You can apply for spouse/partner visa UK if you are a spouse/partner of a British Citizen or settled person. Spouse/partner visa for UK is also known as settlement visa for UK. An application for spouse/partner visa for UK is made under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. The requirements for spouse visa UK are set out in Appendix FM and Appendix FM SE of the Immigration Rules.

Need legal help and assistance with spouse/partner visa UK? Contact our specialist team of spouse/partner visa solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham for fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services for your spouse/partner visa application. Our best team of spouse/partner visa solicitors have wealth of knowledge and experience of deaing with spouse/partner visa for UK. As one of the best spouse/partner visa solicitors, we have helped thousands of clients successfully with their spouse/partner visa applications. Ask a question to our spouse/partner visa solicitors for free immigration advice or schedule an appointment for detailed legal advice concerning your spouse/partner visa application.

Fast Track Service For spouse/partner Visa UK
Fiancé(e) Visa UK
Proposed Civil Partner Visa UK
Spouse Visa UK (5 Years Route)
Spouse Visa UK (10 Years Route)
Civil Partner Visa UK (5 Years Route)
Civil Partner Visa UK (10 Years Route)
Unmarried Partner Visa UK (5 Years Route)
Unmarried Partner Visa UK (10 Years Route)
Same Sex Partner Visa UK (5 Years Route)
Same Sex Partner Visa UK (10 Years Route)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Fast Track Service For spouse/partner Visa UK

An application for spouse/partner visa UK can be made using the fast track visa service provided by the Home Office UKVI. Following are the fast track visa services for spouse/partner visa UK:

Priority Service For Spouse/Partner Visa From Outside The UK

Our expert team of spouse/partner visa solicitors can provide priority service for your spouse/partner visa entry clearance application to be decided within 6 to 8 weeks instead of standard service time of 12 weeks. The Home Office UKVI has also introduced Super Priority Service (decision within 24 hours) for spouse/partner visa entry clearance application for a very few countries around the world including applicants applying from United States of America (USA).

Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For Spouse/Partner Visa From Inside The UK

As the expert team of spouse/partner visa solicitors based in London, Manchester and Birmingham, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service (decision within 24 hours) for your in-country spouse/partner visa applications whereby decision on your spouse/partner visa application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the enrolment of your biometrics at a designated service centre.

Our spouse/partner visa solicitors can prepare and submit your application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get decision on your spouse/partner visa application within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your application for months (sometimes years).

Fiancé(e) Visa UK

Fiancé(e) of a British Citizen/settled person can apply for UK visa entry clearance as a fiancé(e) to come to UK for 6 months and get married to the UK sponsor within the permitted 6 months period. Once married to the UK sponsor, the applicant can then switch from fiancé(e) visa to spouse visa from inside the UK. Our specialist team of fiancé(e) visa solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal service for your fiancé(e) visa application. Ask a question to our fiancé(e) visa solicitors for free immigration advice or submit an online request to schedule an appointment for detailed immigration advice and consultation concerning your fiancé(e) visa application. READ MORE

Proposed Civil Partner Visa UK

Proposed civil partner of a British Citizen/settled person can apply for UK visa entry clearance as a proposed civil partner to come to UK for 6 months and get married to the UK sponsor within the permitted 6 months period. Once married to or registered civil partnership with the UK sponsor, the applicant can then switch from proposed civil partner visa to civil partner visa from inside the UK. Our specialist team of proposed civil partner visa solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal service for your proposed civil partner visa application. Ask a question to our proposed civil partner visa solicitors for free immigration advice or submit an online request to schedule an appointment for detailed immigration advice and consultationconcerning your proposed civil partner visa application. READ MORE

Spouse Visa UK (5 Years Route)

If you are a spouse of a British Citizen/settled person, you can apply for spouse visa to join or stay with your British/settled spouse in the UK. An application for spouse visa UK is made under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. A leave to remain application as a spouse is made using online application form FLR (M) and an ILR application as a spouse is made using online application form SET (M). Our expert team of spouse visa solicitors based in London, Manchester and Birmingham provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for your spouse visa application under 5 years route. We can provide Super Priority Service (decision within 24 hours) for all in-country spouse visa applications under 5 years partner route including application for switching into spouse visa (5 Years Route), renewal of spouse visa (5 Years Route) and ILR spouse visa (5 Years Route).

Spouse Visa UK Entry Clearance
Switching Into Spouse Visa UK - FLR(M) Application
Renewal Of Spouse Visa UK - FLR(M_ Application
ILR As A Spouse - SET(M) Application

Our expert team of spouse visa solicitors can provide legal help and assistance with entry clearance as a spouse, switching into spouse visa from inside the UK, renewal of spouse visa and Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a spouse. We can provide Super Priority Service for your in-country application to be decided within 24 hours. READ MORE

Spouse Visa UK (10 Years Route)

You can make an application for leave to remain as a spouse under the 10 years route if you do not meet all the requirements for grant of spouse visa under the 5 years route. Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules lays down the requirements to be met for grant of an application for spouse visa under 10 years route. In particular, an applicant for spouse visa under 10 years route must meet the requirements as set out in EX1 in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. An application for leave to remain as a spouse/partner under 10 years route is made using online application form FLR(FP).

Generally, the applicants who cannot meet the immigration status requirement, English language requirement or financial requirement make application for spouse visa under the 10 years route. Applications under 10 years partner route are normally made from inside the UK. However, in exceptional circumstances entry clearance applications under 10 years partner route can also be made from outside the UK.

Switching Into Spouse Visa (10 Years Route)
Renewal Of Spouse Visa (10 Years Route)
ILR As A Spouse (10 Years Route)
 

Our expert team of spouse visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and affordable fixed fee legal services for switching into spouse visa UK under 10 years partner route, renewal of spouse visa UK under 10 years route and ILR as a spouse under 10 years route. We can provide Super Priority Service for your in-country application to be decided within 24 hours. READ MORE

Civil Partner Visa UK (5 Years Route)

If you are a civil partner of a British Citizen/settled person in the UK, you can apply for UK civil partner visa to join or stay with your UK civil partner. If you meet all the requirements of the rules including the English language and Financial requirements, you can apply for civil partner visa under the 5 years route. To qualify for civil partner visa visa under 5 years route, the applicant will have to meet all the requirements as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

Civil Partner Visa UK Entry Clearance
Switching Into Civil Partner Visa UK
Renewal Of Civil Partner Visa UK
ILR As A Civil Partner

Our expert team of civil partner visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for entry clearance as a civil partner, switching into civil partner visa from inside the UK, renewal of civil partner visa and Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a civil partner. We can provide Super Priority Service for your in-country application to be decided within 24 hours. READ MORE

Civil Partner Visa UK (10 Years Route)

You can make an application for leave to remain as civil partner under the 10 years route if you do not meet all the requirements of the Immigration Rules for civil partner visa under the 5 years route. Generally, the applicants who cannot meet the immigration status requirement, English language requirement or financial requirement make application for civil partner visa under the 10 years route. Applications under 10 years partner route are normally made from inside the UK. However, in exceptional circumstances entry clearance applications under 10 years partner route can also be made from outside the UK.

Switching Into Civil Partner Visa (10 Years Route)
Renewal Of Civil Partner Visa (10 Years Route)
ILR As A Civil Partner (10 Years Route)
 

Our expert team of civil partner visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for switching into civil partner visa UK under 10 years partner route, renewal of civil partner visa UK under 10 years route and ILR as a civil partner under 10 years route. We can provide Super Priority Service for your in-country application to be decided within 24 hours. READ MORE

Unmarried Partner Visa UK (5 Years Route)

If you are an unmarried partner of a British Citizen or a person settled in the UK, you can apply for unmarried partner visa to join or stay with your UK partner. If you meet all the rquirements of the rules including the English language and Financial requirements, you can apply for unmarried partner visa under the 5 years route. To qualify for unmarried partner visa under 5 years route, the applicant will have to meet all the requirements as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

Unmarried Partner Visa UK Entry Clearance
Switching Into Unmarried Partner Visa UK
Renewal Of Unmarried Partner Visa UK
ILR As An Unmarried Partner

Our expert team of immigration solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for entry clearance as an unmarried partner, switching into unmarried partner visa from inside the UK, renewal of unmarried partner visa and Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as an unmarried partner. We can provide Super Priority Service for your in-country application to be decided within 24 hours. READ MORE

Unmarried Partner Visa UK (10 Years Route)

You can make an application for leave to remain as an unmarried partner under the 10 years route if you do not meet all the requirements of the Immigration Rules for unmarried partner visa under the 5 years route. Generally, the applicants who cannot meet the immigration status requirement, English language requirement or financial requirement make application for unmarried partner visa under the 10 years route. Applications under 10 years partner route are normally made from inside the UK. However, in exceptional circumstances entry clearance applications under 10 years partner route can also be made from outside the UK.

Switching Into Unmarried Partner Visa UK (10 Years Route)
Renewal Of Unmarried Partner Visa (10 Years Route)
ILR As Unmarried Partner (10 Years Route)
 

Our expert team of unmarried partner visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for switching into unmarried partner visa UK under 10 years partner route, renewal of unmarried partner visa UK under 10 years route and ILR as an unmarried partner under 10 years route. We can provide Super Priority Service for your in-country application to be decided within 24 hours. READ MORE

Same Sex Partner Visa UK (5 Years Route)

If you are a same sex partner of a British Citizen or a person settled in the UK, you can apply for same sex partner visa to join or stay with your UK partner. If you meet all the rquirements of the rules including the English language and Financial requirements, you can apply for same sex partner visa under the 5 years route. To qualify for same sex sex partner visa under 5 years route, the applicant will have to meet all the requirements as set out in Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules.

Same Sex Partner Visa UK Entry Clearance
Switching Into Same Sex Partner Visa UK
Renewal Of Same Sex Partner Visa UK
ILR As A Same Sex Partner

Our expert team of same sex partner visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for entry clearance as a same sex partner, switching into same sex partner visa from inside the UK, renewal of same sex partner visa and Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a same sex partner. We can provide Super Priority Service for your in-country application to be decided within 24 hours. READ MORE

Same Sex Partner Visa UK (10 Years Route)

You can make an application for leave to remain as a same sex partner under the 10 years route if you do not meet all the requirements of the Immigration Rules for same sex partner visa under the 5 years route. Generally, the applicants who cannot meet the immigration status requirement, English language requirement or financial requirement make application for same sex partner visa under the 10 years route. Applications under 10 years partner route are normally made from inside the UK. However, in exceptional circumstances entry clearance applications under 10 years partner route can also be made from outside the UK.

Switching Into Same Sex Partner Visa UK (10 Years Route)
Renewal Of Same Sex Partner Visa (10 Years Route)
ILR As A Same Sex Partner (10 Years Route)
 

Our expert team of immigration solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for switching into same sex partner visa UK under 10 years partner route, renewal of same sex partner visa UK under 10 years route and ILR as a same sex partner under 10 years route. We can provide Super Priority Service for your in-country application to be decided within 24 hours. READ MORE

FAQs - Fiancé(e) Visa UK

What is the definition of a fiancé(e)?

A fiancé(e) is a person who wishes to enter the UK with a view to marriage to a sponsor who is either:

  • already present and settled in the UK; or
  • will be admitted for settlement in the UK when arriving there, and,
  • intends permanent settlement in the UK.

What is the definition of a sponsor?

In a fiancé(e) visa application the term ‘sponsor’ refers to the person whom the applicant is intending to marry in the UK upon entry in the UK as a fiancé(e).

What is the age requirement for fiancé(e) visa?

Both the applicant and the UK fiancé(e) of the applicant must be aged 18 or over for fiancé(e) visa application to succeed. In cases where the applicant is within a couple of months of their 18th birthday, and the other party is 18 or over, the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) has discretion to issue UK visa entry clearance but valid only from when the person under 18 has reached their 18th birthday.

What evidence is required of ‘intention to live together’?

Intention to live permanently with the other means an intention to live together, evidenced by a clear commitment from both parties that they will live together permanently in the UK immediately following the outcome of the application in question or as soon as circumstances permit.

In a case considered in the High Court in November 1996, Keen J held that:

‘The concept of intention is no doubt a complex one, but it appears to me that one can indeed have a genuine intention, notwithstanding that the carrying out of that intention is dependent on, or could be frustrated by, some extraneous event.’

He went on to conclude that the requirement of the Rules relating to the intention of the parties to the marriage could be met where the British citizen (or legally resident foreign national) spouse insisted on remaining in the UK. In other words, a conditional intention to live together could be sufficient to meet the ‘intention to live together permanently’ requirement.

Is there a requirement to have met?

Yes, the Immigration Rules for fiancé(e) visa application require that both the applicant and the UK sponsor must have met each other in person otherwise the application for fiancé(e) visa can be refused by the Entry Clearance Oficer (ECO) for this reason.

In case of Abdulmajid Esmail Jaffer, the Tribunal held that ‘to have met’ meant something more than a mutual sighting. They also felt that a mere coming face-to-face followed by telephone or written contact would be insufficient to satisfy the rule, as would a family background together with such a face-to-face meeting. In their view the essential test of whether the rule had been satisfied was whether the couple had had a face-to-face meeting which in itself had resulted in the making of mutual acquaintance.

A relationship that has developed over the Internet would not satisfy the ‘to have met’ requirement unless the relationship included a personal face-to-face meeting between the couple concerned. Evidence of a face-to-face meeting might include a travel history, relevant email exchanges etc.

What evidence is required to prove freedom to marry?

For single adults, the Registrar normally accepts the parties’ declaration that they are free to marry. The ECO may, therefore, accept a similar verbal statement by an applicant, together with any supporting correspondence from the person he / she is going to marry. This is unless there are strong grounds to believe that one of the parties is still married/in a civil partnership or has been married / in a civil partnership previously and is concealing this fact. In such cases the ECO may make whatever enquiries as seem appropriate.

Where the ECO has doubts about an applicant’s intention to marry, the ECO may ask to see evidence of freedom to marry before issuing an entry clearance which may include:

  • Widowed person: death certificate of the late spouse.
  • Surviving civil partner: death certificate of the deceased civil partner.
  • Divorced person: evidence of divorce e.g. a divorce certificate.
  • Dissolved civil partnership: evidence of the dissolution, for example, dissolution certificate.

What is the cost of fiancé(e) visa UK?

The Home Office UKVI fee for fiancé(e) visa UK is £1523.

In addition to the UK visa fee, you will also have to pay the legal costs of solicitors if you are getting professional services for your fiancé(e) visa UK. Fixed fees charged by our expert team of fiancé(e) visa solicitors are given in the table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-Off immigration consultation for fiancé(e) visa Entry Clearance £80 (no VAT)
One-Off Application Checking Service / Documents Assessment £240 (no VAT)
Full service for fiancé(e) visa Entry Clearance to cover all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) From £1,000 To £2,000 (no VAT)

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the fiancé(e) visa entry clearance application and the volume of casework involved in the application.

When is the fiancé(e) visa UK fee paid?

Fiancé(e) visa UK fee is paid to the Home Office UKVI at the time of online submission of the fiancé(e) visa application.

Do I have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge for fiancé(e) visa UK?

Applicants for fiancé(e) visa UK do not have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for their fiancé(e) visa application.

Will I lose the Home Office UKVI fee for fiancé(e) visa if my fiancé(e) visa application is refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO)?

In the event of refusal of fiancé(e) visa application, the applicant will lose his/her UK visa fee because the fiancé(e) visa fee will not be refunded to the applicant. It is therefore important to have proper legal help and assistance with the preparation and submission of the fiancé(e) visa application.

FAQs - Proposed Civil Partner Visa UK

What is the definition of a proposed civil partner?

A proposed civil partner is a person who wishes to legally register his / her partnership with another person of the same sex.

What is the definition of a sponsor?

In an application as a proposed civil partner, the ‘sponsor’ is the person with whom the applicant intends to register a civil partnership.

What is the age requirement for proposed civil partner visa UK?

Both the applicant and the UK proposed civil partner of the applicant must be aged 18 or over for proposed civil partner visa application to succeed. In cases where the applicant is within a couple of months of their 18th birthday, and the other party is 18 or over, the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) has discretion to issue UK visa entry clearance but valid only from when the person under 18 has reached their 18th birthday.

What evidence is required of ‘intention to live together’?

Intention to live permanently with the other means an intention to live together, evidenced by a clear commitment from both parties that they will live together permanently in the UK immediately following the outcome of the application in question or as soon as circumstances permit.

In a case considered in the High Court in November 1996, Keen J held that:

‘The concept of intention is no doubt a complex one, but it appears to me that one can indeed have a genuine intention, notwithstanding that the carrying out of that intention is dependent on, or could be frustrated by, some extraneous event.’

He went on to conclude that the requirement of the Rules relating to the intention of the parties to the marriage could be met where the British citizen (or legally resident foreign national) spouse insisted on remaining in the UK. In other words, a conditional intention to live together could be sufficient to meet the ‘intention to live together permanently’ requirement.

Is there a requirement to have met?

Yes, the Immigration Rules for proposed civil partner visa application require that both the applicant and the UK sponsor must have met each other in person otherwise the application for proposed civil partner visa can be refused by the Entry Clearance Oficer (ECO) for this reason.

In case of Abdulmajid Esmail Jaffer, the Tribunal held that ‘to have met’ meant something more than a mutual sighting. They also felt that a mere coming face-to-face followed by telephone or written contact would be insufficient to satisfy the rule, as would a family background together with such a face-to-face meeting. In their view the essential test of whether the rule had been satisfied was whether the couple had had a face-to-face meeting which in itself had resulted in the making of mutual acquaintance.

A relationship that has developed over the Internet would not satisfy the ‘to have met’ requirement unless the relationship included a personal face-to-face meeting between the couple concerned. Evidence of a face-to-face meeting might include a travel history, relevant email exchanges etc.

What evidence is required to prove freedom to marry?

For single adults, the Registrar normally accepts the parties’ declaration that they are free to marry. The ECO may, therefore, accept a similar verbal statement by an applicant, together with any supporting correspondence from the person he / she is going to marry. This is unless there are strong grounds to believe that one of the parties is still married/in a civil partnership or has been married / in a civil partnership previously and is concealing this fact. In such cases the ECO may make whatever enquiries as seem appropriate.

Where the ECO has doubts about an applicant’s intention to marry, the ECO may ask to see evidence of freedom to marry before issuing an entry clearance which may include:

  • Widowed person: death certificate of the late spouse.
  • Surviving civil partner: death certificate of the deceased civil partner.
  • Divorced person: evidence of divorce e.g. a divorce certificate.
  • Dissolved civil partnership: evidence of the dissolution, for example, dissolution certificate.

What is the cost of proposed civil partner visa UK?

The Home Office UKVI fee for proposed civil partner visa UK is £1523.

In addition to the UK visa fee, you will also have to pay the legal costs of solicitors if you are getting professional services for your proposed civil partner visa UK. Fixed fees charged by our expert team of proposed civil partner visa solicitors are given in the table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-Off immigration consultation for proposed civil partner visa Entry Clearance £80 (no VAT)
One-Off Application Checking Service / Documents Assessment £240 (no VAT)
Full service for proposed civil partner visa Entry Clearance to cover all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) From £1,000 To £2,000 (no VAT)

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the proposed civil partner visa entry clearance application and the volume of casework involved in the application.

When is the proposed civil partner visa UK fee paid?

Proposed civil partner visa UK fee is paid to the Home Office UKVI at the time of online submissino of the proposed civil partner visa application.

Do I have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge for proposed civil partner visa UK?

Applicants for proposed civil partner visa UK do not have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for their proposed civil partner visa application.

Will I lose the Home Office UKVI fee for proposed civil partner visa if my proposed civil partner visa application is refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO)?

In the event of refusal of proposed civil partner visa application, the applicant will lose his/her UK visa fee because the proposed civil partner visa fee will not be refunded to the applicant. It is therefore important to have proper legal help and assistance with the preparation and submission of the proposed civil partner visa application.

FAQs - Spouse Visa Entry Clearance UK

What are the useful online sources for information about spouse visa entry clearance for UK?

 You can rely on following useful online sources to find an answer to your question about UK spouse visa entry clearance application:

How To Apply For Switching Into Spouse Visa Online

The Home Office UKVI website gives you access to the online application form to apply for switching into spouse visa online from inside the UK.

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Appendix FM: Immigration Rules

Appendix FM to the UK Immigration Rules sets out the requirements an applicant has to meet for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK.

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Appendix FM SE: Immigration Rules

Appendix FM SE to the Immigration Rules sets out the specified documents to meet the financial requirement for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK.

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Appendix FM Financial Requirement: Home Office Guidance

The Home Office UKVI guidance on meeting the financial requirement is a useful source of information and guidance on how to meet the financial requirement for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK.

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Approved English Language Tests For Switching Into Spouse Visa

The Home Office UKVI page Applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests is a useful source of information about approved English language test centres in the UK and around the world for spouse visa application.

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Partner, Divorce & Dissolution Guidance UKVI

The Home Office UKVI guidance: Partner, Divorce & Dissolution Guidance UKVI is a useful source of information and guidance about the validity of marriage, divorce, civil partnership or dissolution of civil partnership.

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Upper Tribunal decision in CB (Brazil) (validity of marriage: proxy marriage) [2008] UKAIT 00080 on the recognition of proxy marriages in the UK

This case law deals with the validity of proxy marriages and whether or not such marriages are considered as legally recognised in the UK.

What documents do I need to apply for UK spouse visa entry clearance?

The documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the spouse visa entry clearance for UK varies from case to case depending on the personal circumstances of the applicant and the sponsor. Our specialist spouse visa solicitors can provide you a comprehensive list of supporting documents after fully assessing the personal circumstances of the applicant and the UK sponsor.

Can I track my UK spouse visa application online?

It is no longer possible to track the status of your spouse visa application online. To know the current status of your spouse visa application, you must use Home Office UKVI email or phone option, which unfortunately is NOT FREE. You must provide your GWF number when calling or emailing them.

For how long the UK visa is granted if my application for spouse visa entry clearance is successful?

As a result of your spouse visa entry clearance application being successful, you will be issued with vigenette endorsed on your passport valid for 30 days to facilitate your entry in the UK.

Within 10 working days after your entry in the UK during the given 30 days, you should collect your Biometric Resident Permit (BRP) card from the designated pre-selected post office. Your UK visa entry clearance will be valid for 33 months on your Biometric Resident Permit (BRP) card.

How long does a UK spouse visa entry clearance application take?

The processing time of the spouse visa entry clearance application are as follows:

Standard Service

An application under standard service is decided normally within 12 weeks after the enrolment of biometrics at the UK visa application centre.

Priority Service

An application under Priority Service is normally decided within 6 to 8 weeks after the enrolment of biometrics at the UK visa application centre.

Super Priority Service

An applicaton for spouse visa entry clearance under Super Priority Service is normally decided within 24 hours after the enrolment of biometrics at the UK visa application centre. The Super Priority Service is not available from most of the countries at present.

How much do you have to earn to bring your spouse to the UK on spouse visa?

Your sponsor must be earning not less than £18,600 gross per year if you are applying for spouse visa with no dependent children.

Will I get right to appeal against the refusal decision if my spouse visa entry clearance application is refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO)?

If your spouse visa entry clearance application is refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) of the Home Office UKVI, you will get a right of appeal to challenge the refusal of your spouse visa entry clearance application. You should file appeal against spouse visa entry clearance refusal within 28 days after receiving the refusal decision.

Am I allowed to work in the UK on spouse visa?

Yes, you will have right to work full time whilst living in the UK on spouse visa.

FAQs - Switching Into Spouse Visa UK (5 Years Route)

What are useful online sources of information and guidance for switching into spouse visa under 5 years route?

You can rely on following useful online sources to find an answer to your question about switching into spouse visa 5 years route from inside the UK:

Apply Online For Switching Into Spouse Visa

The Home Office UKVI website gives you access to the online application form FLR (M) to apply for switching into spouse visa under 5 years route.

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Appendix FM: Immigration Rules

Appendix FM to the UK Immigration Rules sets out the requirements an applicant for switching into spouse visa under 5 years route from inside the UK.

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Appendix FM SE: Immigration Rules

Appendix FM SE to the Immigration Rules sets out the specified documents to meet the financial requirement for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK.

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Appendix FM Financial Requirement: Home Office Guidance

The Home Office UKVI guidance on meeting the financial requirement is a useful source of information and guidance on how to meet the financial requirement for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK.

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Approved English Language Tests

The Home Office UKVI page Applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests is a useful source of information about approved English language test centres in the UK and around the world for spouse visa application.

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Partner, Divorce & Dissolution Guidance UKVI

The Home Office UKVI guidance: Partner, Divorce & Dissolution Guidance UKVI is a useful source of information and guidance about the validity of marriage, divorce, civil partnership or dissolution of civil partnership.

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Upper Tribunal decision in CB (Brazil) (validity of marriage: proxy marriage) [2008] UKAIT 00080 on the recognition of proxy marriages in the UK

This case law deals with the validity of proxy marriages and whether or not such marriages are considered as legally recognised in the UK.

How soon can I apply for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK?

You can apply for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK any time during the validity of your current leave to remain or visa. You do not necessarily have to wait until 28 days before the expiry of your current leave rather it is better to switch earlier, if possible so that your qualifying time for ILR can start as soon you have switched into 5 years route.

How much does it cost to switch into spouse visa?

The Home Office UKVI fees for switching into spouse visa 5 years route are as follows:

  • Application fee: £1033
  • Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS): £1,000
  • Biometrics Enrolment Fee: £19.20
  • Super Priority Service for decision within 24 hours (Optional): £800

In addition to the Home Office UKVI fees for spouse visa under 5 years route, you will also have to pay the solicitors legal costs if you are getting legal help and assistance of a solicitor for switcing into spouse visa under 5 years route. Click here to check our fixed fee for switching into spouse visa 5 years route.

Can I switch from student visa to spouse visa (5 years route) from inside the UK?

Yes, you can apply for switching from Tier 4 General Student visa to spouse visa (5 years route) from inside the UK after you are married to a British Citizen or settled person. UK immigration Rules require that you must not be in breach of immigration laws to be able to switch from Tier 4 General student visa to spouse visa (5 years route).

Can I switch from Tier 2 to spouse visa from inside the UK?

Yes, a Tier 2 Migrant who is married to a British Citizen or settled person can switch from Tier 2 visa to spouse visa (5 years route) from inside the UK.

Can I switch from Tier 5 to Spouse visa?

Yes, a Tier 5 Migrant who is married to a British Citizen or settled person can switch from Tier 5 visa to spouse visa (5 years route) from inside the UK.

What is the processing time for switching into spouse visa (5 years route)?

The processing time for switching into spouse visa (5 years route) is dependent on the type of service you use to apply for switching into spouse visa. The processing times for switching into spouse visa (5 years route) are as follows:

Standard Service

An application for switching into spouse visa under standard service is likely to be decided by the Home Office UKVI within 3 to 6 months.

Priority Service

An application for switching into spouse visa under priority service is likely to be decided within 5 working days.

Super Priority Service

An application for switching into spouse visa under the Super Priority Service is likely to be decided within 24 hours.

FAQs - Renewal Of Spouse Visa (5 Years Route)

What are useful online sources of information and guidance for renewal of spouse visa under 5 years route?

You can rely on following useful online sources to find an answer to your question about extension of spouse visa 5 years route:

Apply Online For Renewal Of Spouse Visa

The Home Office UKVI website gives you access to the online application form FLR (M) to apply for renewal of spouse visa under 5 years route.

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Appendix FM: Immigration Rules

Appendix FM to the UK Immigration Rules sets out the requirements an applicant for renewal of spouse visa under 5 years route.

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Appendix FM SE: Immigration Rules

Appendix FM SE to the Immigration Rules sets out the specified documents to meet the financial requirement for renewal of spouse visa.

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Appendix FM Financial Requirement: Home Office Guidance

The Home Office UKVI guidance on meeting the financial requirement is a useful source of information and guidance on how to meet the financial requirement for extension/renewal of spouse visa.

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Approved English Language Tests

The Home Office UKVI page Applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests is a useful source of information about approved English language test centres in the UK and around the world for spouse visa application.

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Partner, Divorce & Dissolution Guidance UKVI

The Home Office UKVI guidance: Partner, Divorce & Dissolution Guidance UKVI is a useful source of information and guidance about the validity of marriage, divorce, civil partnership or dissolution of civil partnership.

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What if my spouse visa renewal/extension application is not successful?

If your spouse visa renewal application is unsuccessful, you may have one of the two options available to you:

Option to re-apply within 14 days

You can re-apply for spouse visa renewal within 14 days of the deadline for filing an appeal against the refusal has expired. Our expert team of spouse visa solicitors can provide the required legal help and assistance for re-applying for spouse visa renewal after refusal.

Option to file an appeal against the refusal

You can file an appeal against the refusal of your spouse visa renewal within 14 days of the refusal decision. Our specialist appeal lawyers can provide expert legal help and assistance with your appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) to challenge the refusal of  your spouse visa renewal.

You should take appropriate legal advice before choosing the right option for you in your given circumstances.

What are the most common reasons for refusal of spouse visa renewal application under 5 years route?

The most common reasons for refusal of spouse visa renewal under 5 years route include the following:

  • not meeting the financial requirement;
  • not meeting the English language requirement;
  • Home Office UKVI not satisfied that the relationship with the British or settled spouse is still subsisting;
  • general grounds for refusal such as allegation by the Home Office UKVI of applicant using proxy for TOEIC test previously, making false representations, etc.

Can Home Office grant me leave under 10 years route if I do not meet the requirements under 5 years route?

Yes, it is very common for the Home Office UKVI to grant leave to remain under 10 years route where the applicant allegedly does not meet the requirements for grant of leave under the 5 years route.

In the event of Home Office granting leave under 10 years route, the applicant will not be given appeal right to challenge the refusal in the First Tier Tribunal. Such decision of the Home Office UKVI can only be challenged by way of Judicial Review in the Upper Tribunal.

Our expert team of Judicial Review solicitors can help you with your Judicial Review against the Home Office UKVI decision to grant you leave under 10 years route instead of 5 years route if you believe that the decision not to grant under 5 years route is wrong and unlawful.

How long does spouse visa extension/renewal take?

The processing time for renewal of spouse visa (5 years route) is dependent on the type of service you use to apply for extension of your spouse visa. The processing times for renewal of spouse visa (5 years route) are as follows:

Standard Service

An application for spouse visa renewal under standard service is likely to be decided by the Home Office UKVI within 3 to 6 months.

Priority Service

An application for extension of spouse visa under priority service is likely to be decided within 5 working days.

Super Priority Service

An application for spouse visa renewal under the Super Priority Service is likely to be decided within 24 hours.

How much does it cost to renew spouse visa UK?

The Home Office UKVI fees for renewal of spouse visa 5 years route are as follows:

  • Application fee: £1033
  • Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS): £1,000
  • Biometrics Enrolment Fee: £19.20
  • Super Priority Service for decision within 24 hours (Optional): £800

In addition to the Home Office UKVI fees for renewal of spouse visa under 5 years route, you will also have to pay the solicitors legal costs if you are getting legal help and assistance of a solicitor for renewal of spouse visa under 5 years route. Click here to check our fixed fees for spouse visa renewal under 5 years route.

Which English test is required for spouse visa extension under 5 years route?

You will need to pass the Home Office UKVI approved English test known as IELTS Life Skills at level A2 (listening and speaking only) for the renewal of your spouse visa under 5 years route.

How soon can I apply for spouse visa extension/renewal?

You can apply for spouse visa renewal any time within 28 days before completing 30 months residence in the UK on spouse visa OR before your spouse visa expires.

Is there a residence requirement for spouse visa renewal under 5 years route?

Under the UK immigration Rules, there is no specified residence requirement for renewal of spouse visa. However, as the spouse visa category is a settlement category, it is expected that the applicant has intention to live permanently in the UK with the UK sponsor in order to settle in the UK. Long absences from the UK may raise a question mark on the applicant's intention to live permanently in the UK with the UK sponsor.

What documents are required for spouse visa extension/renewal under 5 years route?

The documents to be submitted in support of the spouse visa renewal will vary depending on the personal circumstances of the applicant and the UK sponsor. Generally spaking, you may need to provide various documents in support of your spouse visa renewal under 5 years which may include the following:

  • your current and previous passports
  • your biometric residence permit
  • your spouse's immigration status documents e.g. British passport or ILR BRP card
  • evidence of relationship with your spouse including marriage certificate and evidence of cohabitation with your spouse
  • evidence to show how you meet the financial requirement of earning £18,600 or mroe e.g. pay slips, bank statements and other relevant documents as per your circumstances
  • evidence of your accommodation in the UK
  • evidence of meeting English language requirement e.g. English test certificate or degree certificate etc
  • if either the applicant or the UK sponsor was previously married, the divorce certificate of the applicant or the sponsor, as the case may be

It is pertinent to note that the supporting document to meet the financial requirement will vary from case to case depending on how the financial requirement is being met. Our expert team of solicitors for spouse visa renewal can assess your personal circumstances fully and give you a complete list of all the documents required to be submitted in your application as per your personal circumstances.

FAQs - ILR Spouse Visa (5 Years Route)

What are useful online sources of information and guidance for ILR as a spouse?

When and how can I apply for ILR as a spouse under 5 years route?

You can apply for ILR as a spouse under 5 years route by completing application form SET (M) online.

You can apply for ILR as a spouse under 5 year within 28 days before completion of 5 years residence with leave to remain as a spouse under 5 years route.

Can I apply for ILR as a spouse after 2.5 years?

No, you cannot apply for ILR until you have completed 5 years residence in the UK unde 5 years spouse visa route. Prior to 9 July 2012, it was possible to apply for ILR after 2 years residence in the UK on spouse visa but as a result of change in Immigration Rules in 2012 the ILR qualifying period for spouse visa was changed to 5 years under the 5 years route.

How much does spouse visa ILR cost?

The Home Office UKVI fees for ILR as a spouse under 5 years route are as follows:

  • Application fee: £2389
  • Biometrics Enrolment Fee: £19.20
  • Super Priority Service for decision within 24 hours (Optional): £800

In addition to the Home Office UKVI fees for ILR as a spouse under 5 years route, you will also have to pay the solicitors legal costs if you are getting legal help and assistance of a solicitor for ILR as a spouse under 5 years route. Our fixed fees for spouse visa ILR under 5 years route are given in the table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-off immigration consultation/advice for spouse visa ILR under 5 years route £80 (inclusive of VAT)
One-Off Spouse Visa Application Checking Service / Documents Assessment £240 (inclusive of VAT)
Full service for spouse visa ILR (5 years route) to  cover all the work until decision by the Home Office UKVI From £800 + VAT To £2,000 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application and the volume of casework involved in the application.

Which English test is required for spouse visa ILR under 5 years route?

You will need to pass the Home Office UKVI approved English test known as IELTS Life Skills at level B1 (listening and speaking only) for your spouse visa ILR under 5 years route.

Is there absences criteria for ILR as a spouse under 5 years route?

Under the UK immigration Rules, there is no specific provisions with regards to absences from the UK whilst on spouse visa. However, as the spouse visa category is a settlement category, it is expected that the applicant has intention to live permanently in the UK with the UK sponsor in order to settle in the UK. Long absences from the UK may raise a question mark on the applicant's intention to live permanently in the UK with the UK sponsor.

The requirement of not being absent for more than 180 days in each year does not apply to spouse visa ILR applications.

What is spouse visa ILR salary requirement?

The immigration rules require that an applicant who is applying for ILR as a spouse with no dependent children should have a combined (applicant's and sponsor's) salaried  income of not less than £18,600 gross per year.

FAQs - Switching Into Spouse Visa (10 Years Route)

Do I have to meet the English language and financial requirement for switching into spouse visa under 10 years route?

No, you do not have to meet the English language requirement and financial requirement for switching into spouse visa under 10 years route.

Will I get in-country right of appeal if my FLR (FP) application as a spouse under 10 years route is refused by the Home Office UKVI?

Unless your human rights claim is certified by the Home Office UKVI as manifestly unfounded, you will get an in-country right of appeal against the refusal of your FLR (FP) application as a partner.

A decision of the Home Office UKVI to certify the human rights claim as manifestly unfounded and not give in-country right of appeal can be challenged by way of Pre Action Protocol and Judicial Review.

What is the cost of switching into spouse visa 10 years route?

The Home Office UKVI fees for switching into spouse visa 10 years route are as follows:

  • Application fee: £1033
  • Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS): £1,000
  • Biometrics Enrolment Fee: £19.20
  • Super Priority Service for decision within 24 hours (Optional): £800

In addition to the Home Office UKVI fees for switching into spouse visa under 10 years route, you will also have to pay the solicitors legal costs if you are getting legal help and assistance of a solicitor for switching into spouse visa under 10 years route. Our fixed fees for spouse visa 10 years route are given in the table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-off immigration consultation/advice for switching into spouse visa 10 years route £80 (inclusive of VAT)
One-Off Spouse Visa Application Checking Service / Documents Assessment £240 (inclusive of VAT)
Full service for switching into spouse visa (10 years route) to  cover all the work until decision by the Home Office UKVI From £800 + VAT To £2,000 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application and the volume of casework involved in the application.

Can I switch from spouse visa 10 years route to spouse visa 5 years route?

Any time during the validity of leave to remain as spouse under 10 years route, the applicant can switch into spouse visa under the 5 years route so that he can qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after spending 5 years on spouse visa rather than 10 years under the spouse visa. It is always better to make such application for switching from 10 years route to 5 years route as early as possible so that the qualifying time for ILR under the 5 years route can start as soon as you have switched into 5 years route. We can provide Super Priority Service for switching from 10 years route to 5 years route.

For How Loong Will I Be Granted Leave To Remain Under Spouse Visa 10 Years Route?

If your application for switching into spouse visa under the 10 years route is successful, you will be granted leave to remain in the UK for 30 months. You will need to complete 10 years in the UK with leave to remain as a spouse under 10 years route before you can apply for ILR as a spouse under 10 years route.

FAQs - Spouse Visa Extension (10 Years Route)

Do I have to meet the English language and financial requirement for extension of spouse visa under 10 years route?

No, you do not have to meet the English language requirement and financial requirement for extension of spouse visa under 10 years route.

What form should I use to apply for spouse visa under 10 years route?

You should use application form FLR (FP) to apply for renewal of spouse visa under 10 years route.

Can I renew my souse visa under 10 years route using Super Priority Service?

Yes, you can apply for renewal of your spouse visa under 10 years route through Super Priority Service so that your application is decided by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours.

Will I get in-country right of appeal against the refusal of my application for extension of spouse of under 10 years route?

You will get in-country right of appeal against the refusal of your spouse visa renewal under 10 years route unless the Home Office UKVI certifies your human rights claim to be manifestly unfounded.

How long the Home Office UKVI will take to process my application for spouse visa renewal under 10 years route through standard service?

An application for spouse visa renewal under 10 years route made through standard service is normally decided by the Home Office UKVI within 3 to 6 months.

What is the difference between spouse visa 5 years route and spouse visa 10 years route?

There are many differences in spouse visa 10 years route and sposue visa 5 years route. The main differences include the following:

Qualifying period for ILR

Under spouse visa 10 years route, applicant can apply for ILR upon completion of 10 years with leave to remain as a spouse. Under spouse visa 5 years route, applicant can apply for ILR after 5 years with leave to remain as a spouse.

Application Form

An application for leave to remain under spouse visa 10 years route is made using application form FLR (FP). An application for leave to remain under spouse visa 5 years route is made using application form FLR (M).

English language requiremet

An application for leave to remain under 10 years route does not require the applicant to meet the Englis language requirement. However, an application for leave to remain under 5 years route requires the applicant to meet the English language requirement.

Financial requirement

An application for leave to remain under 10 years route does not require the applicant to meet the financial requirement. However, an application for leave to remain under 5 years route requires the applicant to meet the financial requirement.

EX1 to Appendix FM

An applicant applying for leave to remain as a spouse under 10 years is required to meet the requirements of EX1 to Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules; but an applicant applying for leave to remain as a spouse under 5 years route is not required to meet the requirements of EX1 to Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

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