A Spouse Visa or Partner Visa (also known as the Family of a Settled Person Visa), enables a national from outside the UK to enter or remain in the UK with their partner. An applicant must be married, cohabitating or in a civil partnership with a British national or someone who is settled in the UK.
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Both my fiancé and I used QC Immigration this year for our new visa and naturalisation applications, respectively, and were very happy with the service. Our main point of contact was Marianna, who was very prompt and thorough in her preparation of our applications and helpful throughout every step of the process with our concerns, etc. Highly recommend QC Immigration. Thank you again, Marianna!
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I have been using QC Immigration to help prepare for my partner's Proposed Civil Partnership Visa application. We have been dealing with Marianna since January, and have found her to be extremely professional, knowledgeable and personable. She has always responded to my queries and concerns, (however neurotic!) and she has paid great attention to detail. It has been an invaluable service, and should our application be successful in this instance, I will not hesitate to appoint QC Immigration again to assist with the next stages. Many thanks again for your hard work and for showing us such an understanding and caring attitude! :)
My partner and I recently used QC Immigration when applying for a UK partner visa. They were very professional throughout and dealt with all questions and queries accordingly. Marianna was our main point of contact and was extremely diligent and reassuring throughout the process. We appreciated their attention to detail and extensive knowledge of UK immigration law and would highly recommend them to any prospective clients.
If your relationship ends, this can have an impact on your current rights and any future visa applications. In some cases, your visa may be curtailed hence you have to make a new application urgently. In these cases, it is usually important to act quickly so please get in touch if you would like to discuss this with the team.
If your application has been rejected, you can appeal against the Home Office’s decision. This can be a lengthy process and it is usually strongly recommended to seek help from professional advisers. If this is something you need help with, get in touch with our expert team today.
If you are still engaged to your partner and intend on marrying within 6 months of being in the UK, you can apply for 6 months of stay through a Fiancé or Fiancée Visa. Once married, you may switch to a Spouse Visa so long as you meet all of the requirements.
When your Spouse Visa is granted, you will be granted leave to remain for a duration of at least 2 years and 6 months. After this, you will need to apply for an extension or switch to another suitable visa to remain in the UK.
Having suitable accommodation is one of the requirements for the Spouse Visa. Your accommodation must be large enough for you, your partner, and any dependants that you intend to bring to the UK. Your family must be the sole occupiers of the property. This can also be a dedicated part of a property.
A Spouse Visa can be extended for another 2 years and 6 months, as long as your current visa hasn’t expired. After living in the UK for a total of 5 years, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
There can be certain circumstances where meeting financial requirements does not apply. For example, combined income from you or your partner, or continued financial assistance from a relative may be taken into consideration. As this area can be complex which may require the Home Office to exercise discretion, seeking professional legal advice before you apply is highly encouraged.
Applicants need to be able to prove that they are in a genuine relationship. Evidence that will be considered by the Home Office includes a child/children’s birth certificates, shared bank accounts, mortgages or tenancy agreements, any communication logs (messages), or any other document proving that you intend to live together in the UK.
Processing times can vary depending on individual cases or the country you are applying from. Typically, this can take approximately 8 weeks but a well-presented case enables the Home Office to make a decision much quicker.
You will have to take a listening and speaking test through a SELT (Secure English Language Testing) provider. You do not need to take a test if you are under 18 or over 65, are a national from a majority English speaking country, have a long-term mental or physical condition, or hold a degree taught or researched in English (this will need to be confirmed by UK ENIC – formerly UK NARIC).
QC Immigration can help Increase your chances of your UK visa application being accepted with the help of our experienced immigration lawyers.