted or not. Once entry clearance is granted, the applicant (as a partner or parent) will be on a ten-year route to settlement. They will get the opportunity to apply for the five-year route if relevant requirements are met.
How can I apply for a Spouse Visa?
If you want to apply for a Spouse Visa, talk to our expert immigration solicitors. Not only will they advise you according to your circumstances but, also complete the forms with the required documentation for a successful application.
Documentation includes legitimate and genuine proof of your relationship. If you reside outside the UK, but your British spouse is in another EU country, then you will have to seek entry into the UK under EU regulations. This is known as the Surinder Singh Visa route. If successful, this route allows a five-year resident card if applying from within the UK or a six-month permit if applying from elsewhere.
If you are living in the UK under a different visa, (a student visa for instance), you can switch to a spouse visa as long as your spouse, and you meet the eligibility criteria.
The entire application process can take 2 to 12 weeks. With us, as your solicitors, we will ensure to keep you updated and keep track of the process. We will also answer any questions on your behalf if prompted by the UK Border Agency.
What are the requirements for a Spouse Visa in the UK?
Spouse Visa requirements are as follows:
- You and your spouse must be 18 or above in age.
- Proof of English Language (spoken and written).
- You and your spouse must have the intention of living together.
- Passing the legitimate relationship test
- Confirmation of proper accommodation in the UK
- A minimum sponsor partner income of £18,600 per year.
- You must have enough money to support yourselves (and your dependents) without claiming public funds.
What are the financial requirements for a Spouse Visa?
The UK home office charges differently if you are applying with dependent children. If children are part of the family unit, then the minimum income threshold will likely increase to £22,400 per year for one dependent child. It will increase incrementally by £2,400 for every additional child.
What will happen if my Spouse Visa is refused?
The UK home office charges differently if you’re applying with dependent children. With Royce Legal as your Solicitor’s, it is highly unlikely that your application will be refused. We are invested from the eligibility assessment to the end of the application process. Regardless, we will aid you in the event of your refusal as well.
If you receive a notice for refusal while in the UK, you must act quickly by either contesting the refusal or applying for another immigration visa in the UK. Overstaying the permitted duration can affect your long term settlement plans negatively.
How Royce Legal can help you apply for a Spouse Visa?
Royce Legal offers successful and affordable UK immigration law services. Our immigration solicitors are renowned for their professionalism and expertise in immigration law. We will ensure that we provide your spouse visa application with the best chance of success. Our immigration team at Royce Legal understands the importance of family and, therefore, will make it our priority to make your spouse visa application successful in the first attempt. Our Specialist spouse visa services include:
- A free initial consultation
- Eligibility assessment.
- Collection and review of necessary documents.
- Completing the application forms.
- Authenticating proof of relationship
- A letter of representation for your spouse visa application.