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Choosing the Correct Partner Visa
If you are looking to join your partner in the UK from overseas, you will need to apply for a UK Partner Visa. Depending on your relationship with your partner, there are a number of different Spouse and Partner Visas available to you.
If you are in a serious, committed relationship but not yet married, you can apply for an Unmarried Partner Visa. If you intend to marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK, you can apply for a Fiancé Visa or Proposed Civil Partner Visa. For those already married, you will be able to apply for a Spouse Visa or Civil Partner Visa.
How Can IAS Help You?
At IAS we can help you apply for a UK Spouse Visa. Our immigration lawyers are highly qualified at guiding applicants through the process in a smooth manner. Your immigration consultant will confirm that you are eligible and that you have the right evidence of your relationship.
They will also confirm that your spouse is able to sponsor your Spouse Visa application. Your lawyer will write a Letter of Representation to accompany your application, detailing your case and its merits. This will also include relevant supporting UK immigration law. To discuss your UK Partner Visa options, get in touch today online or on +1844 290 6312.
Last modified on June 20th, 2023 at 4:07 am
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To join your spouse or partner with British Citizenship or settled status in the UK, you will need to apply for a Spouse or Civil Partnership Visa.
This visa will allow you to enter the country to stay for an initial 30 months. Once this is over, you can apply to extend for a further 30 months, provided you still fulfill the same requirements. This is can then mean you are eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
As the non-European fiancé or proposed civil partner of a British citizen or person with settled status, you must obtain a Fiancé Visa before traveling to the UK to get married or enter into a civil partnership. This visa cannot be applied for in the country.
The Unmarried Partner Visa route allows partners who are not married or do not want to marry to enter the UK. This is provided they can prove their relationship is durable and long-lasting. This visa type is also sometimes known as a UK Defacto Visa and can be applied for by both heterosexual couples and homosexual couples.
When you are granted a UK Partner Visa, you are not automatically a permanent resident. You will need to have lived in the UK on a Spouse Visa for at least five years before applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
The UK Spouse Visa has an initial limit of 30 months, after which you can apply for a Spouse Visa Extension.
The extension of a further 30 months is subject to both parties continuing to fulfill the requirements. This includes still living together and providing proof of a continuous relationship.
When your extension is about to expire, you should be able to apply for ILR to become a permanent resident.
If you are on a UK Spouse Visa and your relationship comes to an end, you will be subject to a Spouse Visa Curtailment. This means your visa will be canceled and you will no longer have leave to remain in the country. Overstaying on a Spouse Visa can have dire consequences. These include a conviction for immigration fraud and immediate deportation.
You must inform the Home Office as quickly as possible if you are undergoing a divorce from your UK sponsor. This will work in your favor for future applications.
More information on Spouse Visa Curtailment.
We understand the importance of being close to your loved ones. Our expert lawyers are experienced in every type of UK Partner Visa. They can help you and your partner through every step of the application process.
Our services include:
- Liaising with you to discuss your circumstances in person, over the phone, and via Skype;
- Assessing your eligibility for a Spouse or Partner Visa UK;
- Advising you on the necessary documents to provide: including proof of a ‘genuine and subsisting’ relationship;
- Submitting a Letter of Representation alongside your application;
- Maintaining contact with the Entry Clearance Office throughout your application;
- Fully completing your application forms professionally.
Contact us on +1844 290 6312 now or make an inquiry online to discuss your Spouse Visa application with one of our lawyers.