Thanks for your question. I will try to help.
There are essentially two options
The first option would be to apply for a returning residents visa:
This is available where a person has previously held ILR but has been out of the UK since obtaining it for a considerable period of time. However, where a person has been out of the UK for more than 2 years then they can only apply for this where they can provide evidence to show
· your strong family ties to the UK
· you lived in the UK most of your life
· your current circumstances and why you’ve lived outside the UK
It would seem that your wife has a reasonably strong case her in respect of the first and third, since her family ties will result from your family unit subsisting and wishing to relocate to the UK to live against. However, she obviously has not liver the majority of her life in the uk and so the third criteria might prove a problem.
The application is reasonably straight forward (more so than the second option) so if you are reasonably flexible about when you travel then you may consider trying your luck and applying for this visa. If it is not accepted then you can use the second option.
The second option is to apply for a spouse visa again unfortunately.
The webpage on spouse visas is here:
The eligibility criteria is here:-
You appear to meet the criteria and your financial circumstances are such that meeting the requirement should not be an issue provided you can show that you have had cash savings of £62500 in the bank for at least 6 months before you make the application.
Obviously the evidential burden is quite considerable with a spouse visa application but you can instruct a solicitor to prepare all your documentation and I would suggest that you do this regardless of which option you choose since plainly you can afford to do so. It hugely increases your chances of success irrespective of which option you choose.
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