UK Spouse Visa

Initial Spouse Visa (Out Country)

Do you want your partner to join you in the UK and they are currently abroad. You want to know what are the requirements. Do you have what it takes to succeed in this category, why not speak with us today and see if your loved-one can join you sooner rather than later. Please call us on 0207 193 3839 or email admin@wafi.co.uk

The basic questions to ask are as follows:
– Are you already married or do you plan to marry in the UK?
– The key documents are they in order?

  • Valid passport (not due to expire in the next 6 months)
  • Evidence of minimum income requirement (£18,600 per year or receiving exempt benefit)
  • Proof of genuine relationship (genuine, subsisting and durable)
  • English language certificate (A1 / A2 – Extension or See exempt country list =>)
  • Right to live in the country where you want to apply from (Third country residence permit)
  • TB test results, if necessary (See list)

– Who should handle the application process?
– Do you have the required funds?
– Opt for the faster service?

Switching to Spouse Visa (In the UK)

You want to change your visa type. You want to know what are the requirements if you got married or relied on your existing relationship. Do you have what it takes to succeed in this category, why not speak with us today and see if you can change your current visa type to a Spouse Visa.

The basic questions to ask are as follows:
– Are you already married or do you plan to marry or proceed as an unmarried couple?
– The key documents are they in order?
– Who should handle the application process?
– Do you have the required funds?
– Opt for the faster service?

First Spouse Visa Extension / Further Leave

Is your visa due to expire soon. Do you need to extend or can you apply for ILR. We encourage you to prepare at least 3 months before your current leave is due to end. This gives you time to gather your documents and be prepared for the next stage.

The basic questions to ask are as follows:
– Are your circumstances the same as they were when you first applied?
– The key documents are they in order?
– Who should handle the application process?
– Do you have the required funds?
– Opt for the faster service?

It is not always easy to meet all the spouse visa requirements during the 5 year period.

10 year Partner Visa Route

Normally the spouse visa is a 5 year route, however if you do not meet all the requirements, you may be placed on the 10 year route.If your current visa is due to expire soon or you have already completed 10 years of lawful residence using any type of valid leave. Do you need to extend or can you apply for ILR? We encourage you to prepare at least 3 months before your current leave is due to end. This gives you time to gather your documents and be prepared for the next stage.

The basic questions to ask are as follows:
– Are your circumstances the same as they were when you applied previously?
– If you are now completing 10 years do you have the proofs?
– The key documents are they in order?
– Who should handle the application process?
– Do you have the required funds?
– Opt for the faster service?

Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)

Are you ready for ILR, have you completed the 5 yeasr / 10 years of lawful residence. Do you need to extend or can you apply for ILR now. We encourage you to prepare at least 3 months before your current leave is due to end. This gives you time to gather your documents and be prepared for the next stage.

The basic questions to ask are as follows:
– Are your circumstances the same as they were when you applied the last time?
– If you are completing 5 or 10 year routes do you have the required continued lawful residence?
– The key documents are they in order?
– Who should handle the application process?
– Do you have the required funds?
– Opt for the faster service?

Become British

Become British and get British Passport
Becoming British is the final stage in your immigration journey. It is a privilege and not a right of the individual. If you are refused for any reason you can ask for a reconsideration.

Have you held ILR or PR (EEA Route) for over 10 months. Do you need to wait or can you apply to become British citizen now. We encourage you to prepare at least 3 months before you reach 12 months holding ILR. This gives you time to gather your documents and be prepared for the final stage.

The basic questions to ask are as follows:
– Do you have the required 5 years continued lawful residence?
– The key documents are they in order?
– Are there any issues that can lead to refusal?
– Who should handle the application process?
– Do you have the required funds?
– Opt for the faster service?

Key Documents

This depends on which stage you are at, this can be divided into 3 stages. Initial application, ILR and Becoming British.

The basic questions to ask are as follows:
– The key documents are they in order?
– Financial evidence and relationship evidence.
– Spouse A1 / A2 English and TB test (if outside UK)
– ILR/ become British – do you have Good character issues, continued residence evidence, Life in UK and B1 English.

Financial Requirements

On the spouse route your UK income has to be above £18,600 or more per year gross.

The basic questions to ask are as follows:
– Are you employed and need 6 or 12 months payslips and bank statements
– Are you self-employed do you need 2 tax years plus period since your last tax return.
– Are you using savings alone or as a mix of salary and savings.
– You will need to submit specified documents for your chosen category.

For salaried income this includes, letter from employer confirming employment, salary level and duration, 6 months worth of pay slips and corresponding bank statements.

English test – exempt country list

If you are from one of the countries below, or hold that nationality you will not be required to take the A1, A2, or B1 English test, however you will still need the Life in the UK test for ILR and Nationality applications. So please check what is required before you apply.

Antigua and Barbuda | Australia | The Bahamas | Barbados | Belize | Canada | Dominica | Grenada | Guyana | Jamaica | New Zealand | St Kitts and Nevis | St Lucia | St Vincent and the Grenadines | Trinidad and Tobago | The United States of America |

Countries where you require a TB test certificate to enter the UK

If you are applying from a country listed below, you will need to take the TB test. If you are a national of one of these countries but resident else where in a country not listed. You do not need to take the test, so please check with the Home Office guidance first.

A Afghanistan Algeria Angola Armenia Azerbaijan
B Bangladesh Belarus Benin (get tested in Nigeria) Bhutan Bolivia Botswana Brunei Burma Burkina Faso (get tested in Ghana) Burundi (get tested in Rwanda)
C Cambodia Cape Verde (get tested in Gambia or Senegal) Central African Republic (get tested in Cameroon) Chad (get tested in Cameroon) Cameroon China Congo (get tested in Democratic Republic of the Congo) Côte d’Ivoire
D Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti (get tested in Ethiopia) Dominican Republic
E East Timor (get tested in Indonesia) Ecuador Equatorial Guinea (get tested in Ghana) Eritrea (get tested in Kenya) Ethiopia
G Gabon (get tested in Cameroon) Gambia Georgia Ghana Guatemala Guinea (get tested in Sierra Leone) Guinea Bissau (get tested in Gambia or Senegal) Guyana
H Haiti Hong Kong
I India Indonesia Iraq
K Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati (get tested in Fiji) Kyrgyzstan (get tested in Kazakhstan)
L Laos (get tested in Thailand) Lesotho (get tested in South Africa) Liberia (get tested in Ghana)
M Macau (get tested in Hong Kong) Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Mali (get tested in Gambia or Senegal) Marshall Islands (get tested in Fiji) Mauritania (get tested in Morocco) Micronesia (get tested in Fiji) Moldova Mongolia Morocco Mozambique
N Namibia Nepal Niger (get tested in Ghana) Nigeria North Korea
P Pakistan Palau (get tested in Philippines) Papua New Guinea Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines
R Russia Rwanda
S São Tomé and Principe (get tested in Angola) Senegal Sierra Leone Solomon Islands (get tested in Papua New Guinea) Somalia (get tested in Kenya) South Africa South Korea South Sudan (get tested in Kenya) Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname (get tested in Guyana) Swaziland (get tested in South Africa)
T Tajikistan Tanzania Togo (get tested in Ghana) Thailand Turkmenistan Tuvalu (get tested in Fiji)
U Uganda Ukraine Uzbekistan
V Vanuatu (get tested in Fiji) Vietnam
Z Zambia Zimbabwe

Appeals and other options

Have you been refused for any reason? Do you want to seek Admin Review, Appeal, Judicial Review a Home Office or an Entry clearance decision? Please get in touch and we can assist in moving things forward.

We have extensive experience in all aspects of UK spouse visa. Please get in touch and we can discuss your needs. Call 02071933839 or email admin@wafi.co.uk

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