Immigration Law

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If you want to come to the UK to visit, work, study or join family, you will need to apply for what is called ‘entry clearance’. This is also known as a visa.

You should apply for your visa before you travel to the UK. You can do this online or through a paper application form.

You will need to provide:

  • evidence of your identity
  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • details of your planned visit to the UK
  • proof that you can support yourself during your stay and pay for your return journey and any other costs relating to your visit
  • proof of any medical insurance you have in case you need medical treatment while in the UK
  • evidence of your ties to your home country, for example a job letter or property ownership
  • if you are under 18 years old, proof of parental or other legal guardian consent for your travel and stay in the UK, and contact details in the UK for your guardian

You may also need to provide additional documents depending on your personal circumstances.

You can find more information about applying for a visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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Spouse Visa

If you’re married to a British citizen or someone who has settled status in the UK, you may be able to apply for a spouse visa. This would allow you to live and work in the UK with your spouse.

To be eligible for a spouse visa, you must meet certain requirements, including having a valid passport, passing an English language test, and demonstrating that you can financially support yourself and your dependents. You will also need to provide evidence of your relationship with your spouse, such as a marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate.

Once you have applied for a spouse visa, it can take several months to hear back from the Home Office. If your application is successful, you will be granted leave to remain in the UK for a period of 33 months. After this, you can apply to extend your visa for a further 30 months. After 5 years in the UK on a spouse visa, you can then apply for indefinite leave to remain.

If you are married to a British citizen or someone with settled status in the UK, you may be eligible for a spouse visa. This allows you to live and work in the UK for up to five years, after which you can apply for settled status.

To be eligible fo a spouse visa, you must meet certain requirements, including:

  • being at least 18 years old
  • being married to a British citizen or someone with settled status in the UK
  • being able to support yourself financially
  • passing an English language test (unless you are from a majority English-speaking country)
  • having enough space in your home for your spouse to live with you

financial requirements to apply for a spouse visa

  • you must have an income of at least £18,600 per year or have savings of at least £62,500.

If you meet all the requirements, you can apply for a spouse visa by filling out an online application form and paying the application fee. You will also need to provide supporting documents, such as your passport, marriage certificate, and proof of your spouse’s UK citizenship or settled status.

Once your application is received, it will be processed and you will be contacted for an interview. If your application is successful, you will be issued a spouse visa and can then travel to the UK to live with your spouse.

spouse visa document checklist

  • Your passport
  • Two passport-sized photos of yourself
  • Your spouse’s passport
  • Your marriage certificate
  • Proof of your spouse’s UK citizenship or settled status (e.g. birth certificate, naturalisation certificate, or permanent residence card)
  • Proof of your financial resources (e.g. bank statements, payslips, or evidence of savings)
  • Evidence of your English language proficiency (e.g. a recent test result or degree from an English-speaking country)

Spouse visa application fee

The spouse visa application fee is £1,523 for the main applicant and £619 for each dependent child. There is also an immigration health surcharge of £200 per year for the main applicant and £150 per year for each dependent child, which must be paid upfront.

You can find more information on spouse visas, including the full requirements and how to apply, on the UK Visas and Immigration website. If you need help with your application, you can contact a solicitor who specialises in immigration law.

Genuine relationship test

As part of the application process, you will need to take a ‘genuine relationship test’. This is to prove that your marriage is real and not just for the purpose of getting a visa.

You will need to answer questions about your relationship, such as how you met, how often you see each other, and whether you have any children together. You may also be asked to provide photos and messages as evidence of your relationship.

Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted for an interview at a UK visa application centre. This is to verify your identity and to ask additional questions about your relationship and financial circumstances.

You will need to bring your passport and any supporting documents that you have not already submitted with your application.

at the end of the interview, the decision will be made on whether to approve or deny your visa application. If approved, you will be issued a visa and can then travel to the UK to live with your spouse.

If you have any questions about applying for a spouse visa, you can contact a solicitor who specialises in immigration law. They can help you with the application process and represent you if there are any problems with your application.

We can help you with the application process and represent you if there are any problems with your application. solicitors can also help you with other aspects of immigration law, such as applying for settled status or citizenship. solicitors can help you with the application process and represent you if there are any problems with your application. solicitors can also help you with other aspects of immigration law, such as applying for settled status or citizenship. solicitors can help you with the application process and represent you if there are any problems with your application. solicitors can also help you with other aspects of immigration law, such as applying for settled status or citizenship. solicitors

If you need help with your application, you can contact Prime legal Solicitors. We can help you with the application process and represent you if there are any problems with your application. We can also help you with other aspects of immigration law, such as applying for settled status or citizenship. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you.

We can also help you with other aspects of immigration law, such as applying for settled status or citizenship. solicitors can help you with the application process and represent you if there are any problems with your application. solicitors can also help you with other aspects of immigration law, such as applying for settled status or citizenship. solicitors can help you with the application process and represent you if there are any problems with your application. solicitors can also help you with other aspects of immigration law, such as applying for settled status or citizenship. solicitors can help you with the application process and represent you if there are any problems with your application. solicitors can also help you with other aspects of immigration law, such as applying for settled status or citizenship.

Accommodation requirements

As part of the Spouse Visa requirements, you must show that there is adequate accommodation set up for when you arrive in the UK, which you must share with your partner. This means that you must have a place to stay which meets the following criteria:

  • The accommodation must be owned or rented by either you or your partner
  • The accommodation must be big enough for you both to live in comfortably, and must not be overcrowded
  • The accommodation must have suitable cooking and washing facilities

If you are unable to meet these requirements, then your application for a Spouse Visa will be refused.

Meeting the English language requirement

To be eligible to join your partner in the UK, you will also need to meet the Spouse Visa English language requirement.

This means that you will need to take and pass an English language test from an approved test provider. The approved tests are:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic module
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) academic
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

You will need to score at least 7 in each component of the IELTS test, or equivalent scores in the other tests. If you do not meet the required score, you can retake the test after 2 years.

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Spouse Visa Processing times

The average processing time for a spouse visa application is around 30 days to 6 months. However, this can vary depending on the individual circumstances of each case. You can check the current processing times for applications made from outside the UK on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

There are a number of factors that can affect visa processing times, such as:

  • How complete and accurate the application is
  • Whether all required documents have been submitted
  • The current workload of UK Visas and Immigration
  • The applicant’s nationality
  • How quickly UK Visas and Immigration can obtain background checks (if required)
  • The time it takes to schedule an interview (if required)
  • How long it takes to make a decision

Spouse Visa Application costs

If you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and want to join your husband, wife or civil partner in the UK, they’ll need to apply for a visa on your behalf. The cost of the visa application is £1,500 plus the NHS surcharge fee of £600 per year pain for 2.5 years in advance.

Your spouse will need to meet certain eligibility requirements in order to qualify for a visa. For example, they must have enough money to support themselves and any dependents, and they must have suitable accommodation. They must also be able to speak English to an acceptable level.

If your spouse is already in the UK on a different type of visa, they may be able to switch to a spouse visa. However, they’ll need to meet the eligibility requirements for a switch, which include having been in a genuine relationship for at least 2 years.

The process for applying for a spouse visa can be complicated, so it’s important to get professional help from an experienced immigration lawyer. They can help you navigate the process and ensure that your application has the best chance of success.

Spouse Visa refusals

These are unfortunately becoming more common. The UK immigration law has changed a lot in recent years and the rules are now much stricter. If you are applying for a Spouse Visa, it is essential that you meet all of the requirements. If you do not, your application will likely be refused.

There are a number of reasons why your Spouse Visa may be refused. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • You have not been married for long enough
  • You do not earn enough money
  • ou do not have adequate accommodation
  • Your spouse is not a British citizen or settled in the UK
  • There are inconsistencies in your application

If your Spouse Visa is refused, it can be extremely frustrating and upsetting.

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How to appeal a refusal

If your Spouse Visa is refused, you do have the right to appeal. The appeals process can be complicated and it is important to get professional help if you are considering appealing. An experienced immigration lawyer will be able to assess your case and give you the best chance of success.

The first step in the appeals process is to request a review of the decision. This must be done within 28 days of receiving the refusal decision. The review will be conducted by a different caseworker who will look at your application again. If they still refuse your application, you can then appeal to the Immigration Tribunal.

The appeals process can be long and stressful. It is important to get expert help if you are considering appealing a refusal decision.

What are the chances of success?

The chances of success will depend on the individual circumstances of your case. It is important to get professional help to assess your chances of success before starting the appeals process.

How to apply for ILR after a Spouse Visa

After living in the UK for five years with a Partner Visa, you become eligible to apply for indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). ILR is also known as permanent residency. Once you have ILR, you can live and work in the UK without any restrictions.

The process for applying for ILR can be complicated and it is important to get professional help from an experienced immigration lawyer. They can help you prepare your application and give you the best chance of success.

To apply for ILR, you must first meet the eligibility requirements. These include:

  • Living in the UK for five years with a Partner Visa
  • Having continuous residence in the UK during that time
  • Meeting the English language requirement
  • Meeting the financial requirement

If you meet all of the eligibility requirements, you can then apply for ILR. The process involves completing an online application and sending various documents to the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department.

The documents you will need to provide include:

  • Passport
  • biometric residence permit
  • Evidence of financial requirement
  • Evidence of relationship
  • English language test certificate

Once you have submitted your application, you will need to attend an interview at a UKVI office. The interviewer will ask you questions about your application and your life in the UK. They will also check your documents to make sure everything is in order.

If your application is successful, you will be granted indefinite Leave to Remain. You will then be able to live and work in the UK without any restrictions.

If you are applying for ILR, it is important to get professional help from an experienced immigration lawyer. They can guide you through the application process and give you the best chance of success.

What are the benefits of indefinite Leave to Remain?

Once you have indefinite Leave to Remain, you can live and work in the UK without any restrictions. You will also be able to apply for a British passport and travel freely around the world.

Indefinite Leave to Remain is a permanent status. This means that you will not need to reapply for a visa after a certain period of time. You will be able to live in the UK indefinitely with ILR.

If you have any questions about indefinite Leave to Remain, or any other type of UK visa, contact our team of experienced immigration lawyers today. We can help you with every stage of the visa application process.

Work Visas

There are a number of different types of visas available for people who want to come and work in the UK. The type of visa you will need depends on your job, where you’re from and how long you want to stay.

If you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you’ll need a work visa to come and work in the UK.

There are a number of different types of work visas, depending on your occupation, salary and other factors. The main types are:

  • Tier 2 (General) visa: for skilled workers with a job offer from a UK employer
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) visa: for certain types of temporary work, including charity work, religious work and creative and sporting activities

You can find out more about the different types of work visas on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

To apply for a work visa, you’ll need to have a job offer from a UK employer. Your employer will need to sponsor you for a visa, and they will need to have a valid sponsor licence.

You’ll also need to meet the other eligibility criteria for the visa, including having enough money to support yourself and passing an English language test.

Once you’ve been offered a job, your employer will be able to apply for a sponsorship licence from UK Visas and Immigration.

If your application is successful, they’ll be given a licence number which they’ll need to include on your visa application form.

You can then apply for a work visa using the online application system. You’ll need to include your sponsor’s licence number on your application form.

Your visa will usually be valid for up to five years, or the length of your employment contract if it’s shorter.

After you’ve been in the UK for five years on a Tier 2 visa, you may be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain. This would allow you to live and work in the UK without any time limits.

Visit Visas

If you’re planning to visit the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The type of visa you’ll need depends on your nationality, the purpose of your visit and how long you want to stay.

The main types of visitor visas are:

  • Standard Visitor visa: for tourism, leisure, certain business activities and visiting friends or family
  • Marriage Visitor visa: if you want to get married in the UK but aren’t a resident here
  • Parent of a Child at School visa: if you’re the parent or legal guardian of a child who is studying at a boarding school in the UK
  • Transit visa: if you’re passing through the UK en route to another country

If you’re from a visa-exempt country, you may not need to apply for a visa to visit the UK. This includes countries like the US, Canada and Australia.

It’s important to note that visitor visas don’t allow you to work in the UK. If you want to come and work here, you’ll need to apply for a work visa.

Nationality & British Citizenship

Applying for British nationality is not an easy task. The law is very strict and the requirements are numerous. However, if you are eligible and meet all the requirements, it is definitely worth it. The process can be long and complicated, but once you have your British passport, you will have the freedom to live and work in the UK indefinitely. There are different routes to citizenship, so it is important to research which one is best for you.

If you would like to apply for British nationality, you must first meet the eligibility criteria. You must be over 18 years of age and have lived in the UK for at least 5 years. You must also have indefinite leave to remain in the UK, which means that you can stay in the UK indefinitely without any restrictions. In addition, you must have passed the Life in the UK test and meet the English language requirements.

Once you have met the eligibility criteria, you can begin the application process. The first step is to complete an online application form. You will then need to send supporting documents to the Home Office, including your passport, proof of residency, and evidence of your English language proficiency. After your application has been reviewed, you will be invited to attend an interview at your local British consulate. If your application is successful, you will be granted British nationality and will be able to live and work in the UK indefinitely.

British Citizenship by Descent

If you were born outside of the UK, you may be eligible for British citizenship by descent. This means that you can apply for British citizenship if your parent or grandparent was a British citizen at the time of your birth. There are different requirements for each category, so it is important to research which one you are eligible for.

If you are applying for British citizenship by descent, you will need to provide your birth certificate, your parent’s or grandparent’s British passport, and evidence of their residency in the UK at the time of your birth. You will also need to meet the English language requirements and pass the Life in the UK test. After your application has been reviewed, you will be invited to attend an interview at your local British consulate. If your application is successful, you will be granted British nationality and will be able to live and work in the UK indefinitely.

Applying for a British passport

If you are a British citizen, you have the right to live and work in the UK indefinitely. You will also be able to travel freely to and from the UK, as well as other countries within the European Union. In order to exercise these rights, you will need to have a British passport.

The process of applying for a British passport can be long and complicated, so it is important to make sure that you are eligible before you begin. You must be a British citizen, over 18 years of age, and have a valid form of identification. You will also need to provide proof of your residency in the UK, as well as your travel history. In addition, you will need to have your passport photos taken and pay the application fee.

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