Yes, it is possible for the spouse of a Tier 4 student visa holder, who was granted the visa while single and subsequently got married, to apply for a UK Spouse Visa (also known as a UK Family Visa).
When the main applicant (the student) gets married, they can switch to a UK Spouse Visa from within the UK. The spouse of the Tier 4 student visa holder can then apply as a dependent on the spouse visa application. The main applicant (the student) will need to meet the financial and other requirements to sponsor their spouse’s visa application.
Here are some key points to consider:
- Validity of the Tier 4 Student Visa: The main applicant’s Tier 4 student visa should still be valid at the time they apply for the UK Spouse Visa. If the Tier 4 visa has expired, they may need to leave the UK and apply for the Spouse Visa from their home country.
- Financial Requirements: The main applicant (the student) will need to meet the financial requirements to sponsor their spouse’s visa application. This typically involves demonstrating that they have enough income or savings to support their spouse without recourse to public funds.
- Relationship Requirement: The couple must provide evidence of their genuine and subsisting relationship, such as marriage certificates, photographs together, communication records, and other supporting documents.
- English Language Requirement: The spouse applying for the UK Spouse Visa may need to meet the English language requirement, depending on their nationality and individual circumstances.
- Immigration Health Surcharge: Both the main applicant and their spouse will be required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of the visa application process.
It’s important to note that immigration rules and requirements can change, so it’s essential to refer to the official UK government website or consult with a qualified immigration solicitor for the most up-to-date and accurate information when applying for a UK Spouse Visa.