Spouse/Marriage Visa and Family Visas
What do you need to know?
It is such an exciting time when you have met the one you love and you want to live together as husband and wife or civil partner.
We have help hundreds or couples of all different nationalities apply for a UK spouse visa or leave to remain from within the UK. We have seen many changes to legislation covering the spouse visa, so whether you are applying from with the UK or outside of the UK, contact us for legal advice today.
What is a Spouse Visa?
In simple terms this is the visa/leave to remain; a non residence “married husband or wife or civil partner/applicant (same sex)”, would have to apply for before he or she can live with their British partner or settled partner in the United Kingdom.
The applicant spouse may have to sit the English Language Test (commonwealth nationals do not), and in addition supply evidence of a “genuine relationship”.
The spouse visa is considered at the UK Visa Centre abroad, and in some countries can be considered within 15 days or less.
If the UK Visa Centre is satisfied that the applicant spouse’s documents meet the legal requirements as set out in paragraph 281 of HC 395 of The Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules; along with the new family rules in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, then entry clearance for 2.5 years will be granted.
It is quite possible for the applicant holding UK Visas for longer than 12 months to apply to switch (not all migrants qualify for switching) their status to the spouse – further leave to remain; without having to leave the UK.
In general terms this visa can be extended again for a final 2.5 years, if approved than subject to any future changes in the law, the migrant spouse may qualify to apply for British Citizenship.
The conditions of the Appendix FM can be read on your UK Immigration Summary Notes.
What is a Marriage Visitor Visa?
The applicant must not intend to marry or form a civil partnership, or to give notice of this, in the UK, except where they have a visit visa endorsed for marriage or civil partnership.
The applicant for a marriage or civil partnership visit visa must satisfy the decision maker that they meet the requirements at V 4.2 – V 4.10 and must be aged 18 or over. On arrival in the UK a visitor coming to marry or form a civil partnership, or give notice of this, in the UK must have a valid visit visa endorsed with this purpose and the name of the holder’s fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner.
Once allowed to marry, and upon completing the purpose of travel, the applicant must apply for the spouse visa from their country or residence, not the UK.
The conditions under the Marriage Visitor Visa can be read on the UK Immigration Summary Notes.
Legal guidance at a glance:
- Advice on the Legal Requirements
- Application assessment and submission
- Advice on the Financial Threshold
- Representations to the Home Office or UK Visa Centres
- Complete legal support from start to Entry Clearance
Family Member Applications
Family member applications are for those living abroad, that can be sponsored, to settle in the United Kingdom on a permanent basis.
The legal requirements for the application to be successful dependants how close the tie is with the UK family Sponsor.
Also these applications are assessed on how dependant the applicant is on the UK Family Sponsor both financially and emotionally?
If you are the applicant living abroad, and you wish to join your family in the UK, consider the following points:-
Are you a Grandparent; or
Family Members Applications are subject to the above points, however there are additional factors that must be assessed, call us today on 01634 828288 to understand what the legal requirements are.
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