Spouse Visa UK for Ghanaians

Are you a Ghanaian married to a UK-settled person, a British citizen? You can apply for a UK Spouse Visa, which allows you to travel to and settle in the UK.

For more information about applying for a UK Spouse Visa for Ghanaians, including personal advice from our immigration experts on how to get ready and what to expect, call us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online.

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    Overview of the UK Spouse Visa

    The UK Spouse Visa, also called the Partner Visa, is an immigration choice for married partners, proposed civil partners, and unmarried partners of British citizens and eligible individuals who mostly hold permanent residency in the UK.

    Following recent immigration rules, the minimum salary requirement for a UK Spouse Visa application has increased to £29,000 from £18,000.

    Initially, the spouse visa applicant is given 33 months (if applied from outside the UK) or 30 months if applying from within the UK. To apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), the Spouse Visa must be extended at least once for 30 months.

    After obtaining ILR, a spouse of a British citizen can seek naturalisation. Unmarried partners of British citizens and partners of individuals with permanent residency must wait 12 months after getting ILR to qualify for citizenship and a British passport.

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    UK Spouse Visa for Ghanaians Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for a UK Spouse Visa, you and your spouse or if you are in a civil partnership need to meet the following requirements:

    • Have a valid Ghanaian passport
    • Must be 18 or older (you and your partner) and must have been in a relationship for a minimum of 2 years
    • Show evidence of your relationship, like shared bills and photos
    • Prove you can speak English with a certificate
    • Provide two passport-sized photos
    • Show you meet the Spouse Visa financial requirements with bank statements or wage slips. Your partner must earn £29,000 a year or have savings to support you
    • Details of any past immigration applications and criminal records
    • Show proof of adequate accommodation in the UK
    • Biometric information like fingerprints and a photo

    UK Spouse Visa for Ghanaians Application Process

    Successful applicants who apply for a Spouse Visa or Fiance Visa from Ghana will be granted 33 months to live in the UK. But if you apply from inside the UK, you’ll be given 30 months. To apply for a UK Spouse Visa as a Ghanaian, follow these steps:

    • Gather all the necessary documents to prove your eligibility. This could include your partnership or marriage certificate, proof of accommodation, bank statements, income documents, etc.
    • Complete the online application form
    • Pay the application fee
    • A letter from your partner or a friend confirming your relationship and stating your intention to stay in the UK together
    • Book an appointment for your biometric appointment
    • Attend an interview if required. Make sure to be on time and have all the required documents ready

    Total Law can guide you through the process, from gathering necessary documents to presenting a well-structured application. Our expert legal advisers understand the specific requirements of the UK immigration system and apply their expertise to ensure your application is processed efficiently and effectively.

    Our legal experts are well-versed in UK immigration law and can help you obtain a UK spouse visa from Ghana. Contact Us

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      Spouse Visa UK Application Fees

      The cost for a UK Spouse Visa is £1,048 if you apply inside the UK or £1,846 if you apply outside the UK. You must also pay £1,035 yearly for the Immigration Health Surcharge, plus a biometric fee of £19.20. If you want a decision by the next working day, you can pay £1,000 for the super-priority service.

      Spouse Visa for Ghanaians Application Processing Time

      The time it takes to process your Spouse Visa application depends on individual circumstances and where you apply from. It can take up to 24 weeks. Applying inside the UK and meeting the minimum income threshold and English requirements means waiting 8 to 12 weeks for a decision. Your visa application might take longer if the details you provided aren’t correct or the Home Office needs more information.

      Extending / Renewing UK Spouse Visa

      Certain conditions must be met to renew your Spouse Visa in the UK as a Ghanaian. You must still be in the same genuine relationship as before. Your combined income with your British or settled partner should be at least £18,600 if you’re already on the five-year partner route before the recent increases to the minimum income levels.

      You must not have broken immigration rules or have any criminal convictions. If you have dependent children, extra income is needed.

      The application fee is £1,048 per person, with a Health Surcharge of £1,035 per year for adults and £776 per year for children under 18.

      Renewal takes up to 8 weeks, but for faster decisions, you can pay an extra £800 for the super-priority service or £500 for the priority service.

      What Are the 5-Year and the 10-Year Partner Routes?

      The 5-year and the 10-year routes are how long it takes to qualify for ILR. If you meet all the requirements, like funds, approved English language test, and immigration status, you’ll get a UK Spouse Visa for five years.

      Then, you can apply for ILR after five years. If you don’t meet all the requirements, but refusing your application would be unfair, you might get leave to remain for ten years. The 10-year partner route allows you to apply for ILR after ten years.

      If you started on the 5-year route but switched to the 10-year route, the time counts toward the ten years. But if you started on the 10-year route and switched to the 5-year route, that time doesn’t count toward the five years. When you meet the requirements, you can switch from the 10-year route to the 5-year route. After five years on the 5-year route or ten years, you can apply for ILR.

      What Happens if Your Relationship Ends?

      If your relationship ends while your Ghanaian partner is on a UK Spouse Visa and they only have limited permission to stay in the UK, inform the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), a department of the Home Office in writing. Provide your partner’s full name, date of birth, and entry clearance or UKVI reference number if available.

      The UKVI will review whether to cancel your former partner’s permission to stay. However, this won’t happen automatically if their circumstances have changed. They might be eligible to stay in the UK on different grounds, or there may be humanitarian protection reasons not to cancel their stay.

      Our immigration lawyers can keep you updated on immigration laws and policies. Total Law knowledgeable lawyers can inform you about changes that could impact Spouse Visa status and advise you accordingly.

      UK Spouse Visa Holders Rights And Benefits

      Holding a UK Spouse Visa comes with important benefits. Firstly, you can live and work in the UK with your spouse. You can also access public services like healthcare and education like any other settled resident. Additionally, you have the right to travel in and out of the UK freely during the validity of your visa.

      However, there are also restrictions to keep in mind. While on a Spouse Visa UK for Ghanaians, you can’t access certain public funds or benefits, and you’re expected to support yourself financially.

      Moreover, you must adhere to the conditions of your visa, such as not working in certain professions or engaging in any activities that could jeopardise your visa status.

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        What if a Ghanaian UK Spouse Visa Application is Rejected?

        If you face a UK Spouse Visa refusal you can submit another application if you address the issues that lead to the rejection.

        Alternatively, you can pursue a judicial review. This involves challenging the decision in court, and having a lawyer can make the process smoother. Total Law immigration adviser can provide expert guidance and support throughout.

        Whether you need advice on reapplying or pursuing a judicial review, Total Law’s expert advisers can help you navigate the next steps and work towards securing your Spouse Visa UK for Ghanaians successfully.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        Using immigration lawyers for a Spouse Visa for Ghanaians can make the whole process much easier and increase your chances of getting visa approval. Total Law legal experts know the ins and outs of the visa application process. We will ensure you understand what you must do and help you avoid mistakes.

        Total Law immigration advisers can also help you gather all the necessary documents for your visa application and ensure they are completed correctly. If any problems arise during your visa application, such as you not meeting the requirements or getting rejected, our immigration lawyers can help you figure out what to do next. We can advise you on your options and help you appeal the decision if necessary.

        For more information about applying for a UK Spouse Visa for Ghanaians, including personal advice from an immigration expert on how to get ready and what to expect, reach out to us today at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  Yes, you can work freely without limits with a UK spouse visa.

                  If you have a Spouse Visa UK, you can’t get access to public funds. However, your partner may still qualify for benefits such as tax credits, child benefit, and housing benefit.

                  You can travel abroad freely with a Spouse Visa, but you must keep your main home and family life in the UK. The UK Home Office might want to know why if you’re away for over six months. Spending more time abroad than in the UK might make the Home Office question if you plan to stay in the UK permanently.