As part of your Spouse Visa Application, you will be asked to provide proof of relationship. This aims to showcase that you have a genuine relationship with your spouse or partner.

Proof of genuine relationship

In order to successfully apply for a Spouse Visa, you will need to include evidence that you and your spouse have a ‘genuine and subsisting’ relationship.

When selecting suitable evidence, you must ensure that the evidence is relevant and comprehensive. If you are living together, the document may confirm that you and your partner share an address or expenses, and comes from a suitable authority. This could be the UK government, banks, landlords, utility providers or medical professionals. If you are not living together, we may present alternative evidence showing your subsisting marriage through communications.

Types of evidence for proving your relationship

Some of the evidence that may be suitable for proving your relationship include:

  • A marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate.
  • A tenancy agreement.
  • Any bills that can confirm that you live together at the same address, such as council tax or utility bills.
  • Bank statements from a joint bank account.
  • A letter from your doctor or dentist confirming that you live at the same address.
  • Other proof of communication and relationship commitment

These are stronger forms of evidence, and it’s highly recommended that you include several documents as proof of relationship. If these are not available to you, there are other forms of evidence that may be accepted, although they are not as strong as the previous examples. These include:

  • A one-off bill for something you paid for together, such as repair or renovation costs.
  • Letters proving that you and your spouse or partner are on the voting register at the same address.
  • Student finance paperwork showing that you live at the same address.

It is not recommended to include evidence such as photographs as these are unlikely to be strong enough to help your application.

Getting support to prove your relationship

If you are unsure whether you have suitable proof of relationship for your Spouse Visa, you can get legal support from immigration lawyers. QC Immigration has decades of experience working with thousands of couples and knows exactly what the Home Office is looking for when it comes to proving genuine marriage or civil partnership. No matter what your circumstances are, please get in touch if you require assistance.

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