UK Spouse Visa Solicitors
If you are already living in the UK with ‘settled status’ and now want to arrange for your wife or husband to join you permanently or temporarily then you will need to apply for a UK Spouse Visa (sometimes referred to as a UK Marriage Visa). Our 'Spouse Visa Solicitors' in Manchester will provide a complete service to help you through the application process.
We understand the time-sensitive nature of UK Spouse Visa applications and we have helped many people through this process over the years. We aim to provide a fast and comprehensive service, whatever stage of the process you need help with.
Our Immigration Solicitors are adept with the UK Spouse Visa application process and will discuss all options and criteria with you clearly and carefully. Our solicitors work exclusively in immigration law and understand how stressful the immigration process can be. At Clifford Johnston you will receive a personal service and pragmatic, realistic advice on your options. Our lawyers know that taking advice on the process early on can save time, money and stress.
The fees for UK Spouse Visa applications are high and knowing which documents to submit with an application can be confusing. Our 'Spouse Visa Solicitors' regularly submit complex applications to the Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration to obtain grants of immigration status on behalf of clients.
What is a Spouse Visa UK?
A UK Spouse Visa will permit you or your partner to live in the UK for 30 months. If you are seeking permanent residence for your Wife or Husband, then the Spouse Visa is the first step toward permanent settlement status in the UK. Generally, a UK Spouse Visa would lead on to a person applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain and then on to full British Citizenship.
The basic requirements for obtaining a Spouse Visa are that the relationship is genuine (proof of marriage is required) and that the sponsoring partner commands an income of at least £18,600 per year.
Non-EU citizens may apply for a UK Spouse Visa if they are already married to a UK citizen, UK refugee or a person with ‘settled status’ in the UK.
A Spouse Visa (Marriage Visa) is pertinent to homosexual and heterosexual marriages and provides the same rights as a Civil Partnership Visa
How our qualified Spouse Visa Lawyers can help?
At Clifford Johnston & Co. Our Immigration Solicitors in Manchester are known for their professionalism and attention to detail, while offering a highly-successful and affordable service. We pride ourselves on the caring approach we take in delivering in-depth immigration law legal expertise.
We will work tirelessly on your behalf to make sure your Spouse Visa application has the best chance of success. You will be appointed with a dedicated Spouse Visa Solicitor in Manchester to help with your application at whatever stage you are at.
The full service surrounding Spouse Visa applications we offer includes assessing your situation and the basic criteria to be met, completing the application process on your behalf, and if, any form of refusal or challenge to your application is made we are also highly experienced in dealing with rejected initial Spouse Visa applications. We would like to assure you though that such refusals are few and far between, especially with the right advice from beginning to end.
The Immigration team at Clifford Johnston & Co fully appreciate the importance of having your partner and family with you to share in love and life in the UK. It will be our priority to make your Spouse Visa application a successful one.
Our specialist Spouse Visa Solicitors will take time and care as we help you through the application process. Our service includes:
- Fee initial consultation – in person, by phone of over skype
- Eligibility assessments and feedback
- Reviews and assessments of all necessary documentation
- Completing application forms
- Checking application forms to be submitted
- Validating proof of relationship
- Preparing letter of representation to accompany your application
- Direct liaison with the Home Office during your application
We have an incredibly high rate of success so talk to our team today.
Can I apply for a Spouse Visa UK?
You can apply for a Spouse Visa for the UK from any country of residence around the world, or the application can be made here in the UK. There are stringent requirements that must be met for any application to prove successful.
You will need to provide official documentation to validate your relationship. If you have been living outside of the UK, but with your spouse (who is a British Citizen) in another EU country, you could seek entry to the UK under EU regulations. This method is known as the Surinder Singh Visa route.
The Surinder Singh Immigration route is named after the first person who filed this type of case. If successful, this route permits for a 5-year residents’ card if applying in the UK, or a 6-month permit if applying from outside the UK.
What are Spouse Visa UK requirements and Spouse Visa financial requirements?
The minimum requirements for a UK Spouse Visa are largely the same for any type of UK Partner Visa.
UK Spouse Visa requirements involve:
- Proof of English Language ability
- Passing the genuine relationship test
- Evidence of having proper accommodation in place
- A minimum sponsor partner income of £18,600 per year.
If dependent children are part of the family unit then the minimum income threshold is subject to increase. This threshold is raised to £22,400 per year if there is one dependent child and is subject to incremental rises of £2,400 for every additional child.
The UK Home Office charges different rates for a UK Spouse Visa depending on if you are applying with dependent children as well.
It is also worth noting that since Aug 2017 decision on Spouse Visa application success pertaining to the income threshold must seek to consider alternative financing other than a regular salary. Considerations such as being able to financially sustain yourself without a job, whether you are planning to be self-employed or whether continued support (financially) may be provided by other family members.
What happens if my Spouse Visa is refused?
In the unlikely event your UK Spouse Visa application is refused, it is normal for you to be issued with a right to appeal the decision if you feel the application refusal is unfair. If you have used Clifford Johnston & Co for our full support from the start of your eligibility assessment and application process it is highly unlikely you will be refused at the last point of this process.
Clifford Johnston & Co are happy to help people who have had UK Spouse Visa refusal notices where you have sought support through the application process elsewhere.
We would point out that if you are already in the UK when a refusal of such an application occurs then it is crucial that you act quickly and without hesitation. You must either contest the refusal or apply for another UK immigration Visa at once. Overstretching the permitted duration of stay you have been granted, can be hugely detrimental to your long-term settlement plans.
Talk to our UK Spouse Visa Solicitors in Manchester
UK Spouse Visa applications are extremely detailed, and it pays to have the best chance of success because of the best support from day 1. We have a history of great success with Spouse Visa Applications and our Manchester Immigration Lawyers will provide your loved ones with access to exceptional legal advice.
To apply for a UK Spouse Visa, get in touch with us online or over the phone for the best support and professional, no obligation advice.
With offices in Stockport (Heaton Moor) & Manchester (Burnage), our expert Spouse Visa solicitors are easily accessible. We represent clients not only locally and throughout Stockport, Cheshire, Lancashire & Manchester but also across the United Kingdom. You can count on us to help and guide you whatever your challenge or circumstance.