She needs to apply for settlement. It would be the same form of application if she were applying for a visa to come here and marry then live with you.
If the application is well prepared and you meet the following eligiblity criteria then it may make the applicaiton easy and quick to decide upon for the UKBA thus getting her approved quicker. The eligiblity is as follows for here, with suggested supporting documents in brackets):-
- 1. That you are legally married to eachother (marriage certificate)
- 2. You are present and settled in the UK (eg. Passport, proof of accommodation)
- 3. You intend to live permanently together here in the UK as husband and wife (statements, evidence of her (statements, correspondence(
- 4. You can support each other withoutthe need for public funds (bank statements, evidence of income)
- 5. You have suitableaccomodation which is owned or lived in only by you or your household and where you and your dependents can live without any help from public funds (tenancy agreement, land registry docs if you your own home)
- 6. That neither of you are younger than 21 years of age. (birth certificates, passports)
If you are in doiubt about whether to submit a document, it is generally best to submit it.
You will need to apply by using form VAF4 Settlement, available for download from UKBA's website. It would be best for either a solicitor in the UK to prepare it in consultation with both you and your wife before submitting it, because the UKBA will try and catch you out any way they can.
It would cost around £800-1000+vat for a solicitor to prepare it and £300-350+Vat for a solicitor to check one that you have prepared.
The visa will be granted for 27 months and if she remains in the UK during this time then she will be able to to apply for indefinite leave to remain immediately before the visa expires and, 12 months after receiving ILR, to be naturalised as a UK citizen if she so wishes.
You can find Uk immigration solicitors through the following Law Society Website search engine:-
The UKBA aims to reach a decision on all applications within 6-8 weeks of submission.
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