Spouse visa from Lebanon

Hi all


I'm a uk citizen and my wife is Lebanese, we are hoping to apply for a spouse visa end of February this year, then go through the VAC in Beirut my salary is more than enough to meet the criteria, and I've worked in the same position for 24 years , would you advise still using a lawyer if our application is pretty straight forward, I have all documents ready in PDF to send etc. Just need my wife to complete the A1 English test, not worried her English is very good. I know lawyer's can be very expressive, but seem to have more success than applying alone.

Kind regards Dean.

Hello Dean,


Welcome on board !


I hope one of our members can guide you through the formalities so that you don't need any lawyer.


Let's see what members have to say.


All the best

Bhavna

Hi and welcome to the Forum.


My daughter (UK citizen) and her husband (non-UK) did it almost 18 months ago.  They did it themselves and it all worked just fine; the only hassle was having to attend the Embassy a couple of times.


I hope this helps.


Cynic

Expat Team

@Cynic

I guess the The United Kingdom Embassy in Lebanon? I may have to attend at some stage?


Thanks for your reply

Kind regards Dean.

@Bhavna

Thanks so much I hope so


Kind regards Dean.

@Cynic
I guess the The United Kingdom Embassy in Lebanon? I may have to attend at some stage?
Thanks for your reply
Kind regards Dean.
-@deanmartin2040

No, he had to go to the Embassy in Amsterdam; but it's a very similar system in that they use TLS as a contractor in both countries and it's the same process worldwide; this link will take you straight to their website, their is a very useful section that takes you through the entire process.


I hope this helps.


Cynic

Expat Team

Hi thank you,


I've managed to have a good look at this site, quick couple of questions;

First question:

Is it better to email all the required documents via PDF or is it better to print them off and take physical copies ?

Second question:

Once we apply, my understanding is that my wife cannot travel to the UK whilst waiting for the decision, But I guess it's ok for me to travel to see her still in Lebanon?

Thanks again.

Best regards.

Dean.

Hi again.


I just spoke to my son-in-law; he had to email all the documents as PDF files, and he then had to go to the Embassy (TLS office) and physically show his passport; he thinks that they use the bio-data contained in the passport to verify it was in fact him.  Once everything was done and approved, he then had to go back to the embassy with his passport so they could insert the temporary visa sticker; this took about 3 months and with this, he could enter the UK.  Once here, he had to submit his passport to the Home Office, which stamped his proper visa allowing him to live and work in the UK, they then had to make an appointment to collect it, and they chose a post office in Leeds to do this last bit.  He thinks he could have paid extra for a quicker service, but my daughter is very well organised and had everything lined up so it coincided with her starting her new job back in the UK, it went like clockwork.


I should emphasise that they moved here at the tail-end of Brexit and Covid had just reared its ugly head, so many processes and procedures were changed at that time; it may not be the same today.


Within the normal travel requirements, yes, you can travel to Lebanon; there are no restrictions placed on you.


I hope this helps.


Cynic

Expat Team

@Cynic it does indeed, thanks so much


Best regards

Dean.

@Cynic

This on my company's headed paper, is this significant for my application?



Belliver Industrial Estate

Belliver Way

Plymouth, PL6 7BP

bd.com

Private and Confidential

To Whom it may Concern

11 January 2023

Dear Sir or Madam

Re: Dean E*** (DOB ***)

I write to confirm information regarding our employee Dean Easton.

I can confirm Dean is employed on a permanent, full time basis by BD UK Ltd. as a Mould Repair

Technician. Dean has worked for us since 30/11/1998.

He is earning £xx,xxx.xxp/annum before tax. This salary is subject to an additional 20% shift premium.

Payslips that Dean attaches are genuine.

If you need any further information please contact me on ***.

Yours sincerely

Gavin Davies

HR Partner

Advancing the world of health

The process is bit quicker in South Africa to UK. I am moving to Cambridge in 2 week's time. The whole VISA process including biometrics took 6 weeks.

Wow, that's super quick, good luck on your new adventure.

@Cynic
This on my company's headed paper, is this significant for my application?

Belliver Industrial Estate
Belliver Way
Plymouth, PL6 7BP
bd.com
Private and Confidential
To Whom it may Concern
11 January 2023
Dear Sir or Madam
Re: Dean E*** (DOB ***)
I write to confirm information regarding our employee Dean Easton.
I can confirm Dean is employed on a permanent, full time basis by BD UK Ltd. as a Mould Repair
Technician. Dean has worked for us since 30/11/1998.
He is earning £xx,xxx.xxp/annum before tax. This salary is subject to an additional 20% shift premium.
Payslips that Dean attaches are genuine.
If you need any further information please contact me on ***.
Yours sincerely
Gavin Davies
HR Partner
Advancing the world of health
-@deanmartin2040

Hi again.


If you're providing information on company headed paper, make sure it has the official Company name, Address and Company number.  Any information you provide should be relevant to the questions asked.  In any response, refer specifically to the document you are providing and state what questions this document addresses.  Avoid providing possible conflicting information; at this stage, you are talking to someone who is ticking boxes on a screen, they aren't making decisions beyond does the information answer the question and does the evidence support what is said.  At the end of this stage, assuming all the answers are satisfactory, then it goes on to the next stage.


I hope this helps.


Cynic

Expat Team

@Cynic

Hi again,

My wife's son, he's 10 years old, currently lives with his dad , but he's not happy and of course misses his mum, I would want him with us in the Uk, which I believe his father would except because of better life, I understand the extra salary requirements not a problem, but is the visa application more ? And will he need to pay the health surcharge?

Thank you

Dean...

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Cheryl

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@Cynic
Hi again,
My wife's son, he's 10 years old, currently lives with his dad , but he's not happy and of course misses his mum, I would want him with us in the Uk, which I believe his father would except because of better life, I understand the extra salary requirements not a problem, but is the visa application more ? And will he need to pay the health surcharge?
Thank you
Dean...
-@deanmartin2040

Hi again.


Now it's getting complicated.  There have been issues historically and particularly involving Middle-Eastern citizens where child abduction has become an issue.  Suffice it to say that unless you have custody of this lad, his father will have to be involved in everything he does up until the age of 18.  So, every time you want to leave the country, you will need specific written permission from the father to do this, and not only in the UK; if you want to go for example to Spain for a holiday, you will also need to meet the Spanish requirements and these differ from the UK.


To answer your question; his mother will need to apply for him in his own right and all the requirements will apply; there are no derogations that I'm aware of.  That said, this is complicated enough for you to need legal advice and nobody on here is qualified, so go and speak to an Immigration lawyer; these people tend to specialise, so perhaps the Citizens Advice Bureau (link) is the place to start.


I hope this helps.


Cynic

Expat Team

@Cynic

Thank again for your help

Kind regards

Dean.