We are delighted with the news that our clients (“the Applicant”) Spouse Visa Extension application was granted. The Applicant had previously used LEXVISA to prepare her further leave to remain application as the spouse of a British citizen and contacted us last month to begin the preparations for her Spouse Visa Extension application. Despite the short deadline, we managed to prepare and submit a strong application, and as the Applicant applied using the Premium Visa Service, she received the decision on the same day.
The case for a Spouse Visa Extension Application
The Applicant is a national of the United States of America who had used our services previously to apply for her initial spouse visa application in December 2015, on the basis that she is the wife of a British citizen present and settled in the UK. After the initial consultation with our solicitor, the Applicant began collating the necessary updated documents for her spouse visa extension application and after our substantial review process; we were then able to prepare our legal representations and application form.
The Applicant had travel arrangements booked and wanted to receive a quick decision from the Home Office on her application. She, therefore opted, to apply using the Home Office Premium Visa Service and was notified of the decision on the day of her in-person appointment. The Applicant attended an appointment at the selected Visa Application Centre with our legal representations, duly completed FLR (M) application form and all of her supporting documents. The Premium Visa Service is only available to Applicants who are wishing to extend their visa or apply for settlement.
What are the requirements for a Spouse Visa Extension Application?
The requirements for a spouse visa extension application are much the same as the requirements for the initial spouse visa application in terms of maintenance, accommodation, and English language. It is imperative that spouse visa extension Applicants can also demonstrate that their genuine and subsisting relationship with their British citizen spouse is still ongoing since the grant of their initial spouse visa application. Applicants will also need to satisfy the immigration status requirement as is necessary for all further leave to remain applications.
It is important that all UK visa Applicants are able to provide the requisite documentation which demonstrates they can meet all of the Home Office requirements and that applications are prepared as strongly as possible to ensure that is has the greatest chance of success. Our specialist Immigration team have an in-depth understanding of the Immigration Rules and take a considerable amount of care and attention in preparing applications and providing detailed accompanying representations. Our bespoke service gives our clients the confidence to return to us to help prepare any extension applications. You can read the reviews from our previous clients as a testament to our service.
Satisfying the Financial Requirement of a Spouse Visa Extension Application through Self-Employment as a Partner of a Business
One way of meeting the financial requirement is through the Applicant and/or the Sponsor’s self-employment income as a partner of a business. Applicants will still need to meet the minimum income threshold of £18,600, but the specified documents that will be required by the Home Office will differ depending on the type of self-employment income and whether the Applicant is relying on category F or category G. Some of the documents that are required under Appendix FM-SE of the Immigration Rules to demonstrate self-employment income as a partner of a business include the following:
- Proof of registration with HMRC;
- Partnership documents;
- Personal and business bank account statement for the relevant period;
- Audited or unaudited accounts for the relevant period; and
- Self-Assessment Tax Return for the relevant period.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and it is advisable to contact an Immigration specialist to ensure all the necessary documents have been provided and meet the Home Office guidelines.
Applications relying on self-employment income can require more time to prepare as it is essential that all the financial documents for the relevant period meet all of the Home Office requirements. Failure to provide even one document could result in a refusal. Therefore, it is important to ensure you have enough time to prepare your application.
Using Legal Representation to prepare and submit a Spouse Visa Extension Application
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to submit a spouse visa extension application.
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 extension application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your spouse visa extension application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successfully prepare and submit a Spouse Visa Extension Application
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your spouse visa extension application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of your spouse visa extension application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
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. LEXVISA is just minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to a successful application. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation to discuss your spouse visa extension application.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.