What are the nationalities of the couple wishing to settle in the UK please?
US citizen residing in USA at moment and married to UK citizen. We are considering relocating to the UK at some point and would like to expedite this process.
Thanks for your question.
The US spouse will need to apply for a spouses visa (ie. Settlement) if they are 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:-
You have to produce to the UKBA documentation that proves the above. This would be some of the following:-
Further information here:-
The US spouse 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 of you before submitting it to ensure the best possible chance of success upon determination by the UKBA.
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. They can apply for indefinite leave to remain once they have been here for 24 months. 12 months later they can apply to be naturalised as a UK citizen provided they have not spent a lot of time outside the UK during the 36 months total.
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