Establishing Good Reasons for Time Spent Away From the UK When Renewing a Spouse/Partner Visa

So, it is time to renew your spouse/partner Visa. You have all the documents prepared then you suddenly get a sinking feeling in your stomach about the periods you have spent away from the UK since you were permitted to live here with your spouse/partner.

If you have read our previous post (which you can find here), you will know that there are no specific limits on the number of days you can spend outside the UK, when renewing spouse/partner visas. However, you will also be aware that you need to have ‘good reasons' for your absences.

The Home Office has a Family policy. This policy states that some good reasons include work, study, holiday or training. However, this is by no means a complete list of the reasons that will be accepted, as each case is different.

However, there may be room to doubt your intentions of living permanently in the UK if you, your spouse, or both of you have been away from the UK for long periods.

As mentioned above, the Home Office will judge each case on its own merits. They will consider your reasons for travel, your time spent away if you (the applicant) and your spouse/partner lived together during the time abroad and so on.

If you intend to spend some time out of the UK, it is advisable to consider the reasons you intend to be absent to see if they are valid enough. Download our free cheat sheet guide here, for more information on this.

You can also watch our latest video for more information.

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