The UK Spouse visa permits the partner of a British citizen or of someone with indefinite leave to remain in the country to live with their spouse in the UK.
We take a look at how to apply for a spouse visa and what documents you will need to send with your application.
Requirements For A UK Spouse Visa
To apply for a spousal visa, you need to be married to or in a civil partnership with a British or Irish citizen or someone with indefinite leave to remain or settled status in the UK, a UK refugee or someone with humanitarian protection in the UK.
You will need to be able to prove the following to UK Visas and Immigration:
- That your relationship is genuine
- You intend to live permanently together
- You can support yourself financially, which means you and your spouse have a combined income of at least £18,600 a year. Additional income is needed if you will be bringing your children with you, in the sum of £3,800 for your first child and £2,400 each for any subsequent children. Alternatively, if you have savings, they may be sufficient to satisfy the financial requirements.
- You may be exempt from showing financial support and will only be required to provide proof of adequate maintenance if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit
- Your knowledge of the English language is at the required level
How To Apply For Spouse Visa UK
Application for a UK spouse visa needs to be made online and you will need to pay the application fee.
In submitting your application for a UK spouse visa, you will need to provide proof of your eligibility by including the right documents in support.
This will generally include the following:
- Marriage certificate showing you are in a marriage that is recognised in the UK or a civil partnership certificate
- Photos and other evidence of any Ceremony
- Evidence of contact eg social media, plane tickets, cards etc
- Bank statements showing the necessary level of income for you and your spouse
- Financial documents to satisfy the financial requirements
- Evidence that you have the necessary level of English, which could either be:
- By providing a copy of a degree from a UK university or a degree taught in English from an overseas university together with a certificate from Ecctis confirming your degree is of the required level and that it was taught in English; or
- By passing an approved English language test
You will also need to provide the following information and evidence needed for a UK visa application:
- Your full name and date of birth
- Your current passport or other valid travel identity document
- A copy of the photo page and visa stamps in any expired passports
- Biometric identity details
- Details of any previous immigration applications you have made
- Details of any criminal convictions
- Your national insurance number, if you have one
- Your parents’ dates of birth and nationality, if you are applying from outside of the UK
- Tuberculosis test results if you are from a country where this is required
- Certified translations of any documents that are not in English or Welsh
Your passport should have a blank page available for the visa to be added.
Making a spousal visa application is not always straightforward and applications are often rejected if the right documentary evidence is not included.
Our team of experts will:
- Assess your eligibility
- Go through the documents you have available and ensure that you provide the right supporting paperwork to give you the best possible chance of success.
- Prepare any Statements required
- Obtain translations of supporting documents
- Liaise with the Home Office during your application
- Accurately complete your application
- Prepare a detailed Letter of Representation to support your application
At Halliday Reeves we specialise solely in immigration, meaning we have in-depth knowledge and experience of this complex area of law. If you have any questions about how to apply for spouse visa in UK, please give us a call. We offer a free 15-minute enquiry service to discuss your needs and advise you on the best immigration options for your circumstances.
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