Apply to settle in the UK – family visas

How to Apply to Settle in the UK: Spouse and Family Visa Process

As an increasing number of Brits residing in Thailand contemplate returning to the UK with their Thai spouses and children, obtaining the correct visa becomes essential. The UK Spouse Visa, facilitated by the UK Border Agency, plays a crucial role in this process. As one of the few UK OISC accredited companies in Thailand, Thai Visa Express is well-equipped to assist you in navigating the application process.


Here’s an overview of settling in the UK through spouse visas and family visas:


**Family Visa Requirement:** You need a family visa if you intend to reside with a family member in the UK for more than 6 months.
**Types of Family Visas:** If you’re outside the UK, you can apply for a family visa to live with your spouse or partner, fiancé or fiancée (with an extension in the UK), child, parent, or a relative who will provide long-term care for you.



To apply for a UK Spouse Visa, there are several requirements that need to be met:


1. **Legal Marriage:** Ensure that you and your Thai spouse are legally married, and your spouse is over 18 years old.

2. **English Language Proficiency:** The applicant must pass the English language test, which is currently the IELTS test or the IDP English test.

3. **Tuberculosis (TB) Test:** The applicant needs to undergo a TB test, which can be done at any hospital and completed within a day.

4. **Financial Requirement:** The sponsoring partner must have a minimum annual income of £18,600 before tax.


Once these criteria are met, the applicant can proceed to complete the necessary application, which our team at Thai Visa Express can assist you with.


If the application is successful, the UK Spouse Visa will be granted for a probationary period of 2 years and 6 months. This visa can be extended for an additional 2 years and 6 months if the couple is still married and living together. Additionally, the applicant will need to pay the NHS Surcharge to be eligible for NHS healthcare.


Yes, it is possible to settle permanently in the UK, which means you can stay without any time restrictions. After residing in the UK for an initial period of 5 years, you can apply for “Indefinite Leave to Remain” (ILR), which allows you to settle in the UK.


It’s important to note that not all visas count towards the 5-year residency requirement for ILR. For example, a Fiancée visa won’t count towards the 5 years unless it was applied for before July 9, 2012.


To be eligible for settlement and eventual citizenship, you may need to prove your knowledge of the English language if you’re 18 or older. This can be demonstrated by having an English qualification at B1, B2, C1, or C2 level, or by having a degree that was taught or researched in English.


Using a professional company like Thai Visa Express for your visa application can offer several advantages. Here’s why you should consider using our services:


1. Expertise: We are professional immigration consultants with over 15 years of experience dealing with UK visas and immigration matters. We understand the intricacies of the application process and can provide expert guidance tailored to your specific situation.

2. Efficiency: Our team is well-versed in the visa application process and can expedite your application, saving you time and hassle. We know how to navigate the requirements and paperwork effectively, ensuring a smooth process from start to finish.

3. Peace of mind: Entrusting your visa application to professionals can alleviate stress and uncertainty. We handle all aspects of the application process, giving you peace of mind that your case is in capable hands.

4. Increased chances of success: With our expertise and knowledge of the application process, we can maximize your chances of having your application accepted. We guide you through each step, ensuring that your application meets all the necessary requirements.

5. Personalised service: We offer personalised assistance tailored to your individual needs and circumstances. Our team is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and support throughout the application process.


Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you with your UK visa application. You can reach us by phone, email, or through our website.



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