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Spouse visa or civil partner

London Solicitor Spouse Visa or Civil Partner

Do you or someone you know need help to apply for a husband or wife or civil partner to come to the UK for settlement?

Anyone who is married or in a civil partnership with a person who is either a British citizen, holds settled status in the UK, with limited leave as a refugee or person granted with humanitarian protection, may apply to join their married partner or civil partner in the UK for settlement as a Spouse.

How you can apply depends on whether you are inside the UK or outside the UK.

Outside the UK

If you are based outside the UK, then you will need to make an application for entry clearance to the UK.

There are a number of requirements that must be fulfilled which include the following:

  1. you are the married partner of civil partner of a British citizen, person holding settled status in the UK, person with refugee leave or humanitarian protection;
  2. both of you are 18 years or above;
  3. your relationship is genuine and on-going (known as ‘subsisting’);
  4. both of you intend to live together permanently in the UK;
  5. UK married partner or civil partner is earning specified gross annual income of at least £18,600 (if you are applying on your own) or at the specified relevant threshold (which varies depending on how many children are applying with the married partner or civil partner) or exempt from the financial requirement because he or she is in receipt of a specified State benefit;
  6. adequate accommodation in the UK; and
  7. meet English language requirement.

There may be further requirements to fulfil which will depend upon from where and how you will be applying to join your married partner or civil partner in the UK.

If your application is successful then you will be granted permission to live in the UK for a period of 33 months. Before this period expires, you will need to make another application inside the UK to be granted a further period of 30 months. Once you have completed a total of 5 years in the UK then you will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain otherwise known as permanent status.

It is important that you continue to be in a relationship with your married partner or civil partner throughout the 5 year period as this is one of the requirements for being able to apply for Indefinite leave to Remain in the UK.

If the married partner or civil partner in the UK is in a polygamous marriage to someone overseas, only one married partner or civil partner will be able to join them in the UK.

Inside the UK

If your married partner or civil partner is already inside the UK and wants to know whether and how they can apply to regularise their stay under the spouse visa category, please call us for information and/or advice on 020 8004 9199 / 0208 679 5100 or alternatively, on 07724 513 822 or send us an email.

It may not be possible for absolutely everyone to be able to switch into the spouse visa category and so it is important for you to seek the most appropriate information and/or advice before making any decisions.

It may be possible to regularise your stay in the UK if you are in an unmarried relationship or if you have entered into a religious marriage (for example, an Islamic marriage ceremony known as a ‘Nikkah’) but have not undergone a Civil Marriage in the UK. Please call us for more information and/or advice on 020 8004 9199 / 0208 679 5100 or alternatively, on 07724 513 822 or send us an email to see how we can help you.

Appeals

If your application is or has been refused for entry clearance, leave to remain or permanent stay in the UK under the marriage or civil partnership or unmarried partner based categories, our Immigration Solicitors can help you by preparing and lodging an appeal on your behalf.

There will be strict deadlines on appealing which will depend on whether you applied outside the UK or inside the UK. Please call us for more information and/or advice on 020 8004 9199 / 0208 679 5100 or alternatively, on 07724 513 822 or send us an email to see how we can help you.

Our service

At MFI Law Limited Solicitors, our Immigration Solicitors are passionate about the work they do on behalf of their clients. They are able to deal with a wide range of matters concerning marriage, civil partnership and unmarried partner based categories. Whether it is an application for entry clearance or leave to remain or permanent stay in the UK, our Immigration Solicitors can help you.

Our Immigration Solicitors have the experience and expertise to handle any applications concerning marriage, civil partnership and unmarried partner based categories. At MFI Law Limited Solicitors, we will endeavour to ensure that your application is prepared carefully in accordance with the relevant Immigration laws including Appendix FM and that is submitted to the Home Office in a timely manner.

How we can help you

For a majority of our immigration matters, we charge a fixed fee.

It is our usual practice to require any fees that are payable for work to be done on your behalf to be paid in advance before any work is carried out. This means that you must pay before any work is started, including applications that need to be submitted to the Home Office or for any appeals that need to be lodged with the First‐tier Tribunal.

However, we do understand that not everyone will be able to pay in this manner. That is why we offer flexible payment options for individual clients.

For a confidential consultation to speak with us about how we can help you about your immigration matter, please call us on 020 8004 9199 / 0208 679 5100 or alternatively, on 07724 513 822 or send us an email.

We are happy to discuss your immigration matter with you over the telephone initially so that you can decide before what you want to do or how you wish to proceed. If you are interested in seeking more information and/or advice and want to see us for an appointment in person, we ask for an initial payment on account of £150.00 to be made in advance to us after which an appointment is arranged with one of our Immigration Solicitors.

If you do instruct us and proceed ahead with the making of any application or appeal, this initial payment will be taken off the cost of the matter that we deal with on your behalf. However, in the event that you do not proceed and instruct us on any matter, then the initial payment will cover the cost of the appointment and will be non‐refundable.

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