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UK Family Visas
UK Spouse and Unmarried Partner Visa
If you are married to a British Citizen or a UK Permanent Resident (PR) holder you will be eligible to apply for a UK spouse visa. If you are in a long0term common-law relationship, have amalgamated your financial affairs and have lived together for 2 years or more, then you may be eligible to apply for a UK unmarried partner visa. In either case, your initial visa will be valid for 2 ½ years.
The four main requirements you need to satisfy in any spouse visa or unmarried partner visa application are:
Accommodation – show that you have adequate accommodation available for you and your sponsor upon your arrival in the UK and filing a Housing Evaluation Report in support of your application.
English Language – demonstrate proficiency in the English language.
Maintenance – demonstrate you have an annual income of £18,600 or £62,500 in cash savings.
Relationship – demonstrate that you and your sponsor are ina genuine relationship.
It is worth noting that most refusals are based on failing to show that the Sponsor meets the accommodation and maintenance requirements in the specified format.
Fiancée Visa/Marriage Visitor Visa
If you are engaged to be married to a British citizen or Permanent Resident and wish to get married in the UK then you would require a fiancée/marriage visitor visa. If successful, this visa will be valid for 6 months.
Even if you are a citizen of the United States or Canada you would still require this visa in order to get married in the UK. You must demonstrate that you will get married to a British citizen or permanent resident during your visit to the UK.
The legal and evidential requirements for entering the UK as a spouse or partner are becoming much tougher. With spouse visa and unmarried partner visa refusal rates hovering around 55% and appeal waiting times increasing to over a year, it is imperative that your application is well-prepared at the outset to ensure a successful outcome. Sterling Immigration are committed to ensuring that you start an exciting new chapter in your family life quickly with minimal disruption and expense.
Sterling Immigration will guide you expertly through the copious requirements of the Immigration Rules and Policy Guidance with respect to the financial criteria.
For those applicants who wish to prepare and file their own application without legal representation, we offer an Application Review Service.