Spouse Visa UK

The UK government recently raised the minimal required income for Spouse Visa UK is from £18,600 to £29,000 for UK spouse visa. Three-quarters of Britons will have to follow this starting April 2024  . Get in touch with us now for advice or support.

Spouse Visa UK: Simplifying entry for married partners.

This visa is for those married to a UK resident, meeting financial criteria. Apply from abroad or, under specific conditions, switch to a spouse visa within the UK.

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What is a Spouse Visa UK?

Spouses and partners of British citizens are eligible for the Spouse visa UK category and those with indefinite leave to remain in the UK or limited leave to remain in the UK may join or remain in the UK with their spouse. Applicants can also apply for a Spousal visas UK if their Spouse is outside the UK but intends to return with them.

You must already be married and be able to prove this.

Spouse Visa can lead to you obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain and becoming a British Citizen if you meet the qualifying requirements along the pathway

Embark on your journey towards a life together in the UK with our comprehensive Uk visa Spouse service. This visa category is designed for non-UK residents who are married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen or a person settled in the UK. Our overview covers the essential criteria, including financial requirements, proof of relationship, and language proficiency, ensuring you have a clear understanding of the process. We break down the complexities of the application, offering insights into eligibility, required documentation, and processing times. Call now at 0203 384 4389

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Who Can Apply SPOUSE VISA UK?

UK Visas & Immigration requires the following requirements in order to grant you a SPOUSE VISA UK:

To check your eligibility call at 0203 384 4389 

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What are the Financial Requirements for a Spouse Visa UK?

You will need to meet a financial requirement in order to demonstrate that you can properly maintain yourself in the UK without using public funds.

If your Spouse (or both of you if you have legal residence in the UK) is applying for a UK Spouse visa, you will be required to demonstrate that they have a gross annual income of at least:

 The following are ways to meet the financial requirement for the UK Spouse visa:

When your Spouse receives certain benefits, there will be different considerations. Call now at 0203 384 4389

How Long is a Spouse Visa Refusal Valid For?

If you are successful in your application for a UK Spouse Visa, your visa will initially last for 33 months. 

Once this period comes to an end, and subject to you being able to demonstrate that you still meet all of the requirements and there have been no changes in your circumstances e.g. a breakdown in your relationship, you are required to extend your leave as a spouse. 

In the case of a spouse applying for leave to remain in the UK, you will be granted 30 months’ leave if your extension application is successful.

In the real world, we understand that things don’t always go to plan.

It’s important to understand that whilst the spouse visa refusal is an immigration pathway to settlement, this is subject to ongoing compliance with the immigration rules.

There are many considerations such as:

is the relationship subsisting and genuine??

has there been any breakdown in relationship?

Have there been any changes in income?

Are there any criminal convictions?

You may apply for indefinite leave to remain if you are married to a British citizen or a settled person for five years and have met the immigration rules along this journey.

UK Spouse Visa Solicitor are experts in this area and our team can ensure that you remain compliant with the rules throughout your immigration journey.

For more information about spouse visa validity, call now to your dedicated solicitor at: 0203 384 4389

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How Long Does a Spouse Visa refusal Take to Process?

UK Visa & Immigration aims to process 95% of applications for UK Partner visas within 12 weeks after they are submitted.

In the event that you are in need of a faster visa processing timeline, most visa centres outside the UK offer settlement priority service. At every stage of the decision-making process, your UK Spouse visas application will be placed in the front of the queue. It normally takes 30 working days to process a UK Spouse visa via the Settlement Priority Visa Service.  If the visa application is well-prepared, the process can be sped up.

From within the UK, you will be able to choose between two processing timelines when applying to switch into or extend your Spouse status. Your in-country application will be decided within 8 weeks if you apply via the Standard Service. In most cases, you will receive a decision on the next working day after providing your biometric information if you apply through the Super Priority Service. Call at 0203 384 4389

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Is there an English language requirement?

When you apply, you might have to show that English language.

When you do not need to show it

 if one of the this is true, you dont have to show that you know English or take a test:

You also will not need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of one of the following countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA

How to prove your knowledge of English

You can prove it with an academic qualification, or by taking a test.

Academic qualifications

You can prove your knowledge of English if you have a degree or academic qualification that was taught or researched in English.

If your qualification is from a UK university or college, you only need your degree certificate.

 

If your qualification is from a university or college outside the UK

You’ll need to provide a certificate from Ecctis (formerly UK NARIC) to show that your qualification is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or higher and that it was taught in English.

There are 2 kinds of certificate:

You need a statement of comparability if you got your qualification from a university or college in one of these countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA

If you got your qualification from a university or college in any other country, you need a visa and nationality statement.

Take an approved English language test

You can prove your knowledge of English by passing an approved English language test.

You must pass at least level A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale for your first visa application. You can choose to take a higher level test.

If you pass level B1 or higher, you can use your test result again when you apply for settlement after 5 years. Your test still needs to be on the approved list of qualifications and your test certificate must not have been withdrawn by the test provider. To know more call 0203 384 4389

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Do we both need to be in the UK to apply for a Spouse Visa?

You need entry clearance before coming to the UK if you want to enter the country because of your relationship with a British national.

You must have a valid visa that is valid for six months at the time you apply if you are applying from inside the United Kingdom.

If you were admitted into the UK as a visitor or prospective student, for example, or if you were initially admitted for a shorter period of time than six months, you cannot switch to a spouse visa.

You can apply for a spouse visa from overseas or from within the UK.

If you are already in the UK on a fiancé visa, work visa, or student visa valid for more than six months, you may be able to switch to a spouse visa. For detailed information about spouse visa call 0203 384 4389

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When Do We Become Eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain?

When you have lived in the UK as the Spouse of a British citizen or settled person for five years (60 months), you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency.

In addition to the requirements listed above, you will need to demonstrate that:

UK Visas and Immigration will consider if you meet the requirements for a further extension of stay as a Spouse if you apply for indefinite leave to remain as a Spouse but do not meet the above requirements. To know more about this call 0203 384 4389 

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What If Our Spouse Visa Entry Clearance or Extension Has Been Refused?

If your application for entry clearance, leave to remain or settlement as a Spouse has been refused, UK Immigration Solicitor can help you determine whether to submit a fresh application or challenge the decision by appealing to the Immigration Tribunal..

UK Immigration Solicitors offer professional legal advice and representation in all aspects of pursuing UK immigration appeals in addition to preparing high quality visa applications.

We provide immigration appeal representation at hearings before the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and higher courts, assist with the preparation of appeal bundles, represent you at immigration appeal hearings before the Upper Tribunal, and advise you on the merits of appealing against Home Office decisions. We draft grounds of appeal and applications to appeal and draft appeal bundles. Call at 0203 384 4389

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How Can We Extend Our Spouse Visa?

In order to extend your stay in the UK after your initial grant of leave as a Spouse expires, you must apply to UK Visas and Immigration.

As a Spouse, you must meet the same requirements as you do for initial applications.  However, you will need to make sure that your application meets the requirements for relationships, finances, housing, and immigration status again.  You will also need to demonstrate your English language proficiency.

Our expert team are ready to guide you through all of the requirements to extend your Spouse Visa and will be able to ensure that you qualify before you apply. To extend your spouse visa call 0203 384 4389

Can Our Children Join us on the Spouse Visa?

Any child intending to join the main applicant as part of their visa application is called a dependent.

Children under the age of 18 may enter the UK as your dependents.

They should be applied for at the same time as your spouse visa application. Depending on how many dependent children are being sponsored, your sponsoring spouse will need to prove income of a specific amount.

To check  the specific requirements related to your case, call now to your dedicated solicitors for free advice at 0203 384 4389

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What if we cannot meet the Spouse Visa Requirements?

It is still possible to apply for a UK Spouse visa if you are not able to meet certain of the requirements, if you can demonstrate that your relationship would encounter significant difficulties outside the UK.

Is it possible to work on a Spouse Visa?

As a Spouse Visa holder, you enjoy the freedom to work or study in the UK to the same degree that any UK settled person enjoys.

There are no restrictions on Spouses or dependents to work or study in the UK whilst subject to immigration control. To know more call 0203 384 4389

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What are the fees for a UK spouse visa?

As with most things in life, think accountant, doctor, electrician, it is possible to do it yourself if your suitably qualified and competent. You can complete your own visa application if you feel you have the required understanding of the Home Office rules, requirements and specified evidence thresholds. However, it is not ordinarily recommended if you are not totally comfortable with understanding and satisfying UKVI immigration rules.

If you make an application that is refused, you will lose all fees paid and they cannot be reclaimed irrespective of the outcome of your application, so it is extremely important to ensure that things are done correctly the first time round.

It is therefore highly recommended that you seek expert legal assistance.

The UK Immigration Solicitors team can provide you with expert guidance and support and will handle your entire application for one transparent fixed fee.

It is important to be aware, however, that making these applications involves numerous other costs. It’s not cheap so you must be successful with your first application. We recommend that you seek expert legal help with your Spousal Visa Uk application as the rules are complicated and the costs of refusal are significant.

If you apply outside the UK in 2024, the fee (cost) will be £1,538. If you apply inside the UK, the fee will be £1,048.

The immigration health surcharge from outside the UK will be £1,872. If you apply inside the UK, the immigration health surcharge will be £1,560.

The priority (premium) visa service (optional, if you want fast processing) from outside the UK will be £573. If you apply inside the UK, the priority visa service fee will be £500 – £800.

Please note, that the above fees are administrative only and do not cover our professional fees for legal representation.
We provide a full representation service for one transparent, affordable fee to handle your entire case. To know further call 0203 384 4389

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How can UK Immigration Solicitors help me?

In addition to offering immigration services, our immigration lawyers assist individuals from around the world to obtain Spouse Visas for the UK.

In order to obtain a SPOUSE VISA, our UK immigration Spouse visa lawyers can be of assistance to you in assessing the merits of the application, overcoming challenges, assisting in preparing the application or representing you in challenging a decision to refuse an application.

Having a proactive approach to understanding and meeting the needs of our clients is something we take pride in. Our team is committed to providing clients with clear and reliable immigration advice within a professional and friendly environment.

By now you would have realised that when it comes to Spouse Visas, we are the go-to experts.

We are the original and still the best! Proud to be the UK’s #1 Immigration Law Firm. Call us at 0203 384 4389

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Spouse Visa UK

At UK Immigration Solicitors, we are passionate about all thing’s immigration. As a multi award winning nationwide law firm, we are proud to offer a truly global service. We have assisted clients from more than 120 countries over the last 10 years. We are proud to innovate and lead the immigration law industry.

Back in 2012, after carefully listening to the frustrations of clients who could not find reliable immigration advice online, we pioneered the provision of legal representation for immigration cases online. This was a revolutionary transition and since our innovations, there have been a whole multitude of online immigration service providers.

UK Immigration Solicitors are immensely proud of our reputation and our ability to deliver a truly global, comprehensive service to our clients without the need for them to step foot outside of the comfort of their own homes in most cases. To inquire spouse visa call 0203 384 4389

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

We have helped people from more than 100 countries get a UK visa without them leaving their homes!

We can help you get a visa from the comfort of your own home wherever you are in the world.

Speak to our friendly expert team now to see how we can help you live for a spouse visa in the UK. Call now at 0203 384 4389

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Most of the time, a child needs a visa in order to live in the UK. For instance, if their parent is a foreign national working or studying in the country, the child may need a Child Dependant Visa.

You must fulfil the following requirements to be eligible for a UK Spouse Visa:

  • Each of you must be at least 18 years old.
  • It is required that you both be lawfully married and have met in person.
  • You should plan to live together.
  • You are required to have sufficient funds to sustain yourself and any dependents independently, without relying on public assistance.
  • You and your spouse must either meet the financial requirements for the Spouse Visa or have enough money saved to cover your needs.
  • If you have dependent children, this figure will rise;
  • and you must have a place to live that is suitable for you, your partner, and any children who rely on you.
  • The English language criteria must be met by your spouse for (Spouse Visa UK).

There are essentially five steps to the overall procedure:

 

  • Complete all the forms you need for your visa application.
  • Send your application along with the required payment.
  • Make an appointment to have your biometric data taken. Don’t forget to bring all the necessary paperwork.
  • Wait for a decision on your visa application.
  • You’ll get notified whether your visa is approved or rejected. If it’s rejected, you’ll receive a notification explaining the reasons.

If you have an immigration related problem or question, you can have a free assessment with a member of our assessments team.

 

The assessor will establish why you are calling and what you are looking for assistance with. The assessor will ask you a series of questions to determine your circumstances in relation to your objectives.

The assessment is 100% private and confidential. As we are a private law firm, we work with our clients to overturn Government decisions daily. We do not share any information with any third party.

Although the assessor will be a trained immigration specialist, they are not solicitors and therefore will not give you detailed legal advice or guidance.

If you want to establish what your options are and the best way forward for you, your assessor will collate the necessary information and then speak with one of the resident senior solicitors at the firm to determine what your options are, if and how we could assist and confirm whether we would be prepared to take your case. If we can assist, you will be provided with an Agreed Fixed Fee quotation which is a single legal fee to cover the firms cost of representation agreed from the outset and binding for all parties.

The free assessment is no obligation and you are merely given clarity on your position and options to move forward.

If you have a complex matter or require legal advice regarding a specific issue, you will most likely require a legal consultation.

This is a separate service and is chargeable at the prevailing rates.

Please note, UK Immigration Solicitors are a private law firm and are not part of the Government. We do not accept legal aid instructions. Although we are happy to assist genuine callers, we are not a directory service and sadly are unable to provide you with Government telephone numbers.

To get started you can either call us on 020 3820 4797 or complete the assessment form and one of the team will call you

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for a spouse visa.  It is an English language test. If you’re intending to apply for a spouse visa you have to pass this test.

If you are applying for a UK visa or immigration as a family member of someone already living in the UK, this particular test is included in your application.

This depends on how you apply for a Spouse Visa. UK applicants using the Premium Service Centre may receive a response in two weeks.

Depending on your visa, you may not be able to apply for a Spouse Visa from within the country. Premium services may be available in your native country if you apply for a Spouse Visa outside the UK. The service merely moves your application to the front of the list, therefore it may take longer than two weeks. 

The processing time for your application could extend to 12 weeks if further checks are needed or if it takes longer than expected to determine if you fit the visa criteria. The time required to process a UK Spouse Visa application could differ based on the country from which you apply for it.

There are several steps that non-EU spouses must take to get a UK visa:

 

  • See if you’re eligible.
  • Pick the right kind of visa.
  • Collect the necessary papers.
  • Fill out the application online.
  • Pay the visa application fees.
  • Make an appointment for biometrics if necessary.
  • Send in your application.
  • Keep waiting for processing.
  • Get a decision.

You must fill out a FLR (M) form in order to be qualified for a UK Spouse Visa extension after 2.5 years in the UK. In most cases, you’ll also have to fulfil these prerequisites:

 

  • A minimum shared income with your partner of £18.600
  • Proof of an A2 level of English (unless excused)
  • in a real relationship and plan to keep living together in a suitable place
  • Meet the requirements for character suitability, which have to do with your behaviour and character, as well as your past immigration experience.
  • You must have the right immigration status, which means you must be legally in the UK.

If you apply for a spouse visa UK from inside the UK in 2024, the fee is £1,048. If you apply from outside the UK, the fee is £1,846. As of February 6, 2024, the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge will cost £1,035 per year, and the biometric fee will cost £19.20.

Navigating the restrictions of a UK Spouse Visa is crucial for couples looking to live together in the UK. Understanding these limitations ensures compliance and helps plan your stay effectively. Here are the key restrictions associated with a UK Spouse Visa:

  1. Employment: Holders of a UK Spouse Visa are permitted to work in the UK, but certain restrictions apply, such as employment in certain security-sensitive roles.

  2. Public Funds: Spouse Visa holders are generally not allowed to access public funds, including certain benefits and housing support.

  3. Residency Requirements: To maintain your visa status, you must live with your spouse/partner in the UK and intend to continue living together. You also need to meet certain residency requirements to qualify for eventual indefinite leave to remain (ILR).

After the initial 2.5 years, holders of a UK spouse visa can apply for an extension to continue living in the UK with their partner. The extension typically allows them to remain for another 2.5 years. To qualify for the extension, applicants must continue to meet the eligibility criteria, including financial, relationship, and accommodation requirements, and provide updated documentation to demonstrate their ongoing eligibility.

If you apply for a spouse visa UK from inside the UK in 2024, the fee is £1,048. If you apply from outside the UK, the fee is £1,846. As of February 6, 2024, the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge will cost £1,035 per year, and the biometric fee will cost £19.20.

The UK spouse visa rules generally include financial requirements, evidence of a genuine relationship, English language proficiency, no access to public funds initially, a probationary period of 2.5 years, and employment restrictions.

 
 
 
 

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