UK Spouse Visa

Spouse visa allows the spouse of a British citizen or a person with an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), refugee or humanitarian protection to join or remain with their spouses in the UK.

This type of settlement visa allows a foreign national to live with their spouse in the UK for up to 30 months, after which a further extension of 30 months visa should be applied for as long as the requirements can be met. This visa category will lead to an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after 5 years.

The UK Spouse visa rules requires Non-European nationals applying from outside the UK to obtain their spouse visa before travelling to the UK.

UPDATE: changes to minimum income requirement for spouse visa uk

Recent changes to immigration law mean that the Home Office must now take into consideration specified circumstances if the UK spouse does not currently meet the minimum income threshold. After 10th August 2017, decisions for spouse visa applications must take into consideration other methods of financing. This might include self-sustainability, continued financial support from a ‘third party’ or prospective employment in the UK. These changes will offer some hope for those who have previously had their spouse visa rejected, or those who have put off applying.

If you wish to know more about how this recent change in the law applies to you, feel free to contact us on 0203 105 8094 or drop us an email on Alternatively, you can complete our enquiry form and we will get in touch with you.

Why choose UK Visa Xpats for your spouse visa?

At UK Visa Xpats we understand the different complications that often occur whilst applying for a spouse visa. Our dedicated and highly rated immigration department consists of seasoned immigration lawyers all of whom have a wealth of knowledge and experience in making successful applications through the spouse visa route. Our immigration lawyers:

  • Have a strong track record of success with spouse visa applications
  • Understand the changing landscape of the British immigration system and are quick to respond to policy updates that can benefit our clients.

Hard Facts – Visa refusals have risen by some 18%. That’s one application in six. It is vital an application meets all the requirements needed by the immigration authorities or it will be refused. Do you know what they are?

If you need support with your spouse visa, why not contact our team of experienced immigration lawyers who can make a difference between a successful and an unsuccessful self-application.

Our network of lawyers offers expert help with your spouse visa application, we help thousands of applicants like you, every year.

Our service is unique and totally tailored to you. Our lawyers will be your personal lawyer. From your first contact with us, you will be given a clear and honest assessment of your case.

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What are the spouse visa requirements?

The four main requirements to be met are:
  • Prove of genuine and subsisting relationship between the applicant and the sponsor;
  • Meeting the financial requirements (currently a minimum of £18,600 gross annual income);
  • Meet the English language requirement; and
  • Meet accommodation requirement.
Other requirements:
  • The applicant and their sponsor must have met each other;
  • The applicant and their sponsor must be at least 18 years of age;
  • The applicant must be of good character;
  • The applicant and their sponsor should intend to live permanently together in the UK as a couple.

If you demonstrate by way of evidence that you meet all the requirements for a spouse visa, you will be given permission to enter or stay in the UK for an initial period of at least 30 months.

You will need to apply for a renewal/extension of your initial spouse visa before it expires and a successful consideration of your application will result in being granted a 30 months visa.

After a 5 year period, you can apply for settlement (ILR) in the UK. Alternatively, you may be eligible to apply under the less stringent 10 year route which overlooks the financial and English language requirement, although you will need to show insurmountable obstacles to family life with your spouse continuing overseas.

Switching from your current visa to a spouse visa category

Switching visas in the UK is when someone who currently has a valid visa decides to switch to being in a different visa category. One of the options is switching to a spouse visa where the proposed applicant is married to a British Citizen, a person with an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), refugee status or humanitarian protection.

Migrants who are currently in the UK with a valid visa for a period of more than six months and married to a British national, a person with an indefinite leave to remain, refugee status or humanitarian protection can apply to switch into a spouse visa category from inside the country.

Can I renew or extend my spouse visa

A foreign national spouse who was last granted a spouse visa, should be able to apply for a renewal or extension of their spouse visa provided their marriage is subsisting and other requirements of the immigration rules are met.

Please note that if your spousal visa application was granted prior to 9th July 2012, your extension application will be considered in line with Part 8 of the Immigration Rules. However, if your spousal visa application was granted on or after 9th July 2012, your extension application will be considered in line with Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

It is also important to note that spouse visa applications which are considered under Appendix FM as mentioned above would be subject to meeting the financial requirements which involves showing an annual income of at least GBP 18,600 before tax.

What happens if your relationship ends?

If you are separated or divorced from your spouse, it is important to let the Home Office know as soon as possible as this can have an impact on your future visa applications. There are options available for you to stay in the UK, but it is important to act quickly.

How do I apply for a spouse visa?

Applying for a spouse visa can be complex and using the services of an immigration expert is highly recommended. UK Visa Xpats has an excellent track record with spouse visa cases and our lawyers are highly experienced in this field. Get in touch with UK Visa Xpats today for friendly, no obligation advice from the professionals.

What happens if your spouse visa is refused?

If you receive a letter saying your spouse visa is refused, you will need to act quickly in order to appeal the decision or apply for another visa. Overstaying on an expired spouse visa can be very problematic and should be avoided.

UK Spouse visa lawyers London

Our team of professional immigration lawyers with several years of experience in this field are waiting to help you. Call us today on 0203 105 8094 or drop us an email on Alternatively, you can complete our enquiry form and we will get in touch with you.