Whether your spouse is returning to the UK with you, or for a partner who will be joining you, this page details the options available for you and your significant other.
You can apply for a Spouse visa to join your partner in the UK if you and your partner are both 18 years or over. You and your partner must intend to live in the UK permanently after you apply for your visa.
A British citizen; or Have an Indefinite Leave to Remain status
You must be able to submit an original marriage certificate which is valid to show the relationship you have with your partner.
This is the crucial requirement for every application. To ensure that your family will not be relying on recourse to public funds, there is a minimum earning requirements of £18,600 to be met by your sponsor or yourself if you are currently in the UK with a valid visa. If a non-British child will be included in this application, the minimum earnings requirement will be
£22,400, and additional £2,400 on top for each additional child who is applying.
Salaried or non-salaried employment income (Category A or Category B)
Non-employment income e.g. income from property rental or dividends from shares (Category C) Cash savings of the sponsor, and/or the applicant which is held for at least 6 months (Category D) Pension (UK or foreign), occupational or private pension of the applicant and/or sponsor (Category E)
Income from self-employment, and income as a director a specified limited company in the UK (Category F or Category G)
Depending on the category you or your sponsor qualify, you will need to provide several supporting documents in its’ original form to support your application.
The rules relating to the financial requirement is long and it can be complicated or overwhelming. We encourage our client to speak to us to discuss their individual circumstances to ensure that can get the correct advice.
As part of this application, you will be required to demonstrate evidence of knowledge of English. You can do so by:
Your sponsor will need to ensure that there will be an adequate accommodation for you to live in the UK. Your sponsor will need to factor in who will be living in the property (if you won’t be living in the property exclusively with your sponsor), and ensure that there are enough rooms in the property to avoid overcrowding.
If your application is successful, you will be granted a permission to live and work in the UK for a period of 33 months (if you applied from abroad), or 30 months ( if you applied inside the UK. You will be required to extend your visa at the end of this visa period and if your application is successful, you will be granted a further 30 months extension. This period is known as ‘probationary period’ and once you have completed the 5 years period, you will be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.