It is unclear to me whether someone applying for a UK spouse visa needs to intend to reside in the UK for the duration of the visa. My spouse, in order to fulfil a contract for funding their education is required to spend several years working in their home country, and is unable to move to the UK with me on a more permanent basis. We have been looking at visa types, as we would still like to be able to visit with each other over this time, and a visa that would allow multiple entry into the UK over several years would be ideal.
A spouse visa is one we were considering, but it is unclear to me how our situation would be viewed, and if acceptable for a spouse visa application.
(We were recently had a rejection for a visitor visa, and are curious about alternative options).