Our UK Immigration consultants Top Tips on UK Spouse visas
Updated: Jul 3
Check out our Immigration Consultants UK TOP TIPS on what you should consider before, during and after submitting a UK Spouse application or any other visa types into the UK. Our article answers all the important questions you need to ask yourself before applying.
Below is our visual map of the UK submission process here in the UK.
UK Spouse submissions are considered one of the more difficult submissions to complete correctly. Before you start your UK Spouse visa its important to get the right information so you can make an informed decision as to how you want to proceed forward.
Acting alone and muddling through the process doesn't always result in success. In fact a large majority of our clients end up coming to us because they submitted inaccurate documentation which doesn't correctly represent their circumstances well enough and fails to demonstrate they have met the eligibility requirements causing the visa to be refused.
Seeking out an immigration law expert is key in processing a stress free & successful UK spouse visa. Our post will guide you to making an informed decision around your own application needs. Providing advice on when to seek out and acquire professional support from a UK immigration consultant and at what level of support you might need moving forward.
Knowing when to acquire the right level of support is a fundamental requirement. Muddling through the spouse visa process can cause lasting damage to an unprepared spouse visa resulting in having to re-address any previous eligibility concerns the UKVI may have had on your previous refusal. This can cause further complicates when resubmitting a fresh visa as you will have to address all previous application concerns raised by the UKVI. Which normally results in providing additional documentation to demonstrate a significant change in circumstance has taken place since your last refusal. Seeking out our immigration consultant based here in the UK using his professional support before submitting normally transforms an underprepared visa into a successful one in the right hands.
*For more information on legal representation see our post "When seeking Immigration advice services should You use an Immigration Adviser or Lawyer?"
Tip #1 - Should I appoint an UK Immigration consultant to process my UK Spouse visa?
The term Immigration lawyers which includes Immigration advisers, have in-depth knowledge of immigration rules, regulations, and procedures. They can better interpret complex legal terms and provide accurate advice tailored to your specific application needs.
Immigration advisers will guide you through the entire process, ensuring your forms are completed correctly, gather the correct documents, and meet any deadlines set out by Home Office. Using an Immigration lawyer reduces the likelihood of any errors or omissions being made that could lead to delays or application refusals.
Increase your chances of success:
Registered Immigration lawyers have experience in assessing your eligibility requirements for UK Spouse Visa and can advise if you currently meet or will be able to meet the eligibility requirements based on your circumstances. Immigration advisers can help to strengthen your Spouse visa by highlighting relevant supporting documents and presenting your application in the best possible way.
An immigration lawyer will represent you and advocate your rights and interests on your behalf. They can present your visa persuasively and navigate you through the complexities of the UK immigration process on your behalf.
Consultants are trained to anticipate potential issues and address them proactively. They can identify potential obstacles in advance, guide you on how to overcome them, and provide alternative solutions when necessary.
Updates on immigration rules:
Immigration rules and policies can change frequently. A Immigration Consultants stays updated on these changes and can inform you about any updates that may affect your own application. Immigration lawyers can help you adapt your application needs to ensure you maintain your compliance obligations within the UK Immigration rules.
Peace of mind:
In hiring an immigration adviser, you can alleviate any stresses and uncertainty often associated with the immigration process. Knowing a legal professional is handling your case and providing guidance to you giving you peace of mind and allowing you to focus on other aspects of your life.
It's important to note that everyone’s individual circumstances are unique to them, and any specific benefits to hiring an immigration adviser will vary depending on the complexity of your own application needs including the level of support required. Having a Consultation with an immigration lawyer often provides clarity to your circumstances and can often provide you with the necessary information required for you to make an informed decision as to wither you should appoint an Immigration adviser or not.
Tip #2 - Understand the UK Spouse visa requirements:
One of the most important if not the most important requirements you need to understand about UK spouse visas is how to interpret correctly UKVI immigration rules, which includes financial criteria, proof of genuine relationship, and English language proficiency. Ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria before starting the application process.
"90% of UK spouse visa applications fail due to applicants misinterpreting UKVI eligibility requirements " – Marc Gibson Registered Immigration adviser.
Tip #3 - Prepare your supporting documents:
Gather all the necessary documents to support your UK spouse visa application. This may include marriage certificates, evidence of cohabitation, financial documents, English language test results, and any other relevant documentation.
Seek legal advice if you are unsure about any aspects of your visa application process or if your case is complex, consider consulting an immigration lawyer with expertise in UK spouse visa applications first to confirm if you require support. They can provide guidance, review your documents, and advise you on the best approach for your specific circumstances.
Tip #4 - Plan your timeline:
Start your spouse visa application process well in advance of your intended travel date to allow for processing times. Understand the current processing times and plan your timeline accordingly to avoid any unnecessary delays or complications.
Tip #5 - Pay attention to details:
If you decide to submit your own application be meticulous in completing the application form, ensuring accuracy and completeness. Double-check all information before submitting the application form to avoid errors as you can not change the application form after submission.
Tip #6 - Maintain open communication:
It is important that both parties are directly involved in the spouse visa application process. To maintain open and regular communication with each other throughout the UK Spouse visa application process. Ensure your spouse provides accurate information and supports you in gathering the required documentation for your visa application.
Tip #7 -What to do if you are requested to attend an interview?
In most cases the UKVI will not request you to attend an interview as they decide UK Spouse visa applications based on the documentation submitted. Interviews are normally only requested if the case worker has serious concerns over the authenticity of the documentation provided.
Prevention is the best policy:
Regulated Immigration lawyers will only request authentic and original documentation from you to include within your visa application. Manufacturing documentation to support your application is considered a serious breach of the immigration rules and we would never indorse the use of any documentation that presents a false representation of your circumstances.
Seek legal advice:
If you do find yourself in this situation and have concerns about an interview, it would likely be beneficial to consult with a level 3 OISC registered Immigration adviser.
Remember, every immigration interview is unique, and the specific requirements may vary depending on the type of visa or immigration application. It is always advisable to refer to the instructions provided by the UKVI regional office and seek professional legal advice if needed.
Tip #8 -Spouse Visa UK Fees & Other Costs:
Spouse Visa UK fees are charged at different rates for Entry Clearance applications & Further leave to Remain. You also need to bare in mind you have to also pay the IHS (Immigration Health Insurance charge) before you can submit your application too. You can also pay for added value services when applying from both inside the UK and outside the UK.
Entry Clearance Spouse Visa UK fees = £1538.00
Further leave to Remain Spouse Visa UK fees = £1048.00
IHS Fees (Immigration Health Insurance charge)
For each adult (18 or older) it costs:
£1,560 if you’re staying for 2 years and 6 months
£1,872 if you’re staying for 2 years and 9 months
£3,120 if you’re staying for 5 years
For each child (under 18), it costs:
£1,175 if you’re staying for 2 years and 6 months
£1,410 if you’re staying for 2 years and 9 months
£2,350 if you’re staying for 5 years
Added Value Services
UKVI local partners overseas & UKVCAS when applying from within the UK offer added value services when applying for a UK Spouse visa which includes expedited services, Priority services cost around £700 on top of the spouse visa UK fee.
Tip #9 - First things to do after receiving your 1st UK Spouse visa:
Enter UK to receive your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP):
When entering the UK for the first time, you will receive a 30-day entry vignette in your passport, which acts as a temporary visa. Within this 30-day period, you must enter the UK to receive your BRP card, which is your official proof of your immigration status. The BRP will state the duration of your spouse visa and other important details.
Set up a UK bank account:
Opening a UK bank account will make it easier for you to manage your finances, receive your salary (if applicable), pay bills, and conduct day-to-day transactions. Research different banks and their requirements for opening an account, such as proof of address and identification documents, and choose the one that best suits your needs.
Obtain a National Insurance Number (NIN):
A National Insurance Number is a unique identifier used for tax and social security purposes in the UK. If you plan to work in the UK, you will need a NIN. Contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to inquire about the application process and any supporting documents you may need to provide.
Familiarize yourself with local services:
Take the time to become familiar with the local services and facilities available to you. Locate nearby healthcare centres, dental services, schools (if you have children), supermarkets, public transportation, and other essential services in your area. This will help you settle in and meet your daily needs more comfortably.
Understand your visa conditions:
Review the specific conditions and restrictions outlined in your UK Spouse visa. Ensure that you understand the terms of your visa, such as any work limitations, requirements to maintain a relationship with your sponsoring spouse, or limitations on accessing public funds. Complying with these conditions is crucial to maintain your current immigration status in the UK.
Notify relevant authorities and organizations:
Inform relevant authorities and organizations about your change in circumstances. This may include updating your address with the Home Office, notifying your employer, updating your details with the tax authorities (HM Revenue and Customs), and informing your healthcare provider about your new address.
Seek support and community:
Consider joining local community groups or online forums where you can connect with other individuals in similar situations. They can provide valuable insights, support, and guidance on settling into life in the UK.
Plan for your long-term settlement:
While settling into your new life, it's beneficial to start planning for your long-term settlement in the UK. This may involve considering options for extending your visa, exploring opportunities for employment or further education, and understanding the requirements for permanent residency or citizenship, if and when they become applicable.
Remember, your individual circumstances can vary, so it's essential to assess your specific situation and seek professional advice if needed to ensure compliance with your spouse application requirements have been meet. Our tips provide general guidance, and it's crucial to assess your specific situation and seek professional advice if needed. The UKVI government's official guidance and the Home Office website should be consulted for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding your UK spouse visa application.
Marc Gibson our immigration adviser specialises in assisting foreign national spouses relocate and settle in the UK with their UK partners. Marc has supported hundreds of UK and other settled nationals sponsor their foreign married partners to prepare and submit successful UK Spouse Visa applications. Whether you require a consultation to understand the Immigration Rules for UK Spouse Visa, or have your visa application professional checked by him before submission or use his representation service to prepare and submit your own Spouse Visa application for you, Marc can help.
Appendix FM financial requirements are particularly complex and include mandatory requirements in terms of the documentary evidence needed to demonstrate you can meet the requirements of a UK Spouse visa application. Our immigration adviser specialises in assisting married applicants with complex financial circumstances complete and submit successful Spouse applications.
Marc prides himself on being friendly, approachable and professional in meeting his clients’ needs, he is dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to his clients when providing his UK Spouse Visa service.