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What is the UK Spouse Visa? What are the requirements for UK Spouse Visa 2021? UK Spouse Visa Document Checklist 2021 UK Spouse Visa fees 2021 How long does it take to get a UK spouse visa? How much funds are required for a UK spouse visa? Can you work on a UK spouse visa? Where to send supporting documents for a UK spouse visa? What is UK spouse visa priority service? What are spouse visa uk english language requirements? What happens if my UK Spouse Visa is refused? Can I be exempt from the financial requirement for a spouse visa Can I apply for a Spouse Visa within the UK? How do I apply for a UK spouse visa from abroad? UK spouse visa sponsor letter sample

What is a UK Spouse Visa?

The UK Spouse visa allows married partners of existing UK Citizens to be able to immigrate to the UK. This is possible due to their settled partners not having any restrictions in their stay owing to either an Indefinite Leave to Remain status or actually being a born or settled British Citizen.

What are the requirements for UK Spouse Visa 2021?

  1. Both the applicant and the settled partner must be above 18 years of age
  2. They must intend to live in the UK permanently after marriage
  3. Both of them must have met in person at least once
  4. Any previous marriage or civil partnership of the applicant and the resident partner must have permanently broken down
  5. The UK Partner must be one of these:
    1. A British Citizen in the UK
    2. 'Present' and 'Settled' in the UK
    3. Someone granted Pre-Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme
    4. In the UK with refugee leave or humanitarian protection
  6. The resident partner must have suitable accommodation for their partner and dependents immigrating to the UK
  7. They must meet the minimum income requirement of £18,600 (gross) per annum. The minimum requirement is higher for children as dependents
  8. If the applicant is from a Tuberculosis screening country, you will need the TB test at an approved clinic by the Home Office in order to come to the UK
  9. Applicant will have their biometrics taken to get a leave to remain
  10. Applicant must satisfy the English Language requirements unless he or she is from a country where English is the Primary or Dominant Language

UK Spouse Visa Document Checklist 2021

The UK Spouse Visa application requires following documents:

  1. Appropriate Application forms for the visa
  2. Certificate of Your original marriage or civil partnership
  3. Non-British applicant’s documents - Your travel documents, such as your passport. Your English language certificate or degree certificate if this is applicable and your TB certificate if you are from a country with this requirement
  4. UK sponsor's documents - The UK resident partner to include their travel documents and a Spouse Visa letter of support, written by them and providing details on your relationship and why the Home Office should grant your visa
  5. UK sponsor's financial documents - The Spouse Visa UK requirements include a financial threshold of £18,600 for the UK sponsor and additional requirement for Children as dependants
  6. Accommodation - You need to prove that the place of residence of your sponsor has enough space for you both and any dependents that accompany you
  7. Documents showing your relationship (which can include evidence) like:
    • Chat logs from social media/texting
    • Travel documents on visits to each other
    • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
    • Divorce certificate (if applicable)

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UK Spouse Visa fees 2021

If you are applying outside the UK your fees will be £1,523

If you’re applying from within the UK your fees will be £1,033

You also have to pay the UK Immigration Health Surcharge that costs £1,872 for applications from outside the UK and £1,560 for applications made inside the UK.

There is a priority fees that can be paid to get a quicker decision on the application when making the application from outside the UK. The fee for it is £573.

English Language test using the IELTS Life Skills test will cost about £150.

How long does it take to get a UK spouse visa?

The average time taken for UK Spouse Visa processing is about 3 Months.

Your application acceptance can take as little as two weeks or longer than 3 months depending on where you’re applying from and how clearly you satisfy the requirements.

How much funds are required for a UK spouse visa?

The UK Sponsor partner requires annual income of at least £18,600 before the tax if there are no dependants.

For one dependent child: Income of £22,400 before tax

For every additional child: £2,400 additional pre tax income

You can be exempted from the above requirement if you have savings of at least £62500

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Can you work on a UK spouse visa?

Yes. UK Spouse Visa holders have no restrictions professionally and can work both full time and part time jobs. It is as good as having a residence due to the intention of settling permanently with your spouse.

There are no limitations on:

  1. The types of employment that can be undertaken
  2. The sectors in which you can work

The immigrating partner is allowed to live and work in the UK for an initial period of 2 and half years initially. After that they can exit and re-enter the country multiple times for extending the permit.

Where to send supporting documents for a UK spouse visa?

The different ways to send the documents for the visa are:

  1. The walk in services - this is available for UK centers (VFS supported)
  2. Posting documents - this can be done to specified UK addresses
  3. Document Scanning Assistance - there are overseas visa application centers where you can avail document scanning directly
  4. Direct Upload - This can be done on the VFS / TLS website directly

Given the volatile nature of document requirements and shifting needs of the authorities at times, it is suggested to submit documents after expert consultation to increase chances of first time approval. Get a call back from us for understanding how can you increase your odds and make a perfect application in the first time.

What is UK spouse visa priority service?

The UK spouse visa priority service helps you get your application processed in 2 to 5 days instead of the average 2 weeks to 3 months.

You can choose the ‘priority service’ if you are eligible while making your application.

Cost of the service based on the urgency:

Priority Service:

  1. Costs additional £500 in addition to the application fees
  2. Decision is made within 5 working days of your appointment

Super Priority Service:

  1. Costs additional £80 in addition to the application fees
  2. A decision is made within 1 - 2 business days of your appointment

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What are spouse visa uk english language requirements?

Every immigrating partner needs to fulfil the English Language Requirement. This can be done in the following ways:

  1. Holding the nationality of an English speaking country
  2. Passing an English language test like the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Life Skills Test
  3. Having completed undergraduate or postgraduate degree which was taught or researched in English

What happens if my UK Spouse Visa is refused?

If your visa is incomplete or there is some requirement you are not able to fulfil, you can enter the UK via some other Visa and still marry your partner. Get a call back from us to understand the other Visas that you can get.

In case your UK Spouse Visa is refused due to a technicality or requirement inconsistency, you have the right to appeal again providing the correct evidence.

In case your UK Spouse Visa application is refused by the Home Office without any apparent reason or any reason based on speculation, you have a right of appeal again based on human rights. The Immigration Rules say that if your spouse visa appeal argument is based on human rights such as the right to a private life then you have a right to appeal again.

Can I be exempt from the financial requirement for a spouse visa

The UK Spouse Visa sponsor can be exempt from the minimum financial requirement of £18,600 in case of the partner being in receipt of certain benefits or allowances in the UK. All you have to do is provide evidence of ‘adequate maintenance’ which can be one of the following:

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Can I apply for a Spouse Visa within the UK?

Yes. You can apply for a spouse visa from within the UK.

If you are already in the UK on a fiance visa, work visa, or student visa valid for more than six months, you may be able to switch into a spouse visa.

How do I apply for a UK spouse visa from abroad?

You can apply for a UK Spouse Visa from overseas by making an online application at the official website here or visit your nearest overseas visa center.

The documents can be submitted both online or via post.

The biometric residence permit is needed as part of the application. This can be obtained via getting a fingerprint and picture taken as part of a biometric residence permit at a visa processing center.

You need to get the biometric residence permit within 30 days of arrival in the UK.

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UK spouse visa sponsor letter sample

The Deputy High Commission
British Embassy


Dear immigration officer,

I am writing this letter in support of my husband, Nicholas Sample’s UK spouse visa application. I met Nicholas Sample when in Australia when I was on a Working holiday visa.

We first met outside of a town called Townsville on the east coast of Australia in April of 2013. We were both staying at a campsite and he was travelling with 2 other guys from the UK. We spent the next couple months travelling and getting to know each other and eventually starting an intimate relationship. Towards the end of June 2013 Nick had found some volunteer work near a town called Dongara through a program called WWOOF. We then parted ways there until upon chatting over texts with him found out he had got a job offer in Perth further down the coast painting. All he had to do was fly to Bali and obtain the correct visa and he could return to Perth to work.

Nick and I maintained contact throughout this time and in January 2014 upon hearing that I was staying in America he offered to buy me a ticket to come and live with him at his parents’ house in Virginia. We both lived there for another month until we decided to travel to canada together and do a cross country trip from Montreal to Vancouver. We decided to move our trip to Mexico and took a flight in mid March 2014 to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We then spent the next month travelling to Guadalajara, Mexico city , volunteering at a children's center in Puebla and eventually making it down to Puerto Escondido by Mid April 2014. There we lived and volunteered on a large eco sanctuary helping to build eco buildings for the residents. Towards the end of June 2014 we left Mexico and returned to live in Nick’s parents home in Virginia. Then in late July I left Virginia to go back to stay in England with my Mom and invited Nick to join me. Nick came to England a week and half later and we both stayed with my mom until the end of September 2014 when Nick left to do a one month bike trip from London to Lisbon for charity.

I didn’t see Nick again until I flew to Virginia in January of 2015. Nick proposed to me at the airport when I got off the plane. We lived with his parents in Virginia until I flew back to England in mid March 2015. Towards the end of April 2015 Nick flew to England and lived with me at my mother’s house until in mid May 2015 we both decided to fly to Thailand and travel through Indochina. We traveled through Thailand, Cambodia, and rented scooters to drive from the south to north of Vietnam. At the end of July 2015 we both flew from Vietnam back to England and stayed with my dad in Cromer and started to apply for my green card in the US.

Once my fiancé’s visa was approved in Jan 2016 Nick left for the states. I came to meet him back in Virginia in mid March 2016 and we got married on May 20, 2016 in Leesburg, Virginia at the local courthouse. We decided that we would have a proper wedding a month or two later and invited friends and family from both England and America. We rented a large cabin a couple of hours south of where Nick's parents live and had an amazing secluded wedding in the woods. Shortly after returning to England and staying with my father in Cromer we began to Prepare for the baby by remodelling a room in my father's house, taking classes, and acquiring everything we thought we would need to have a child. On March 8, 2017 our daughter Elsie Sample was born in Florida USA. In June of 2017 me, my child, and Nick returned to live with Nick's parents in the US where we live now.

Thanking you,
Yours truly

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