ASK THE EXPERT | Will new family migration laws affect my spouse visa?
Q: I am currently residing in the UK on a spouse visa and married to a British citizen. I am extremely worried about how the new family migration rules will affect my situation. This coming month, will be our first anniversary. Can you please inform me how it will affect our situation and my route to British citizenship?
A: Fortunately, you will not be affected by the new UK family migration rules, as it will only apply to applications made on or after 9 July 2012.
You will be entitled to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK after you have lived in the UK for two years, and provided that you can prove that you satisfy the criteria for the spouse status at the end of this period. After spending another year on this status, you should be able to apply for British citizenship.
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