Is A UK Spouse Visa Hard to Obtain?

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Visa requirements for Thai citizens – why do some applications fail


We often find that there is an assumption that is easy to obtain a UK visa for a Thai spouse however, this is not actually the case. This demonstrates the important role that we play here a Thai Visa Express in trying to ensure that families are not separated. Here are the top 10 reasons why visa applications get rejected.

  1. Confusion Over Online Forms


We frequently hear that people have been denied a visa as they have completed the incorrect form(s) online. This is easily done as there are multiple forms on the government website. Many forms look the same so take your time. Remember, fees paid are non-refundable so consider using a professional company to assist you.

  1. Incorrectly Completed Forms


Even if you have chosen the correct form online, it is easy to make errors on the application or indeed omit crucial information. This can be costly so make sure you double-check everything.

  1. Financial Requirements


The applicant (your Thai wife) or the sponsor must be able to meet the financial requirements for the UK Spouse Visa.


Q: How much do I need to earn to qualify for a UK Spouse Visa

A: £18,600 p.a. or have sufficient savings.


     4.Bank Statements Inconclusive


Some online bank statements are not permissible as financial proof. Your Thai wife or yourself must provide original bank statements in order to obtain a UK Spouse Visa.


5.Having a Criminal Record


If your Thai wife has a criminal record it can prove very difficult to get the UK Spouse Visa (or any other UK Visa). The chances increase the more time that has passed after the conviction.

  1. Previous Refusals


This is one reason why it is wise to use a professional visa company that can assist you with your application. Although previous refusals do not automatically go against the applicant, they may be taken into account.

  1. Falsified Documentation


Any information and documents that your Thai wife supplies WILL be checked.  It is therefore important that all information that is provided is accurate as incorrect information will be certainly lead to the application being declined.

  1. Not Qualified


The most common example of this is when you have not legally married your Thai wife and only conducted a “village” wedding.

  1. Missing Documents


It should be obvious but if you don’t supply all the required documents, your application will be declined. It is wise to thoroughly check everything prior to submitting the application.

  1. Incorrectly Translated Documents Into English


All documents that you submit will need to be translated into English by an official translator. If any of the documents are incorrectly translated, once again the application will be declined.

It is always advisable to seek the assistance of experts when applying for UK Border Agency Spouse Visa. Here at Thai Visa Express, we can have several years’ experience in dealing with such applications. You can call us on: +66 (0)80 102 2328, +66 (0) 38 420 313 or +44 (0) 20 8133 8059, email us on: or alternatively contact us via our website.

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