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Can your spouse or civil partner join you in the UK?

Immigration Solicitor in London

Immigration law is complex and it is often difficult to give a definitive answer to certain questions. This is both a disadvantage and an advantage. It can mean that you have to make an application without knowing for certain what the outcome will be but it also means there is often room for interpretation of the facts in your favour. At Saracens Solicitors, we are skilled at putting together winning immigration applications by maximising the potential of all of your available evidence when acting as your immigration solicitor in London.

One of the common cases that we deal with is an application for a spouse or civil partner to join someone in or come with them to the UK. If you have leave to enter or remain, it is possible that your spouse or civil partner will be able to benefit from this.


There are various criteria that need to be met for your partner to come with you to or join you in the UK. They must intend to live with you during your stay in the UK. You will need to prove that you have adequate accommodation for them and that you will be living in a house that you own or occupy exclusively. You will need to provide evidence to back up any claims that you make in this regard. When we are acting as your immigration solicitor in London, we can tell you what kind of documentation to provide and which types of evidence will make your case stronger.

If your partner is granted limited leave to enter or remain based on your status then, should you decide to leave, they will need to go with you. If they want an immigration status that is independent of yours, they will need to make their own application. It is best to involve an immigration solicitor in London, like Saracens Solicitors, as early as possible in the proceedings so that we can advise you on how and when to make the various required applications.

It is important to note that, if you partner is already in contravention of immigration laws, they may not be able to remain even if they meet the criteria.

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