Thanks for your question.
He will need to apply for a spouses visa (ie. Settlement) if he is to come here to settle with you permanently.
If the application is well prepared and you meet the following eligibility criteria then it will make the application easy and quick to decide upon for the UKBA. To be eligible, you must show:-
- 1. That you are legally married to each other (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 without the need for public funds (bank statements, evidence of income)
- 5. You have suitable accommodation 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)
The application will have to be supported by evidence proving the above eligibility criteria. I have suggested basic documents above, but the list is not exhaustive.
The criteria above in terms of financial maintenance are taken to mean that you will not claim more in public funds than you already do, so that you claim benefits already is not, in and of itself, necessarily a bar to an application - you just have to show that one he is here you will have access to sufficient income and asset to support you in accommodation and living expenses. You can do this by either showing finance that you already have but also a job that he has obtained by interview from Canada or by showing jobs that are available in the locality where you are to live that he could reasonably expect to get and derive an income from. He will have to submit his CV, for example as well.
He will need to apply for settlement (ie. spouses visa) 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 husband before submitting it to ensure the best possible chance of success upon determination by the UKBA. It would cost around £1500+ VAT.
You can find Uk immigration solicitors through the following Law Society Website search engine:-
The visa will be granted for a period of 27 months. You husband can apply for indefinite leave to remain once he has been here for 24 months. 12 months later he can apply to be naturalised as a UK citizen provided he has not spent a lot of time outside the UK during the 36 months total.
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