I was refused for my standard visitor visa, to join my husband in the UK. We want to re-apply as a spouse but, when I try to create my application online, there is no spouse category. It asks reason for visit, type of visa, subtype of visa. Where do I find the right visa application?

  • You want to live with your husband permanently? If so, that's a question for expatriates.stackexchange; we only do short-term travel here. You'll want to tell them whether he's a UK citizen or what immigration status he has in the UK. Why did you apply for a visitor visa if you weren't planning on just a short visit? Jul 17, 2017 at 2:41
  • @ZachLipton the reverse situation may be topical for us, see the paragraph beginning with "Conversely..." below :)
    – Gayot Fow
    Jul 17, 2017 at 3:05
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    @GayotFow Yes, your answer is quite helpful regardless Jul 17, 2017 at 3:07

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I can see the problem...

There are two portals to apply for a UK visa. You have found the one for visitors and other types of visas that are issued for 6 months or less.

There is another portal for settlement visas, you can find it by following the links starting at Visa4UK and creating an account. You will know you have reached the right portal when you see a screen like this...

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After the email confirmation is complete, you will eventually see some drop-downs, which you can select just like this...

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After that, the program knows what to do.

Note that even though the drop-down label says "Reason for visit" and the correct response for you is "Settlement", which is not a visit category, this is an artefact from an earlier era and you can safely ignore it (it is not a trick question and the form is free from trick questions).

Conversely, people who have located the settlement portal and want to reach the VISITOR portal should follow the links from Apply for a UK Visa.

They may harmonise the two portals at some point making this answer obsolete but I doubt it. Having two portals that do not link to each other makes the process more baroque, and they like that. So do not expect to see harmonisation soon.

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    Plus, it may involve different offices for approval in the backend - and, well, we all know how government loves efficiency :-) Jul 17, 2017 at 5:07
  • Thank you very much for the quick response. It really a great help for us. So i will apply for settlement.. settlement..wife, which ive found it in the category. Thank you very much.
    – E graham
    Jul 17, 2017 at 9:13

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