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  • USEFUL REFERENCE UK family visas - spouses and partners (spousal visa route)

    Who can sponsor a partner
    • British and Irish nationals
    • People who are settled in the UK, that is, having indefinite leave to remain (ILR), including settled status
    • Nationals of EU countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein with pre-settled status granted on the basis of living in the UK before 1 January 2021
    • Turkish nationals with a Turkish Businessperson visa or Turkish Worker visa
    • Individuals granted refugee status (asylum) or humanitarian protection in the UK
    Both partners must intend to live together permanently in the UK.

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    General requirements

    You must either:
    • Be in a civil partnership or marriage recognised in the UK; or
    • Be durable partners, that means living together in a relationship akin to husband and wife for at least 2 years; or
    • Be a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner who will marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of arriving.

    You also need to prove your knowledge of English

    You need to satisfy certain financial requirements.

    Special circumstances

    If you do not meet these requirements you may still be able to apply for a visa if:
    • you have a child in the UK who is a British or Irish citizen or has lived in the UK for 7 years and it would be unreasonable for them to leave the UK
    • there would be very significant difficulties for you and your partner if you lived together as a couple outside the UK that could not be overcome
    • it would breach your human rights to stop you coming to the UK or make you leave.
    If you are relying on special circumstances, legal advice is strongly recommended. See: Legal Advice.

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    • #3
      The language requirement

      You can satisfy the language requirement in the following ways:
      • With a degree or academic qualification from a UK university or college;
      • With a degree or academic qualification that was taught or researched in English outside and a certificate from Ecctis (formerly UK NARIC) to show that your qualification is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or higher and that it was taught in English. There are two kinds of certificate: There are 2 kinds of certificate:
      • By passing an approved English language test.
      See: Family visas: apply, extend or switch: Knowledge of English - GOV.UK

      You don't need to satisfy the language requirement if:
      • you’re applying as a child
      • you’re applying as an adult coming to be cared for by a relative
      • you’ve been in the UK on a family visa for 5 years and you’re extending it as a partner or parent
      • you’re over 65
      • you have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from meeting the requirement
      • You’re a national of one of the majority English speaking countries listed on the page linked above.

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      • #4
        The financial requirement

        You and your partner must have a combined income of at least £18,600 a year if you’re applying as a partner and want to settle in the UK (get ‘indefinite leave to remain’) within 5 years.

        You must prove you have extra money if you have children who:
        • are not British or Irish citizens
        • do not have pre-settled status
        • are not permanently settled in the UK

        You might not need to prove you have extra money if your children are citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and they do not have pre-settled status or are not permanently settled in the UK. Check the guidance in appendix FM 1.7: financial requirement for more information.

        If you need to prove extra money for your children, you’ll need to earn an extra:
        • £3,800 for your first child
        • £2,400 for each child you have after your first child.
        It is also possible to use savings instead of income.

        Forms of income
        • Gross income from employment (before tax and National Insurance deductions) if you earn it in the UK, you need to have had this income for at least 6 months. You will find this in your P60s or payslips.
        • Income from self-employment or as a director of a limited company in the UK, you need to have had this income for at least 6 months. You will find this in your self-assessment/tax return.
        • Cash savings over £16,000
        • A pension
        • Passive income from property or investments (rent or dividends).
        See: Family visas: apply, extend or switch: Give proof of your income - GOV.UK



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        • #5
          Information required

          Your spouse or partner's details:
          • name
          • date of birth
          • nationality
          • passport
          • Status in the UK
          • Previous marriages or civil partnerships and people they had children with
          • Previous relationships ending, such as a divorce certificate
          • Anyone your partner supports with money, for example their parents
          Proof of relationship
          • how you met and how often you see each other
          • how long you’ve lived together
          • things you pay for together
          • whether you’re your partner’s carer
          • details of previous relationships and how they ended.
          If you and/or your partner have children
          • name
          • nationality
          • date of birth
          • passport details
          • who the child normally lives with
          • any other people with parental responsibility for your child, for example your step children’s other parents
          • how you’re involved in their day to day life
          • arrangements you have to see the child - for example the courts have granted you access
          • the child’s extended family
          • any countries your child has visited or lived in
          See: Family visas: apply, extend or switch: Information you must provide - GOV.UK

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          • #6
            How to apply

            Apply online from outside the UK.

            Apply online in the UK

            Fees per applicant

            Inside the UK: £1,033
            Outside the UK: £1,523

            Immigration Health Surcharge
            • You will also need to pay the healthcare surcharge. This is usually £624 per year, for example £3,120 for a 5-year visa.
            • The exact amount you have to pay depends on how much leave you’re granted. Calculate how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.
            • You’ll pay half of the yearly amount if your application includes part of a year that is less than 6 months. You’ll pay for a whole year if your application includes part of a year that is more than 6 months. You’ll automatically get a partial refund if you paid the healthcare surcharge for more years than you were granted leave.

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            • #7
              Once your application is approved, you’ll get a biometric residence permit (BRP).

              You can work or study.
              You cannot usually get benefits or other public funds for you or your dependants.

              You can stay in the UK for 2 years and 9 months on this visa. After this you’ll need to apply to extend your stay.
              If you extend your family visa or switch to this visa you can stay in the UK for 2 years and 6 months.


              You can usually apply to settle in the UK after 5 years.

              You cannot count time spent on another visa.

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              • #8
                Useful resource for spousal visa applicants from one of our lawyers: A Very Useful Spouse Visa Application Guide - Truth Legal Solicitors

                More specific guidance for the US: Navigating the Minefield Part 2: How to apply for a Settlement Visa from the USA

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