This guide is based upon the recently announced UKBA Changes to the family migration Immigration Rules come into effect on 9 July 2012 The first change you'll notice is that UKBA now use the term "Partner" to generally include an applicant’s fiancé(e), proposed civil partner, spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner or same sex partner. An unmarried or same sex partner is a person who has been living with the applicant in a relationship akin to a marriage or civil partnership for at least 2 years prior to the date of application. For the purposes of this specific guide the applicants partner means, spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner or same sex partner. An unmarried or same sex partner is a person who has been living with the applicant in a relationship akin to a marriage or civil partnership for at least 2 years prior to the date of application. Another important change is that UKBA now state that decisions on the application will generally be made without interview. However there are likely to be some cases where the applicant may be invited for either a personal interview, or telephone interview. Indeed, the first question on the Personal Details form actually asks "If we do need to interview you, what language would you like to use in the interview" Making application for a visa to allow your partner to join you in the UK is always going to be an emotional and stressful time. But this is also the time that needs careful planning and attention to details to ensure full compliance with all requirements and to only allow the ECO one decision....visa approval. The aim of this guide is to help all those applicants who will apply for a settlement Visa from outside of the UK. The UKBA page specifically for partners of a British citizen or of a person who is settled in UK can be found here It's well worth taking time to review this page and to check out the links provided. A successful visa application will result in being granted a UK visa for 33 months. Shortly before the end of that period, application can be made to stay for a further 30 months provided all requirements continue to be met. After completion of 5 years in the UK, as the partner of someone who is a British citizen or settled in the UK, then application for settlement can be made. This is known as Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Look here at The Settlement page if you want more information about ILR. The holder of a UK Partner Visa is allowed to work and to have access to the NHS, but is not allowed to receive any public funds until ILR is granted. The UKBA advises all applicants to read their application Guidance Notes together with their Supporting Documents Guidance The key issues in the eligibility of a UK Partner/Spouse settlement Visa are:- Can we apply? In order to apply you must show that:- - you and your partner are both aged 18 or over at the date of application - your partner is not related to you in a way that means you could not marry in UK law - you and your partner have met in person - your relationship with your partner is genuine and subsisting - if you are married or in a civil partnership, your marriage or civil partnership is valid in UK law - you meet the suitability requirements - any previous relationship has permanently broken down (this does not apply to certain polygamous relationships) - you and your partner intend to live together permanently in the UK - you meet the financial requirements - you meet the English language requirement and - if you are in the UK and want to extend your leave or apply for settlement in the UK you will need to meet the suitability requirement. How do we apply? See the UKBA webpage Applying from outside the UK Review the information and then follow the links to Applying for a UK visa in the Philippines Please do take time to read this page as there is a lot of key information on how to apply, how to book an appointment and importantly how to pay the fee. You must prepare and submit the following:- - 2 recent passport photographs and your passport - see the Photographs and passport page - evidence of your age and your partner's age - your marriage or civil partnership certificate - evidence that you were both free to marry or enter your civil partnership, if either of you was previously married or in a civil partnership Evidence would include Death Certificate of the deceased spouse/civil partner, evidence of divorce (eg divorce Decree Absolute), Annulment or Dissolution Certificate. - evidence that you have met The most recent Tribunals have endorsed the view that states that 'to have met' meant something more than a mutual sighting. They also felt that a mere coming face-to-face followed by telephone or written contact would be insufficient to satisfy the rule, as would a family background together with such a face-to-face meeting. In their view the essential test of whether the rule had been satisfied was whether the couple had had a face-to-face meeting which in itself had resulted in the making of mutual acquaintance. Photo's of you both together as a couple, photo's of the wedding, e-mails, Chat logs and Text messages showing that you had met and married. - evidence of your English language ability - see the English language page - evidence that you can can maintain yourselves and any dependants adequately without needing public funds. You now need to review Part 2 of this Guide to understand those all important, and now very different Financial Requirements.