I'm a UK citizen, and my wife is a non-EEA citizen. She will be applying for ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain) on the 5-year partner route.
My question is about when the 5 year continuous residence period is calculated from.
My wife has now had 3 UK visas:
- Marriage Visitor Visa: September 2014
- Spouse Visa 1: May 2015
- Spouse Visa 2: January 2018
If the time spent in the UK on the Marriage Visitor Visa counts towards the 5 years' continuous residence, then the 5 years is already fulfilled as of September 2019.
If the Marriage Visitor Visa time does not count, then the 5 years will be fulfilled in May 2020.
Does the time on the Marriage Visitor Visa count toward the 5 years' residence required for ILR?