Is the ultimate and most important aim for your wife to obtain UK citizenship?
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Her being granted a spouses visa will not make a difference to her ability to travel (or not) she will either require a visa or she won't depending on the Country's policy on Cuban citizens. .
The Immigration Rules do not require that your wife remain living in the UK for the whole of the two year period in order to apply for ILR. However, they judge each case on its merits and the better view is that she should certainly not stay more than 90 days out of the UK in any 12 month period and probably a bit less to be safe.
Periods outside the country does make a difference to applications for naturalisation as a UK citizen. She could be naturlised 12 months after receiving ILR. To be eligible she would have to show that she has lived in the UK for the previous three years and spent no more than 270 days outside of the UK during those three years. She would also have to show that she has spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of the application for naturalisation.
One would also think it sensible when considering whether to rent an apartment in Spain to fact in a number of weeks for emergency purposes - if she has to return to Cuba for personal family reasons then she could clock up time outside of the UK in this way.
It's obviously for you to decide if it is worth it financially to rent an apartment in Spain and to see you wife for the number of weeks permitted by the above rules.
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