This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo about travel visas.
Whether you are heading on holiday, traveling for work, or moving to another country entirely, it can be hard to know if you need a visa or the kind of visa that you need. Sometimes, these things seem to be difficult for the sake of being difficult, and many people make mistakes regarding the kind of visa they need to apply for.
As a result, it is important that you research your destination thoroughly beforehand, especially if you are moving abroad. One of the visas that people are often most confused by are spouse visas. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!
Here is everything you need to know about spouse visas, including information on how to apply!
What exactly is a Spouse Visa?
To apply for a spouse visa, you need to prove that you are in a genuine, committed, and subsisting relationship with a person who is a resident of the country you want to live in.
For example, if you wish to move to England, your partner should be a British citizen. Once you have been granted a spouse visa UK, you will be able to live within the UK. The Visa lasts 33 months, but you can apply for multiple extensions. You should ensure you apply for the extension within 28 days of your visa’s expiry date.
How do I get a Spouse Visa?
The process of applying for a spouse visa begins online, though you may wish to first correspond with an immigration lawyer who can provide their expert advice on the process, ensuring you put your best step forward.
It is important that you fill in your application correctly, and provide access to a range of documents – otherwise, your application will be rejected.
You need to provide the following evidence:
- Proof of your relationship. This can include evidence of gifts you have purchased for each other, messages you have sent, and even photographs you have taken together.
- Proof your marriage (i.e. marriage certificate)
- Financial evidence (Wage slips, bank statements, especially if you have a shared bank account)
- Proof of accommodation (i.e. proof that you have somewhere to live in the UK)
You also need to demonstrate that you have a strong grasp of the English language and may need to take a short test to prove this.
How long does it take to get a Spouse Visa?
The process of obtaining a visa can take a long time, so it is important that you start the process as early as possible. Here is a typical timeline:
1-2 Weeks To fill in the appropriate forms, collect any evidence you need to prove your relationship, etc.
1-6 Months. Once your application has been processed, someone will be in contact to inform you of the outcome of your application. If it has been rejected, you can either appeal this decision or re-apply, though you should take extra time to ensure your application is as strong as it can be to ensure it will not get rejected a second time.
More information about UK Spouse Visa.
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