Our Immigration Lawyers answer this months most asked Spouse Visa Questions
From the 1st of January 2021 onwards, European nationals will require a visa to enter the UK as freedom of movement will end. EU spouses of British nationals will have the same status as those from outside the EU and will need to meet the same requirements. Some will need to hold the appropriate visa by the 29th of March 2022 but be able to demonstrate that the relationship existed beforehand.
Despite the UK immigration being subject to immense change due to Brexit, the Spouse Visa fees have not changed. The current home office fee for applications submitted from abroad is £1,523. For applications submitted from within the UK, the fee is £,1033.
With free movement continuing until at least the 31st of December 2020, your partner will still be able to relocate to the UK without applying for a visa until this date. Once resident in the UK, EU Settled Status can be applied for. However, this must be done before the 30th of June 2021.
The government currently have the option to extend the transition period until either the 31st of December 2021 or the 31st of December 2022. This means that the settled status application deadline could change.
For non-EEA nationals applying for an Unmarried Partner, Fiance or Spouse Visa, there is likely to be little change to the application process as a result of Brexit. With these visas currently issued to persons from outside the EU, the anticipation is that there will be little to no change in the way applications are handled by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
To be eligible for your £100 discount on any Immigration application or extension here are the requirements:
1. You are not eligible for this discount if you have already paid for your Immigration Application or Extension
2. You must pay for your application in full by the 31st March to receive your £100 discount
3. Only 1 discount is available per customer
4. This offer expires on the 31st March 2020
5. To claim your discount please email our team or call us, our customer service team will gladly assist you.
6. The voucher code you must quote is: MARCH100 orMARCH2020
Spouse Visa News - March 2020
With February the month where the government fleshed out their plans for a new points-based immigration system, there have been a number of important developments to discuss.
The new system will come into effect once the transition period comes to an end. It involves applicants being scored on a number of attributes, such as language proficiency and salary. A further key piece of news is that the salary threshold has been lowered from £30,000 to £25,600.
As these changes relate to those who intend to travel to the UK for work or study purposes, they do not impact upon Spouse Visa applicants. However, there are some important developments that those considering applying for a Spouse Visa need to be aware of.
The Immigration Health Surcharge for Spouse Visa applicants doubled last month. It is now £1,200 for applications made outside the UK and £1,000 for internal applications.
It is important to note that, whilst EU nationals will need to apply for a Spouse Visa once the transition period ends, free movement is still currently in operation. Partners of British nationals can apply for EU Settled Status until the 1st of July 2020, provided they were resident in the UK before the transition period ends.
What are Spouse Visas?
Spouse Visas are a form of settlement visa that enable a person to reside in the UK with their partner for up to 30 months. This can then be extended for an additional 30 months providing that you continue to meet the eligibility requirements. Holding a Spouse Visa is a key step towards Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Once an individual has held ILR for 12 months, British Citizenship can be applied for.
Are there unique eligibility requirements?
In order to successfully obtain a Spouse Visa, there are a number of eligibility requirements that must be satisfied. You must be married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen or a person with settled status. One of the most significant requirements involved with this visa is passing the ‘Genuine Relationship Test’. This involves demonstrating to the Home Office that your relationship with your partner is both genuine and subsisting.