Individuals who are married to British citizens or have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK are eligible for the Spouse visa category. It may also be used by spouses of individuals on leave as refugees or for humanitarian reasons and those on leave under Appendix EU or as a Turkish worker or a Turkish businessperson.
Making a Spouse visa application to enter and stay in the UK may be a difficult decision. Therefore in this article, we'll go through everything you need to know about applying for a UK spouse visa, including the requirements, documents required, fees, and application process.
From outside the country, you may apply for a Spouse Visa online. If you are already in the UK, you may apply online if you meet all of the qualifying requirements and have all the necessary documents. If this isn't the case, you may have to fill out a postal application form instead.
A Spouse Visa is usually granted for a period of 2.5 years and enables the bearer to work freely in the United Kingdom. After the first 2.5 years, the holder may request an extension and, after 5 years, be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
Please keep in mind that proof of cohabitation over a 5-year period is required for ILR petitions.
Both parties must be able to prove the following to make this application:
As you would expect, you'll be required to submit a lot of documentation proof for a visa with such favorable terms. The majority of this documentation proof will be connected to the relationship and used to determine whether or not the relationship is real. Due to a history of "sham marriages" in the United Kingdom, the requirements for visas, including relationships/marriages, have been substantially tightened. As a result, you will be required to complete a significant amount of documents.
You will need to submit identification information (such as passports), as well as documents related to your criminal history (if any), financial position, and, depending on your particular circumstances, your health.
The following is a list of the documents you'll need to apply for a UK spouse visa:
To be eligible for a UK spouse visa in 2021, you must meet the following criteria:
If you can meet these requirements, you should have a very strong application; however, you can apply even if you don't meet all of them.
The fee for applying for a Spouse Visa is £1,523, and it is subject to change regularly. The application and supporting documentation must be filled out and submitted online. You'll also have to pay additional fees, such as the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), which is currently £400 per applicant per year and is expected to rise to around £600 per year. You will need to pay disbursements separately if you have used legal assistance.
For your application to be processed, you must pay the entire amount upfront; the prices mentioned above only cover standard fees. If you want your application to be processed faster, you'll have to pay for a premium service, which will cost you more money.
To apply for a spouse visa, you must fill out an online application form. Depending on whether you're applying from inside the UK or overseas, you'll need to fill out a separate application form.
Before applying for a UK spouse visa, consult an immigration lawyer to ensure that you are using the proper application forms for your specific situation.
You should prepare your supporting documents at the same time as you prepare your spouse visa application form since there are certain document requirements that require your documents to be dated before the day you submit the online application form. Individuals may submit scans of their spouse visa supporting papers for the Home Office to review under the present method. However, since the Home Office modifies its method from time to time, you should verify the particular process for the country you plan to apply at the time you apply.