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UK Spouse Visa

Spouse visa allows the spouse of anyone who is present and settled in the UK to join their present and settled in the UK to bring thier spouse A British citizen or settled person (a person with Indefinite Leave to remain or permanent residence) is eligible to bring their spouse to join them in the UK.

Marriage visa

Difference between a marriage visa and a spouse visa

The UK marriage visa is a term commonly used to refer to the spouse visa however, there lies a minor difference between the two. A spouse visa allows the spouses of British citizens and/or persons free from immigration control to join their partners in the UK. A marriage visa refers broadly to several visa categories which allow partners of persons with lawful residence to bring their overseas partners to join them in the UK. This may include dependants of persons who would normally need a visa to come into the country as opposed to a spouse visa which is issued solely to spouses of ‘British citizens or settled persons.

Importantly, what is commonly called a marriage visa does not in itself exist as an immigration route however, a spouse visa is an immigration category. A marriage visa may include both a spouse visa and PBS Dependant visa as a spouse or someone with a valid leave to remain in the country (Tier 1, 2, or 4).

The kind of marriage visa you will need will normally depend on your circumstance.

British citizen —> Spouse visa

Person with ILR or permanent residence —-> Spouse Visa

EEA National married to a non-EEA —> EEA Family permit (submitted outside the UK)

Person with refugee status or humanitarian protection —> Family reunion

Tier 4 student visa Dependant of a Tier 4 visa holder

Tier 2 general visa Dependant of a Tier 2 General visa holder

Conditions of a spouse visa

A spouse visa is normally issued for 2.5 years and allows the holder to work in the UK without restrictions. At the end of the first granted 2.5 year period, the holder is able to apply for an extension and would be eligible for indefinite leave to remain after 5 years on this visa route.

Please note that for indefinite leave to remain applications you will need to provide evidence of cohabitation throughout the 5 year period.

In order to be able to make this application both parties must be able to provide the following: –

  • That they have physically met each other;
  • Are legally married;
  • That there is an intention to live permanently together in the UK as couple; and
  • That the sponsor meets the financial requirements as described in the immigration rules.

Other Requirements

The requirements for the Spouse visa can be found in the Appendix FM of the immigration rules.

Importantly, four main requirements would need to me met.

  • Prove of genuine and subsisting relationship between the partners;
  • Meeting the financial requirements as stated in Appendix FM (currently a minimum of £18,600 gross per annum;
  • Meet the English language requirement; and
  • Meet accommodation requirement.

Financial requirements

In order to be able to bring in your spouse to the UK, you need to be able to show that you can look after them whilst in the UK. You need to earn above a threshold to prove that they will not be a burden on the state whilst in the country. This is what is referred to as meeting the financial requirements.

It is important to note however that you will be exempt from the financial requirement if you are in the UK as a refugee or under humanitarian protection. However, you will still need to show that you earn a minimum gross salary/wage; the amount will depend on who you are applying for.

If you are applying for your spouse alone you will need to show that you earn a minimum gross annual of income of £18,600.

If you are applying for your spouse and one child the financial requirement is £22,400 gross per annum.

For every additional child in addition to point 2 above you need to add £2,400 for each child to the £22,400 gross per annum.

Combining income

If you are not able to meet the financial requirement using one source of income, you can combine the following source of income.

  • Self-employment/employment income
  • Pension
  • Maternity, sickness, adoption or paternity pay
  • Income from rent or shares
  • Minimum cash savings of £16,000 for at least six months.

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