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But you can only apply after at least 6 months.
You can't, she must apply for the initial spouse visa from a country she is legally resident in. Unless she were resident in the UK on another visa type (not a visitor visa), she would have to return to Hong Kong to apply.
Yes, she has to prove strong ties, ie family, social, work, finances etcWhen my wife applies for the standard visitor visa, it is a requirement that she proves that she will return to Hong Kong.
No, she cannot switch to any other visa category while in the UK as a visitor. She just apply for a spouse visa from her home country.However, what if she wants to stay in the UK on the visitor visa until she applies for a family visa without returning to Hong Kong? Will they accept this situation? In other words, how can we get her to stay here in the UK without having to return to Hong Kong?
Can be either of you individually, savings in joint accounts or a combination. Only the amount of cash savings above £16,000 held for at least 6 months can be used towards the financial requirement. See Section 7 from page 48 of the guidance document linked below for additional details on cash savings.
The employment or self-employment income of the applicant can only be included if they are in the UK working legally.
On what grounds would you want to extend her visitor visa from WITHIN the UK? This is usually done from applicants country of origin or legal residence.
She can apply for visits visa (new one) now. She can also try asking visa that starts next day from her current visa. Well, didn't work with me even with an invitation from company. What happened is my current visa was cancelled and a new visa was issued.samuelchai wrote: ↑Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:45 pmThis would not be made from within the UK, but from Hong Kong. My wife is currently in Hong Kong (and she is a Mainland China citizen) while I am in the UK. I want to bring her here as soon as possible for 6 months without her having to go back to Hong Kong in April, when her current visa is due to expire.
While I think your spouse can apply for a visitor visa, it is better that you wait and apply for spouse visa. Just give yourself a time to collect the savings to meet the financial threshold. Otherwise you will have to look for a very good immigration lawyer (yet spending more of your savings) who might advise you of other 'waivers'.samuelchai wrote: ↑Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:45 pmThis would not be made from within the UK, but from Hong Kong. My wife is currently in Hong Kong (and she is a Mainland China citizen) while I am in the UK. I want to bring her here as soon as possible for 6 months without her having to go back to Hong Kong in April, when her current visa is due to expire.
Yes, previous visit visas whether still valid or not will not affect eligibility to apply for a spouse visa. Keep in mind that for each attempted entry into the UK, there is likely a chance your wife would be refused entry as it may be viewed as attempting to live in the UK without the correct visa to do so. Similarly, attempting to apply for a 2 year visit visa may also be seen as an attempt to circumvent the immigration rules as this is not what this visa is intended for - this is why the family visa category exists.
No. Her employment and income is irrelevant to a spouse visa.