Spouse Visa Applications
As Immigration Specialists our expert spouse visa lawyers will advise prepare and manage the entire applications of spouses who wish to join their partners in the UK, or who seek to extend their stay in the United Kingdom.
UK Spouse Visa
The Spouse visa is the application for non-EEA citizens, who are married partners of British nationals to join their spouses in the UK.
The Spouse visa presents a path to Indefinite Leave to Remain and a British passport.
We have increased movement of individuals as a result of globalisation with international couples becoming the norm rather than the exception. The UK allows for foreign national spouses to reside and live in the UK with partners who have indefinite leave to remain or are British Nationals.
The Spouse Visa is essentially a visa which allows an individual to join their married partner and extend their visa if they meet the necessary requirements below.
We run a specialised service with spouse teams who will deal with your case in a smooth and efficient manner.
If you are a married partner of an EEA national please see our EEA Married Partners page.
We advise that you will need to meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply for a spouse settlement visa:
- The applicant will need to evidence they meet the financial requirement:
- The applicant will need to evidence that they are in a genuine and subsisting relationship: This is subjective element. We will need to provide sufficient evidence and substantiate in our legal representations how you both satisfy this requirement.
- The applicant will need to evidence that they have adequate accommodation:
- The applicant needs to have the required level of English language.
Vast documentation is required to evidence these criteria; applications made with insufficient or incorrect documents will be refused.
The requirements are constantly changing so it is important that you meet the requirements at the time that you make the application which our expert lawyers will of course ensure.
At Westkin Associates we offer the highest quality service so you can be confident that we will specify and handle all the documentation required in assisting you in making a successful application.
Our Spouse visa service
At Westkin we provide an excellent specialised service for spouses who are seeking to join their partners in the United Kingdom or to extend their stay in the UK.
The benefit of using us is that we go beyond just filling out an application. We carry out a comprehensive service, for example by maintaining a relationship. We notify you and plan ahead of time your extension and settlement applications. We always seek to build and maintain a professional relationship with our clients, handling all their long-term immigration matters.
We shall ensure we project manage the application from start to finish in order to secure the visa for you.
Our full service includes:
- An appointment at our offices to discuss your case, the procedure and create a joint strategy moving forwards,
- Client care letter within 24 hours,
- Checklist of specific documentation required,
- Completion of all application forms,
- Extended document of legal representation,
- Correspondence throughout,
- Project management of the entire case.
The above is a comprehensive service, through our specialist and thorough management we remove the burden and stress out of your application.
We recognise that this is only the start of your residence in the UK. Therefore we always plan ahead your future applications, whether it is extension, settlement or attaining British citizenship.
In this way we facilitate the smoothest route from initial application to settlement and eventually British citizenship.
Duration of Visa
Your spouse visa will be granted for 2 ½ years and you will then need to renew this visa for a further 2 ½ years.
On the expiry of your spouse visa we will plan ahead, informing you of the time frames and what arrangements need to be made for the extension of your visa.
Same Day appointment
You can apply for an extension in country and you can attend a Public Enquiry Office to attend a same day appointment where you will receive a decision on the day.
You will be required to evidence that you still meet the requirements as stated above. We advise that you do not spend more than 180 days outside the UK per year if you are aiming to secure your indefinite leave to remain.
At Westkin we will both arrange and have a representative accompany you on the same day appointment to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Indefinite Leave to Remain:
On the expiry of your extension you will be eligible to apply for ILR. The requirements for this are as follows:
- You will be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 5 years on the Spouse visa.
- You must still be in a subsisting relationship with the British citizen or settled person.
In order to qualify for indefinite leave to remain, all applicants aged 18-64 must meet the two parts of the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK requirement by passing both the :
- Life in the UK test
- English Language Test ( unless you are a National of an English speaking country or if you were taught or researched a degree in English)
Again Westkin will prepare the entirety of your application to meet these criteria.
Naturalisation and Citizenship:
Once we have obtained your Indefinite Leave to Remain, as you are still married to a British National we can then apply for your British Citizenship.
For this application you will be required to evidence that you have not been absent from the UK for more than 90 days the year preceding this application.
Follow the link for further guidance on Naturalisation applications
Upon receiving your naturalisation certificate, you will then be eligible to apply for a British passport.
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