Introduction To UK Marriage Visas

*this is a collaborative post*

UK marriage visas, also known as spouse visas, are designed for those individuals who have married a UK citizen or someone that is legally required to reside in the UK, i.e. they have no immigration restrictions on how long they can stay in the country.  

Before you go through the process of applying for this type of UK visa, you need to know about the requirements that are in place to be sure that you qualify. There are seven basic requirements that must be met. Firstly, both you and your spouse must be 18 years old or over. You must have the intention to live together on a permanent basis, and you must have already met each other and be married in the eyes of the law. This is of paramount importance because there has been a large crackdown on arranged marriages in the United Kingdom.

In addition to this, to be granted a UK marriage visa you must also satisfy English language requirements, and you will need to fulfil a number of financial requirements. Your supporting partner must earn in excess of £18,600 per annum. If they do not, then they must display that they have ample monetary savings to sponsor you. If your spouse is also going to be sponsoring dependant children, the financial requirement increases. You must also have enough money to support yourself. Last but not least, you must have suitable accommodation for you, your partner, and any children or other dependants.

Reasons For A Marriage Visa To Be Refused

If you are thinking about applying for a UK visa marriage, it is important to know about some of the main reasons for such a visa to be refused. After all, you don’t want to waste time and money on an application only for it to be rejected. 

There are two key reasons why you could be refused a UK marriage visa. Firstly, a lot of applications are rejected because the entry clearance officers do not believe that the spouse in the United Kingdom has enough money to maintain the applicant. There are strict financial requirements in place when it comes to applying for this type of UK visa. You need to show that your spouse has enough to sponsor you, and you can maintain yourself without public funds. Therefore, when submitting your application, it is a good idea to include your sponsor’s most recent mortgage statement or tenancy agreement, their employment contract, and statements from their savings accounts and current accounts over the past 3-6 months, as well as their payslips from the past 3-6 months. 

The second reason why people are refused a marriage visa is because the entry clearance officers do not believe that the marriage is genuine. As all of the best family solicitors will tell you, you cannot simply marry someone for the purpose of entering the UK. 

Therefore, you need to meet the person you are marrying beforehand, and you should include photographs of your both together as well as your marriage certificate. If you have been married previously, you will need to include the divorce papers.