The UK Spouse Visa is one of the most utilized immigration procedures in the UK, accounting for more than 40,000 visa applications every year, thus making the UK Spouse Visa Entry Clearance refusal one of the most anxiety causing subject in British immigration.

Amongst the other requirements, the need to prove a genuine and subsisting relationship has made the UK Spouse Visa one of the most challenging visa routes through which one can enter the United Kingdom. The success rate of UK Spouse Visa applications have consistently hovered at around a startling 80% for several years, meaning there is a one in 5 chance that your UK Spouse Visa application will be refused.

Home Office Statistics for the UK Spouse Visa:

Year Applications Refused Refusal Rate
2017 38,999 6,604 16.76%
2018 40,589 8,061 19.40%
2019* 9,724 2,210 17.57%

*Jan to March

Despite meeting complex requirements and entering the UK, there is always a subsequent risk of being refused the leave to remain due to reasons such as the insufficient proof of validity of the marriage or inability to further develop English language understanding or any other reason that the Home Office may deem justifiable to evict an applicant out of UK.

In such circumstances, it is advised to appeal in the First Tribunal Immigration & Asylum Chamber, or make a fresh application as per the circumstances of the case so as to what would prove more beneficial to the applicant.

If an application for First Tribunal Immigration & Asylum Chamber is advised, it has to be filed within 14 days from date of rejection for applicants in UK.

The cost for appealing to the court orally, would incur a cost of £140. If applying to the judge to read directly, it would cost another £80

If the application is refused again after applying to the First Tribunal Immigration & Asylum Chamber, there is another opportunity presented by re-appealing to the Upper Tribunal in certain dire, exceptional circumstances.

Though the whole litigation process is a gritty affair, SmartMove Immigration with it’s decade long experience has been handling UK Spouse Visa cases since the inception of its firm, issues related to UK Spousal Visa delays and appeals being one of the most frequent.

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If you or someone you know has had their UK Spouse Visa extension application refused, fill out the form with your enquiry and one of our legal immigration experts will be in touch with you shortly. Our attorneys work out of offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chandigarh, and London, however, our associates routinely handle cases from around the world thanks to secure medium like Skype for Business and WhatsApp.

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The article above deals with Spouse Visa refusals. There are subtle differences in the approach one must take with respect to facing refusal from different categories of UK Visas. SmartMove Immigration’s blog provides regular updates on the various nuances affecting the refusals and appeals procedures of different UK Immigration processes.

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