A Spouse visa allows you to enter or remain in the UK as a partner. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements.
Your partner must be:
To apply successfully you must also prove one of the following:
Documents you will need to provide include but are not limited to:
A Spouse visa is initially granted for 2.5 years. After this period you will need to extend you visa if you wish to remain in the UK.
Application cost (payable to Home Office) is:
Entry clearance (if you apply from outside the UK): £1523
Extension – FLR M (if you apply from inside the UK): £1033
If you want to bring your children as dependants, the cost for their application from outside the UK is £1523. The cost of an extension from inside the UK is £1033.
Immigration health surcharge: £400 per year. If you apply for a 2.5 year visa the fee would be £1200 if you apply from outside the UK and £1000 if you apply from inside the UK.
If you want a faster decision on your application and are applying from outside the UK, you can opt for priority service – £573 (your application should be processed at the front of the queue;
If you are applying from inside the UK, you will have an option to have your decision within one working day for £800.
Premium service might not be suitable if you had refusals in the past or otherwise have a peculiar immigration history.
Please kindly note that your application processing times as well as the outcome of your application are beyond our control.
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If you are a UK spouse visa holder and your period of leave is due to expire, you will need to apply for a spouse visa extension to remain in the country with your partner.
Spouse visa extension: Eligibility Criteria.
Relationship requirement for spouse visa extension
The applicant will need to prove that they are in a genuine and subsisting relationship with their spouse who is either:More information
Unmarried Partner Visa allows unmarried partners to work and stay in the UK. Since 2014, same-sex couples also have been permitted to marry. According to the Immigration Rules and the EEA regulations, the term unmarried partner relationship is be defined as: “Two persons living together in a relationship akin to marriage for at least two years”.More information
The Fiance Visa is designed to enable individuals to enter the UK to marry or enter into a civil partnership with their UK-based partner. The applicant and their partner both need to be 18 or over.More information
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If you want to come to the UK to join your family, you may be able to apply under one of the following routes:
EU citizens and family members:
If you or your close family member started living in the UK before 1 January 2021, you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline is 30 June 2021.More information
Our client, a non-EEA national, initially obtained a residence card as the spouse of an EEA national. Our client subsequently divorced from his EEA national spouse and obtained a residence card under the Retained Rights route. The client then applied for permanent residence, which was refused and a subsequent appeal was dismissed by First-Tier Tribunal as the Judge wrongly thought the client needed to be a qualified person, not his EEA national spouse during the time their marriage lasted. Permission to appeal on this basis was granted.
In the recent case of Topadar v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1525 the Court of Appeal examined two questions:
At what point is an immigration application decided by the Home Office?
Is it procedurally unfair for the Home Office to refuse an application due to the applicant’s sponsor (i.e. their employer) failing to provide additional information (without the applicant ever being made aware of the request)?
The Court of Appeal decided:
Our immigration team achieved great success in representing a client in her appeal against the Home Office’s decision to refuse issuance of the Residence Card as an extended family member of an EEA national.
Our client, a Ukrainian national entered the UK as a Family Permit holder and was residing in the UK as an extended family member of an EEA national (her father-in-law was Portuguese). Our client lived with her husband and son, whose residence in the UK was also dependent on the same EEA national.
The Immigration Rules regarding long residence provide that Applicants who have resided in the UK continuously and lawfully for 10 years are entitled to apply for indefinite leave to remain.
This begs the question: what if I have a gap in my lawful residence?
The Immigration Rules state as follows: 276B. The requirements to be met by an applicant for indefinite leave to remain on the ground of long residence in the United Kingdom are that:
Sterling Law has successfully challenged a decision by Student Finance England to refuse a student loan to a settled non-EU national because it was not believed that he met the lawful residence requirements.