To successfully apply for some types of visa application the Home Office requires evidence of a “genuine relationship”. Failure to supply evidence of the genuine relationship can result in the refusal of a visa application. The best London immigration solicitors provide applicants with help to ensure that they have the knowledge and supporting paperwork to meet the genuine relationship requirement.
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Spouse Visa applications and the genuine relationship requirement
• A British Citizen; or
• Settled in the UK; or
• In the UK with refugee leave or with humanitarian protection.
• Fiancée or proposed husband or wife; or
• Proposed civil partner; or
• Husband or wife; or
• Civil partner; or
• Unmarried partner. An unmarried partner includes a couple in a same sex relationship.
Evidence to meet the genuine relationship requirement
• Evidence of a long-term relationship or cohabitation. For example, utility bills addressed to the couple or council tax statements; or
• A couple have a child. The child can be the biological, adopted or stepchild of one partner. Evidence could be in the form of a birth certificate and evidence of communication with the partner and child. The key point is that the couple are sharing responsibility for the child; or
• A couple share financial commitments, for example, they have a joint mortgage or joint bank account or loan. Evidence would be in the form of a mortgage company letter, bank account statement or loan paperwork; or
• A couple can prove that they have met and spent some time with one another and made plans to live together. Evidence could be pictures of the couple together or letters from friends or family confirming the couple’s commitment to one another. Evidence can also include text or WhatsApp messages and other forms of social media messaging.
Cultural and religious considerations and the genuine relationship requirement
Home Office warning flags that a relationship may not be genuine
• The marriage took place in the UK and the registration service reported a potential sham marriage; or
• Failure by the applicant or partner to attend a Home Office interview, without reasonable explanation, where required to do so to discuss the application or use of unreasonable delaying tactics; or
• The couple are unable to provide information about their planned UK living arrangements; or
• There were no guests at the wedding or a reception was not held or family members were not present; or
• The couple cannot provide personal information about their partner (such as their parent in law details) or do not report the same relationship story (such as how they met); or
• The partner has previously sponsored another partner to come to or remain in the UK and the relationship was short-lived; or
• There is a previous history of a sham marriage or forced marriage, or of unlawful residence in the UK; or
• There is a history of the applicant applying for a visa and visa refusal.
What happens if the Home Office decides that a relationship is not a genuine relationship?
How can OTS Solicitors help?
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Posted on: Friday, 27 September, 2019