Spouse Visa UK
Join Your Partner in the UK with a Spouse Visa
How Do I Apply for a Spouse/Partner Visa?
To apply for a Spouse Visa as a partner or spouse you will, need to both be 18 or over. Your partner or spouse must:
- Be a British or Irish citizen.
- Have settled in the UK - for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence.
- Be from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status - they must have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021.
- Have a Turkish Businessperson visa or Turkish Worker visa.
- Have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK.
You and your partner must intend to live together permanently in the UK after you apply.
If your partner has settled status you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme or for a family permit.
What do you need to prove?
You must be able to prove one of the following:
You also need to prove:
If you do not meet these requirements you may still be able to apply for a visa or extend your permission to stay if:
Applying as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner
You must prove that:
If your wedding or civil ceremony has been delayed because of COVID-19, you might still be able to request an extension or apply to extend your stay.
Remember you will not be able to work during your engagement.
How long can i stay?
You can stay in the UK for 2 years and 9 months on this visa. If you’re applying as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner, you can stay for 6 months. After this you’ll need to apply to extend your stay.
What happens if you extend or switch to this visa?
If you extend your family visa or switch to this visa you can stay in the UK for 2 years and 6 months.
How to apply
You’ll need to prepare information and documents to provide with your application.
How you apply depends on whether you’re in the UK or not.
Outside the UK
You must apply online from outside the UK.
In the UK
You must apply online in the UK.
What happens if you cannot pay the fee?
Fill in the online fee waiver request form as well if you cannot pay the fee because you:
- Do not have a place to live and cannot afford one
- Have a place to live but cannot afford essential living costs like food or heating
- Have a very low income and paying the fee would harm your child’s wellbeing
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do if I have children?
You can apply with your children. You can add children to your application as dependants if both of the following apply:
- They are under 18 when you apply, or were under 18 when they were first granted leave.
- They do not live an independent life. Remember your child is considered as living an independent life if, for example, they’ve left home, got married and had children.
When can I settle permanently in the UK?
The earliest you can apply to settle in the UK (called ‘indefinite leave to remain’) is after you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years continuously on a family visa as a partner.
This cannot include time you’ve spent in the UK:
- on any other visa
- as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner
To speak to our expert Family Law Solicitors in confidence about any aspect of family law contact Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors on 01274 780 442 or email us at email@example.com.
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I am extremely happy with the professional and caring legal advice and service I received from Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors. with an extra special thanks to Shazia from the firm. I made contact with Shazia in September 2020 at a time where I had lost all hope whilst trying to be reunited with my partner. We have been separated for almost 4 years as he had to leave the UK due to visa refusals. On top of that, we had many complexities in our case, due to previous bad immigration history, personal family circumstances and even accumulated debt left behind in the UK. Being aware of this, I got in touch with Shazia and explained to her my situation and what I required. She was very attentive and guided me through a new spouse visa application for my partner. Although we were and still are in the midst of a pandemic and with working from home and all, Shazia really made me feel comfortable and reassured me throughout the whole process. The firm were always available for when I had a query or concern and very responsive to my emails and phone calls. So we applied in November 2020 and thankfully received the visa earlier this week in Feb 2021. I cant begin to explain how pleased I am with the result and I am so happy I decided to go ahead with Meresbook Pollard Solicitors and I would 100% recommend them to friends and family in the future.
February 27, 2021
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