USA and the UK
Spouse Visa Processing Times
When applying for a Spouse Visa, you need to be aware of the Spouse Visa processing times. Unless you are applying to extend or switch to a spouse visa from within the UK, you must be applying for a Spouse Visa from the US. Due to the USA embassy guidelines and correspondence with the UK’s Home Office, your application could take a considerable amount of time.
The typical Spouse Visa processing time is around three months due to the nature and depth of the application.
Spouse visas are infamously the most difficult to achieve and face a high refusal rate. At IAS, our expert immigration lawyers will construct your application to satisfy the Home Office. We will ensure the process is as smooth and fast as possible by combing through all your documents. Contact us today on +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online to reduce any chances of delays in your application.
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Due to the nature of the Spouse Visa requirements and evidence, a Home Office official must check every piece of evidence you submit.
The Immigration Advice Service will aim to significantly reduce your waiting time. By evaluating your evidence, we can make your application more streamlined for a Home Office official to assess.
Once the UK has received your application, they will check:
- If you fulfill the financial requirements of the spouse visa
- Details of your accommodation and plans in the UK
- The evidence of your relationship from the beginning
- All your supporting documents
- Further application details
The application may also be passed onto another party for a second review. This is because they have to be very thorough, especially when checking if your relationship is genuine.
Only once all of the steps have been followed will UKVI receive a decision on your application. You will be notified if you have been rejected or accepted via post.
Because the requirements of a UK Spouse Visa are extensive, it is important you submit your documents appropriately.
The requirements for a UK Spouse Visa are:
- You and your partner must be over the age of 18
- You must be legally married through the eyes of the UK government (if you’re not married, see if you fulfill the Unmarried Partner Visa requirements)
- You both must plan to live together in the UK and have accommodation arranged
- You must have enough savings to support yourself and any children you may have
- Your British partner (your sponsor) must earn a minimum of £18,600 per year
- You must fulfill the ‘genuine relationship’ requirements
For further in-depth information, see the Spouse Visa requirements.
Proving you are in a genuine relationship with your spouse is one of the leading causes a UK Spouse Visa processing time can take up to three months.
The UK government will scrutinize your entire relationship from the beginning through to married life. Spouse Visa applications are most commonly rejected for this reason. Applicants have been refused a visa for submitting too little or too much evidence. It’s therefore important you seek assistance from a trained eye. An immigration lawyer will diminish the risk of rejection.
If the parent of the dependent child has applied to enter as a partner or parent, there is also a financial requirement. The applying parent will also have to prove they can accommodate the child and support them without public funds. In some cases, the child may have to apply as a points-based system (PBS) dependent.
More information on the Dependent Child Visa.
Once you have submitted your Spouse Visa application, it is out of your hands.
However, if you are concerned about long waiting times you can opt for a premium service with the immigration advice service. But this does not guarantee a speedy turnaround.
If there are any issues regarding your application, it could take longer than 3 months. In some cases, it can be extended to a further 24 weeks. The UK government will inform you at this stage, so it is best not to book any flights to the UK before hearing from the Home Office.
If you are worried about your application, you can ask an immigration lawyer to directly contact the Home Office for a status update of your visa.
At IAS, our expert team of lawyers is dedicated to ensuring your application is of a high standard. We will assist in reducing the UK Spouse Visa processing times.
Our services include:
- Checking each document to ensure they are to the highest standard;
- Compiling a streamlined portfolio for you so that an immigration officer will be able to review your application easily;
- Submitting a Letter of Representation alongside your application which will support your case;
- Communicate with the Home Office throughout the visa process.
Get in touch today on +1844 290 6312 or use our online inquiry form to ensure your Spouse Visa is of the highest standard and to eliminate the risk of lengthy waiting times.