Individuals who are married to, engaged to, or in a civil partnership with a UK citizen can apply for a UK Spouse Visa. The UK Spouse visa, also known as the UK partner visa, is available for non-UK residents who are over 18 years old. Your partner in the UK must also be over 18 years old in order for you to apply. If you are coming to the UK to join your spouse from outside of the EEA, you will need a UK spouse visa. A spouse visa will grant you the right to live and work in the UK like a British citizens.
What are the general requirements for a spouse visa?
To apply for a spouse visa, you must have all of the required documents, have a demonstrable knowledge of the English language, have suitable accommodation whilst living in the UK, and be able to prove your relationship with your spouse through a ‘Genuine Relationship Test’. The Genuine Relationship Test can include providing evidence such as a shared bank account with your spouse, evidence of children you have together or a joint mortgage or tenancy agreement.
Another requirement for the spouse visa is that you are able to meet the minimum income threshold. This means that you and your partner will need to be able to prove that once living together in the UK, you would both be able to support yourselves financially without the need to claim benefits or receive other financial aid.
What are the financial requirements for the UK spouse visa?
To prove that you and your partner have the means to support yourselves once living together in the UK, the individual living in the UK, known as your sponsor, will need to show that they have financial income to support the applicant. In this process, only the sponsors finances are considered, and the salary of the applicant can not be taken into account. The sponsor must meet the following criteria:
- Individuals with no dependent children will need to show an income of at least £18,600 before tax.
- Individuals with one dependent child will need to show an income of at least £22,400 before tax.
- Individuals with more than one dependent child will need an extra £2,400 for each child.
In order to meet the financial requirements for the UK spouse visa, your sponsor will need to be able to prove that they are earning the above amounts from a legitimate source. The financial requirements do not need to be earned through an annual salary alone, they can be met with earnings through work, personal savings, pension, sick pay, and maternity or paternity pay.
Sponsors who are on benefits may also meet the income requirements, depending on the benefits they receive. Many individuals rely on a combination of yearly income and savings. Individuals will need to be able to prove that they have enough financial support to cover the entire length of their intended stay in the UK.
Why choose Westkin for your spouse visa?
Our lawyers have helped a huge number of individuals with their UK spouse visas. We will guide you through the process of being able to meet the accommodation requirements, finance requirements and proof of relationship requirements, and ensuring you have the correct paperwork to meet these requirements. Our lawyers will help to make sure that you have met all of the mandatory requirements for the visa.
If you are looking to apply for the UK spouse visa but you are worried about your finances, there may be special cases where your application could still be granted. Our team can help you through the process.
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