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Spouse visa questions

Post by erocha4177 » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:41 pm

Hi there, I am currently on a fiance visa in the UK due to get married on August 22 2020. My visa expires September 1st 2020 and I am starting the application process for the spouse visa. The whole process is quite confusing (love the UKVI and Home Office :wink: ).
I am stuck on the questions that state:
2.2 Is this the first time you have applied for a partner route, or an extension, with your current partner (including as a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner)?
I assume I would select NO as I am on a Fiancé visa with my partner

AND 2.3 : Please choose the reason you are applying for an extension, this includes if you are switching to a partner visa from another type.
I assume I select A: First extension as a partner (following an initial period of entry as a partner, or as a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner of a settled person)

I have read lots of different answers everywhere so I am torn between every option. Any help is appreciated :)

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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by geoeng » Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:35 am

Both of those answers sound right to me.
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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by erocha4177 » Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:58 am

thank you, very much appreciated :)

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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by erocha4177 » Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:14 am

Although I am switching from a fiancé visa to spouse visa this time, I am looking into the extension I will need to apply for in 2.5 years so I can get documents and proof of cohabitation ready.
I have read you need 6 items of correspondence, from 3 different sources (confusing wording). I understand you need to cover 6 months total, one item every 4 months for 2 years. Currently, my future husband and I have a joint bank account, council tax in both of our names and gas and electric bill (one combined bill). Will that be sufficient enough for the spouse visa extension or will we need 2 different sources of just our name each for 3 of the 6 months? Any advice/help is very much appreciated!!

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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by seagul » Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:36 am

erocha4177 wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:19 am
Although I am switching from a fiancé visa to spouse visa this time, I am looking into the extension I will need to apply for in 2.5 years so I can get documents and proof of cohabitation ready.
I have read you need 6 items of correspondence, from 3 different sources (confusing wording). I understand you need to cover 6 months total, one item every 4 months for 2 years. Currently, my future husband and I have a joint bank account, council tax in both of our names and gas and electric bill (one combined bill). Will that be sufficient enough for the spouse visa extension or will we need 2 different sources of just our name each for 3 of the 6 months? Any advice/help is very much appreciated!!
Ccohabitation evidences won't be needed for initial spouse visa.
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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by TODMATT » Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:52 am

erocha4177 wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:14 am
Although I am switching from a fiancé visa to spouse visa this time, I am looking into the extension I will need to apply for in 2.5 years so I can get documents and proof of cohabitation ready.
I have read you need 6 items of correspondence, from 3 different sources (confusing wording). I understand you need to cover 6 months total, one item every 4 months for 2 years. Currently, my future husband and I have a joint bank account, council tax in both of our names and gas and electric bill (one combined bill). Will that be sufficient enough for the spouse visa extension or will we need 2 different sources of just our name each for 3 of the 6 months? Any advice/help is very much appreciated!!
You only have been granted 6 months leave in order to switch to spouse visa within the UK so you are not expected to have much evidence but include any cohabitation proof leading to the date of the application.
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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by Korekt » Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:20 pm

It appears the OP is referring to the extension after the initial FLRM.
erocha4177 wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:14 am
I am looking into the extension I will need to apply for in 2.5 years so I can get documents and proof of cohabitation ready.
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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by Korekt » Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:23 pm

erocha4177 wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:14 am
Will that be sufficient enough for the spouse visa extension or will we need 2 different sources of just our name each for 3 of the 6 months? Any advice/help is very much appreciated!!
The number of sources are fine.
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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by seagul » Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:54 pm

Korekt wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:20 pm
It appears the OP is referring to the extension after the initial FLRM.
erocha4177 wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:14 am
I am looking into the extension I will need to apply for in 2.5 years so I can get documents and proof of cohabitation ready.
erocha4177 wrote:
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:41 pm
Hi there, I am currently on a fiance visa in the UK due to get married on August 22 2020.
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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by Korekt » Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:22 am

Feel free to ask the OP what they are referring to.
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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by erocha4177 » Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:26 am

TODMATT wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:52 am
erocha4177 wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:14 am
Although I am switching from a fiancé visa to spouse visa this time, I am looking into the extension I will need to apply for in 2.5 years so I can get documents and proof of cohabitation ready.
I have read you need 6 items of correspondence, from 3 different sources (confusing wording). I understand you need to cover 6 months total, one item every 4 months for 2 years. Currently, my future husband and I have a joint bank account, council tax in both of our names and gas and electric bill (one combined bill). Will that be sufficient enough for the spouse visa extension or will we need 2 different sources of just our name each for 3 of the 6 months? Any advice/help is very much appreciated!!
You only have been granted 6 months leave in order to switch to spouse visa within the UK so you are not expected to have much evidence but include any cohabitation proof leading to the date of the application.
Yeah, I am asking this question for future reference really. I will apply in 2.5 years for the extension so im just wondering about the number of proofs of cohabitation so I can sign up or open accounts etc.. now so I can be prepared. Thanks!

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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by seagul » Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:14 am

erocha4177 wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:26 am


Yeah, I am asking this question for future reference really. I will apply in 2.5 years for the extension so im just wondering about the number of proofs of cohabitation so I can sign up or open accounts etc.. now so I can be prepared. Thanks!
Anything issued in joint/individual names is usable for proving cohabitation or subsisting relationship. To keep the confusion to minimal, Ideally the main focus should be on switching into spouse visa which doesn't require 2 years of cohabitation evidences but recent subsisting relationship evidences.
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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by erocha4177 » Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:59 am

seagul wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:14 am
erocha4177 wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:26 am


Yeah, I am asking this question for future reference really. I will apply in 2.5 years for the extension so im just wondering about the number of proofs of cohabitation so I can sign up or open accounts etc.. now so I can be prepared. Thanks!
Anything issued in joint/individual names is usable for proving cohabitation or subsisting relationship. To keep the confusion to minimal, Ideally the main focus should be on switching into spouse visa which doesn't require 2 years of cohabitation evidences but recent subsisting relationship evidences.
yes of course but I will need to get more bills in both of our names now so I will have the proof in 2.5 years. im just asking if 3 joint bills is sufficient enough for the spouse visa EXTENSION.

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Post by seagul » Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:03 pm

erocha4177 wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:59 am
seagul wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:14 am
erocha4177 wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:26 am


Yeah, I am asking this question for future reference really. I will apply in 2.5 years for the extension so im just wondering about the number of proofs of cohabitation so I can sign up or open accounts etc.. now so I can be prepared. Thanks!
Anything issued in joint/individual names is usable for proving cohabitation or subsisting relationship. To keep the confusion to minimal, Ideally the main focus should be on switching into spouse visa which doesn't require 2 years of cohabitation evidences but recent subsisting relationship evidences.
yes of course but I will need to get more bills in both of our names now so I will have the proof in 2.5 years. im just asking if 3 joint bills is sufficient enough for the spouse visa EXTENSION.
Yes provided from three different provider such as electricity bill, council tax, broadband bill. In total these should be 6 (if joint named).
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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by erocha4177 » Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:52 am

seagul wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:03 pm
erocha4177 wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:59 am
seagul wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:14 am
erocha4177 wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:26 am


Yeah, I am asking this question for future reference really. I will apply in 2.5 years for the extension so im just wondering about the number of proofs of cohabitation so I can sign up or open accounts etc.. now so I can be prepared. Thanks!
Anything issued in joint/individual names is usable for proving cohabitation or subsisting relationship. To keep the confusion to minimal, Ideally the main focus should be on switching into spouse visa which doesn't require 2 years of cohabitation evidences but recent subsisting relationship evidences.
yes of course but I will need to get more bills in both of our names now so I will have the proof in 2.5 years. im just asking if 3 joint bills is sufficient enough for the spouse visa EXTENSION.
Yes provided from three different provider such as electricity bill, council tax, broadband bill. In total these should be 6 (if joint named).
6 different sources or 3 different sources and 2 bills from each? sorry this whole proof of cohabitation for extension is super confusing (and worded weird)

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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by seagul » Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:42 pm

erocha4177 wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:52 am
seagul wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:03 pm
erocha4177 wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:59 am
seagul wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:14 am


Anything issued in joint/individual names is usable for proving cohabitation or subsisting relationship. To keep the confusion to minimal, Ideally the main focus should be on switching into spouse visa which doesn't require 2 years of cohabitation evidences but recent subsisting relationship evidences.
yes of course but I will need to get more bills in both of our names now so I will have the proof in 2.5 years. im just asking if 3 joint bills is sufficient enough for the spouse visa EXTENSION.
Yes provided from three different provider such as electricity bill, council tax, broadband bill. In total these should be 6 (if joint named).
6 different sources or 3 different sources and 2 bills from each? sorry this whole proof of cohabitation for extension is super confusing (and worded weird)
In total you will need 6 joint named documents from 3 different sources covering the last 2 years with even gaps of 3-4 months. Assuming you have all joint named bills so illustratively attach following:
2 × gas bills
2× council tax bills
2× broadband bills.
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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by erocha4177 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:02 am

seagul wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:42 pm
erocha4177 wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:52 am
seagul wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:03 pm
erocha4177 wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:59 am


yes of course but I will need to get more bills in both of our names now so I will have the proof in 2.5 years. im just asking if 3 joint bills is sufficient enough for the spouse visa EXTENSION.
Yes provided from three different provider such as electricity bill, council tax, broadband bill. In total these should be 6 (if joint named).
6 different sources or 3 different sources and 2 bills from each? sorry this whole proof of cohabitation for extension is super confusing (and worded weird)
In total you will need 6 joint named documents from 3 different sources covering the last 2 years with even gaps of 3-4 months. Assuming you have all joint named bills so illustratively attach following:
2 × gas bills
2× council tax bills
2× broadband bills.
Perfect! Could we use bank statements for our joint account as a source? Thank you so much! The wording is so confusing, way more than it should be.

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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by seagul » Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:17 pm

erocha4177 wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:02 am


Perfect! Could we use bank statements for our joint account as a source? Thank you so much!
Yes
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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by erocha4177 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:09 pm

seagul wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:17 pm
erocha4177 wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:02 am


Perfect! Could we use bank statements for our joint account as a source? Thank you so much!
Yes
another question, do all of the documents need to be within 28 days of the application? thanks :)

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Re: Spouse visa questions

Post by seagul » Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:15 pm

erocha4177 wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:09 pm
seagul wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:17 pm
erocha4177 wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:02 am


Perfect! Could we use bank statements for our joint account as a source? Thank you so much!
Yes
another question, do all of the documents need to be within 28 days of the application? thanks :)
28 days rule doesn't apply over cohabitation evidences. It applies to financial documents.
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