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UK Spouse Visa: 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about a UK Spouse Visa.

What is a UK Spouse Visa?

Spouses and partners of British citizens are eligible for the UK Spouse visa 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 UK Spouse visa 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 Spouse Visa 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

We can help you with your Spouse Visa
  • Make a new application, apply for your dependents to join you, wish to extend your visa, become settled or challenge an unfair decision…
  • UK Immigration Solicitors can provide you with expert advice, guidance and legal representation to meet your needs.
  • Unsure about whether your plans would meet the requirements or whether you are likely to face any challenges?
  • We can assess your individual circumstances and confirm what your options are through a free case assessment.
  • UK Immigration Solicitors can ensure that your chances of success are maximised by handling your entire application remotely.
  • We provide a fully digital service, and you never have to visit our offices for 9/10 immigration cases.
  • We are an award-winning law firm that specialises in all types of UK immigration cases, and we offer a transparent, fixed fee service to handle your entire case.
  • To check your eligibility call at 0203 384 4389
    Who is eligible for the Spouse Visa?
    UK Visas & Immigration requires the following requirements in order to grant you a SPOUSE VISA:
  • If your partner is a British national, holds indefinite or limited leave to remain under the Appendix EU or be entitled to limited leave under the Appendix ECA;
  • both of you are over 18 years of age;
  • the two of you have met in person and are legally married;
  • You intend to live together permanently; Your relationship is genuine;
  • Any previous relationships have ended permanently;
  • No public funds are required to support you in the UK;
  • You and anyone with you in the UK has adequate accommodation;
  • The level of English that you understand and speak is sufficient.
  • Depending on your circumstances, you may need to satisfy different requirements so it is strongly advisable to confirm your eligibility in advance of making an application.
  • To check your eligibility call at 0203 384 4389
    What are the Financial Requirements for a Spouse Visa?
    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 Spouse visa, you will be required to demonstrate that they have a gross annual income of at least:
  • £18,600; plus
  • £3,800 for a first child (who is not British, settled or an EEA national); plus
  • £2,400 for each additional child (who is not British, settled or an EEA national).
  • The following are ways to meet the financial requirement for the UK Spouse visa:
  • salaried and non-salaried income
  • self-employed income
  • salary and/or dividends from a company of which you are a Director
  • property rental income
  • dividends
  • An income from investments, stocks, bonds, or trust funds, pensions, insurance payments, and maintenance payments.
  • At least six months’ worth of cash savings above £16,000* (unless they can be proven to be from the sale of property or investments within the last six months).
  • In some cases, it is possible to satisfy the financial need by combining the above sources of income.
  • 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:

    1. Is the relationship subsisting and genuine??
    2. has there been any breakdown in relationship?
    3. Have there been any changes in income?
    4. 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 Immigration Solicitors 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

    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 visa 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

    Is there an English language requirement?

    You may need to prove your knowledge of the English language when you apply.

    When you do not need to prove it

    You do not need to prove your knowledge of English or take a test if one of the following is true:

      • you’re applying as a child
        you’re applying as an adult coming to be cared for by a relative
      • you’ve been in the UK on a family visa for 5 years and
      • you’re extending it as a partner or parent
      • you’re over 65
      • you have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from meeting the requirement

    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.

    Call us at 0203 384 4389

    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:

    • a statement of comparability
    • a visa and nationality statement

    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

    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

    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:

    • If you have been in this category for any period, you have lived with your Spouse permanently in the UK or have a good reason for not doing so, consistent with the intention that you will continue to live together permanently in the UK;
    • In order to apply for settlement, you must meet the higher English Language requirement;
    • the Life in the UK test must also be passed.

    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

    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

    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

    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.
    For further details, Call now at 0203 384 4389

    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

    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 Spouse Visa 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

    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 immigration 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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    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.

    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.

    Immigration rules are complex and subject to regular changes and revisions. This itself presents problems as it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of and have complied with any changes to the routes, processes and evidence requirements. Failure to meet strict rules is likely to result in the application being refused which, in turn, is likely have an emotional and financial strain on you and your family. It is our job to ensure we are fully aware of the latest immigration rules, policies and procedures. We don’t leave matters to chance. Once you become a client of ours, we explain our strategy and tell you exactly how we propose to get you the right result. We will pinpoint the positives and negatives of your circumstances and explain where issues may arise and what would need to be done to fix them. We provide step by step guidance and advice throughout the entire process professionally. Our vast experience allows us to foresee problems before they arise and pro-actively adopt a strategic action plan. Our legal fees are always agreed and fixed with you right at the beginning of your case, so you have complete peace of mind and control over the costs to ensure there are no restrictions or unpleasant surprises. There are many online agencies, advisors and marketing companies who claim to be immigration experts but, provide very little expertise. Let us be very clear here, if you are paying for someone just to fill in the forms for you, you should think about how you can put that money to better use and avoid gambling with your future by using inexperienced and ineffective companies. We are a fully regulated nationwide, multi award winning law firm that specialises in immigration. Having more than 60 years of combined expertise and having handled more than 8,000 cases we have unrivalled experience and expertise to ensure you get the right result first time around – Don’t take our word for it though, check out our reviews to see why our clients trust us with their futures. We are rated 5* across the board and 98% of our clients have confirmed that they would recommend us to others. We have illustrated our typical scope of service below so you can understand what we do for you as paid of our service:  
  • Our immigration specialists carry out a free detailed assessment with you to understand your circumstances and needs.
  • The collated information is then reviewed by a senior immigration solicitor who will have no less than 8 years’ immigration experience.
  • Based on the information collected, the senior solicitor will then confirm what your options are and will also confirm if we are able to help you.
  • We will offer you an Agreed Fixed Fee quotation for us to handle your entire case until initial conclusion without obligation.
  • If we have officially taken your instructions, we will create a client file for you and collect detailed initial information.
  • We will then ensure you receive a personalised one-to-one legal consultation with a senior immigration solicitor who will take your full instructions by exploring your circumstances in detail and advise you on the best way to meet your objectives. The solicitor will explain the relevant legislations and provide you with advice on the steps that we would need to take to get a successful result.
  • The senior solicitor who carried out your legal consultation will then send you detailed written legal advice explaining everything that needs to be done and which documents will be required as part of the process. We will tell you about any problem areas and formulate a strategy to overcome/mitigate these.
  • We will carefully review any documents that you have provided in support of the application. These documents are then validated and formatted to ensure that they meet the UKVI specified evidence requirements. Where they do not, we will explain what needs to be done to address the issues.
  • Where required, we will prepare any necessary written legal arguments or representations that are required to support your application and gain an approval. Often, we may be required to make discretionary submissions.
  • We will complete a draft application and share this with you to ensure that all parties are happy with the representations that will be submitted to the Home Office.
  • We advise you on what application processing routes are available. In some cases, there are fast track or premium processing routes available. We may be required to book a Home Office appointment on your behalf.  Will also be able to confirm typical processing times for any processing centre in the world. We explain all options, routes and fees comprehensively allowing you to make the best choice.
  • We lodge the application on your behalf using our secure authenticated processes. Whilst your application is pending, we continue to ensure you receive maximum legal protection and ensure that your rights and allowances are upheld throughout the processing stage. We ensure that you are aware of and remain compliant with the immigration rules and regulations during this period. We will also keep you updated on the progress of your matter.
  • If any follow up work is required in response to any queries raised by the UKVI, we will also deal with these as part of the comprehensive service.
  • We secure a decision on your matter and further advise you on the relevant implications of that decision. If required, we will also confirm if any secondary applications are required and brief you on the necessary process and procedure for those also.
  • Here are just some of the reasons to choose us:
  • We are the UK’s #1 Immigration Specialist Law Firm
  • We are a fully SRA regulated law firm so you are working directly with our in house legal team
  • No agencies, middlemen or outsourcing
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  • We have a 24 hour helpline that operates 7 days a week – 365 days a year
  • We have multiple offices across the UK but 90% of our clients are not required to visit in person
  • We have more than 60 years combined immigration expertise
  • Our team have handled more than 8,000 cases
  • We offer a free initial assessment which will explain your options and check your eligibility for your chosen route
  • We operate a 100% Agreed Fixed Fee model with all fees fixed and agreed before work is started
  • 98% of our clients would recommend us to family & friends
  • Our average rating is 4.6/5 across major review platforms (based on over 2000 reviews).
  • 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

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