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Funds Required To Sponsor Your Spouse
This is a complex area and one I fully understand can be confusing. I will assume you and your partner actually qualify as a common law couple and have evidence of a genuine subsisting relationship for at least 24 months prior to filing the case. The relationship as common law partners does not need to be cohabiting but, many cases where you have not been living together is often refused as the Immigration Officer will claim the relationship is not genuine. So, before you think about funds ensure you have enough evidence of the relationship which could include joint financial documents, like Bank Statements, Joint holidays, Letters and photos, Statutory Declarations from professionals and family members who know you as a couple. Evidence of visiting each other, etc…
Assuming the above is in place you will nee to earn £18,600 per year. If you are earning less than that, you will need savings to make up the shortfall. Saving are defined as savings over £16,000. So if you have £16,001 in savings the UK Visa Officer will take your savings as only £1.
We can again assume that will be two years before your partner would be eligible for ILR – indefinite Leave To Remain in The UK. Therefore, your saving (+£16,000) will have to cover any shortfall in your income if is below £18,000
Here is an example:
Income per year = £18,000 – so the shortfall of income required is £600 per year
Saving = £17,200 So, subtract £16,000 leaving £1,200 in savings.
As your income is short by £600 per year or £1,200 for two years (the length of the visa) you will be eligible to sponsor your partner.
The truth is these rule which has recently been upheld in Court when challenged, does keep partners and families apart. It seems unjust to me but, I do appreciate why the UK wants to control immigration. There just might be some room to relax these rules. Please join our site and share our service on social media if we have helped you and spread the word.