So You’re Interested in Applying for a UK Spouse Visa
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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What Is A UK Spouse Visa?
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.
What Are The Requirements?
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, a 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
How Much Does a UK Spouse Visa Cost?
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
Things I included in my Application:
- Cover Letter documenting our relationship and why I would like to relocate to the UK
- Appendix 4A
- Online Application
- Passport Photo
- Previous Passports/Current
- Sponsor’s Letter from Employer
- Sponsor’s Work Contract
- Sponsor’s 6 months of Paystubs (Verified by Employer)
- Sponsor’s Tax Information
- Sponsor’s 6 months of Bank Slips (Stamped by Bank)
- Tenancy agreement
- Property Photos
- Copy of Deed
- Owner’s Passport Copy
- Marriage Certificate
- Evidence of wedding (photos)
- Family Support Letter
- Proof Of Relationship:
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
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