UK Spouse Visa Applications
The UK Spouse Visa allows individuals with a British partner to move to the UK and live together for up to 30 months. To gain a UK Spouse Visa, you must be married to, or in a civil partnership with a British Citizen, or someone settled in the UK. The current UK Spouse Visa fee is £1,523.
Westkin have a team of over 15 well trusted Spouse Visa lawyers in London, focused on ensuring that these visas are granted quickly and professionally. We handle initial spouse visa UK applications, appeals and 2nd applications, as well as spouse visa extension and settlement applications as a spouse.
What Is The UK Spouse Visa?
Also known as a UK Partner Visa or UK Marriage Visa, the UK Spouse Visa grants individuals the right to join their partner in living in the UK. Gaining a UK Spouse Visa can be the first step for many towards indefinite leave to remain.
Who is eligible for a UK Spouse Visa?
Applicants for a UK Spouse Visa are required to be married to or in a civil partnership with a UK citizen. Applicants in a partnership with someone settled in the UK may also qualify.
How much is the UK Spouse Visa fee?
The standard cost for the UK Spouse Visa is £1,523, although it can vary depending on if individuals are applying from inside or outside of the UK, and if you intend to bring dependents with you.
How to apply for a UK Spouse Visa?
Individuals applying from outside of the UK will be required to apply online. Your UK Spouse Visa application will need to be supported by some relevant documentation to prove that your relationship is genuine such as a marriage certificate or call logs. Bank statements and payslips can be supplied to prove that you meet the financial requirements of the visa.
How long does it take?
Once you’ve applied, it can take up to 12 weeks to hear back on whether your UK Spouse Visa has been approved. For individuals who are applying from within the UK, the process can take up to 8 weeks.
What are the Spouse Visa requirements?
To qualify for the UK Spouse Visa, applicants must prove that the relationship is genuine and that they are able to financially support themselves in the UK.
What do we do?
Our team at Westkin can assist you with gathering the necessary evidence to prove your relationship as genuine and support your application. We have a proven track record of getting Spouse Visas granted for customers throughout London and the South East.
What do you need to do?
Get in touch with a member of our team today if you require assistance with your Spouse Visa application. We can help to guide you through the process. For more informationation about the Genuine Relationship Test, refer to our in depth Spouse Visa Guide.
Renewals and Extensions
The UK Spouse Visa can be extended after the initial 30 months, for a further 30 months. After living in the UK for 5 years, individuals can also apply for indefinite leave to remain.
Why Choose Westkin for your Spouse Visa Application?
Because it’s such a popular service amongst our clients, we have a large and experienced team available in Central London to assist with Spouse Visa applications. As a business, we at Westkin have built up a level of trust with our Spouse Visa clients, and we are confident that our team can deliver for you and your family. In fact, we believe that you’ll be able to tell the difference in our approach from our very first phone call.
Whether it’s your first time applying for a UK visa and you need guidance through the process, or you need assistance extending your current Spouse Visa, we can provide a bespoke service for you.
“Westkin Associates provided invaluable support leading to a successful Spouse Visa. They were patient, courteous, quick to provide answers and advice, and managed the whole process incredibly smoothly. The company is reasonably priced considering the time involved in ensuring compliance with all the protocols and paperwork. This is well worth the investment to ensure your best chances of success. Recommended without reservation!”
We focus on you, your partner and the relationship
We recognise that no couple are the same, every couple like yours has different needs, different pressures and different timetables. Our aim is to ensure that the immigration rules work for you. We believe no loving couple should be kept apart if one has the right to live in the United Kingdom, which is why we also offer a bespoke service for those in same sex relationships. Our goal is to help you and your partner to build your life in the UK together, with access to a wealth of exciting benefits, including education for your children and freedom to work in the UK.
We believe it is important not to simply tell a client that they do or do not qualify for the spousal visa, but to actually discuss how they can apply and succeed in the quickest and simplest manner possible. If you call in and after discussion, you find that you do not qualify for the Spouse Visa, we can offer you an appointment to go through the process, and ensure that you qualify as soon as possible. In the past, our Spouse Visa clients have found this service especially helpful in meeting the financial requirements.
We understand that once living in the UK, you may have fears of being deported or being unable to work whilst your visa is in appeal. This is why our services don’t end when we have processed your Spouse Visa for you. We also ensure that once the visa is granted, we are available to continue advising you on keeping your visa through the extension and settlement processes.
A note from our clients:
“Westkin Associates helped me obtain a UK Spouse visa from Dubai in record time. Throughout they were pro-active and very professional. Without their guidance and advice, I have no doubt that it would have been far more challenging for me to have achieved a suitable outcome. It would also have taken far longer to navigate the complexities of the UK immigration system by myself.” – Catalina Lipscomb
Call us today on 0207 118 4546, or contact us through our website and give our team a chance to impress you.
We keep up to date with the law
- Our lawyers are up to date with legal changes, changes in process and processing times.
- We monitor trends in Home Office decision making.
- Our team stay informed on areas the Home Office are seeking to crack down on.
- We focus on improving our lawyer’s experience through ongoing internal training on legal rules and client relationships.
Get in touch now, by phone or email and we will make sure we deal with your request immediately.
We run you through the UK Spouse Visa requirements
At Westkin, we offer our clients with a free initial phone consultation, with no commitments. We won’t attempt to charge you fees without ensuring that you have a viable case or further options. This means if the Spouse Visa turns out not to be for you, you won’t have been impacted financially or wasted time.
Most of our clients seek to book an initial face to face appointment, which we tend to charge for. This fee is refundable against any later case. At this appointment, our main aim is to produce a clear action plan moving forward. We will offer you with advice on the necessary documentation, requirements and costs.
“The best Spouse Visa solicitors in London I could have ever dealt with. From the way my case was handled, the communication, replying to my calls and explaining to me in detail about the law. Special thanks to my personal advisor, in getting my spouse visa processed very quickly and professionally.”
After the appointment, we follow up with a detailed engagement letter within 24 hours or so of the end of the meeting. This letter will reiterate to you the advice given and the steps to be taken. If you decide to engage us, we will help you to prepare your application, ensuring that you have a customised list of documents which ensure that you will obtain the spouse visa.
For more information on the UK Spouse Visa, read our full guide. Or get in touch to begin your Spouse Visa application today.
We assess financials, relationship documents and other technical requirements of the UK Spouse Visa
One of the most important aspects of a UK Spouse Visa application is being able to prove that your relationship is genuine. Because of this, our way of ensuring that your Spouse Visa is granted is by going through everything.
There are a number of ways to show that your relationship is genuine for the Spouse Visa application. We like to discuss with our clients how they met, which social media platforms they may use to communicate with each other, which photos they may have together and any trips they may have taken together. Details like this may seem small, but they help us to document your relationship. We will help you to collate this information through personal possessions such as travel itineraries showing trips that you and your partner have taken together, photographs of your relationship showing its chronology, and evidence of ongoing communication between yourself and your partner over a period of time. This can range from emails, to call logs, texts or Facebook messages.
The financial requirements of the UK Spouse Visa is an area which some clients struggle with. Although the income requirement can be relatively low, (£18,600 per annum) there are a number of restrictions. Many clients feel that the Home Office will excuse any issues with paperwork, as it is obvious that they earn more than this sum. Unfortunately this is not the case, and often you will find yourself surprised by how much care we have to take to ensure we have the correct documents in the necessary format. This also applies for those using savings not income to meet the financial requirements.
In addition, there are documents needed to prove you have access to accommodation within the UK and that you meet the English language requirements. You will need to provide these details, even if you have already proven that you are a loving couple with the funds to support yourselves.
Premium Spouse Visa Appointment – Get your visa within 24 hrs!
We are registered with the Home Office to provide speedy processing times for UK Spouse Visa applications. For an additional fee, we can arrange for the Home Office to consider your applications within 24 hours of submitting the UK Spouse Visa application to them. The Home Office fee for this service is a further £800 on top of the standard cost.
The premium visa service helps to reduce stress, by ensuring no delays to travel plans, and the swift return of passports and other key documents.
For more information on our Premium Spouse Visa service, get in touch today. Call us on 0207 118 4546, or reach out through our website.
Spouse Visa Renewals and Extensions
Once the visa is granted, we can assist clients in ensuring they can successfully extend the Visa after 2 and a half years. The issue can become complex if the relationship has fallen into difficulties or if the financial position has changed. It is important to get advice relatively early in the process in order to reduce stress and worry in the extension process.
For more information on extending your spouse visa, please get in touch.
UK Spouse Visa Settlement and Indefinite Leave to Remain
Once the visa is extended, then you will have to wait a further 2 and half years before you can apply for settlement, also known in the UK as Indefinite Leave to Remain. This is granted if the matter is straightforward but often clients get refused through simple documentary errors rather than there was an issue with their relationship or finances. The next stage after that would be to apply for Citizenship, if this is what you want.
If all of this sounds complex, please don’t worry, we can assist in preparing your Spouse Visa application. Call us today on 0207 118 4546.
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