Case Study: UK Entry Clearance Spouse Visa Application

Our London immigration lawyers were recently instructed by a client (“the Applicant”) who wished to obtain entry clearance to the UK as the spouse of a British citizen, who was present and settled in the UK. The Applicant who was a non-EEA national, had married her British partner at the beginning of the year and wished to join him in the UK so they could begin a family life together. 

Upon instruction, our expert immigration team prepared a visa application with accordance to Part 8 of the UK Immigration Rules and set out detailed legal representations which substantiated the Applicant’s right to be granted entry clearance as the spouse of a British citizen. This month, our immigration solicitors informed the Applicant that her  visa had been granted within one month of submitting her application. This enabled her to travel to the UK so she could spend her first Christmas with her husband.

Submitting a Successful UK Spouse Visa Application

Once our immigration solicitors had determined the Applicant met the relevant Immigration Rules to make such an application, they worked closely with her and her husband (“the Sponsor”) to ensure that they provided the necessary documents to submit with her visa application. Once the Applicant and Sponsor gathered their documentation, our immigration team were able to prepare detailed legal representations highlighting, amongst other requirements, that the couple were in a genuine subsisting marriage and that they met the minimum financial threshold which is stated in Annex FM Section FM.1.7.

Our meticulous preparation of the application and detailed representations ensured that the Applicant’s visa application was successfully granted and that she was able to enter the UK.

Home Office’s Complex Financial Requirements

In this case, the Sponsor’s finances were not straightforward and there were concerns that a Home Office case worker may not be able to identify whether the Applicant met the financial requirements. It should be mentioned that the Home Office’s guidance on the financial requirements is fairly complex and for the lay person it may be difficult to understand and apply to their situation. The Home Office are particular about the documentation they receive and regularly refuse applications due to there being either insufficient documents or the fact that they are not in the correct format.

However, our experienced team who are regularly instructed in such cases were able to simplify the Sponsor’s finances in their legal representations. The Home Office’s quick decision may have been the result of clear legal representations highlighting exactly how the Sponsor met the relevant requirements. It is therefore important to instruct an expert team of lawyers who are regularly instructed to deal with situations such as these to ensure a successful result.

 Successful UK Spouse Visa Applications & Appeals

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified immigration solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process of making a an application for entry clearance so you can join your British partner in the UK or a leave to remain in the UK application step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of law.

We also undertake a great deal of appeal work before the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal and have a successful track record of successful results for our clients. We have the experience and the knowledge required to take your case forward successfully. If you have had an application refused, contact us to discuss your case so that we can provide you with a case assessment.

Contact us so that we can review your case and provide you with an assessment.

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