A spousal visa also known as a UK marriage visa, a spouse visa allows married partners of UK citizens to immigrate to the UK because they are married to someone who is ‘settled in the UK’ – i.e. a person who is ordinarily resident in the UK and has no immigration restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK.
A Partner Visa UK, also known as a UK Marriage Visa, is a settlement visa that allows you to live together with your British partner in the UK for up to 30 months. It can be extended for another 30 months if you meet certain eligibility conditions. Holding a Partner Visa is the first step towards Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and eventually British Citizenship.
A UK Spouse Visa is for non-UK residents aged 18 or over who are engaged, married to, or or has a proposed civil partner who is aged over 18 living in the UK. It is a type of settlement visa known as the UK partner visa.
The qualifying criteria vary depending on your partner’s situation. You need to apply for a UK Partner Visa if you are coming to the UK to join your partner or spouse from outside the European Economic Area.
If you hold a Spouse Visa in UK, you have the right to work like all British citizens. However, you cannot claim most benefits, such as public funds, housing allowance or tax credits.
You can apply for a UK Spouse Visa if you are:
- Aged 18 years or over
- Married or in a civil partnership that is recognised by the UK
- Married to a British citizen or UK settled person
- You have been living together in a relationship for the past 2 years and you can prove it
- You are engaged, or you hold a Fiance Visa UK and will get married within 6 months of being in the UK
British citizens can send the leave to remain forms on their partner’s behalf as long as they are eligible. You must list their name and information as the applicant’s details.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A SPOUSE VISA
Before you submit your application for a UK Spouse Visa, you need to:
- Have all the required documents
- Pass the ‘Genuine Relationship Test’
- Meet the minimum income threshold and the financial requirement
- Demonstrate your knowledge of the English language
- Have proof of suitable accommodation for you, your partner and any dependents
- Get your biometrics taken to get leave to remain
- To remain in the UK, you may also need to pass a medical test to show you don’t have Tuberculosis (TB), depending on the applicant’s country of residence
WHAT IS THE ‘GENUINE RELATIONSHIP TEST’?
The UK Spouse Visa applicant needs to be able to prove they are in a genuine relationship, such as a civil partnership, with their British citizen partner. There are lots of different types of evidence you can send to the Home Office, such as:
- A joint mortgage or tenancy agreement, either in the UK or outside the UK
- Evidence of any children you have together, such as a birth certificate
- Photographs that show you have spent time together frequently
- A shared bank account or savings
- Text messages or social media chat logs
- Travel documents that prove you’ve visited each other at least once before you got married
- Any documents which prove that you intend to live together in the UK
To apply for a Marriage Visa and enter the UK, you must be married to, or in a civil partnership with a British citizen, UK settled person or UK refugee. The main eligibility criteria include providing proof that you are in a genuine relationship and that you meet specific financial conditions.