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17/11/2020

UK Spouse Visa Extension.

Those who wish to continue in UK after 30 months by which time their UK Spouse Visa expires, can apply for extension of their UK Spouse Visa. After obtaining the visa extension they can live in UK along with their spouse or partner for another 30 months. They can apply for visa extension at the Home Office for which they have to pay £1,033 as Extension Visa Fees. While applying for Visa Extension also the applicant is required to fulfil the minimum financial requirements. The applicant and his/her spouse/partner together should have an annual income not less than £18,600. Those who have children are required to earn extra £3,800  for first child and additional £2,400  for each additional child.

UK Spouse Visa is valid for 30 months only. One can apply for visa extension after 2.5 years. The application is to be made at the Home Office. For extension of the visa the applicant has to pay £1,033 as Extension Fees. The applicant has to fulfil the same financial requirements that they fulfilled while applying for UK Spouse Visa. The application will be processed after paying the visa extension fees and on submitting the necessary documents to prove that the minimum financial requirements are fulfilled.

Since the UK Spouse Visa expires after 2.5 years, one has to apply for visa extension. After obtaining the visa extension he/she can continue in UK for another 30 months. The application for Extension along with the supporting documents are to be submitted at the Home Office. An amount of £1,033 is to be paid as Visa Extension Fees.

For more information on UK Spouse Visa extension you can visit here

Here is an interesting article on Spouse Visa

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English Language Requirement For Spouse Visa

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In this post we will discuss English Language requirement for the UK Spouse / Partner Visa route.

 

The UK Home Office introduced English Language requirement as part of the immigration process in November 2010. Although this was initially introduced for selected few visa application types, it is now widely used under multiple visa categories as a general requirement to reduce burden on UK tax payers and promote easy integration of migrants into the society.

Who needs to meet the English Language Requirement for a UK Spouse Visa and UK Partner Visa category?

English language requirement applies to:
 
  • Leave to remain as a spouse or civil partner
  • Leave to remain as an unmarried or same sex partner
  • Entry clearance as a partner
  • Entry clearance as a spouse

What is the level of English language requirement for UK Spouse visa and partner visa?

Most applicants are required to meet CEFR Level A1 or A2 (unless exempt: more on this later)
 

All entry clearance or initial leave application for UK Spouse visa need a minimum of CEFR level A1 (unless exempt)

All applications for leave to remain where previously exempt from A1 or were last granted visa as a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner also need to meet the CEFR level A1 (unless exempt)

All UK Spouse visa applications for leave to remain where last granted visa with A1, which expires on or after 1 May 2017 need to meet the CEFR Level A2 (unless exempt)

Note: THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT FOR A UK SPOUSE VISA is only applicable to the main applicant and not the dependents

Where can you take the English Language Test for UK Spouse Visa?

Applicant has to take a test at one of the approved UK English Language test centre

 

You can only take an SELT with one of the following providers:

  • IELTS SELT Consortium (UK or overseas)
  • LanguageCert (UK or overseas)
  • Trinity College London (UK only)
  • Pearson (UK and overseas)
  • PSI Services (UK) Ltd (overseas only)

The approved IELTS SELT Consortium tests are:

  • IELTS for UKVI
  • Life Skills

The approved LanguageCert tests are:

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (Speaking and Listening)

The approved Trinity College London tests are:

  • Integrated Skills in English (ISE)
  • Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE)

The approved Pearson tests are:

  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Home

The approved PSI Services (UK) Ltd tests are:

  • Skills for English UKVI (4 component)
  • Skills for English UKVI (2 component)
Click HERE to download a list of approved secure English language test for UK Spouse Visa (in the UK)
 
OR
 
Click HERE to download a list of approved secure English language test for UK Spouse Visa (Outside the UK)
 
Besides taking the test there are other ways to meet the English Language Requirement for a UK SPOUSE visa application.
 
1) If you are an national of a majority English speaking country (more on this later)
 
2) You have formal education at a Bachelor or Masters level awarded in the UK or where the qualification is awarded abroad and this is recognised by UK NARIC of equivalent to Bachelor or Masters level.

Exemption from english language requirement for uk spouse visa is applied under following conditions:

  • If the applicant is aged 65 and over at the time of their UK Spouse Visa application
  • They have disability that stops them from meeting the English Language requirement for spouse visa
  • Under exceptional circumstances

Following nationals can claim exemption from English language requirement for a UK spouse visa under majority English speaking countries?

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; United States of America.

It is important that you take the right test at an authorised centre to meet the English language requirement for a UK Spouse visa to avoid refusal. If you have any specific questions about how to meet this requirement or general requirement for a uk spouse visa you can read our comprehensive post here.
 
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UK Entry Clearance Refusals Explained.

UK Entry Clearance Refusal

 

“UK Entry Clearance Refusals Explained” is an brief attempt to help individuals applying for a UK Visa.

 

It can be quite difficult to understand why your UK Entry Clearance application was refused and you surely want to learn more about how to go about re-applying without making the same mistakes on your application. Or perhaps you are about to make your application for a UK Entry Clearance and you want to get it right the first time.

 

 

UK Entry Clearance Refusals Explained in this post will help you do exactly that.

 

There are 2 main categories under which a UK Entry Clearance application can be refused. These are broadly classified as:

 

A) Mandatory refusal.
B) Discretionary refusal.

 

 

Lets dive deeper into each of the above types.

 

 

Mandatory refusal of an entry clearance application is a hard refusal where the deciding officer has to refuse your application on grounds of not meeting the application criteria. The reasons under this category are quite straightforward as to why an application will be refused. 

 

  • Entry clearance: mandatory refusals
  • Entry for purpose not covered by the rules 
  • Deportation order or conviction 
  • Overseas criminal record certificates: no longer GGFR 
  • Failure to produce valid passport or travel documentation 
  • Exclusion by Secretary of State 
  • Deception 
  • Document examination (DER) and verification reports (DCR) 
  • EEA family permits 
  • Previous breach of UK Immigration Rules

Discretionary refusal is when the officer can consider whether the circumstances allow him or her to use their discretion while making the decision to refuse. These are quite tricky and one has to learn as much in order to prepare the best application.

 

  • Required information not provided 
  • Returning resident: paragraph 18 not met 
  • Returning resident away for more than two years 
  • Passport authority not recognised by UK government 
  • Contriving to frustrate the immigration rules 
  • No ability to return or be accepted elsewhere 
  • No written sponsor undertaking Child under 18, no parent or guardian written consent
  • Criminal convictions 
  • Refusal conducive to public good

 

 

It can be quite daunting when it comes to making an UK Visa application and it is important that you prepare your application to the highest standard. Please do your research before you apply or consider getting professional help from registered immigration consultant here. Detailed information can be found on UK Government website here.

 

 

Hope you have found this post “UK Entry Clearance Refusals Explained” helpful.

UK SPOUSE VISA DOCUMENT CHECKLIST

UK Spouse Visa Document Checklist

The above UK Spouse Visa Document Checklist infographic explains the most important documents required for a UK Spouse visa application. This is not an exhaustive uk spouse visa document checklist and the full requirement for the application can be found here. Please note the requirements mentioned in this post are correct and up to date when this post was produced. One must always check for the latest requirements by visiting the Home Office website.

Alternatively you can seek help from a registered Immigration Adviser. The OISC, maintains a register of the immigration advisers that they regulate where you can find a suitable adviser. We are one of the recognised advisers who have filed hundreds of uk spouse visa applications and have a 100% success rate.

We understand how important it is for your spouse to join you in the UK and the process of getting a uk spouse visa is not as straight forward as it used to be few years ago. To make it worst the UK government charges substantial amount in application fee, so it is paramount that you get the application right the first time.

We offer a FREE 15 minutes call with one of our registered advisers who have years of experience dealing with these applications and have been vetted by the regulatory body to meet the highest standards when it comes to representing clients with their uk spouse visa application. Please click on this link to request a free call and we will get back to you within 24 hours (usually a lot quicker) to arrange a time where we can discuss your uk spouse visa application and answer any queries you may have.

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UK point based system 2021 calculator

UK point based system 2021 calculator

The United Kingdom has introduced a points based system for immigration starting from 1st January 2021 which will make things easy for immigrants. This will allow fair chances for everyone based on meritocracy. This system aims at attracting highly skilled people and looks towards upgrading the overall economy. 


This Points Based System will be divided into five main parts: YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SCORE 70 POINTS

 

1. National Language English: 10 points

Applicants from countries where English is the National Language will get 10 points, whereas people coming from countries which do not have this will need to take a test to prove their efficiency and understanding of English.


2. Based on Age: 5 – 20 Points

Depending on the age of the applicant, they will be allotted between 5 to 20 points for their age at the time of application. As any booming economy needs a young workforce, people in the early age bracket will get higher scores.


3. Certificate of Sponsorship: 30 – 50 points

Having a Certificate of Sponsorship will grant the applicant anywhere from 30 to 50 points based on the nature and level of engagement quality with the sponsor.


4. UK experience: 5 points

If the applicants of certain job tiers have had experience in the UK they will receive added benefit of gaining 5 points for prior experience in the UK.


5. Education for Certain Tiers: 5 – 50 points

Based on their work tier, the applicant might get anywhere from 5-50 points for their Education. This also plays a major role in getting good sponsorship as higher qualifications will lead to faster selection process.


6. Earnings and Maintenance: 5 to 45 points

Based on the earnings and maintenance the applicant’s job tier and sponsorship, they might get additional 5 to 45 points in this regard. So getting a good job with a good firm will definitely increase one’s chances for approval.


The Visa Tiers are as follows:


Tier 1: For highly skilled individuals, entrepreneurs, investors, and graduate students from outside the European Union and the European Economic Area who would offer productivity and growth within the UK.


Tier 2: This category is for ‘skilled workers’, professional sports people, and clergy members from outside the EEA with a job offer to fill gaps within the UK labor force.


Tier 3: This category was designed for low-skilled workers filling specific temporary labor shortages within the UK but it has been removed.


Tier 4: This category is for students aged over 16 from outside the EEA who wish to study in the United Kingdom, either at a school, college, or university. Applicants must have a place at a registered UK educational establishment before they can apply.


Tier 5: This category contains six sub-tiers of temporary workers, including creative and sporting, charity, religious workers, and the youth mobility scheme which enables about 55,000 young people every year to work in the UK on working holidays. The visas are awarded to young people from countries that have reciprocal arrangements with the UK.


Here is a good article from BBC on the new points based system https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48785695


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10 Tips For UK Spouse Visa Application

UK Spouse visa is a vital part of a married couple’s life where one of the spouse is a British Citizen and the other spouse wants to join them in the UK. The immigration department is very strict about who gets to enter as a spouse and takes every case through a rigorous test. The interviews can get too personal too quick and the wake up calls can be harsh. Also, if you fail to get a visa the first time around, the consecutive trials only become that much harder. This is why it really helps to have an expert solicitor and consultant in your
stride from the beginning.

1 Check the ‘settled status’ of your British partner

First and foremost, you have to check the actual status of your partner in the UK. A basic overlooking of this can cost a fortune. Make sure to verify their documents before even thinking to apply as any kind of failure to comply with the laws will make things hard on

your part. The things that can be looked at to verify this are

a. British citizenship documents

b. Proof of permanent Residence in the UK

c.Settled Status using IRL Visa route

d. Having Refugee Status or Humanitarian Protection in the UK

This will be the most vital aspect for those who are moving newly to the UK and want a spouse visa to the UK as soon as possible.

2 Marry legally, not just traditionally

UK immigration has very clear procedure when it comes to recognising the marriage between a couple. The marriage or civil partnership outside the UK has to take place in the right manner as per the immigration requirements. A partnership without any documentations or completed legal formalities will be looked upon dimly. The resident partner needs to provide the appropriate documents for application approval.

3 Gain Command over English Language ‘before’ applying

One of the basic requirements of emigrating to the UK on a spouse visa is that the partner must have a good knowledge of english, both spoken and written. And no matter how good your english is, it wont matter unless you can prove it some how. Some ways to quantify your claim of having a good english are:

a. Take an English test with at least CEFR A1 in speaking and listening

b. Provide Academic Qualifications that are recognised by UK NARIC

Pro tip 1: For UK NARIC, providing a UK based address will reduce processing time

Pro tip 2: Nationals of USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, along with some other, don’t need to prove their knowledge of English language

4 Switching Visa type within the UK

If you are already in the UK on a different visa, and wish to switch to Spouse Visa due to marriage with a British Citizen, simply switching your visa is also an approach to getting a Spouse Visa.

The following categories of other Visa holders are most common to switch:

a. Tier 4 Student Visa Holders

b. Tier 5 (Mobility) Visa Holders

c. Leave to Remain holder who has completed 6 months

You might also get an Indefinite Leave to Remain after Marriage within the UK sooner if you stay on your current Visa.

What does not qualify for switching is clearly a Visitor Visa. But in case you are one of the few who has fallen in love with a British Citizen on your visit to the UK, contact our expert consultants for more details on solving this complexity.

5 Have a combined income of more than £18,600 a year

This is a quick one, and like the most basic thing to include in your check list. This is a mandatory requirement for a couple and this increases in case you have children who are going to relocate along with you. Unless you have a special case that breaches the Article 8 of European Convention on Human Rights, this requirement is more or less set in stone. So make sure to clear this off your plate before planning your move.
Pro tip 3: If the applicant or sponsor get academic maintenance grant or stipend, it can be shown as a source of income. A tax-free grant of £15,800 will be enough to meet the financial requirement of £18,600

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6 Prepare for Interview and Procure Needed Documents

This goes without saying, but always keep consistent records of all your financial dealings. Specially if you wish to apply for a Spouse visa in the UK. Preparation is the key to having a smooth sailing interview with the officers in charge of your case file. As discussed earlier, the immigration department is really strict about who they allow in the country via Spouse Visa. The more the preparedness, the easier it will be to answer queries raised by the department.

 

If you are called for an interview make sure your submitted documents are available as needed. It wont make the best impression to spend 5 minutes trying to find the original of a photocopy, specially given the over-worked nature of the immigration department.

Pro Tip 4: Categorising your documents based on priority will be helpful: MARRIAGE PROOF | ENGLISH QUALIFICATION | MESSAGES WITH SPOUSE | LEGAL DOCUMENTS

7 Demonstrate your Intent to Stay together

Your case immediately gains a ton of attention and seriousness from the authorities if you can show them you are serious about being a well contributing citizen of the UK. Having a future goal in the country in terms of career is for sure a good thing to have, but you also have to prove your seriousness of being in the relationship permanently with your spouse. In that case the UK spouse visa will require a good deal of thought before application. Anything that shows you two love each other or are well binded by other forces such as family, common friends, work circle and personal interests will be welcome. Have screenshots of whatsapp messages and such other things to back up your claims if
necessary.
Pro tip 5: You can show good faith by having joint bank accounts and investing in real estate properties together. This shows your long term commitments, but don’t over-do it

8 The older the relation, the better it will be

The older your relationship is, the better it is for the application process. UK Spouse Visa has a requirement of relationship to have been about 2 years old at least, so anything older is just another add-on that supports your case. This doesn’t mean being child-hood sweethearts will increase your chances automatically, but it will definitely make a better case than a more recent encounter. Providing proofs of your chats and other correspondence will also be effective in this case.
Pro tip 6: Generate social media proof of your association by uploading pictures together. Well documented social media accounts can help a lot. Specially on platforms like Instagram where the date of posting is not modifiable. Use your already existing account to strengthen your case

9 Show criminal records, if any

More harm comes form hiding information that the immigration department can discover, and finds out you have lied about. It is not okay to have a criminal record in the first place, but it is worse to try and hide it. Only serious criminals and those who are serious offenders will face any resistance. But they are not really the kind who come to another country on a Spouse Visa. And getting parking tickets is not really something that will hold a serious threat to admission into a country.

10 Hire a Consultant

A UK Spouse Visa is an important application and needs serious consideration and expertise when applying the very first time. A consulting immigration expert and solicitor will be able to guide you in the application process flawlessly and help you at every step.The investment in finding such expert help is priceless when compared to the value of being able to take comfort in the knowledge that your application is being handled by professionals. It also increases your chances.

Pro tip 7: Hire our expert help in your UK spouse visa application and have more confidence!

Having someone by your side is always a good strategy. We have helped thousands of applicants with their UK Spouse Visa.

These are the top 10 tips for a UK spouse visa from other countries.

As an additional give-away, here is a quick list of all the documents needed for your UK Spouse Visa Application:

 

  •  Proof of English language requirement.
  •  Proof of financial means.
  •  Proof of relationship as photos of you two together, etc.
  •  Valid passport with at least an empty page along with Your previous passports
  •  Two passport-sized colour photos that are in line with the requirements
  •  Your national insurance number
  •  Your parents’ date of birth and nationality (if you’re applying from outside the UK)
  •  Proof of accommodation
  •  Biometric information
  •  Details of any previous immigration applications, if any.
  •  Certificate of criminal record
  •  Proof of paid spouse visa fees.

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Applying For UK Spouse Visa From Dubai

Applying for UK Spouse Visa from Dubai

 

 

Travelling is emerging as an essential service which caters the multi-purpose objectives of an individual. Due to the changes in lifestyle and job trends, many people prefer to come out of the shell and start including as an important activity.

 

The practical purposeful thinking leads to a travelling set beyond domestic travel, rather leads to international forefront. Often there remains a steady flow of travellers including students and professionals who follow migrations. The need based requirements of travelling should be verified with a proper source of informative data.

 

How To Cite Authenticity Of Migrants?

 

Bringing an accurate check on migrants followed with their lengths of stay is a thing to consider. Tracking the authenticity in migration, there grows the emergency in execution of personal data based identity and hence people start applying visas. Often travelling to popular destinations namely the UK, migrants have to have a visa.

 

Follow The Updated Trends


The current trends and applications of visas do not let spouses to cancel their occasional meetings, residing distance apart. Being aware of procuring and updating spouse visas will further allow couples to enjoy their togetherness. Before applying for a spouse visa, none can deny the fact that it has to attain proper completion. Satisfying the travel needs for a spouse, nothing but spouse visa or marriage visa can be the most certain way.

 

Effectiveness Of Visas


Whenever spouses are required to migrate, they prefer responsive acting. Nothing can be more effective than the marriage visa because it showcases the marital status of a spouse. In terms of travelling to the foreign land, a spouse visa is enough to hold the actual entry clearance. Citing the importance, marriage partners can move to the UK, stay in the UK and do not have to bear immigration restrictions.


No longer do spouses have to stay apart but applying for a UK spouse visa from Dubai is the solution. With the granting of spouse visas, one can look upto the option of studying or doing a job by staying in the migrant land. Dubai citizens find it easy to relocate to the UK by clearing the official requirements on staying. With the rise of situations, it happens that Dubai residents and citizens que in applying for a spouse visa in the UK. To cite for people of Dubai, it is easier to apply and receive a UK spouse visa.

 

When Is The Perfect Time For Applying For A Spouse Visa?


Often people get confused as of the time of applying for a spouse visa. It is a simple understanding that the couple is liable for applying overseas or within the UK. It happens when they continue staying on fiancée visa, student visa and work visa for a duration of more than six months. In this particular situation, the hackles of application for a spouse visa is less and one can switch into the other viable option.

 

Prerequisite Sites For Spouse Visa Application


• Before thinking and deciding on applying for a spouse visa, spouses need to consider and look into the requirements. If they are able to meet up the requirements, then procedures are simpler.


• Both the spouses have to fulfil age limits i.e. they need to cross 18 years of age.


• Both need to hold the intention of staying permanently.


• Monetary backup needs to be strong to support themselves and cannot claim over public funds.


• Suitable accommodation is must which has to be strong enough for providing shelter to any dependants.


• Strong grasp in English language is a must. The ability to speak and understand English is a need. If an applicant pursues the application overseas, then the applicant can prepare and pass the English language test in their home country.

 

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Procedures for Application of Spouse Visa


Though procedures and time for the same take time, but by following steps normally one can get it easily. Once the application for spouse visa is done, and from that time it takes a time of 2-12weeks on an average for processing.

 

Duration Of Spouse Visa


The location of application for a spouse visa primarily depends on the applicant. An applicant needs to choose the place of location before applying for the same. Overseas application of spouse visa entails the duration for a period of 33 months whereas applications within the UK continues for 30 months.

 

Tips For Application Of Spouse Visa


Meeting standards is a true requirement. To avoid the negativities, valuable guidance is must and it ensures the standard of applying for a spouse visa. Spouses no longer have to succumb to tough situations because some of the tips can ensure secured ways of application. Aspirants who are eager to apply for a UK spouse visa, should better seek professional expertise. The listed tested tips are the right channel for starting family on a permanent basis.

 

Awareness can ideate a big solution to the application of spouse visas.

 

• In times of completion of the application, spouses need to be careful in checking and verifying the documents. There needs to be a cross check procedure in terms of verifying the fact of receiving correct documents. Moreover, primarily it consists of 3 essential elements namely the UK NARIC certificates, IELTS test report, and TB test result.

 

• Spouses can decide whether to give a UK address for faster processing of documents.

 

• Most importantly re-checking and verifications are important which will not fail to overlook crucial aspects. In times of applying, documents have to be in English language because it is easier to understand. If it is otherwise, then the applicants need to follow the translation process from authorized translators.

 

• Spouses need to be well versed with the showcasing of financial status and it needs to reflect consistency. Things which value most are tax returns, bank statements, and salary slips.

 

• English language is the most crucial aspect and for the same applicants need to provide their original degree certificates, mark sheets. In other words, it can be the best way of scanning the efficiency level of candidates in English.

 

• Applicants should also check into options of filling their accounts or accessing cards with sufficient amounts. Financial limits should not drop because they have to meet up pays for visa fees, priority processing fees, Immigration Health Surcharge, and any other value added services.


Guidelines Why Spouse Applications Should Not Be A Failure


• Preparing immigrations for a spouse visa appears to be difficult. Guidelines are difficult to understand and here goes the choice of preferring experienced hands. Rules do not bring the ultimate solution but a careful observation for following important things does not sound odd.

 

• Applicants need to further get into the fact that their aspirations for a UK spouse visa should not be refused in anyway.

 

• Genuine relationships of a couple further promises rather than a marriage certificate. Spouses need to hold clarity in relationships for accessing spouse visas. This is one of the possible reasons why they fail to get back their documented spouse visa.

 

• A successful goal in a relationship needs to provide the following requirements namely photographs as a couple, number of holidays taken together, proofs having joint financial commitments, visiting each others’ home towns. Nothing more to say but the applications should be strong enough to gauge the closeness between partners.

 

• Applicants need to convince the sponsors in clarifying the doubts in holding parental responsibility. As it becomes more confusing, they need to break the thoughts that not only a spouse can create the space in a relationship but also can include rearing of children.

 

• If any of the individuals in the couple had a previous marriage and a child too, should cite those who take care of the child. Otherwise, the visa is not granted and it can impact majorly the access of visa. In this case, an expert can solve the situation and can stop having more complications. Parental responsibility is the foremost thing which the visa applicants doubt and resist in granting visas on a smooth process.

 

• There should not be any gap in proving the decision that the spouses are willing to live together in the UK. none should get separated after receiving the visa. Staying for an extended period is a must and they can show their property documents as further requirements. Spouses are free to travel as per their choice but should not confront the decision of staying together.


• Visas are easily available when both agree to the same decision. Applicants need to mention their permanent residence in visa application and should not miss the scope of having their spouse visas in time.


Bottom Line


Application of a UK spouse visa in a faster manner requires the combined efforts of spouses. They need to present each fact clearly and bring their minds together. Nothing should act in getting their spouse visas in time. Expert advice can certainly make it faster. The visa applicants check the understandability of English language and a good know-how brings it smoother. For a better preparation of spouse visas, spouses need to confirm their circumstances.

 

It is highly suggestible to REQUEST A FREE CALL BACK for your requirements before the planning process. Having complete information empowers you to make clear decisions.

 

 

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Applying For UK Spouse Visa From India

Applying For UK Spouse Visa From India

 

Are you a married native of India? Are you planning to shift to the United Kingdom to reside with your spouse? If yes, then it is time for you to apply for a UK spouse visa. It will give your spouse an initial entry into the country. Also, she will be able to reside along with you for a long time. 

 

There are few formalities including submission of important documents that will help in easing the entire process of application. If you are going to apply for a spouse visa for the very first time, then below is the guide that will help a lot.

 

Online Submission of the Application

 

Nowadays, almost every task is carried out through online mode. Gone are those days when you had to stand for a long time in queue followed by running to and fro to complete the task. 

 

With high advancement in technologies, it has become easy to apply for spouse visa through few clicks. After successfully logging in to the website of 1 Absolute Advisor, you will be able to give a kick start to your process. 

 

Completion of a detailed application form will help the experts to know about your background and present circumstances. It is essential to complete the application in a cool mind to prevent any blunder. 

 

The application must be factually correct and consistent in terms of evidence provided. Once the form is filled up and confirmed from your side, it will be sent for verification. 

 

If you can fulfil all required criteria, then you will be directed to pay the application fee along with additional charges for accessing the NHS. It must be noted that the day you pay both fees will be the official date for submission of application.

 

Appointment for Biometrics Enrolment 

 

After you are successfully done with the payment of fees, it is the time to apply for biometric verification. Without biometric, no important task is possible nowadays. You will be taken further to fix an appointment for the enrolment of biometrics that includes:

 

  • Face image
  • Fingerprints

Following all online prompts will help in picking up a slot of appointment at a flexible location. In case the usual working hours are not suitable, then you may fix a prime time appointment against a nominal charge. 

 

Some locations request the applicant to pay a small charge for a normal appointment. If it applies, then you will be requested to pay before the confirmation of the appointment. 

 

Submission of Evidence

 

Now, it is the turn to submit the evidence. It is another important step to apply. There are four different options among which you may go with the most preferable step.

 

They are mentioned as under:

 

• Uploading of documents on your own – The method of self-uploading of all supporting documents to the website can be easily carried without paying any extra money. To proceed, you need to scan all documents followed by uploading the same. 

 

Some procedural guidelines will help in ensuring that all steps are carried out correctly. It is the best method as every step is transparent. You will be able to see what are the documents being submitted to the concerned authority. 

 

• Availing document scanning assistant service – If you are putting up in a remote location and not aware of the procedures of scanning documents, then relax. Availing document scanning assistant service at the visa application centre will be the ultimate choice. 

 

All original documents will be taken for scanning purpose along with the passport. Once done, they will be retained back to you. If you wish to retain your passport back, then you may do so by paying a nominal fee for the same. 

 

• Walk-in scanning settlement services – It is another process of submitting all supporting documents. In the walk-in scanning settlement services, all documents are taken to one of the notable centres in the United Kingdom. 

 

It is only possible if all documents are in the U.K. You need to download the required checklist and declaration. It must be completed properly before bringing for an appointment. You must not refrain from organizing all documents specifically.

 

• Postal service – You may submit all supporting documents in the postal form as well. Here also, all your documents have to be present in the United Kingdom. But they must be sent to the service provider through the post instead of in person. 

 

Among these four options, it is your choice regarding which one to go with. 

 

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What are the Documents that Are Not Important to Send?

 

You must not be unaware of the delays that take place in the decision making process at the time of applying for a UK visa for people living in India. In the bid of delivering quick decisions, a new scheme has been launched in India.

 

It is designed specifically to make sure that less number of documents are submitted along with applications. As per instructions, the following documents hardly require scanning:

 

  • Clippings from newspaper
  • USB or DVDs
  • Call logs
  • Letters from friends
  • Greeting and phone cards
  • Money transfer proofs
  • Chat history from WhatsApp and other social media
  • More than ten photographs

Sending these documents mentioned above seems to be unnecessary by the concerned authorities. In case they need some more information, they will get in touch with you directly through email or telephone.

 

An auto-email describing required instructions for applying for UK spouse visa will be sent to applicants. It will help in reducing unnecessary loads. 

 

It is very important to prove the relationship with your partner as genuine. It will serve as a strong point at the time of application. Thus, the remaining evidence will be strong enough to support the success of your application.

 

Decision Making Process

 

Once you are done with all formalities including submission of documents, you need to wait for the process to take place. In general, the standard timeline to halt to a decision is a maximum time frame of two months from the date of application. 

 

It may get reduced to a month provided you are successfully done with purchasing of the priority service. Also, you need to meet the required criteria. The decision-making process is conveyed to the applicant through an electronic mail. 

 

The email received is not a confirmation regarding the actual decision. You will be requested to remain present in the same place where you had enrolled for your biometrics. There you need to collect your passport and decision letter. 

 

People who want to avoid this journey may avail courier service from the respective service provider. Once the decision has been taken, you will be intimated that the courier is on its way to you for bypassing the need for being present physically. 

 

Receiving Back the Passport

 

Once the UK spouse visa for your spouse is granted, you will get back the passport along with an entry-clearance stamp. The stamp will serve as a ticket to let you enter the boundaries of the United Kingdom. 

 

The validity will be for a month. Once you arrive in the United Kingdom, you will have to collect the identity card from the respective office. Also, your spouse will be a call for a biometric residence permit that will set out full details and duration about the visa. 

 

Normally, it needs to be collected from a post office that is at a stone throw distance from your location in the United Kingdom. If you have mentioned an alternate place, then you may approach there as well. 

 

Candidates granted with spouse visas need not collect a Biometric Residence Permit. Instead, the duration for their six months will be endorsed on the vignette mentioned on the passport. 

 

Asking for Assistance from the Respective Lawyer

 

The procedure to apply for spouse UK visa is no more complicated today. But there are times when some applicants need to struggle a lot to get their application processed. In such situations, it will be a good decision to approach a lawyer dealing with a partner visa. 

 

The professional will carry out all procedures on your behalf, thus eliminating stress and worries from your mind. As the team of lawyers work with clients abroad regularly, they keep themselves up-to-date with the latest trends and updates. 

 

It is better to fix an appointment and know all details for perusal. It will help a lot in taking the best decision.

 

Extend the Validity of Spouse Visa Easily 

 

The validity for spouse UK visa is thirty days. But you may extend its validity to two-and-a-half years against payment of a nominal fee. The fee for completion of the procedure must be submitted to the home office. You must take help of the service providers to prevent any type of discrepancy. 

 

You may go through the samples of applications to know how to pen the application. It will prevent you from creating any blunder at the time of applying for a spouse visa. Feel free to give a call directly at 1 Absolute Advisor for more information. It will make the process of application a small piece of toast.

 

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Applying For UK Spouse Visa From Philippines

Applying For UK Spouse Visa From Philippines

 

(A) How to apply for a UK Spouse Visa from Philippines?

One who lives in Philippines and wants to stay in UK with his/her spouse in UK can apply for the UK spouse visa from Philippines.

 

This UK spouse visa will be valid for two and half years. In case the visa holder wants to extend his UK spouse visa he/she can apply for extension of the visa when he/she is in UK. Those who have lived in UK for five years can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.

 

For spouses from Philippines, applying for the UK spouse visa from Philippines and obtaining the visa is the first step for their entry into UK and live in UK with their spouse. The application for UK spouse visa from Philippines is to be completed online and submit to UK Visas and Immigration.

 

Those who live in Philippines and want to live with their spouse in UK can take the help of a UK Spouse Visa solicitor to prepare the application for UK Spouse Visa.

 

(B) Spouse Visa requirements

1. The Filipino who want to apply for UK spouse visa from Philippines must be married to a British citizen or an individual who has Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or a person who has Settled Status or Permanent Residence in UK. The applicant is required to provide the proof of his/her marriage with the UK spouse.

 

2. The sponsor of the visa who is either a British national or a person settled in the UK and who is also the spouse of the applicant must have a gross income of not less than £18,600 annually in case he/she is employed. In case the sponsor is not an employee he/she must have been maintaining a savings of not less than £62,000 for the last 6 months or more. It is understood that the sponsor will be relying on these savings to bring his/her spouse from Philippines to UK. The above financial requirement is applicable when there is only single applicant.

 

In case the spouse takes one child also with him/her to UK, the gross income of the sponsor should be £22400 annually. For each additional child £2400 will be added. Even if the applicant for UK spouse visa from Philippines is also working there, only the income of the British sponsor will be considered.

 

For calculating the savings of sponsors who are not employees, the savings either of the couple in Philippines can also be used.

 

3. The applicant is required to prove that he/she is in genuine as well as subsisting relationship with the sponsor. The applicant should provide evidence such as photograph of the applicant and the sponsor together and conversations they had among them. The applicant may also produce their Filipino marriage certificate, proof of co-habitation, bank statements, birth certificates of children, if any, joint bills or proof of joint travel.

 

4. The UK sponsor of the UK spouse visa must prove that he/she has sufficient facilities to accommodate the spouse who comes from Philippines. Evidence of the UK property where the UK sponsor and the spouse from Philippines where both will be living is to be provided.

 

5. The applicant for UK spouse visa from Philippines is required to meet the suitability criteria as per the Immigration Rules. The applicant must prove that he/she had no criminal convictions in the last ten years.

 

6. The applicant from Philippines is required to clear the English language test at CEFR level A1 in accordance with the UK Immigration Rules.

 

7. The applicant from Philippines is required to undergo screening to examine whether he/she has active TB (Tuberculosis) infection and the TB test certificate must be provided while applying for the UK spouse visa from Philippines.

 

8. After securing the online application form, booking the appointment and paying the visa fee, the applicant has to go personally to the visa centre to submit the document and to provide biometric information.

 

(C) English language test centres

Applicant for UK spouse visa from Philippines can take the English language test at any one of the following test centres where English language test at CEFR level A1/A2 is conducted throughout the year.

 

1. BC | PH001 | BC Manila

STI College – Cubao, STI Academic Center, Cubao, P. Tuazon Blvd. corner 5th Ave, Cubao, Quezon City 1109, Manila. (IELTS computer based testing)

 

2. BC | PH001 | BC Philippines

Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Corner Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Escario Street,

Cebu City, Philippines. (IELTS {all facets} Life Skills)

 

3. BC | PH001 | BC Philippines

Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Avenue Corner, Asian Development Bank Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines. (IELTS {all facets} Life Skills)

 

4. IDP | PH152 | IDP Cebu |

Seda Ayala Center Cebu, Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City (IELTS – all facets )

 

5. IDP | PH152 | IDP Education Ltd |

Unit 104 G/F. Keppel Center, Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 3000, Philippines. (Life Skills IELTS computer based testing)

 

6. IDP | PH009 | IDP Manila |

16th Floor, Marco Polo Ortigas, Sapphire Road, Pasig City (Manila)

IELTS (all facets) Life Skills IELTS computer based testing.

 

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(D) TB clinics

As part of the UK spouse visa from Philippines application process all the applicants including dependent children over the age of 11 years are required to undergo screening for active Tuberculosis (TB) infection. For this rule there is no exception. Each applicant is required to undergo the mandatory medical scanning before submitting the UK spouse visa application at the British High Commission in Manila. The applicant should undergo the screening in a clinic that is approved by the UK Border Agency.

 

The British High Commission will accept only the certificates issued by IOM (International Organization for Migration) Health Centre, Manila. Certificates from any other doctors will not be accepted. In case the test report shows that the applicant has active infection of TB he/she cannot apply for UK spouse visa. In such cases, treatment will be recommended and additional tests will be conducted after 6 months to confirm that the treatment was successful.

 

The applicant is required to pay the prescribed fee for TB testing. The doctors decision will be final. The TB test certificate is valid for only 6 months. The certificate is to be produced at the time of entry to the UK. Hence when you travel to UK ensure to take the certificate also with you.

 

(E) Visa Centres Location

The applicant for UK spouse visa from Philippines should personally go to the visa centre with the appointment letter and all other documents. He/she must be at the centre 15 minutes  before the appointment. Addresses of visa centres are given below.

 

Manila 

VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc.,
Mezzanine Floor Unit M01, Ecoplaza Building,
2305 Chino Roces Avenue Extension Makati City, Metro Manila 1231

 

Cebu 

VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc.,
9th Floor, Keppel Center, Unit 905, Samar Loop
Cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue,
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000F

(The British Embassy in the Philippines is at 120Upper McKinley Rd, Taguig, Metro Manila)

 

(F) Prices in local currency

The UK spouse visa fees for Filipino nationals come to ₱99,459. The priority service charges come to ₱37,419. 

So, total UK spouse visa fees for Filipino nationals including priority service charges come to ₱136,878.

 

The UK embassy fees charged in Philippines will be the same for fiance, proposed civil partner, child’s parent and dependent child applications under Appendix FM.

 

(G) Visa processing times

The processing time for UK spouse visa application from Philippines is normally 60 days. With the priority service, the processing time is 30 days.

 

For all non-settlement type applications, UK visa processing time from Philippines is normally 15 days. With priority service it will be 5 days.

 

(H) Priority Service

Those who require the decision on their application for UK spouse visa from Philippines in 30 days instead of 60 days from the date of lodging of their application can avail the Priority Visa Settlement Service. Those who ask for Priority Service are required to pay additional fees ₱37,419. The 30 days time is just an indication/estimate. In case various issues that are to be considered arise during the processing of the application there will be delay in releasing the decision.

 

In case the application for UK spouse visa is found not straightforward, the process will be hindered and there will be delay in making the final decision.

 

The visa application centre wants to give priority to such applications as well as contact the applicant to inform that the visa will be ready within 30 days. However, this timescale may not be applicable if the application is found as not straightforward. Even in such cases the application will be given priority at every stage of the visa application processing.

 

UK visas and Immigration is committed to process the applications as per global customer service standards.

 

When your visa application will be considered as not straightforward?

The visa application will be considered as not straightforward against any one of the following findings:

1. You were refused visa for UK

2. You were refused leave to enter UK

3. You were deported, removed or otherwise asked to leave UK

4. It was found that you overstayed your period of leave in UK

5. Your leave to remain in UK was curtailed by the Home Office

6. Home Office refused you leave to remain in UK

7. You were refused visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US or the Schengen countries

8. While you were in UK, the police detained, interviewed or prosecuted for some offence

9. You have record of an unspent criminal conviction in any country

10. According to criminal records, you have committed a criminal offence in any country.

 

 

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