Applying for the Spouse Visa for your Turkish Partner as you may know is a very stressful process. Not only do you need to earn £18,600 per year but you have to prove you are in a “real” relationship and a mountain of other paperwork. It is a process which we hope to soon go through and I will provide my insight further down the line.
A lovely lady called Shari messaged me last year for some advice and we have stayed in touch through her journey and have become friends over this time. Shari and her Husband have just been through the Spouse Visa process and Burak arrived last week. Shari has kindly written down the process She and Burak went through to get their Spouse Visa for the UK, for everyone here who may be going through the same process. I will pass you over to Shari for you to hear her story and how to go about applying for the Spouse Visa.
I thought I would scribble some notes together about the spouse visa process for Kerry to share on her blog in the hope that it may be of some help to some people who follow her who may be looking to apply for this visa.
Firstly I will tell you a little about myself, my name is Shari, I am 28 years old and I am married to my Turkish husband Burak. We met in Thailand a few years ago, whilst both out there travelling and just completely fell for eachother. And following our return from Thailand that’s when the trips back and forth to Turkey began and our relationship turned into something serious, even if it was a long distance relationship.
Myself and Burak got engaged and subsequently got married on the 10th of September 2015 in a beautiful seaside venue just outside Istanbul, it was a truly perfect day which was arranged by his side of the family which I will always be grateful for. My dad came from the UK, but unfortunately my mother was not well enough to attend or fly but nevertheless the day was magical and one I won’t ever forget.
After talking about our future we had decided that we would firstly like to try to settle in the UK and would be giving that avenue a shot as a first option, as a plan ‘B’ I was completely prepared to move to Turkey to be with Burak.
I had curiously looked into the spouse visa about a year prior when myself and Burak started discussing our long term plans and I must say how disheartened I was so discover how hard it is to meet the requirements now since the changes to the spouse visa took place in 2012. Burak and me were reading in disbelief thinking ‘ hold on how is this in line with human rights and the right to a family life?’ ‘Where are my rights as a British citizen to start a family in the country I was born and grew up in?’
We soon realised we were powerless if we didn’t meet these tough requirements and learnt that there are now thousands of families living separately due to these rules. It’s heartbreaking, but rather than mope about it, we had to pipe down and just play the game.
Soon after marrying, I started thinking getting this visa application off the ground and about the documentation we would need to get together to support the application .. I honestly had no clue where to start!
I found the government websites really vague and confusing ( I’m sure they do this on purpose).. So luckily for me I managed to find a forum on the web which was a life saver.
The forum is www.expatforum.com and this was a great place to start with lots of tips on how to get started and tips going through the whole process in fact, I highly recommend people have a look and talk with others on this forum.. For me it was pretty key in getting us off the ground.
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