We have recently seen an increase in refusals from people who have applied for entry clearance as a Spouse based on the fact that they failed “to demonstrate compelling evidence of a genuine and subsisting relationship.”
Where a couple have not previosuly lived together or have conducted their relationship over a distance, it is imperative to include proof that a relationship is genuine and subsisting.
It is clear from the refusals that most applicants think that just the basic information is sufficient leading to costly mistakes.
An Entry Clearance Officer needs to be given all of the information as to how
- your relationship began
- how it has developed
- and how you have maintained it over a distance
….. and they want to see evidence! If you don’t tell them ….they won’t take it into account.
If you are planning to make an entry clearance application so that your spouse, fiancé, civil partner or unmarried partner can join you in the UK, we recommend the following:
- schedule of dates of where / when and how you met
- evidence of communication and travel to be with one another
- evidence of joint purchases, financial commitments such as insurance, utility bills
- letters from friends and family
- all other useful information demonstrating that your relationship is geniue
Feel free to contact us with any queries you have concerning an intended application. It’s alot less stressful and certainly cheaper to properly plan a visa application.