I’ve recently moved to London on a Spouse Visa which is formally known as a Leave to enter Visa. As I know from experience how difficult this process can be, I’ve decided to compile my findings from the past year, in an effort to hopefully make this process a bit easier for others. Disclaimer: I’m not an immigration lawyer or an advisor.
What I have provided here is information that I’ve spent months researching on the UKVI website and also on the UK Yankee Forum (which I strongly recommend using if you are applying from the US!) Here’s the link.
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This visa allows me to work and live in the UK for 2.5 years under the sponsorship of my husband. Before its expiration, I have to reapply (this time from inside the UK). The UKVI website makes it seem like its an easy process but it’s quite the opposite. It is a straightforward process but one that can be emotional, financially and mentally draining for applicants. This is what it was like for me Part I and Part II.
You MUST apply from your home country
Your partner/spouse MUST be a British Citizen or settled in the UK
You will have to prove your relationship (photos, marriage certificate, timeline of relationship and proof of communication and history of relationship)
Providing a marriage certificate only will not suffice
Your sponsor MUST meet the income requirement (More info here)
You MUST have proper accommodation upon your arrival
Have a good knowledge of English (certain countries like the USA are exempt)
You MUST meet strict income requirements (sponsor must make at least $25,000 for 6 months with the same employer in the UK for Category A)
Most Documents need to be ORIGINAL
The Application alone is $1900
NHS Surcharge is $800
Priority Fees $982 (This includes the courier service to and from Sheffield)
Total Cost for my Application: $3,682
Previous Lease Agreements
Proof of Joint Finances and History of It
Email Communication (Recent and Throughout being away)
5. *Applicant’s Info (I’ve been told this wasn’t necessary but included it anyway)
Letter from my Employers
Copies of my Professional Certifications
This is the official list from UKVI https://www.gov.uk/uk-family-visa/provide-information