Our solicitors recently received delightful news that a client (the Applicant) had been granted Further Leave to Remain as the Spouse of a British citizen. The Applicant was a returning client who had previously instructed us to successfully appeal a Home Office refusal in relation to her Tier 1 Entrepreneur application. In our initial consultation with the Applicant, we discovered the Applicant’s circumstances and facts surrounding her Spouse Visa Application.
The case for an Entry Clearance Spouse Visa Application
The Applicant was an Indian national residing in the UK on a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. The Applicant met the Sponsor at her place of work and instantly became good friends. The couple spent valuable and memorable time together which enabled them to grow closer to one another. After several months of dating, the Applicant and Sponsor decided to get married. From the onset, our solicitors had advised the Applicant of the requirements for an application for Further Leave to Remain as a spouse of a British citizen. It was essential that the Applicant gathered all necessary documents required under the Immigration Rules in short period of time as her Tier 1 Entrepreneur was set to expire. The Applicant instructed us to prepare and assist with the submission of his application.
How we can assist submit a successful Entry Clearance Spouse Visa Application
Our solicitors successfully guided the Applicant through the application process and prepared outstanding legal representations which focussed on how the Sponsor satisfied the minimum income requirement of £18,600 as well the other requirements under Appendix FM. It was important that the Applicant gathered all the requisite documents in support of her applications in a short space of time as her Tier 1 Entrepreneur was set to expire. In this particular case, the Applicant was unable to obtain specified documents listed under Appendix FM SE, therefore, our solicitors had to work with the Applicant in ensuring the application was prepared to give the Applicant the best chance of success.
In addition to the legal representations, our team of solicitors also provided multiple substantial reviews of her documents to ensure that Applicant submits the correct documentary evidence in the correct format, which meets the Home Office’s requirements. We also prepared and assisted the Applicant with the online visa application form and the financial requirements form.
The Applicant opted for the same day priority visa service which allows Applicants to receive a decision on the same day. The Applicant attended an appointment at a Visa Application Centre with our legal representations and her supporting documents and her Spouse Visa Application was granted shortly after.
All You Need to Know About a Spouse Visa Application
Applicants who are currently in the United Kingdom with a valid leave to remain and are married to a British national, a person present and settled in the UK can apply to switch into a spouse visa from inside the country.
To submit a successful In-County Spouse Visa Application, the following requirements must be met:
- You must be in a genuine and subsisting marriage with a British citizen, a person present and settled in the UK or someone who is in the UK with refugee leave or with humanitarian protection;
- You must have valid Immigration Status in the UK, i.e. Fiance visa or any of the Points Based System visas such as; Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent, Tier 2 General Work Visa, Tier 4 Student Visaor Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa;
- You must intend to reside with your spouse permanently;
- Your Sponsor must have suitable accommodation;
- Your Sponsor must meet the financial requirements (i.e. have enough money to support you and ensure that you can be maintained without recourse to public funds); and
- You must satisfy the English language requirement, this has recently changed to a minimum level A2 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework (CEFR).
If you are granted a spouse visa, you will be given leave to remain for a further 30 months after which you can apply for Indefinite leave to remain.
Using Legal Representation to Submit a Spouse Visa Application
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on the law and your immigration matter. You can instruct one of our immigration and visa legal representatives to successfully assist you with a Spouse Visa Application. Our solicitors and Barristers will help you comply with the Home Office’s requirements and meet the Immigration Rules.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your Spouse Visa Application succeeds, our solicitors and barristers will ensure all specified documents must be provided.
The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successfully Apply for Spouse Visa Application
Our team of solicitors and barristers bear in mind the paramount duty of all legal representatives to act in your best interest whilst complying with the strict letter of the law. Our team of specialists can be distinguished from other law firms with our client-tailored approach and scrutiny of options available to you from the outset. We will be able to advise you in respect of the merits of your Spouse Visa Application by providing you with advice from our leading team of solicitors before your matter even reaches the Home Office. We can assist you with the preparation of your visa Spouse Visa Application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
If you wish to consider your options, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your matter and if necessary advise you of the next steps you should take in a consultation.
We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
If you need professional legal advice about submitting a successful Spouse Visa Application, please contact us for a case assessment on 02071830570. You can also reach us via our contact form.