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Note: We are immigration barristers and are fully qualified, insured, regulated and authorised to provide bespoke consultation on your particular immigration issue. Our full focus is on providing active consultation, advice and direction from start to finish.
We operate a 3 step approach, namely:
Initially consider your case during a free telephone call.
This is not a 'full advice' session but rather an opportunity for you to provide us with some information as to whether we could properly help you with your case. If, during this session, we think that you would be better handling the case yourself and that our consultation services would be unnecessary, we will tell you so. We would give you a genuine view in this regard.
Barrister Telephone Advice
This step is designed to provide you with a view on your prospects of success and your application as a whole. Of course you may decide not to take this step but we would highly recommend it in most cases. At this stage we would give you initial access to our online client portal so that you can easily and quickly provide us with some essential information so that we can then reach conclusions about your prospects of success and the kind of approach and documentation that is likely to be required. Fixed Fee: £97 for half an hour of indepth advice.
We fully prepare and submit your application
It is at this stage that we provide you with full support including full access to all of our in-house tools to help you to provide us with all of the necessary information. In addition, we provide you with access to our own in-house 'Document Checker' software which will provide a uk spouse visa document checklist of all the documents you will need to 'get together' so that you can make a start on this straight away rather than rushing around at the end of the application process! We will then, in the light of the instructions we have taken from you, take the leading role in completing the application for your final approval and sign-off.
WARNING: PROVIDING THE HOME OFFICE WITH THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION IS WHERE MANY APPLICANTS FALL DOWN MEANING THE APPLICATION GETS REJECTED LEADING TO DELAY AND EXPENSE.
Some applicants unfortunately think that the law is straightforward or that the Home Office will be 'lenient' or 'kind'. This is simply not true. We are often left to 'pick up the pieces' after an applicant has carried out the work themselves. In short, you may as well get it right from the beginning by coming to us in the first place.
Note: we usually operate on a fixed-fee, no-win, no-fee basis so that:
* You know what your legal fees will be from the very outset;
* Because we are a barrister law firm, our overheads are much lower than those of a solicitor's firm or even many immigration advisors. So we do not charge extra for photocopying, sending emails, making telephone calls etc. Rather, we agee a fixed fee for the total work in question.
* If your application to the Home Office is not successful (and has not been rejected because of something we should have been told but weren't) then we would refund your legal fees or make the application again without charging any further legal fees
Let us apply for your Spouse Visa UK
If you are already married, in a civil partnership or have been living together for 2 years then this would be the appropriate application for you. All applications are now made online. However, the application form you would use would depend on whether or not you are in the UK. Basically, wherever you are situated, there are two routes, namely the '5 year route' and the '10 year route'. For the 5 year route, you would need to satisfy various criteria including:
1. That your partner is in the UK as a British Citizen, with indefinite leave to remain or is a refugee;
2. That you and your UK partner are both over the age of 18, in a genuine and subsisting relationship, are free to marry and have met each other;
3. That you are not already related in a way that is unacceptable to UK law;
4. If you are married or in a civil partnership then it must be a 'proper' union;
5. You must intend to live together permanently in the UK.
6. You must prove - unless you come from a certain country or fall within the exceptions - that you can speak English to the appropriate standard;
7. You must prove that you have exclusive access to adequate accommodation for you both to live in;
8. You must satisfy the spouse visa financial requirements which essentially require the UK partner to earn over a certain amount per year (depending on the size of the family to be supported). The evidence required in this regard is not to be underestimated. The rules are complex and detailed and are not simply to be found within the Immigration Rules or even the convoluted text of Appendix FM. Rather, the relevant Home Office guidance must be consulted and the calculation/period used for the calculation will depend on whether the UK partner is employed, self-employed, in non-salaried employment, a company director and so on.