If you are a British Citizen, or if you are a settled person (indefinite leave to remain) and you are married to, or in a long-term relationship with a foreign national then you can bring your husband, wife, or partner to live with you in this country if you meet the rules.
These rules are however complicated and challenging and it is essential that professional advice is obtained if you want to succeed.
The most important things to think about are the following:
- You will need to convince the UK authorities that your marriage or partnership is genuine and should be accepted in UK law – this is not always as easy as it sounds.
- You will need to show that you intend to live together in this country.
- You will need to meet a minimum financial requirement either from income or savings, unless you are exempt due to certain medical conditions or disability.
- You spouse or partner will need to meet the language requirement unless they are from a majority English-speaking country. This is done by passing an exam to Level A1 or by showing that they have studied at university for a degree taught in English.
- In addition to the visa fee (currently £1,523) you will need to pay the NHS Surcharge (£1,200) to cover the cost of the first three years of your visa.
At Cromwell Wilkes we understand that these visas are very important to the people involved. It is therefore an area of law in which we have particularly developed our experience and expertise. We know how to make your application successful, and we never give up fighting for our clients once we take on their case.
We would be delighted to explain how we can help you. For your free, initial enquiry, please call us now on 0203 178 2008, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our Free Online Enquiry.