For the UK spouse visa, both partners must be 18 years old or over, as well as a sponsoring spouse, must be either:
· British Citizen
· Holder of Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) settled status or pre-settled status
· Have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK
You have to prove that either you are married, and this marriage is recognizable in the UK or you are in a civil partnership, or living together in a relationship for at least two years when you apply.
Under the minimum income requirement: a partner (sponsor) of the applicant must prove that he has an income of £18,600 in a year where no dependants are applying with the applicant. Required fees increase if dependants involved are not British. Income only can be combined if the application is made inside the UK but not for entry clearance applications. Savings also may be used instead of regular income: if you have savings of £62.500, the financial requirement can be satisfied. Besides, there is no need to show any other income. Although, it is important to note that exactly what documents are required and how this financial requirement can be satisfied depends on how you get your income.
It is also crucial to discuss the accommodation requirement which must be satisfied under this visa category. Usually, the following documents are required:
· A description of the property where you intend to live with your spouse
· Proof that there are enough rooms in the property to accommodate everyone and that it will not be overcrowded
English Language certificate also must be provided (unless an exemption applies) with the application at a Level A1. If you are applying from inside the UK to extend your spouse visa, a Level A2 certificate is required.
There are other ways of meeting the English Language requirement, for example, your qualification is from a university or college outside the UK, you will need to provide a certificate from UK NARIC to show that your diploma is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or higher and that it was taught in the English Language.
You also need to have a tuberculosis test done for a UK spouse visa if you are a national of the listed countries which can be found on the UK Government website.
Spouse visa processing time is usually 12 weeks if submitted from outside the UK and 8 weeks when submitted from inside the UK. Usually, there are paid premium services available which will decrease the waiting time to get a decision.
When successful, a spouse visa will be granted for 33 months initially it then can be extended for another 30 months. After spending a total of 60 months on a spouse visa, an applicant can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK to settle permanently if eligible. After obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain one can apply for Naturalisation as a British Citizen.
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