How to apply for UK Spouse visa Application

Whenever one wants his/ her spouse to live in the UK altogether, there comes the need of getting a spouse visa. The difficulty in attaining the visa depends on various factors like where are you from, what is your status, etc. All the queries related to getting a spouse UK visa will be addressed in this article.

Processing a VISA Application is Conditional:

For those belonging to the EU, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, or Liechtenstein, it’s quite easy as compared to other countries getting a visa. The requirement of being in the UK by 31 December 2020 is for the partner to have

  • People having Northern Ireland, British or Irish citizenship or both
  • An immigration status that allows them to live in the UK permanently

You can apply for pre-settled or settled status from the EU Settlement Scheme for spouses which is a good shortcut rather than applying for a visa. A spouse has the right to apply for a visa that might be settled or pre-settled if they own British or Irish citizenship. Condition of your stay in the UK by 31 December 2020 prevails here again. 

Family visa Application

A person can only apply for a family visa in case they fulfils the following conditions:

  • British citizenship
  • Indefinite intention to remain in the UK
  • Humanitarian protection or refugee status 
  • Settled status from the EU Settlement Scheme

In case you have a skilled worker visa

Spouses will be required to apply for Tier 2 dependent (General) visa holders through the UK Government.

In case, you’re living in the UK on a skilled worker visa:

A dependent visa of a student visa holder would be required by the partner through the UK Government.

If you are residing in the UK as a refugee or have humanitarian protection

Spouses will be required to apply for a family reunion through the UK Government.

Though this scenario is quite different from others, the main requirements remain the same, you have to show proof of income and your legal relationship.

It can be applied by being outside the UK or outside. The applicant must have:

  • Permission to reside in the UK for more than 6 months
  • Do not have a visit status in the UK
  • Aren’t applying as a fiance (Need to be legally married)

In case they are present in the UK, They won’t be able to get a spouse/ family visa while staying in the UK. They will be required to go outside the UK and return as a spouse

General Requirements of Spouse Visa

Following are the requirements that need to be fulfilled for a spousal visa

    • The age limit for the couple  i.e 18 years is fulfilled
    • You must be in connection with each and have legal relations.
    • You must assure to live together permanently.
    • Your financial status is strong enough to support your own self and the partner you are sponsoring
    • Your income as a sponsor must be more than £18,600 per annum or you must be able to show enough savings to support your partner. The requirements increase even more if you want to sponsor your kids too
  •  You must have enough living space if you also have children to accommodate.
  •  You must also fulfill the English language requirements.

UK Spouse Visa Applying Process

The following steps are universal for obtaining a UK spouse Visa:

  1. Submit the complete application
  2. Submit the Fees.
  3. Book your Biometric Appointment.
  4. Submit the supporting documents after getting biometric attendance.
  5. Obtain a decision on the Visa by the authority.

Documents required for spouse visa

  • Original marriage or certificate of civil partnership 
  • 2 years of living together as a couple  proof.
  • A valid passport authenticating your stay in the UK.
  • A qualified valid certificate to show spouse English language skill.
  • Suitable accommodation proof.
  • Proof of the relationship as genuine.
  • Financial documents to prove that you meet the minimum financial requirements
  • Proof that you are legally married to a UK national or person staying in the UK, a passport of a person living in the UK must be required for this purpose. 

Ending Notes on the UK spouse visa application Process

Ensure that you meet all of the requirements before applying as mentioned in earlier paragraphs. Fill up relevant forms for submission. Also, never book your spouse’s travel ticket before you receive a go-ahead from the Home Office.

Hope this article helped you gain all the information required for the purpose. If you have any further queries, contact the iasservices.org.uk team and hopefully, our team will help resolve all your queries.

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