Brexit has affected many aspects of life in the UK, including immigration and visas. Prior to Brexit, being an EU national meant that you had the right to come and stay in the UK. You would not have needed a Spouse Visa if you were married to someone who is British, Irish, or is permanently settled in the UK.

Brexit has ended freedom of movement, meaning that EU nationals who now wish to join their spouse or partner will need a Spouse Visa.

Do you need a Spouse Visa after Brexit?

General requirements and eligibility for the visa have not changed much since Brexit. The main change is that there is no difference between EU nationals and non-EEA nationals who wish to join their spouse.

Other main criteria have remained the same.

You may apply for a Spouse Visa if your spouse is British, Irish or has obtained Indefinite Leave to Remain. Alternatively, your partner has Pre-Settled Status and is either from the EU, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, or Liechtenstein

You can review all requirements on our Spouse Visa page.

Can you still apply to the EU Settlement Scheme?

The deadline to apply for either Pre-Settled Status or Settled Status was 30 June 2021.

The Home Office may still accept late applications if you have ‘reasonable grounds’ for not being able to apply within the deadline.

The circumstances are quite specific, and most will find that they may need to look for a more suitable visa option for them.

If you require help

Our team has worked with couples from around the globe for years, so our immigration lawyers are well-versed in what the Home Office expects from a visa application. If you need any assistance, especially if you are unsure whether your situation has changed after Brexit, please get in touch.

Need more information?

Learn more about how we work and support you through the UK Immigration Application Process.

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