Spouses of Settled persons (British Citizen / ILR Holders)
If you are an overseas national and are married to a British Citizen or a person having settled status (ILR) in the UK, you need to apply for entry clearance (overseas) or leave to remain (in country) in order to obtain spouse visa in the UK. There are several requirements that need to be met to qualify for this visa and even a minor mistake or absence of a necessary document may result in the refusal of the application.
You and your sponsor (your spouse / civil partner) must be 18 years of age at the time of application and should also be able to provide evidences of your maintenance and accommodation without recourse to public funds. The overseas national is required to pass one of the approved English language tests before the application. It is also very important to show evidences of genuineness and subsistence of relationship. We advise and represent our clients in respect of fulfilling all the requirements of this visa and also advise on substitute evidences, should you not be able to provide any primary evidences.
Once the application is approved, you will be given leave to remain for 27 months and will therefore be allowed to join your spouse in the UK or continue to live in the UK if you are already here. You will have permission to take any employment or engage in self employment activities in the UK. At the end of total stay of 24 months in the UK, you can make an application for Indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
Spouses of persons having Limited Leave to remain
If you are married to a person having limited leave to remain in the UK, you may also be able to join / remain in the UK as his / her dependant. You do not need to pass any language tests and do not need to be above 18 years of age. You will be given similar length of the visa as your spouse has, and will be able to apply for permanent residence (in most cases) in the UK together with your partner.
At Britannia Solicitors, we offer our expertise of advising and representing our clients in making their entry clearance and further leave to remain applications. We have got extensive experience of handling complex immigration casework and can advice on all sorts of immigration matters. We can represent our clients in making their spouse visa applications and advise them on the requirements that need to be met, law and the procedure that need to be followed.
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