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UK Spouse Visa Guide for UK Sponsor and Congolese national applicant written by UK Immigration and Family Lawyer Mr Saleh Begh

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1. Your nationality and residence : British (United Kingdom)

2. Your partner nationality and residence : Congolese (Congo)


The information below is for you, if you are a British citizen (or holding UK permanent residence) and your partner is a Congolese national.
Congo  Kinshasa , Lubumbashi , Mbuji-Mayi , Kisangani , Bukavu , Kananga , Kolwezi , Likasi , Goma , Uvira
You currently reside in United Kingdom whereas your partner resides in Congo .

Must have documents for UK spouse visa for Congolese nationals

Click the links below for direct FREE downloads or documents sent to you via email after purchase (tailored to your situation)!

Spouse Visa Update 20 May 2024 (PDF) Home Office fees increase and new salary requirements of £34,500.

Spouse Visa Checklist - Congo (PDF) (Free basic Checklist).

UK Spouse Visa Fees, Income and Savings required information (PDF).

UK Approved English language test centres (1,451 in total ) (PDF).
Approved English language test centres in UK (76 in total ) (PDF).

UK Approved TB test centres in Congo (Clinics, procedure and cost) (PDF).

UK Spouse Visa (Genuine Relationship Evidence) (PDF).

UK Spouse Visa Guide Contents

UK Spouse Visa Key Considerations
UK Partner Visa from Brazzaville, Congo
UK Home Office Approved TB Medical Centres in Congo
UK Home Office Approved English Tests Centres in Congo
Top 10 Reasons for UK Family Visa Refusal (British and Congolese)
UK spouse visa processing time in Jun 2024 from Brazzaville, Congo

UK Spouse Visa Key Requirements

Finance and accommodation (UK Spouse Visa British and Congolese)
Earned income (Employment Salary / Wages / Self Employed / Business profits)
Cash Savings
UK Spouse Visa Finance Worked examples
Receiving UK government benefits
Accommodation in the UK
Relationship evidence

Visa procedure, where to apply and provide the biometric details in Congo

UK Spouse Visa Priority Visa fees and options June 2024
UK Spouse Visa Fees 21 June 2024
Congolese UK Spouse Visa Supporting Documents Bundle
UK Spouse Visa Taking the first step
More about the spouse visa guide author - Saleh Begh
Top global university graduate UK visa options

UK Spouse Visa Frequently Asked Questions Brazzaville Congo

Can I apply for UK spouse visa from Congo
Is there a UK Spouse Visa interview?
How long does UK spouse visa take in Jun 2024? (Priority & Super Priority options)

UK Spouse Visa Key requirements

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The Immigration Rules state that :
  • you both (British and Congolese) must be over the age of 18;
  • you must have met each other in person ( in UK / Congo) and be legally married (under Congolese or British law, unless you are applying as an unmarried partner [alternatively] apply for a UK Marriage Visa or a UK Fiancée visa both have different requirements. | );
  • you both must intend to live together permanently in the UK ;
  • you must have enough income to support yourselves and any dependants without claiming public funds (unless of course, you receive PIP / DLA / CA .. [Read more]);
  • the sponsor must hold and evidence British / ILR / EUSS / Refugee status documents.
  • they must have suitable accommodation for you and any dependent children;
  • and you must satisfy the English language requirements and have a medical certificate for TB (where required).

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    UK family Visa from Congo

    Did you know Brazzaville, Congo is 5,700 KM (3,543 miles) from London, England. Flight time to London is 7 Hours. Congo has a population of 5,548,552 (2021) and they use Central African CFA franc.

    You may consider applying from neighbouring countries if that is more appropriate such as ( | Angolan UK Spouse Visa | Rwandan UK Spouse Visa | Tanzanian UK Spouse Visa | Ugandan UK Spouse Visa | ) . You would normally need to hold 6 months or more lawful residence there in order to apply for a UK spouse visa from that location.

    Now let's look into the various aspects of the requirements listed above when you are British and your partner is Congolese and you reside in United Kingdom and your partner resides in Congo.

    You are a British citizen, thus you do not need any documents to live and work in the UK. However, your partner is a Congolese national. They would need to have UK immigration status documents.

    We also note that your partner is a visa national (Congolese) for UK travel purposes. This means they would normally need to obtain a visa from the British Embassy or UK Visa office / Commercial partner office , prior to their travel.

    Please remember that all UK Family Visa applications are now done online and your UK Visa Application Centre for Congo, TLS Contact Office could be in a different city. You may need to plan ahead and travel for your tests and visa appointments. These are the large cities in Congo Kinshasa , Lubumbashi , Mbuji-Mayi , Kisangani , Bukavu , Kananga , Kolwezi , Likasi , Goma , Uvira. Only a few will have a TLS Contact Office UK Spouse Visa Application Centre (Congo)

    UK Embassy in Congo

    The British Embassy in Congo maintains and develops relations between the UK and Congo. You may need to contact the UK embassy for some official documents. This may be required under Congolese law, if you want to get married there or need other consular services as a UK national or UK resident. UK embassy in Congo, their web page links are provided below for more details:
    British nationals should contact the British Embassy Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of the Congo. British Embassy Kinshasa

    A1 level English test required

    Your partner is a Congolese national and thus not exempt from the English language requirements for a Spouse / Partner visa, they would need to take the A1 / A2 (extension) or provide other English language evidence.

    UK Visa English Language Guide video Brazzaville


    Tuberculosis tests for UK spouse visa applicants

    Your partner is at a location (Congo ) where Tuberculosis (TB) medical testing is required for UK Visas (longer than 6 months, such as Spouse Visa). If they are the applicant they will need to consider taking the test. Please note that TB test certificate is only valid for up to 6 months. Download Congolese national, TB Test guide and testing centre details in Congo. This is test is required for UK Family visas when you are resident in Congo.

    UK Home Office Approved TB Test centres in Congo

    Click here for UK Government TB testing in Congo Website
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    UK Home Office Approved English Test Centres in Congo

    Get help Booking your test with an UK Approved test centre [Call us ☎] | .

    You must take your test with an UK Approved test provider. If you are outside of the UK i.e in Congo you can only take a SELT (English Test) with one of the following providers: IELTS SELT Consortium British Council | LanguageCert | Pearson | PSI Services (UK) Ltd

    If you are already in the UK (on a different visa or for visa extension application) You can take a SELT with the providers mentioned above or with Trinity College London. Click here for UK Spouse Visa English test centres in the UK

    UK Spouse visa Approved English Test Centre address in Congo



    Top 10 Reasons for Family Visa Refusal (Congolese and British)



    UK spouse visa processing time in Jun 2024 Brazzaville, Congo

    The standard spouse visa UK processing time in Jun 2024 is 3 to 5 months (on average 14 weeks) if you are making the application from outside the UK. Priority service is back and you could get a decision faster say 3 to 6 weeks. If you are making the application from inside the UK the wait time is 8 to 12 weeks (on average 10 weeks). For human rights applications it is 11 months or longer. We can prepare and submit your application and get a decision within a week if you use our Super VIP service. [ Click here ✉] or call Please note that there are additional legal fees and extra Home Office fees for this service. The relevant location is where the applicant is based as ALL applications are done online.

    Congolese and British UK Spouse Visa Requirements

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    Finance and accommodation (UK Spouse Visa Congolese and British)

    Earned income
    Usually, for a spouse visa, the sponsor (British or another nationality but holding ILR / Refugee Status) would need to show that they earn £29,000 per year (before tax) (£34,500 from Sept 2024, £38,700 from Jan 2025) . Sponsors in the UK who receive certain benefits such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Carer Allowance (CA) etc are not required to show earned income in the same way. Please also note that only the income of the British sponsor is usually counted even if the applicant abroad ( in Congo ) seeking the visa is also working there. UK earned income of both spouses can be used, not relevant in your case, this is provided that both are working in the UK and have the right to work for the period claimed. The simplest way to meet this requirement is by having a salaried job for over 6 months on a fixed monthly income.

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    Self-employed or Deemed as self-employed (Congolese and British documents bundle in 2024)
    If the British sponsor is the Director or related to the Director of the company that is paying the sponsor salary then the sponsor would be deemed as self-employed. Therefore, minimum one-year payslips (pay advice and dividend certificates or equivalent) and bank statements must be submitted, and currently, this would fall within the company’s financial year (1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024). If a previous year also had income above the required levels that too should be provided. In the event the most recent financial year is below the required level it is possible to provide two years and seek to present an average over two years to show the British sponsor does indeed meet the financial requirements.

    Below is the list of documents that usually need to be submitted as part of the UK spouse visa application financial bundle (Congolese and British) and also the period it should cover:
    - CT600 Corporate Tax Return - 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024
    - Certificate of Incorporation and Current Appointment Record from Companies House
    - Unaudited Business accounts - 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024
    - Business bank statements - 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024
    - Current appointment report from companies house - 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024
    - Business premises lease/Certificate of VAT registration/ PAYE as an employer - 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024
    - Dividend vouchers - 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024
    - Payslips showing gross income (For British sponsor from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024)
    - Personal bank statements – all payments and dividends are shown being paid (For British Sponsor from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024

    Since you are applying in May 2024 you may need to include April 2022 to March 2023 and of course, April 2023 to April 2024 documents to show what your income was last year and is continuing at the same or at a higher level this year. This area is very complex and you should seek help to get results first time!
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    Savings (now till Sept 2024)
    Savings can be used to supplement the parties income provided the total is above £16,000 and was held continuously for 6 months or more. The amount above the £16,000 minimum balance is divided by the duration of the visa (2.5 years in this case) and then added to the earned income. Savings held outside the UK. in Congo, by either party can also be used. You will of course need to provide evidence of the source of the funds as loans and other financial products cannot be used.

    Worked example
    Adam is applying for a visa to bring his wife, Eve and 1 child, Ahmed to the UK. The financial requirement for a wife, Eve and 1 child, Ahmed is £29,000. Adam earns £18,022 per year (35 hours a week at £9.90) - his income is £10,978 below the financial requirement. Adam can use savings to meet the requirement - but needs to have £16,000 plus £2.50 for every £1 his income is below the requirement. The extra amount is 2.5 x 10,978 = £27,446. In total, Adam needs £27,446 + £16,000 = £43,446. This amount of savings or more must be held for 6 months without a drop in balance to meet the UK Spouse visa financial requirements. This requirement is the top reason for refusal so seek guidance and make sure you have this covered well. |

    Savings (New calculations from 11 April 2024, applicable since 70 days ago)
    Savings can still be used under the new financial requirements (11 April 2024 and beyond). In the above example, Adam would need to show that his total savings is above £59,946. thus meeting the required £29,000 rather than the previous £18,600 / £22,400 (pre 11 April 2024) gross income per year.

    Receiving Benefits
    If Adam is exempt from meeting the standard financial requirements of £29,000 / £34,500 because he receives certain benefits as listed below:
    - Carers Allowance
    - Attendance Allowance
    - Personal Independence Payment


    To evidence this you will need Official documentation from the Department for Work and Pensions or relevant Agency confirming the current entitlement and the amount currently received together with a bank statement issued within the last 12 months showing benefits.
    In this case, he only needs to show that he has what the law says a couple like Adam and Eve would need to live in the UK. This is about £133.30. per week for a couple and £77.78 for each child (2023 / 2024 tax year). The calculation usually involves adding all the benefits and incomes minus housing costs and council tax liabilities. Any savings held is divided by 33 (the duration of the visa in months) and added to as income.

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    UK Accommodation
    As regards accommodation, as a couple you will normally need a minimum of studio flat and anyone with children would need to secure at least one bedroom flat. Children count as half in UK Housing Act overcrowding calculations. A two bedroom flat with a sitting room / lounge would be enough for 5 people.

    In the above case, Adam, would normally need one bedroom flat to adequately accommodate his wife, Eve and 1 child, Ahmed .

    If you or a family member own your home, you will need a Housing inspection report and a consent letter - We can provide the Housing inspection report and help draft the consent letter. Please call | to book this service.

    Relationship evidence plus where and how to apply (UK Spouse visa)

    Need to establish your relationship
    It has to be a genuine, subsisting and durable relationship (British and Congolese).

    You would need to provide sufficient evidence to establish your connection to the Congolese national. Since you would be considered as the sponsor with British citizenship. This would normally include, Congolese marriage certificate, evidence of cohabitation, joint bills, bank statements, birth certificate of any children you have together, joint travel (Congo / United Kingdom), visitation and on-going communication and shared or common financial commitments. A wide selection of joint photographs of weddings, engagements and outings together. This requirement is one of the top reasons for refusal so seek guidance and make sure you have this covered well. This is a must with the recent announcement on the increase in income requirements to £29,000 / £38,700 (more than double of previous £18,600) |

    Procedure and where to apply and provide your biometric details in Congo
    The initial application is now done online. You would then be forwarded to TLS Contact Office , they are the UK government's Commercial Partner. They handle UK Visa Applications from Congo. This is where you would book your appointment, pay for additional services and provide your passport and fingerprints. You will also have your photos taken and can also submit your supporting documents bundle. Most applicants use the online portal for digital bundles to be uploaded. Go to their website Click apply through Democratic Republic of the Congo

    UK spouse visa grant letter update in Congo

    UK Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) letters are now issued by the UK Home Office / TLS Contact Office via email from the UK visa centre in Congo; physical letters will no longer be issued when you collect your passport and visa from the Congolese UK visa application centre ( TLS Contact Office ). You are reminded that you need to ensure that you have provided a valid email address on your online visa application form and may also need to check your spam/junk folder in order to receive this email. You will also need this when you visit your local Royal Mail post office to collect your UK visa BRP residence card.

    UK Spouse Visa Priority Visa fees and option June 2024

    When you complete your UK Spouse Visa application, the option offered is the Standard Service Option and it says it will take 12 weeks (as shown below). If you want the priority service, get a decision in two to six weeks, please contact us for the upgrade!

    UK Spouse Visa Application Fees 21 June 2024

    UK Spouse visa costs are as follows:
    1. Spouse Visa Application fee £1,846, ($2,456)
    2. Spouse Visa Medical Insurance fee (IHS) £3,105 ($4,117) for a standard spouse visa issued for 2 years and 9 months.
    3. A1 English test fee of about £150 ($195) (where required)
    4. TB test fee of about £75 ($100) (where required)

    The fees are paid in US dollars / Euros or your local (British / Congolese) currency. The price you pay may be slightly more than stated above due to currency exchange rates and the Home Office Exchange Rates Policy. You may also need to pay for translation services for documents that are not in English. The above $6,850 is for one person. Non-British children who also apply with the spouse will pay around $5,640 each due to no English language requirements and lower IHS fees ($3,090) for children.

    UK Spouse Visa Application and Visa Fees 21 June 2024

    Application typeNew Fee (6 Feb 2024)Old Fee and Change
    IHS Medical Fee – inside the UK£2,588 (From 6 Feb 2024) £1,560, up £1,028 ( 🠙 66%)
    IHS Medical Fee – Outside the UK£3,105 (From 6 Feb 2024)
    £1,872, up £1,233 ( 🠙 66%)
    IHS Medical Fee (Child) – inside the UK£1,940 (From 6 Feb 2024) £1,175, up £765 ( 🠙 66%)
    IHS Medical Fee (Child) – Outside the UK £2,328 (From 6 Feb 2024) £1,410 up £918 ( 🠙 66%)
    Application typeNew Fee (4 Oct 2023)Old Fee and Change
    Settlement ( Fiancée / Spouse)£1,846 £1,538 up £308 ( 🠙 20%)
    Priority service – outside the UK (for routes leading to Settlement)£500 £573, down £73 ( 🠫 13%)
    Priority service – outside the UK (for routes not leading to Settlement)£500 £250, up £250 ( 🠙 100%)
    Super Priority service – inside the UK£1,000 £800, up £200 ( 🠙 25%)
    Visit visa – short up to 6 months £115 £100, up £15 ( 🠙 15%)
    Skilled worker (3 years or less) from outside the UK£719 £625, up £94 ( 🠙 15%)
    Certificate of Sponsorship for Skilled Worker£239 £199, up £40 ( 🠙 20%)
    Citizenship (naturalisation)£1,580 £1,330, up £250 ( 🠙 20%)

    New increased fees 2024. The application fee had gone up by 20% (£306) to £1,846 and IHS medical has gone up by 66% to £1,035 per year since 6th February 2024. So the new IHS fee will be £3,105 (£1,035 x 3) instead of £1,872 (£624 x 3). You will probably pay around £3,230 plus your bank's transaction fee. Within the UK you will pay for 2.5 years (instead of 3 years) and so IHS will be £2,587.50 (£1,035 x 2.5). For children, it is £2,328 and £1,940.

    Supporting Documents Bundle (UK Spouse Visa) Brazzaville

    UK Spouse visa requires a large set of documents in support. Since there are many requirements and specified documents. You may find that your documents are in the wrong format, scanned poorly, has too many extra and unrelated pages, needs to be merged or combined to stop you from having 100 plus files and so items can easily be missed by the decision maker.

    Sometimes your items may be too large in size (6 MB or more), your work letter or bank statement may have password protection, all these oversized, password protected and unreadable documents will simply not be considered. This can cause delays and lead to refusals. Please get in touch ( UK 00442071935178 or email saleh@wafi.co.uk ) for supporting documents help and free consultation. Our fees for bundles start at £50 and can be ready in a matter of hours. We can reduce the number of files from 150 to just 9 to 15 files, one or two covering each category. Reduce and adapt oversized files, remove passwords and help with the whole upload process.

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    UK Spouse visa is a VERY difficult application to do on your own, it is very expensive (more than £5,300 / $6,850) , complex and tricky to satisfy as there are many requirements and specified documents. You may have what the requirements says but you may not have the particular evidence that the Home Office wants. Your application can be refused if only a single point is missed or not adequately evidenced.

    It is always safer to have a professional look at your situation and the documents you are looking to present to see if there is a risk that can be reduced or avoided.

    Why speak with Solicitor Mr Saleh Begh or another lawyer?
    ✓ You can discuss your case and circumstances in detail and get guidance as to the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options are available to you and your family;
    ✓ He can run through the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether the criteria are met;
    ✓ If you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how?
    ✓ He can also consider your case, supporting evidence and identify weaknesses;
    ✓ Where required, guide you and help you to obtain further evidence to mitigate (such as medical records, additional bank statements, embassy letters etc);
    ✓ He can, once instructed prepare your application quickly and submit it on your behalf, this sometimes depends on complexity and available items. Saves you time, avoids headaches and being stuck or lost;
    ✓ He can explain the visa route and way forward, timescale, costs and any further steps you need to take after you have your visa.
    ✓ Your loved one can travel to the UK from your local airport in the next 3 to 5 weeks, if you pick our priority service! Your local airports include Brazzaville, (Maya Maya Airport) , Pointe Noire, (Pointe Noire Airport)

    Please get in touch ( UK 00442071935178 or email saleh@wafi.co.uk ) for more specific information, free 5 minute consultation is offered or leave a question or comment below and we will get in touch (dont forget to include your contact number ).

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    About the author

    Saleh Begh is a Solicitor (English Attorney) with 15 years experience in UK Immigration and Family law. He routinely deals with complicated Immigration and family law matters. Read more about Saleh Begh

    UK Spouse Visa Frequently Asked Questions

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    Can I apply for UK spouse visa from Congo?

    Yes, you can apply from Congo. Usually, you will apply from your country of origin (holding the passport) or any other country where you hold a valid residence permit with 6 months or more validity remaining. You can also apply from within the UK if you already have a visa that allows you to switch. Contact us for guidance or help with your case. |

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    Is there a UK Spouse Visa interview?

    Usually, the UK Home Office decides on the British and Congolese documents provided as part of the application process, so why not have us prepare the perfect bundle? Recently they have started to conduct more and more live spouse visa interviews. This is to check the identity, application details, travel and immigration history and relationship details of both the Congolese applicant and the UK sponsor. The request is sent via email by the Interview Invitation team from the WSP Interview Hub in Sheffield, UK.

    We can assist with understanding the process and answer any questions you may have. It is important that you are calm, give precise responses and sound confident during your UK Spouse Visa interview.

    Spouse Visa Interview sample topics and questions
    Review your application form and documents to remember the details you put in there. They will almost certainly ask about the details.

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    How long does UK spouse visa take in Jun 2024?

    Currently, it is taking between 3 to 6 months from outside the UK (Congo ) for standard service, 3 to 6 weeks for priority service (may become unavailable due to current high demand) and 3 to 9 months from inside the UK depending on your case and complications, unless you go for Super Priority service (which we can secure for you) than next day decision is possible.



    We can help secure your Priority Visa booking service. This puts your family migration / settlement application at the front of the queue at every stage of the decision-making process. The cost of this service is in addition to your visa application fee and is non-refundable if the visa application is refused, or in cases where it takes longer to process. Paying the Priority Visa service fee does not imply or guarantee that your application will be successful. You need an immigration specialist for that as all visa applicants must meet each and every requirement of the UK immigration rules.

    How long does a Priority Visa (family migration / UK settlement for Congolese partner) application take?
    UKVI aims to make a decision on your Priority Visa (family migration / settlement) application within 30 working days from when you submit your biometric information. You usually pay the Priority Service fees and also centre use fees (£77) online. Some locations collect this at the appointment in cash and in local, currency.

    Priority & Super Priority Visa Service Options

    For Visit Visas

    To help manage the significant global demand for visit visa applications, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) is offering a reduced number of Priority Visa (PV £500) appointments for visit visas each week in locations where these are available.

    Super Priority Visa (SPV £1000) services for visit visas will remain available as normal, where these are offered.

    The reduction in Priority Visa appointments for new visit visa applications will enable UKVI to process more standard applications and gradually reduce the overall processing time for all customers.

    For Study and Work Visas

    Priority Visa and Super Priority Visa appointments for new study and most work applications are available. There is no reduction in the volume of Priority Visa and Super Priority Visa appointments available for study and work applications, where these are offered.

    For Family Visas

    Priority (£500) and Super Priority services (£1000) for new family visa applications have resumed People who wanted to purchase priority service and couldn't will also be able to add this option retrospectively. Contact us for more details.. Further information can be found on GOV.UK. Need help contact us | |

    How to book Priority and Super Priority Visas appointments

    Where available, Priority and Super Priority Visas will be displayed when you book your appointment. Where appointments are showing as unavailable this means that the weekly number of appointments have been taken.

    Further Priority Visa appointments will be released once a week. All new Priority Visa appointments will be released at the same time each week.

    Retrospective Priority and Super Priority Visas services may now be available in some visa categories.

    Where are Priority and Super Priority Visa appointments available?

    You can find the full list of locations where Priority and Super Priority Visa appointments are available on TLS Contact Service Options page.

    Is it difficult to get a UK spouse visa?

    Easy or difficult depends on how you as the applicant and sponsor meet the requirements. If all the requirements are met, they can be easily evidenced and it is routine but the process can be difficult to navigate and it is easy to miss things out and get a refusal. Avoid a rejection, losing time and money is horrible, not to mention the stress and uncertainty, seek professional help now | |

    Will my Congolese marriage certificate be recognised in the UK?

    Is a Congolese marriage certificate valid in the UK? The short answer is that the UK Home Office will recognise any official marriage conducted outside the UK. It has to be a legal Congolese court marriage that meets the local Congolese rules. This may not be true for unofficial religious marriages or certificates from countries where multiple spouses are permitted and one or both parties may still be married to someone else in Congo or in the UK.

    Please note that any document that is not in English (only Congolese ), official English translations must be provided. Please get in touch so that we can assess and confirm, if your Congolese marriage certificate will be recognised by the UK and what to do to make your case stronger and give you peace of mind. We can also discuss your alternative application options, should your marriage certificate not be recognised, including the option and steps to get married in the UK.

    Do I need to register my foreign Congolese marriage in the UK? As stated above a marriage abroad in Congo will be legally recognised in the UK provided it was contracted according to the law of the country in which it took place, in this case Congo. There is no requirement, or facility, to register the Congolese marriage in the UK afterwards. UK has stopped the facility where you could re-register or record a marriage that has been conducted abroad.

    What is the difference between spouse visa and partner visa UK?

    There are several types of UK family visas for couples, namely: UK Spouse Visa, UK Partner Visa, UK Fiancé Visa, UK Fiancée Visa, UK Marriage Visa. The key difference between them is the status of the relationship, so a Spouse Visa is for couples who are already married. An Unmarried partner visa is for a couple who have lived together (usually 2 years or more) akin to marriage but are not married and currently do not intend to get married. Fiancé, Fiancée Visa is for couples who want to get married (in the next 6 months) and settle in the UK. Lastly, UK Marriage (Visitor) Visa is for couples living abroad and who want to get married in the UK but are not currently looking to settle in the UK.

    Can I bring my Congolese girlfriend to the UK? You can bring your Congolese girlfriend / boyfriend to the UK as a visitor / student / worker, however to settle here i.e. stay for longer than 6 months or be able to work and study in the UK based on the family ties (husband / wife / girlfriend / boyfriend / unmarried partner) they would need to meet the UK spouse visa requirements or UK unmarried partner visa requirements.

    UK Family visa or UK Dependant visa?
    Please remember that if your sponsor is in the UK on a work visa or student visa, you cannot apply for a family visa, since your family member themselves are in the UK temporarily under a sponsorship from a company or university, as a worker or a student. You can only apply to stay with them as their dependant instead. This is a different route and has different requirements. We can help you with your UK Dependant visa applications, please get in touch.

    Can my Congolese partner work in the UK?

    Yes, with a spouse visa, you can work, run a business, study and travel in and out as many times as you like. You should watch your time outside UK (Congo) because If you have too many days of absence this may mean you do not qualify for permanent settlement (ILR).

    How much bank balance is required for UK spouse visa?

    Usually, if you meet the income requirements of £29,000 or £34,500 (from Sept 2024), the bank balance is not relevant. If you are relying on savings you need £88,500 ($115,805) or (£102,250 ($115,794) from 11 April 2024) or more minimum balance (fully on savings) or a mix of income and savings £16,000 ($20,956) to £88,500 / £102,250 or more in savings).

    Congolese partner income

    Usually, the applicant's income is only considered and can be included if the application is made while resident in the UK and they have permission to work as per their current visa remarks. Savings can be used from both partners and regardless of where the funds are held long as the bank is an FCA approved Bank and the source of funds evidence is also available.

    What is the UK Congolese spouse visa duration and how much does it cost?

    The UK Congolese spouse visa / unmarried partner visa is issued initially for 3 months (example Valid from : 21/06/2024 and Valid until : 21/9/2024 ) via a vignette/sticker on your passport in Congo. Once in the UK you will collect your BRP card from your local Royal Mail Post Office offering BRP Card Collection Service and it will have a 33 months duration (example Place and Date of Issue : UK 21/06/2024 Valid until 31/12/2024*). All BRP cards issued now end on 31/12/2024 even if your visa expires on 21/15/2026 . This is because the UK Home Office is looking to change or discontinue BRP cards in 2025. It will move to an online portal (eVisas) where employers, landlords, banks, airports and airlines can view your UK immigration status online. With eVisas you will be required to make sure your passport details are updated on the UKVI eVisa portal.



    As regards costs, you are looking at £1,846 ($2,456) application fee and £3,105 ($4,117) and more for any English translation of documents and other test certificates.

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    Home Office Exchange Rates Policy ( £1 = )
    The Home Office Exchange Rate Policy (HOERP) is used to set the exchange rates for Home Office fees charged in foreign currencies, The policy applies the Oanda (live bid rate at the time of update) as the base exchange rate when taking payments in any currency other than pound sterling. All Home Office exchange rates are set at 4% above the Oanda live bid rates. This is designed to ensure that exchange rates charged reflect commercial exchange rates, while also ensuring that the risk to the Home Office, and UK taxpayer, of fluctuating exchange rates is kept to a minimum.

    What if our Congolese UK Spouse Visa is refused?

    If you get a refusal, you have the option to re-apply or appeal. The decision you take depends on your circumstances and the reasons for the refusal. Some reasons can only be addressed via representation and by an immigration judge. You have a limited time to act so contact us for guidance and tips |

    What happens if our relationship ends

    As the visa is based on the relationship (Partner or Spouse), if the relationship comes to an end the visa would also end, this is not automatic but the sponsor removing their support means you cannot renew on the same basis or will be cut short (if you or the sponsor notify the Home Office). If there are British children involved or there was domestic violence you may have other visa options such as parent of a British child or may benefit from Home Office DV concessions rules. Do you need help with divorce? For guidance, options and tips contact us | |
    You may also consider applying from neighbouring countries ( | Angolan UK Spouse Visa | Rwandan UK Spouse Visa | Tanzanian UK Spouse Visa | Ugandan UK Spouse Visa | ) . Please note that you would normally need to hold 6 months or more lawful residence there in order to apply for a UK spouse visa from that location.

    Family Law - financial rights and obligations

    Getting married is an exciting time and often couples don’t consider how their legal obligations to each other will change when they get married. Why not let us prepare agreements that give you more certainty about your financial rights and obligations if your marriage breaks down.

    If you are planning to marry, you may want to consider protecting assets or determining the financial terms of separation in case your relationship breaks down by entering into a prenuptial agreement. If you are already married, you may want to consider entering into a post-nuptial agreement to regulate the financial terms of any separation. This step may be particularly important to couples who are moving to or out of the UK and want to link the outcome of any divorce to the laws of their country of origin. The agreement can also tackle financial, tax and succession planning.

    Wafi Solicitors are highly experienced in drafting, negotiating and advising on pre and post-nuptial agreements. They give clear and efficient advice on the law, but are sensitive to the social, religious and emotional difficulties associated with the process.

    They act for a wide range of people including business owners looking to protect their business interests, families wishing to protect inherited wealth, wealthy individuals and couples who have international connections (Congo ). They can also help with parenting agreements, romantic fraud avoidance and other family related tasks. For guidance, options and tips |

    What is the alternative to a UK spouse visa?

    You may consider a work, student or a visitor visa, since your partner is a visa national. Each visa type has its own set of requirements. Visitor visa is also likely fail if you have weak ties to your country of origin, Congo and a spouse / partner in the UK. As the Home Office will deem the partner who is settled in the UK as being too much of a strong reason for you to remain in the UK after your visit as a Congolese national. The Home Office may also refuse stating that the visa applied for is the wrong category since you have a partner / spouse who is settled in the UK. They may regard your alternative application as a way of going around the spouse visa costs and extensive requirements.

    Top 50 global university graduate UK visa options

    Did you know, if you graduated from a university listed below, in the last 5 years, we can help you secure a visa for the UK. To live and work, have your own business in the UK! No need for a sponsoring company or university. Also avoid the difficult to find UK employment whilst abroad, Congo , and also the expensive UK study course. You would also be free from relying on your relationship to your UK resident spouse or partner. Let's consider your options and alternatives now! call / email / chat | ✉ saleh@wafi.co.uk | ☎ 02071935178 |

    Non - US Universities
    Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL Switzerland) - Switzerland
    ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) - Switzerland
    Karolinska Institute - Sweden
    Kyoto University - Japan
    McGill University - Canada
    Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - Singapore
    National University of Singapore - Singapore
    Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University - France
    Peking University - China
    Tsinghua University - China
    University of British Columbia - Canada
    University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong
    University of Melbourne - Australia
    University of Tokyo - Japan
    University of Toronto - Canada

    US Universities
    California Institute of Technology (Caltech) - USA
    Columbia University - USA
    Cornell University - USA
    Duke University - USA
    Harvard University - USA
    Johns Hopkins University - USA
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - USA
    New York University (NYU) - USA
    Northwestern University - USA
    Princeton University - USA
    Stanford University - USA
    University of California, Berkeley - USA
    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - USA
    University of California, San Diego - USA
    University of Chicago - USA
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - USA
    University of Pennsylvania - USA
    University of Washington - USA
    Yale University - USA

    Royal Mail Post office BRP Card Collection Service

    The following Royal Mail Post Offices have BRP Card Collection Services in London (View All of UK) | Strand, Queensland House, 393 Strand, London WC2R 0LT | Broadway, 1 Broadway, London SW1H 0AX | Aldwych, 95 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JN | Southampton Row, 86 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4BB | Great Portland Street, 54-56 Great Portland Street, London W1W 7NE | Grays Inn, 24-28 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8HR | Farringdon Road, 39-41 Farringdon Road, London EC1M 3JB | Baker Street, 111 Baker Street, London W1U 6SG | Moorgate, 45 London Wall, London EC2M 5TE | The City of London, 12 Eastcheap, London EC3M 1AJ

    Countries that do not have UK visa application centres

    If your location is listed below, please use the recommended UK Visa centre and also not worry about the residency requirements (6 months plus visa) as the UK Home Office expects you to apply from the nearest available centre.
    Afghanistan - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre
    Andorra - apply through Spain
    Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands - apply through Barbados
    Aruba - apply through Venezuela
    Ascension and Tristan da Cunha - apply through St. Helena
    Belize - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre in the Americas
    Benin - apply through Nigeria
    Bonaire - apply through Venezuela
    Burkina Faso and Togo - apply through Ghana
    Burundi - apply through Rwanda
    Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mali - apply through Senegal
    Chad and Central African Republic - apply through Cameroon
    Comoros - apply through Mauritius
    Congo - apply through Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Costa Rica - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre in the Americas
    Curaçao - apply through Venezuela
    Djibouti - apply through Ethiopia
    East Timor - apply through Indonesia
    Equatorial Guinea - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre in West Africa
    Eritrea, Somalia and South Sudan - apply through Kenya
    Eswatini - apply through South Africa
    The Faroes and Greenland - apply through Denmark
    French Guiana - apply through Guyana
    Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines and Turks and Caicos Islands - apply through Barbados
    Guatemala - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre in the Americas
    Guinea - apply through Sierra Leone
    Haiti - apply through the Dominican Republic
    Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Samoa and Western Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu - apply through Fiji
    Lesotho - apply through South Africa
    Liberia - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre in West Africa
    Libya - apply through Malta or Tunisia
    Liechtenstein - apply through Switzerland
    Luxembourg - apply through France
    Macau - apply through Hong Kong
    Maldives - apply through Sri Lanka
    Mauritania - apply through Morocco
    Monaco - apply through France
    Nicaragua - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre in the Americas
    Niger - apply through Ghana or Ivory Coast
    North Korea - apply through China
    The Occupied Palestinian Territories - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre
    Palau - apply through Philippines
    Paraguay - apply through Argentina
    Pitcairn, Henderson, Dulcie and Oeno Islands - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre
    San Marino - apply through Italy
    São Tomé and Principe - apply through Angola
    Seychelles - apply through Mauritius
    Slovakia - apply through Poland
    Solomon Islands - apply through Papua New Guinea
    Sudan - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre
    Syria - apply through Lebanon or Jordan
    Ukraine – the Ukraine visa application centre is open for providing your fingerprints and photo (‘biometric information’) and document scanning only
    Vatican City - apply through Italy
    Western Sahara - apply through Morocco
    Yemen - apply through Jordan

    Guide limitations and legal disclaimer 21 Jun 2024

    Please note that the information is up to date June 2024 for Approved English Tests Centers and Commercial Partners using this English Centre Link ) however the data above is provided for reference only as things can change without notice or may not apply in your particular situation (British Spouse Visa - Congolese Spouse Visa - United Kingdom - Congo ). No liability will be accepted for loss or other consequences arising from reliance on the information provided. Please also note that the Home Office fees, legal fees and other costs are usually non-refundable

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    Did you know marriage is matrimonio in Spanish and Italian, mariage in French, Ehe in German, casamento in Portuguese. брак (brak) in Russian, 婚姻 (hūnyīn) in Chinese (Mandarin), 結婚 (kekkon) in Japanese. زواج (zawāj) in Arabic. ازدواج (ezdevaj) in Persian, nikah in Azerbaijani, pernikahan in Indonesian, विवाह (vivāh) in Hindi, বিবাহ (bibah) in Bengali, विवाह (vivāha) in Nepali, വിവാഹം (vivāham) in Malayalam, huwelijk in Dutch, γάμος (gamos) in Greek. 결혼 (gyeolhon) in Korean, evlilik in Turkish, äktenskap in Swedish, małżeństwo in Polish, נישואין (nisu'in) in Hebrew, hôn nhân in Vietnamese, ndoa in Swahili. perkahwinan in Malay, căsătorie in Romanian, manželství in Czech, การแต่งงาน (kan tàeng-ngān) in Thai, házasság in Hungarian, avioliitto in Finnish, шлюб (shlyub) in Ukrainian, kasal in Filipino and Tagalog. ụmụaka in Igbo, ìgbéyàwó in Yoruba, aure in Hausa, ukufa in Zulu, ամուսնություն (amustun) in Armenian.

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