Entry Clearance - what evidence do I need?
The UK spouse visa is one of our most common areas of work. People we talk to usually have two issues. Firstly, how to meet the very complex and stringent financial requirements for the UK spouse visa. Secondly, how to prove the relationship between the applicant and their UK sponsor.
The financial requirements are extensive - perhaps another article for another day! [UPDATE: here we go...]
In this article, we consider what evidence you might need when you are applying for the first time to bring your partner to the UK, also called Entry Clearance.
Throughout the process - from the first visa to come into the UK as a spouse, to the extension FLR(M) to the very final step, the SET(M), there is always some form of evidence required to prove the relationship is real.
For most of my time as a UK visa consultant, I'd rarely had cases from EU, EEA or Swiss nationals about what, if anything, needed done either before coming to or once in the UK.
To be honest, aside from some initial worker registration documents for citizens of the 2004, 2007 and 2008 Accession countries for a period of time, or perhaps those bringing non-EU/EEA family members, there was not really anything that necessarily had to be done.
You simply arrived, started studying or working or set up a business or settled down with your significant other - or all of these over a period of time - and you went on from there. For the vast majority of people, no-one thought about paperwork and no-one was compelled to do anything.
With Brexit scheduled for October 2019, where are we now? Will EU citizens need a visa to study?
It's often interesting how frequently patterns and themes emerge in the enquiries we receive at any given time.