French carmakers really turned the tables by launching the Kwid hatchback back in 2015 and it was game-changing. The pièce de resistance of the automobile was its flamboyant SUV-like composition, dolled up styling and its segment first features gained it instant popularity and made it a hit. This even managed to fetch Renault appreciation that marked the monthly sales of the company at an all-time high for the following year. Even though it was a smash, it started to lose its charm within no time, which urged the carmakers to bring about certain updates in the car itself and new variants of the same model were rolled out in hopes that it would attain the same position which Kwid had when it first launched, but, unfortunately none of these tactics worked out. Nor was the Renault Kwid price too compelling. This eventually led to a drastic decline in sales and the manufacturers had to come up with a new strategy. Finally, after 3 years, Renault decided to take a huge step which is entirely a game changer. They have introduced a much needed and awaited update to the model.
Changes and upgrades
Although the appearance at first glance does not suggest any major changes, if you look closely, you can point out some of the cosmetic changes that the company looked into. Kwid now has an updated razor edge chrome grille. This is one of the most evident and easily notable mien changes. The halogen headlamps, the bumpers, and the fog lamps remain untouched. Renault has dumped the chequered flag decals to give the car a sleek look by giving it a new ‘speed sport’ graphics on both sides of the car which makes it look subtle and is a bold decision to finally do away with the original graphic which represented the 1-liter engine. Moving forward, the outside rearview mirror and twin-3 spoke wheel cover has a silver finish which provides a slight contrast of hues. A moonlight silver color option is now open for grabs. The rear still remains unchanged except it now offers a rear-view camera which has a 7-inch touchscreen display. However, the interior is just the same with slight changes and updates that include new upholstery and a 12 Volt charging socket. For the passengers in the back seat, Renault went one step ahead and added pretensioners and load limiters in the seat belts. Now moving forward to the engine, everything under the hood is just the same as before, but with a twist, which is the traffic assist function.
The power behind the vehicle
Speaking of the engine, let’s get to the performance of this new model. There isn’t much to compare since the lines between the new and the previous model on performance are slightly blurred. In conclusion, if we compare the two models, the new Renault model is definitely better than the original one. It is certainly the best looking model with numerous first-in-class features, and to add a cherry on top, the prices remain unchanged. These new updates arguably put Kwid at par and should be considered if you’re keeping an eye out for suitable cars. The Renault Kwid price has been on a relative low, so it really is a bang for the buck at current value.
How much is the fee for spouse sponsorship?
Spouse sponsorship is also referred to as a Spouse visa or UK marriage visa. This visa allows you to enter the UK as a foreign nation and live and work there. You may apply for this visa as a partner, wife, husband, or fiancé if your partner is a British citizen. This visa allows you to live in the UK for up to 2.5 years. You can extend your stay to a further 2.5 years. This visa could become your first step towards long residency and later British citizenship.
Prerequisites to apply for spouse visa
- You must be 18 years or above.
- Either of the partner/spouses is a British citizen or has UK settled status.
- The partner/spouse is already living and working in the UK before 01 January 2021 if they are from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, or EU nationals.
- They have refugee status in the UK.
- The individuals are already married and living together or are in a civil partnership for at least 2 years. When you apply, the partners must enter into the civil partnership within 6 months of coming to the UK.
- The partners should sustain themselves in the UK financially without seeking public funds.
- The partners must also meet minimum financial requirements to stay in the UK.
- The annual income should be at least £18,600.
The cost of spouse sponsorship
- If the partner/spouse are applying from within the UK, then they are asked to pay £1033
- The visa seeker also needs to pay £19.20 for biometrics.
- If the partners are applying from outside the UK, the fee is slightly higher. They must pay £1523.
- When your visa is granted outside the UK for 33 months, the total surcharge would be £1,872.
- The total surcharge for a spouse visa for 2.5 years would be £1560 for leave to remain.
- Besides, an Immigration Health Surcharge, which is £624 per year, has to be paid. It is charged as £312 for every 6 months.
Application process involved
The application process is online. You may need to enrol at a visa appointment centre for your biometrics, including photographs and fingerprints.
Besides, there are additional documents required for you to upload in the application process.
The second step could be time-consuming. You can take the support of a UK immigration lawyer who has expertise in spouse visa applications and can handle your case with care and compassion.
Checklist of supporting documents
Officials at UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) may ask you to submit the following documents
- Bank statements
- Employment income documents, if applicable
- Marriage or civil partnership certificate.
- Details of any children accompanying to the UK
- Current passport or other travel documents.
- Your sponsor’s British passport or Indefinite Leave to remain document.
- Divorce certificate for any previous marriages, if applicable.
- Details of your stay in the UK.
- Your National Insurance number
- Details of any criminal record, if applicable.
Other mandatory requirements
Visa seekers must fulfil the English proficiency requirements in both speaking and listening. At first, you are required to pass the CEFR level A1 test for speaking ad listening.
While initiating extension after 2.5 years, you must pass the CEFR level A2 test, which is one step difficult than beginner A1 level.
If you intend to apply for settlement, you must pass CEFR level B2 proficiency in the English language.