If you are intending to move to the UK to live with your unmarried partner, spouse or civil partner permanently, you may be looking into a UK partner visa. In this blog, we will consider our top 3 tips when applying under this route and the easy mistakes you can avoid when submitting your application.
Top Tip 1: ensure that you are providing sufficient evidence of your relationship
A UK partner visa will only be granted if the Home Office is satisfied that your relationship with your British or settled sponsor is genuine and subsisting.
Submitting a marriage certificate alone is highly unlikely to be sufficient and you will need to consider providing supplementary evidence of your relationship. Examples of evidence could include proof of any cohabitation prior to marriage, statements from family and close friends to confirm the relationship or evidence of joint travels.
Top Tip 2: ensure that your financial evidence is in date
The documentation required to evidence the financial requirements of a partner visa can be complex and extensive.
As well as getting the specific type of documents correct, you must ensure that all financial evidence submitted to the Home Office is dated within 28 days of your online form submission.
Top Tip 3: ensure that your English language evidence is in the correct format
A UK partner visa application can be rejected or refused if you submit an English language test certificate that is too old or not from a Home Office approved test provider. Similarly, if you are relying on an overseas degree that was taught in English, it must be accompanied by the correct verification certificate, as this can also lead to issues with your application.
How Gherson can assist
Gherson’s Immigration Team are highly experienced in advising on UK visa matters. If you have any questions arising from this blog, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, send us an e-mail, or, alternatively, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.
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