Spouse Visa

SPOUSE VISA
If your partner is a British national or settled in the UK, you may be eligible for a Marriage
Visa, which allows you to live in the UK for up to 2 and a half years. When this visa expires,
you can re-apply to stay in the UK for a further 2 and a half years. After 5 years, you may
become eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. ‘Partner’ includes husband, wife,
civil partner, unmarried partner.

CJ Legal are Spouse Visa specialists and have an excellent track record for making successful
Spouse Visa applications. Please contact us for specialist Spouse Visa assistance.
TO MEET THE VISA REQUIREMENTS, YOU MUST SHOW THAT:
 both parties were 18 or over when the application was made
 your relationship is ‘genuine and subsisting’ and you intend to live permanently in the UK
with your partner
 your marriage or civil partnership is recognised by UK law
 you can support yourselves and any dependants without claiming government benefits
 your competency in the English language is above CEFR Level A1
PROVING A ‘GENUINE AND SUBSISTING RELATIONSHIP
To show that you satisfy this requirement, you and your partner will have to demonstrate:
 you are currently in a long-term relationship with one another
 the two of you are living together and plan to do so in the UK if you are not already
 you share the responsibility for your finances and children if you have any
We understand that proving the validity of your partnership to the satisfaction of the
authorities can be a frustrating task. Our highly experienced immigration lawyers will be
able to clarify any unclear parts of the visa application, advise you on your eligibility and
how best to prove your status to the authorities.

FIANCÉ(E) OR PROPOSED CIVIL PARTNER VISA
If you wish to come to the UK to get married, you may be able to apply for a fiancé(e) or
proposed civil partner visa. You must make a successful application from outside the UK
before you can travel to the UK to get married or register your civil partnership.

IF BOTH YOU AND YOUR PROPOSED PARTNER ARE ALREADY IN THE UK
If you are legally living in the UK but subject to immigration controls, you must give the notice to
marry or register your civil partnership with a registrar at a designated office. Someone from
our immigration team will be able to advise you on how this can be done.

Trying to explain all the elements of a successful partner visa application in one article is tricky
because there are different types of application:
 Someone who doesn’t live in the UK will apply for “leave to enter”
 Someone who already lives in the UK will apply for “leave to remain”
 Someone who has had a partner visa for five (or in some cases, ten) years will apply for “indefinite
leave to remain”, meaning they can settle permanently

APPLICATION CHECKING SERVICE 
Need your immigration application checked by an experienced, expert lawyer before you send it off?
Worried about your chances of refusal or whether you have included all the right documents?
Worried you have forgotten or misunderstood something?
Try our immigration application checking service, provided by CJ Legal. The service covers a range of
applications for entry clearance, residence, permanent residence, and naturalisation as a British
Citizen. We can give you high-quality, actionable feedback, or just peace of mind that you have done
everything possible to make the best application you can.
We understand the complex, sensitive nature of immigration cases and will handle your
case with sensitivity and compassion in complete confidence.

ADULT DEPNDANT RELATIVES
Since July 2012 the immigration rules for adult dependent relatives have been, in practice, almost
impossible to meet.
Applicants need to demonstrate that they require a level of long-term personal care that they are
unable to get in their home country, either due to cost or availability. This makes it impossible for
the parents, grandparents, or other adult dependent relatives of British citizens and those present
and settled in the UK to join their family here.