Spouse Visa UK
Non-European nationals can apply to enter or remain in the UK as either the spouse/partner of a British citizen or a person with settled status, refugee leave or humanitarian protection under a Spouse Visa UK, Partner Visa or unmarried partner visa. Settled status, also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), means having been given permission to settle here permanently.
If you are outside the UK you must obtain your spouse visa or partner visa before travelling.
Criteria for a Spouse Visa UK or Partner Visa
As the non-European spouse, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner of a British citizen or a person with settled status, you will be given permission to stay in the UK for 33 months, subject to satisfying the following criteria for the relevant visa under the Immigration Rules:
If you continue to meet all the requirements you can apply to stay for a further 30 months.
After a 5-year period, you may apply for settlement (ILR) in the UK. Alternatively, you may be eligible to apply under the less stringent 10-year route which overlooks the financial and English language requirement, although you will need to show insurmountable obstacles to family life with your spouse or partner continuing overseas.
If you do not meet the requirements for either route you may be given permission to remain here on the basis of your private life, subject to evidence that you have resided continuously in the UK for a required period of time. Both the private life and 10-year settlement route can only be made via applications from within the UK.
How to Apply for a UK Spouse / Civil Parnetship Visa
You can apply online, by post or at a premium service centre. Not only will you have to fill out an extensive and complicated application form, but you will need to ensure that you have all of the necessary documents to support the application.
There may also be an interview process for you and your partner if the caseworker examing the application does not feel that your relationship is authentic.
Spouse visa and partner visa applications can be complex, to maximise the chances of a successful outcome it’s best to have quality legal advice from the beginning.
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How long does a visa application take?
We will normally be able to submit your application within 4 – 8 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times.
For an informal discussion regarding your case, or to book an appointment with our Immigration team, please call us now on 020 3051 5060.