Spouse Visa Extension Requirements

Do You Meet the Requirements of this Visa?

Meeting Strict Requirements for a Spouse Visa Extension
When applying for a UK Spouse Visa Extension, ensuring a successful application hinges on satisfying a stringent set of eligibility criteria, and the provision of compelling evidence pertaining to:

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Spouse Visa Extension Requirements.

1. A Genuine & Eligible Relationship

Demonstrating the authenticity of your relationship is paramount. This can be established through:

  • Being in a legally recognized civil partnership or marriage in the UK, or
  • Cohabiting for a minimum of 2 years, or
  • Intending to marry or enter into a civil partnership within 6 months of arriving in the UK.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) places great emphasis on the legitimacy and continuing nature of your relationship, aiming to thwart any instances of fraudulent partnerships.

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2. Financial Requirements for UK Spouse Visa Extension

Securing a spouse visa entails meeting specific financial thresholds. The applicant and their UK-based partner must collectively earn a minimum gross annual income of £18,600. If children are involved, an additional £3,800 per year for the first child and £2,400 for each subsequent child is required. For instance, an applicant with two dependant children would need an income of £24,800, rising to £27,200 for three children.

Only the following income sources will be taken into account:

  • Employment or self-employment earnings
  • Pension of the applicant and/or partner
  • Certain allowances or benefits received by the partner in the UK
  • Other specified income and savings declared by the applicant and/or partner

Exemptions from the financial requirement are possible if the sponsor receives income from sources like disability benefits, armed forces payments, or other eligible sources. However, note that exemption for the sponsor doesn’t absolve the applicant from demonstrating the capacity to sustain themselves in the UK and ensuring adequate accommodation without recourse to public funds.

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3. English Language Requirement
Fulfilling the English language criterion as a partner and spouse visa applicant can be achieved in three ways:
  • Passing an English language test: A Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) English test from an approved center at least level A1 in speaking and writing. Subsequently, for visa extension, a minimum CEFR level A2 is needed to demonstrate progression.
  • Academic qualifications: If you hold a degree or academic qualification taught in English, this meets the language requirement.
  • Exemption: You’re exempt if you are over 65, have a condition preventing compliance, or originate from specified English-speaking countries.
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    4. Accommodation Requirements
    Applicants must establish appropriate UK accommodation that is:
  • Exclusively owned or occupied by the applicant and family
  • Possesses sufficient living space
  • Adheres to public health standards
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