Spouse Visa UK

If you wish to come to the United Kingdom on the UK Spouse Visa, commonly known as a UK Marriage Visa, your spouse must be a UK-settled person or British citizen. You must also meet the strict criteria and complete an online application form.

If you need help with the process, including advice on how to apply. Contact an immigration law firm like Total Law. Our expert lawyers can help guide you through the process. Contact Total Law at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online to discuss an application.

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    Overview UK Spouse Visa

    Also known as the Marriage Visa or Partner Visa, the Spouse Visa UK allows you to relocate to the UK and live together with your British partner. It is granted for up to 2-years and 9-months, and be extended for a further 30-months.

    In order to qualify for this visa, you must meet all the visa conditions. You must be married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen, or a UK settled person. You must provide proof of your relationship with this person, and meet the financial requirements.

    After 5-years, you can apply for indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom. However, to be eligible for ILR, there are financial requirements you must meet set out by the UK government. Your partner must be earning a minimum amount, known as ‘the income threshold.

    The Benefits include:

    • It gives you the right to live, work, and study in the UK
    • You can travel freely within the UK and the Schengen area.
    • It offers a path to permanent residency and British citizenship.
    • After 5-years, you can access social benefits and the NHS healthcare system.

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      UK Spouse Visa Requirements & Eligibility Criteria

      Before you submit an application for the UK Partner Visa, as an Egyptian citizen, you need to meet the visa requirements and eligibility criteria set out by the UK Home Office.

      The key requirements for this visa include:

      • You must be 18 years or older.
      • You must be married to, in a civil partnership with, engaged to, or in a long-term relationship, for at least 2 years with a British citizen or someone with settled status.
      • You must provide evidence of a genuine and subsisting relationship.
      • Your British partner must currently be earning at least £18,600 per year, but it will be increasing to £29,000 on April 11, 2024.
      • You must have enough money to support yourselves (and any dependents) without claiming public funds from the UK government.
      • You must have suitable accommodation for you, your spouse and any dependent children here in the UK. Such as a valid tenancy agreement.
      • Unless exempt, you must show you have basic English language skills, at level A1 (CEFR).
      • You must not have a significant criminal record. (A certificate may be requested)
      • You must hold a valid Egyptian passport .
      • You may need to apply to have a tuberculosis test.

      If your documents are not in English you will need to have them translated and it must be done by a certified translator. These rates, typically ranging from £20 to £30 per document.

      Before you can apply for the Spouse Visa UK, you must have both original and certified copies of all your documents. Make sure to double check each one.

      They must be accurate and complete. By doing this, you help avoid any issues such as delays in your application being processed on time.

      Other factors that could lead to your application being delayed or even rejected, include providing unconvincing evidence and not meeting the income threshold.

      Other reasons include;

      • Difficulty in proving a genuine relationship with your partner.
      • Failing to meet the required language proficiency level.
      • Not having the required accommodation organised.

      Due to the complexities of the eligibility requirements. It is advisable to consult with an immigration lawyer who specialises in UK Spouse Visas. Contact Total Law at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online to discuss your UK Partner Visa application.

      Spouse Visa Application Fees And Other Fees

      As an Egyptian citizen applying for a Spouse Visa from outside the UK. The Home Office’s current fee is £1,523 per person. If you are submitting an application online from inside the United Kingdom, it is less, currently £1,048 per person.

      The cost is the same for each dependent you wish to add to your UK Spouse Visa application.

      In addition to the Spouse Visa fees, there are additional costs related to your application that you should consider when you send your forms. These include:

      • Cost for an approved English language test.
      • If you wish to receive an answer within five working days, you can pay for the Priority Premium Service from the UK Home Office.
      • If you are applying from outside the UK to enter the UK for 6-months or more, you must pay the NHS immigration health surcharge.

      You can pay the visa application fees online with a debit or credit card.

      UK Spouse Visa Application Process

      After meeting the eligibility criteria set out by the UK government, you can start completing the UK Spouse Visa application form. During this time, you will need to make sure you have all the correct documents to support your application to help to prevent any delays.

      The documents you will need to send to the Home Office include a valid Egyptian passport, marriage certificate, and evidence that you meet the financial requirements.

      Here’s how to apply for the visa:

      Step 1: Gather the documents.

      • A valid Egyptian passport with at least 6-months validity remaining.
      • Two passport-sized photos that meet the requirements set by the UK Home Office.
      • An original marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate.
      • Evidence of your relationship (e.g. shared bills, photographs, travel documents, etc).
      • Proof you have the financial means (e.g. latest bank or savings statements, wage slips)
      • If not exempt, demonstrate English language proficiency at level A1 (CEFR).
      • Proof of accommodation here in the UK for all family members.
      • Your partners national insurance number (if they have one)
      • If you have lived in a country for more than 6-months in the last 10-years categorised as a high-burden TB country, you will be required to have a Tuberculosis test.

      Step 2: Complete Online Application Form

      The application process for a UK Marriage Visa is completed online at the uk.gov.co.uk website. When filling out the form it is important that you provide accurate information.

      If you are applying from outside the UK, you can also apply online. But you will also need to complete an Appendix 5 form VAF4A. You can find the form on the UK government website.

      Step 3: Pay The Application Fee

      After double-checking the details and making sure they are up to date and correct before submitting the form, you will need to pay the application visa fees.

      The visa fees are currently £1,523 if applying from outside the UK. If applying from inside the UK, the visa fee is £1,048 per person.

      Step 4: Attend Biometrics Appointment

      After you have completed and submitted your application form the next step is to schedule an appointment, at either a visa application centre (VAC) in Egypt or here in the UK. During this appointment you will need to provide your fingerprints and a photograph.

      At the appointment you will be asked to present all the documents and you may be asked questions about your plans when you arrive in the UK, so be prepared. Do not be late for your appointment and ensure that you have all documents and photocopies.

      Step 5: Wait for Decision

      Following submission of the application form, you will need to wait for a decision from the UK Home Office. Once a decision has been made they will notify you via email or mail regarding whether your visa has been approved or denied. If approved, you will be required to collect your documents, and start planning your journey.

      Spouse Visa Application Processing Time

      The processing period usually takes between 2 and up to 12 weeks for a UK Spouse Visa application to be complete. This is just an estimate, and the actual time it takes can vary based on a number of factors. Including the complexity of your case, such as if you have had any previous visa rejections or have a criminal history.

      Other factors that could potentially extend the time it takes for the UK government to process your visa application include:

      1. Providing incorrect information or not completing the application form fully.
      2. An appointment not being available to have your biometric data collected.
      3. If you applied during peak seasons when there are a high volume of applications.

      Extending Or Renewing A UK Spouse Visa

      You can renew or extend your UK Spouse Visa for a further 30-months as long as your current visa hasn’t expired. You must continue to meet the visa requirements and will be required to provide up to date documents.

      These can include:

      • A current passport
      • Evidence of your relationship with your partner
      • Provide proof you meet the financial requirements

      From April 2024, you must be earning at least £29,000 per annum.

      After five continuous years with a valid Partner Visa, you can apply for either a new visa or settled status. Again, you must meet the visa requirements and continue to be in the same relationship with your British partner.

      Importantly, you must begin the application process at least 28 days before your current visa expires. Failing to re-apply in time could result in you having to leave the UK.

      Your UK Spouse Visa may be renewed by submitting a completed application form, paying the current visa fee, and providing any additional and updated documents. It is imperative that you take the time to make sure the paperwork is complete and accurate.

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        Spouse Visa To Indefinite Leave To Remain

        If you have been legally residing in the United Kingdom for 5-years or more on a valid partner visa, you can then apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). This means you can live and work in the UK permanently and no longer be subject to immigration control.

        To gain ILR, you will need to:

        • Have lived in the UK for 5 years on a family visa as a partner
        • Have lived with your partner since you last renewed your visa
        • Be in a genuine and subsisting relationship with your partner
        • Intend to continue your relationship after you apply for ILR
        • Meet the English language and Life in the UK requirements
        • Prove you have suitable accommodation
        • Continue to meet the financial requirements

        Spouse Visa Holders Rights And Benefits

        As a valid UK Spouse Visa holder, you gain the right to live and work in the UK with your partner for up to a period of 30 months.

        What this does mean is that you can legally reside, be employed, study, and access public services like healthcare through the NHS in the UK.

        After 5-years holding a UK Partner Visa, you become eligible to apply for permanent settlement in the UK, and eventually, it can lead to you becoming a British citizen. After this point, you can access other benefits such as social, including housing, and job seeker benefits.

        However, Spouse Visa holders face some restrictions. You cannot switch onto another visa from within the UK. You must travel back to Egypt if you wish to apply for a different visa.

        While holding the visa, it is also essential that you and your family members adhere to all of the conditions of the visa set out by the Home Office. Failing to do so, it could lead to you being deported from the UK. It may also cause issues with any future visa applications.

        How Total Law Can Help

        If you want to apply for a Spouse Visa UK you must understand it can be a complex process. It has stringent requirements. Having expert legal guidance by your side can help ensure your application is accurate, complete, and successful.

        Our expert law firm, Total Law, has extensive knowledge and experience assisting thousands of people from around the world with visas, and especially UK Spouse Visa applications.

        Our main services include:

        • Reviewing your documents and advising you if you meet the eligibility criteria
        • Guiding you on the evidence needed to meet financial requirements
        • Assisting with a complete and accurate partner visa application form
        • Checking your documents meet UK Home Office standards
        • Giving expert advice if your application is refused, and help with your appeal.
        • Apply for visa extensions and settlement applications after the 5-year visa period

        The lawyers at Total Law stay up-to-date on the latest UK immigration policy changes. We can ensure your Spouse Visa application fully complies with current rules.

        To discuss how to apply for a UK Partner Visa, contact the team at Total Law. Call us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or get in touch online.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  To meet financial requirements for the UK Spouse Visa, generally you need to be earning at least £18,600. (It changes to £29,000 in April 2024). If your children are also applying, this requirement will increase, as you need to have the funds to take care of them.

                  If a visa application is rejected, you have 28 days to appeal the decision. At this stage, we recommend you seek legal advice from an expert lawyer like Total Law. They can help you understand the reasons your application has been refused and offer expert advice on the best ways to improve your chances of approval.

                  Yes, once granted a UK Spouse Visa, you have permission to work in the UK without any restrictions. You can take up employment or be self-employed during your stay.

                  If your relationship comes to an end while you and your partner are on a UK Spouse Visa the Home Office will give you 60 days to sort out the arrangements before your immigration status is affected. During this time, gather any documents that demonstrate your connections to the UK such as an employment contract, proof of accommodation or involvement.