What is the Spouse Visa processing time?
The average Spouse Visa processing time is around three months. However, the waiting time can vary depending on several factors. In fact, depending on your personal circumstances, the Home Office may need more time to assess whether you meet the visa requirements.
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What is the Spouse Visa?
The Spouse Visa allows foreign nationals who are married to a British citizen or settled person, to enter the UK.
If your application is successful, you will be able to remain in the UK legally for 30 months.
If you and your partner are engaged and wish to get married in the UK, you can apply for a UK Fiancé Visa instead.
Once married, you will be able to switch into the Spouse Visa to remain in the UK for 33 months.
What are the Spouse Visa requirements?
To qualify for a Spouse Visa, you and your partner must meet specific requirements. Nevertheless, some of the following criteria may vary depending on your unique circumstances. If you wish to receive dedicated advice on your application, you can get in touch with our Birmingham immigration lawyers.
The general Spouse Visa requirements are as follows:
- You and your partner must be over the age of 18
- You must be married or in a civil partnership with a British citizen or a foreign national holding ILR
- Your spouse must meet the minimum income requirements
- You and your partner must have met in person at least once before the date of your application
- You must intend to live together in the UK
- You must have adequate savings to financially support yourselves and your family without applying for welfare support
- You must have suitable accommodation already set up for your arrival
- You must pass and English language test
Spouse Visa supporting documents
To demonstrate that you qualify for a Spouse Visa, you must prepare an adequate portfolio of documents. Most importantly, you must prove that you didn’t marry your partner for visa purposes or for fraudulent immigration advantages.
Some documents you will need to include in your immigration bundle are:
- Your passport or your valid travel document
- Your partner’s passport or proof of identification
- Your marriage or civil partnership certificate
- Your English language certificate (if needed)
- A short history of your relationship from the day you met to the current date
Depending on your personal circumstances, you may need to provide additional documents. This includes proof of your accommodation arrangements or birth certificates of any children you wish to bring in the UK with you.
What is the UK Spouse Visa processing time?
When you submit your application, the immigration officer will need some time to assess your circumstances.
This means that the Home Office will need to check:
- Your application details
- Your supporting documents
- Any evidence of your relationship
- Your financial details
- Your accommodation arrangements
If necessary, your application may be passed onto a second party to be reviewed in details.
After this, you will receive a letter of acceptance or rejection from UKVI via post.
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As a general rule, Spouse Visa applications are processed within 3 weeks. However, it may take up to 12 weeks for the Home Office to process and decide on your request.
When you apply for a Spouse Visa, you and your partner must demonstrate that you can speak and understand English properly. Nevertheless, if you originate from an English-speaking country, you may not be required to sit an English language test. The same applies if you have a degree that was taught in English.
To meet this requirement, you must score A1 or higher in your IELTS exam.
The fee for the Spouse Visa is £1,523 if you apply from outside the UK. On the contrary, if you submit your application while you are already in this country, the visa cost is lowered to £1,033.
It is essential to keep in mind that this fee does not include additional costs, such as:
- The Immigration Health Surcharge
- The English Language test cost
- The housing reports
- The cost for having your biometric information taken
- Your lawyer fees.