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How to apply for a Partner/Spouse Visa Under New Rules

Discussion in 'UK Visa and Immigration Help' started by Micawber, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. bigmac
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    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    I think your problem will be convincing ukvi of your 2 year relationship being genuine. Using your preferred option gives ukvi too many loopholes to refuse...and believe me they will if they can. Dont get me wrong..i think your genuine..but i,m not the one reading your application.

    They will want to see written proof of living together..a paper trail in fact. Joint bank accounts with both your salaries being paid in..and each of you accessing the account.
    Any joint bills ? Letters and invoices addressed to each..and both, of you at the same address, evenly spread over the 2 years of you living together.
    Joint property ownership would certainly be in your favour...only problem being..you..as a foreigner cant own property in the philis !

    How does all this stack up so far ?
  2. Kuelmapp
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  3. Kuelmapp
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    Kuelmapp New Member

    Gents thank you.
    You are of course right, its never good being told what you don't want to hear.
    I think another 6 months visitors visor is in order first. After that surely living together is living together, i.e. akin to marriage and me paying all the bills should do, just over a longer period I guess. After finishing college she should be able to get a better job in Philly for a while, that should translate to a job here. To be honest I don't think her working, looking after the elderly will be a problem where I live, several old peoples home that always want staff here, Just convincing UK Gov is the issue. They say patients is a virtue, I'm just impatient I guess, like most here, we all find it very frustrating.
    I want her here, she wants to be here and work, and I've only so much spare change to help :cry:. Life can be cruel and hard at times. :(
    But thanks
  4. Kuelmapp
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    Kuelmapp New Member

    Just to answer some of the more specific questions.
    Joint bank accounts no, but me filling hers every month, for several months.
    Letters and invoices addressed to both of us, well no, we are not married, and I cannot own property in the Philis, as you rightly pointed out, and she is not allowed to be here for more than 6 months, or work.
    Also I own my own home here in the UK, so not joint.
    Wages from her in the UK, well shes not allowed to work here yet, a big point, and is currently at college in the Philis re training.
    A mess, hence more time needed living under the same roof I guess, I hope that will help convince UK gov.
    :oops::(
  5. Kuelmapp
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    Kuelmapp New Member

    I thought that was a while back. Should not have to be married, to be considered "together" or "partners".
  6. Kuelmapp
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    Kuelmapp New Member

    Sorry Mattcube that last one was in response to your comments, and also where I am coming from.
  7. bigmac
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    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    By far the easiest answer to your dilemna is to bite the bullet...and get married (assuming she isnt already ). There are ways of protecting your cash and assets if you have any doubts.

    Either marry in her country...or go for a fiancee visa and do the deed here. Thats what we did.

    Dont forget..even when married she will be..in effect..on a 5 year probation period...if it dont work out you can buy her a single flight.
  8. Mattecube
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    Mattecube I have no need Trusted Member

    Sorry but as soon as you apply for a visitor visa then that is what your good lady will be "a visitor" and one of the first questions asked in further applications will be "what type of visa has she held before?"" Also on a visit visa you cannot apply for any other visa whilst in the UK.
    You appear to have all the requirements in place for any one of the following three
    1.Fiancee visa
    2.Spouse visa (if you marry her in the Philippines first)
    3.Marriage visit visa
    All have pros and cons but at the moment these are the only way forward to permanent residency for her
  9. Nerissa
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    Nerissa New Member

    Hi guys, just a quick question. I would like to inquire if any of you experienced applying for a spouse visa whilst having a 5yrs General Visitor Visa.

    My Visitor Visa is still valid until Jan 2021. However, we are planning to apply for a spouse visa before it expires hopefully in a few months. Do I need to cancel the current visa first? how and what are the requirements? Therefore we can start arranging the documents.

    Thank you in advance for your help.
  10. Mattecube
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    Mattecube I have no need Trusted Member

    Ibelieve you cannot apply for a spouse visa while n the UK on a visit visa,here is a good link to get you started, https://www.gov.uk/apply-to-come-to-the-uk
  11. Nerissa
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    Nerissa New Member

    That's what I thought, I plan to go back in the Philippines for the application though, it's just confusing for me If I need to cancel the current visa first, As it doesn't seem to be clear to me. Thank you for your time :)
  12. Mattecube
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    Mattecube I have no need Trusted Member

    one of the first questions on the application is "do you have a current valid visa" I dont believe you can switch see this link https://www.visalogic.net/uk/uk-spouse-visa/4/103
  13. Nerissa
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    Nerissa New Member

    I'll have a read on the link you provided. you're very helpful. Thank you.
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  14. Brom27
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    Brom27 Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    I believe you can apply for a spouse visa while you have a valid visitor visa coz they’re different visas altogether but you have to do this in the Philippines not while on a visit visa in the UK.
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  15. bigmac
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    I wouldnt cancel your 5 year visa till you get your spouse visa in your hand...just in case !! I would think ukvi will cancel it when you do get the spouse visa...but whether you get a partial refund of the 5 year visa fee is another matter. Dont hold your breath.
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  16. Mattecube
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    I would have a practice run! Create an application ( you will need it anyway) when it asks about the current visa answer yes and fill in details and see if the system let's you proceed!
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  17. Nerissa
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    Nerissa New Member

    On it, still not finished with my travel history details :) Thank you
  18. Nerissa
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    Nerissa New Member

    Thank you :)
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    Nerissa New Member

    Thank you :)
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    Nerissa New Member

    Hi Guys, I have another query which bothers me :)

    I am not sure if I need to take an IELTS exam for my Spouse Visa Application. I read through the website about the statement of comparability via UK NARIC. I graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education specializing English. I have a Professional License as well to teach and STANAG Qualification. Is it worth taking an IELTS exam or apply through UK NARIC (not sure if anyone have the same issue :)). Also I'm being thrifty and not want to spend much money on the exam because UK NARIC is much cheaper I guess.

    Thank you in advance for your help.
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