This week, we were delighted to receive the news that one of our clients (“the Applicant”) has been granted his Spouse Visa Extension. The Applicant previously used LEXVISA to prepare his Entry Clearance Spouse Visa application and contacted us in March this year to begin the preparations for his Spouse Visa Extension application. The Applicant used the Home Office Premium Visa Service so was notified of the decision on the day of his in person appointment.
The case for Spouse Visa Extension
The Applicant is a Lebanese national who had been residing in the UK as the spouse of a British citizen since 2015. The Applicant previously used LEXVISA to prepare his Entry Clearance Spouse Visa application and contacted us in March 2017 to begin preparations for his Spouse Visa Extension. The Sponsor is a director of a company so had to demonstrate that she could meet the minimum financial requirement of £18,600 as a self-employed person. After the initial consultation with our solicitor, the Applicant began collating the necessary updated documents for his Spouse Visa Extension application and after our substantial review process, we were then able to prepare our legal representations and the application.
The Applicant used the Home Office Premium Visa Service so was notified of the decision on the day of his in person appointment. The Applicant attended an appointment at a Visa Application Centre with our legal representations and his supporting documents and was granted his extension shortly thereafter. The Premium Visa Service is only available to Applicants who are wishing to extend their visa or apply for settlement.
Requirements for a Spouse Visa Extension Application
Spouse Visa Extension applications may be made from within the UK or outside of the UK. The requirements for a Spouse Visa Extension application are similar to the requirements of the initial Spouse Visa application and Applicants must be able to demonstrate:
- Continuing to 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;
- Meeting the Minimum Financial Requirement through which ever applicable avenue, i.e. through salaried employment, self-employed or by way of cash savings etc;
- That the Applicant and any dependants can be maintained and accommodated for without recourse to public funds; and
- Meeting the English Language Requirement. From 1 May 2017, the Home Office introduced a new English Language Requirement at Level A2 of the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR) for Spouse Visa Extension applications.
It is important to demonstrate you meet all of the Home Office requirements and prepare your application 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 building strong arguments. Our bespoke service gives our clients the confidence to return to us to help prepare any extension applications.
Using Legal Representation to Prepare 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 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 Extension Application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful UK Spouse Visa Extension Applications
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 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 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 Extension Application.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.