Spousal visa waiting time?
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Misslayed Forumite, Senior AmbassadorSenior Ambassador
My friend T - a British citizen by birth, married a chap (O) from an EU country 20 years ago. They both lived and worked here, owned a house together, until work took them to the other side of the world, where they lived for 11 years. Now retired, they want to move back to the UK to be near friends and family, but because of 🤬 Brexit, O needs a spousal visa. They applied before moving, but the powers that be that arrange such things took 5 months to tell them it couldn't be done until they were here, (citing prioritising emergency visas for Ukraine refugees as one reason) and returned his passport a week after they left! (He travelled on his alternative - perfectly legitimate - one). They have bought a house here, and deposited a not inconsiderable sum into their UK bank. They fear they will now be separated for up to 6 months while he waits in his country of birth, they have never been apart for more than a few days in the 27 years they have been together. Can anybody who may have experienced a similar situation offer any words of comfort? Will it really be 6 months?
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