To apply as a partner, you and your partner both need to be 18 or over.
Your partner must also either:
You and your partner must intend to live together permanently in the UK after you apply. If your partner has settled status you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme or for a family permit.
You must be able to prove your marriage, that’s recognized in the UK
You also need to prove you:
If you do not meet these requirements you may still be able to apply for a visa or extend your permission to stay if:
Send evidence that:
You can use things like:
If you do not have any evidence that meets this criteria, there is other evidence you can provide instead. However, it’s less likely that you’ll be given a visa in this case.
Other evidence you can provide includes:
Things like greetings cards, travel tickets, receipts, photographs and text or social media messages are not considered strong evidence of your relationship and are unlikely to help your application.
You can stay in the UK for 2 years and 9 months on this visa. After this you’ll need to apply to extend your stay.
You can add children to your application as dependents if both of the following apply:
Your child is living an independent life if, for example, they’ve left home, got married and had children.
You’ll need to have information and some evidence ready when you make your application. Include information for you and any dependents applying at the same time.
You’ll need to provide:
Who is eligible to sponsor their spouse, partner or child
You can sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent child if:
Also, you and your sponsored family members need to agree to certain responsibilities during the undertaking period. We call this the sponsorship agreement.
The sponsorship agreement means that:
When you apply, you’ll have to complete and sign a form that includes the undertaking and the sponsorship agreement.
In most cases, there isn’t an income requirement to sponsor your spouse or partner or dependent child. You only need to show that you have enough money to meet the income requirements if:
You can apply under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada class if your spouse or common-law partner cohabits (lives) with you in Canada and has temporary resident status.
To qualify under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada class, the sponsored person must:
Your spouse or partner may be eligible for an open work permit.
Leaving Canada can automatically cancel temporary resident status as a visitor, student or worker.
If your spouse or common-law partner leaves Canada before becoming a permanent resident, they may not be allowed to come back. This is especially true if they need a Temporary Resident Visa or an eTA to enter Canada.
If your spouse or partner can’t return to Canada, you must submit a new overseas sponsorship application.
You can sponsor your dependent children outside Canada who meet the following definition:
Your child or the child of your spouse or common-law partner can be considered a dependent child if that child meets the requirements below on the day we receive your complete application:
Children 22 years old or older qualify as dependent’s if they meet both of these requirements: