SPOUSE VISA

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What is a Spouse visa?

The Spouse UK visa route allows an individual to enter or remain in the UK on the basis of their family life
with a person who is a British citizen or settled in the UK

Financial requirements as set out in the Immigration Rules:

  • The British citizen or settled individual (or the applicant, if the applicant is in the UK with permission to work) must have a gross annual income of at least £29,000.  This will be raised to £34,500 and finally £38,700 by early 2025
  • In addition to salaried employment income, other income sources can also be relied on either individually or combined to meet the financial requirement including self-employment of the British citizen or settled individual (or of the applicant, if the applicant is in the UK with permission to work), cash savings, pension income and additional non-employment income sources including property rental income, dividends or other income from investments, stocks and shares, bonds or trust funds and interest from savings
  • You must provide evidence that there will be adequate accommodation, without recourse to public funds, for your family, including other family members who are not included in the application but who live in the same household, which the family will own or occupy exclusively

    Further Information and FAQs

    • What categories of individuals are deemed to be ‘settled’ in the UK?

      ‘Settled’ individuals include the following:

      • Irish citizens
      • People who have been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
      • People with indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK (also known as ‘settlement’)

    • Do you need to satisfy an English language requirement for a Spouse visa?

      You must satisfy a basic English language requirement in speaking and listening at a minimum of level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (unless an exemption applies).

      For further leave to remain in the UK after having previously been granted leave as a partner, you must satisfy an increased English language requirement in speaking and listening at a minimum of level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (unless an exemption applies).

      Exemptions apply if you are a national of a majority English speaking country such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA, if you are aged 65 or over or if you have a disability (physical or mental condition) which prevents you from meeting the requirement.

    • Which work activities can you undertake in the UK if you hold a Spouse visa?

      You can take any kind of employment or self-employment in the UK. The work can be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid, does not have to be with a licensed Worker or Temporary Worker sponsor, and you do not need any additional permission or endorsement from the Home Office to work once you have been granted entry clearance or permission to stay in the UK.

    • How long is a Spouse visa valid for?

      The visa will be granted for an initial period not exceeding 33 months (if you are applying for entry clearance to the UK) or for an initial period not exceeding 30 months (if you are applying for leave to remain in the UK) and can be extended for a further period of 30 months.

      You can apply to extend your visa as many times as you like as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements.

    • Can you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a Spouse visa holder?

      Yes, the Spouse visa route provides the opportunity to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK after having spent a 5-year continuous period in the UK as a partner.

    • How long will your Spouse visa application take to process – inside of the UK?

      If you apply from inside the UK, you’ll usually get a decision within 8 weeks.

      You can get your visa faster by the next working day if you pay an extra fee of £1000 for the super priority visa service.

    • How long will your Spouse visa application take to process – outside of the UK?

      If you apply from outside the UK, the application can take several months to process.

      You may be able to get your visa faster within 30 working days if you pay an extra fee of £500, subject to availability at your visa application centre.

Why Viaje

Why use VIAJE for Spouse visa matters?

Extensive experience in making successful applications based on cash savings, salaried employment, self-employment, investment liquidation and property sales as a means of meeting the financial requirement

It’s all taken care of: we provide expert legal advice specific to your matter

Excellent technical knowledge of all aspects of Spouse visa applications

Cost effective service with upfront fixed fees so that you know what to expect

Being able to contact your lawyer out of traditional office hours, assisting clients globally

Unwavering commitment to delivering excellent client care

Meticulous preparation of all supporting documentation to expedite the approval process

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