The UK Spouse/Partner Visa
When applying for yourself, or a family member to enter the UK under the partner route, it can for most become a very daunting process. Based on our experience it is clear from UK Visa guidelines, forums and other online literature that confusion can arise for you. At ICS Legal we want to ensure the process is as smooth as possible.
Yes, there are steps that you will need to take ensuring you meet the requirements, but it isn’t as difficult as others may have expressed to you. We advise you stay away from forums and concentrate on your circumstances and prepare an application that reflects this.
We are experts in this area and sure to be able to manage the application on your behalf, wherever you may be in the world.
The application, the basics.
You must be aged 18 or over.
Proof of your Marriage.
The English Language requirement must be met.
Meet the £18,600 financial requirement, or which that is applicable. Do note Third Party funding is now possible, in which case the Sponsor (Spouse) may not be required to meet the threshold. You’ll need to speak to us.
Intention of living in the UK.
The application, how this should be made.
The general outline is that, you or your spouse when outside the UK should make the application from their place of residence.
Although, if you already have a visa and are resident in the UK you can prospectively make an application from within the UK.
The application, how long does the process take.
On average we take 15 – 20 working days to prepare an application, if not sooner upon your request. A decision can be expected on average 3 – 8 weeks following the UK Visa Centre appointment and service type.
Do note there are Priority Services available (although this is dependent on circumstances, which our Lawyers will confirm).
Visa approved, what is the validity.
Where the visa is approved, the length of validity is for a period of 30 months (33 months for those applying from outside the UK).
Refusal, what happens if it’s turned down.
We find it to be unlikely for the Home Office to refuse an application when the guidelines are followed. However, in the event an application is refused, there is no reason to be concerned. The Home Office will allow you to contest the decision through a First Tier Tribunal appeal process.
At ICS Legal we have seen many decisions served unfairly, this may seem harsh but is unfortunately part of the process, after all the Home Office decisions are decided by humans (mistakes can happen). It is during this process we need to pool together our resources and challenge where possible or if fairly decided look at an alternative step.
We appreciate the diverse challenges we face from 'No Win No Fee firms and 100% success rates'. ICS Legal are not in the business to provide such promises, after all we are not the Home Office. Our trust with you is based on conversation, in spite of everything and above all you are buying our expertise. Speaking to us will give you the comfort and satisfaction that we are the right Migration Partner for you.