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When switching from a fiancé to a spouse visa in a country, can an applicant rely on the same degree certificate (with a UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) certificate) that was used in the initial entry clearance application? Are there any expiry dates on UK NARIC certificates?

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Produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal
Published on LexisPSL on 24/07/2019

The following Immigration Q&A produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • When switching from a fiancé to a spouse visa in a country, can an applicant rely on the same degree certificate (with a UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) certificate) that was used in the initial entry clearance application? Are there any expiry dates on UK NARIC certificates?

Individuals applying for leave to remain as a spouse from within the UK must satisfy the rules set out in the Immigration Rules, Appendix FM. This includes an English language requirement:

‘E-ECP.4.1. The applicant must provide specified evidence that they-

(c) have an academic qualification which is either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD awarded by an educational establishment in the UK; or, if awarded by an educational establishment outside the UK, is deemed by UK NARIC to meet or ex

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