Spouse Visa

Spouse Visa Solicitors

If you are a British citizen and/or settled in the United Kingdom, and you wish to bring your spouse into over, then you need to apply for a Spouse visa.

In order to do so, you have to meet the following criteria:

  • You and your spouse are of legal age (which in the United Kingdom is 18)
  • Either you have savings of £18,600 or your partner earns the same amount
  • You have a suitable living environment in the United Kingdom
  • You meet the English language fluency requirements
  • You are able to fully support yourself and any dependents
  • You and your partner intend to live together, permanently

If you are about to get married, you need to apply for a fiancé or proposed civil partner visa. For more information on this, please contact our Stoke-on-Trent spouse visa solicitors on 01782 212903

How long is a spouse visa valid for

If your visa is approved, the Spouse visa is valid for 2.5 years. You will ned to renew the visa, if your stay extends beyond this duration.

Can I extend my spouse visa

If you decided to apply for an extension of your Spouse visa,  you can do so fo an additional 30 months, which will bring your stay in the United Kingdom to 5 years.

If you remain in the United Kingdom for those 5 years, you become eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). If you want to know more about settling in the United Kingdom, please click here.

What evidence do I need for my spouse visa application

For your Spouse visa application, you need to submit the following:

  • Proof of your names (as well as any legal name changes) and date of birth
  • A valid passport or any other form of valid travel documents
  • Copy of visa/entry stamps in your previous passport
  • Copy of your previous passport’s photo page
  • Information about any previous immigrant applications you’ve made
  • Declaration of any criminal convictions
  • Certified/verified translation of any documents that are not in either English or Welsh
  • Your National Insurance (NI) number, if you have one
  • Evidence of your biometric residence permit, if you have one
  • Your tuberculosis (TB) test results, if applicable
  • Your parents’ nationalities and dates of birth, if the applicant is outside the United Kingdom
  • Evidence that you meet the financial conditions required for you to reside in the United Kingdom
  • Evidence of your relationship status with your current partner
  • Information on all of your children, even if they are not looking to relocate to the United Kingdom

Give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.

BOLTON: 01204 565006
STOKE-ON-TRENT: 01782 212903

Visa Appeals

Spouse visas can be refused and in that situation, you can appeal the decision.

The most common reasons for refusal are:

  • You did not meet the English language requirements
  • You applied for the wrong type of visa
  • The documents you submitted with poorly organised
  • You did not disclose criminal convictions
  • You have not followed the Home Office application guidelines

If you are in the United Kingdom, then you have 14 days (from the day you received the decision) to appeal your rejection. If you are not in the United Kingdom, then you have 28 days to appeal the decision. 

How long does it take to get a decision

Typically, a Spouse visa application takes 2-12 weeks to process from the date of submission. If the application is from outside, then it is likely to take longer. It is also important to note that in some cases, the process can take as long as 24 weeks.

If you want to expedite the process, there is a priority service available that takes just 30 days. However, this does increase the cost of the application.

Apply for a spouse visa with our help

If you need legal assistance with a spouse visa or visa appeal, contact our immigration lawyers today. Our highly successful team of immigration solicitors can assist in all types of visa applications, from spouse visa applications and appeals to standard visitor visa and student visa applications. 

You can contact our Stoke-on-Trent immigration department by calling 01782 212903 or our immigration solicitors in Manchester on 01204 565006.

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