How to Navigate the UK Spouse Visa Application Process 

The UK spouse visa is a type of visa that, when granted, makes an allowance for applicants to reside legally in the UK for a given period, usually two and a half years. This type of visa gives you entry clearance into the UK and permits you to work within its validity period. However, it doesn’t give you the exclusive rights of a citizen, as you are just a spouse to a citizen under this visa route. Therefore you have no access to public funds and other benefits that UK citizens generally have access to.

UK spouse visa applications can be made either within the UK or outside. Putting in an application while in the UK means you are a current UK Visa holder who is changing the type of visa you hold. An application can also be made from outside the UK. 

When you start applying for a UK spouse visa from inside or outside the UK, you may feel that the process is confusing or complex. You may have heard from others or read online that a percentage of applications have not been successful and that the process has failed those individuals. 

That is why it is always good to check with Immigration Lawyers London who has the knowledge and ability to advise you not only on the health of your particular application but the process in general. UK spouses, visa application lawyers, are mostly specialists in immigration and family law and can provide you with expert advice before starting your application process. 

There are certain requirements that are basic and are prerequisites for a successful UK spouse visa application. The most important of them is that you must have a legal marital relationship with a British citizen or someone with a legal right to live and work in the UK indefinitely or permanently. If this is your current situation and this is the immigration path you are considering, do not hesitate to speak with your immigration lawyer to ensure that you meet all the additional requirements.  

Other requirements include

  • Evidence that both yourself and your partner are above 18 years of age.
  • Evidence that you speak and understand the English language reasonably well (you may need to take some language proficiency tests).
  • Evidence that you and your spouse that has to be a UK citizen at the time of application are legally married or in a civil relationship recognized by the UK.
  • Your relationship with your partner is genuine, and you will both live together after you arrive in the UK.
  • Evidence that your relationship is not virtual or online. You have to prove that you both have met before.
  • Evidence that you can afford a reasonable standard of living in the UK, for yourself and your dependents.
  • A medical report from a phone office clinic is showing that you are free from Tuberculosis.

If your application is successful and you live free of issues for two and a half years, you can re-apply for a further two and a half years, taking your time to 5 years leave to remain in the UK. With the services of a good UK spouse visa solicitor, you can go ahead to secure a permanent residence in the UK after having five years’ leave to remain. However, if for some reason, you can not receive permanent residence within five years, you can also engage the services of UK spouse visa lawyers and apply for a UK spouse visa for ten years. 

Suppose any of your applications is refused for any reason whatsoever. In that case, you have to quickly seek the assistance of a UK spouse visa solicitor to help you with a review of your issue and put a re-appeal forward. However, you have to know that there is a time limit between application refusal and the appeal, so quick action is very sacrosanct.

If your future life with your spouse will include living long term in the UK, now is a time like no better to gain clarity on the application process to become a UK spouse visa holder. For more information on the process, speak with the team of expert multilingual immigration lawyers at Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors in London. They will most certainly be able to provide you with all the answers you are seeking and the correct most up to date advice and guidance relevant to your specific life situation and future for you and your spouse.