Obtaining A Spouse Visa For My Family

At Cromwell Wilkes, we are experts in various types of visa applications. Our team can guide you through every stage of the application, from initial advice to obtaining the visa and the provision of ongoing support to you and your family.

If you want to join family members in the UK who are from outside the EU/EFTA and you are from a non-EU or EFTA country with UK citizenship or permanent residence, you can apply for a UK family visa under the following circumstances:

  • Join your partner – spouse, fiancé/fiancée, civil or unmarried partner
  • Join your parent if you are a child under the age of 18
  • Come to the UK to look after your child if they are under the age of eighteen
  • Come to the UK to be cared for by an immediate family member

You must meet specific UK family visa requirements in each case. At Cromwell Wilkes, we can guide you through each step with award-winning legal advice.

Applicants that are from non-EU/EFTA countries on long-stay UK visas for purposes such as work or study can also apply to bring the following family members with them:

  • Spouse or partner
  • Any children under the age of 18
  • Children of any age if they are dependants

You must acquire a family visa to live with a family member in the UK for more than six months. The various types of family visas are as follows:

1) Spouse Visa For Husband And Wives  

To apply as a partner or spouse, both you and your partner must both be 18 or over and meet the following criteria:

  • Both you and your partner must intend to live together permanently in the UK after you apply
  • One of you must have either British or Irish citizenship
  • Have settled in the UK – this could fall under indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
  • Be from the EU, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status (living in the UK before January 1, 2021)
  • Have a Turkish Businessperson visa or Turkish Worker visa
  • Maintain refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK

If your partner has settled status, you may be able to apply for the multiple schemes that Cromwell Wilkes can assist you with. Our team can guide you through the entire process from what you will need to prove to expert assistance to help you navigate this complex area of law.

If you do not meet specific requirements, you may still be able to apply for a visa or extend your permission to stay under certain circumstances, which our team can help you process if you’re applying as a fiancé/fiancée or proposed civil partner – applying with children is also possible given that they meet specific criteria.

2) Children’s Visa 

If you are the parent of a British child (or a child with the permanent right to live here) you may be able to make an application to regulation to ‘correct’ your current position and instead become a lawful resident of this country. In addition, our immigration team regularly assists foreign national children in relocating to and settling in the UK successfully with their parents.

These cases are complex and must be prepared very carefully, and supported by the right kind of evidence.

If you are a child or have a child under the age of eighteen living overseas with a parent or relative who is applying for settlement in the UK or are already settled, you could be eligible to apply for a child visa to enter and remain in the UK.

Children can apply for a UK family visa on their parent’s application or as a separate application. To qualify for a family visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be under the age of 18 when the application was submitted or first granted leave
  • The child must not be living an independent life – such as getting married or created their own family unit
  • In order to bring children to the UK to live, the parent or carer must also be financially stable

Cromwell Wilkes professional fees are highly competitive in this complex and vital area of UK immigration law. Our reputation for quality service and client success has been built and enhanced over many years of experience.

3) Other Family Members

– Adult Dependent Visa

If you are over the age of 18 and would like to live and work in the UK on a family visa, you could be eligible for an AdultDependent visa. This visa is reserved for individuals who want to enter the UK as a parent, grandparent or adult child of a British citizen.

An Adult Dependent visa will be approved in exceptional circumstances, such as for those who require long-term care, which your relative in the UK can provide. To obtain this visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Provide a significant amount of evidence that you don’t have adequate care in your country of origin
  • You must be over the age of
  • You must be related to the individual who has British citizenship settled status in the UK

– UK Ancestry Visa

A UK ancestor family visa is a unique visa type. If your grandparents were born in the UK, you could be eligible for a five-year UK Ancestry visa. This allows you to work, live and study in the UK. After these five years, you will be eligible to apply for settled status.

How Can Cromwell Wilkes Help You Apply for A UK Visa?

We are a highly dedicated team devoted to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to family members as part of friendly and professional service.

To obtain your free consultation, please complete the form below. Please provide as much information as possible to enable your appointed Cromwell Wilkes lawyer to give you the best service. You should receive a response within 48 hours.

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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.

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