You can apply for switching into spouse visa 10 years route if you are in the UK and you are married to a British Citizen or a settled person and you cannot meet all the requirements of the Appendix FM for switching into spouse visa under 5 years route. Application for leave to remain as spouse under 10 years route is usually made by those applicants who cannot meet the financial requirement, immigration status requirement or English language requirement. An application for spouse visa under the 10 years route is made using online application form FLR (FP).

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Specialist Spouse Visa Solicitors
Eligibility Requirements
EX1 Criteria
Super Priority Service For Decision Within 24 Hours
Switching From Spouse Visa 5 Years Route To 10 Years Route
Challenging Refusal
Re-Applying After The Refusal
Why Us?
How We Can Help?
How Much We Charge?
Need Help? Book An Appointment
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Specialist Spouse Visa Solicitors

Our expert team of spouse visa solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham specialise in spouse visa applications under 10 years route. Our specialist spouse visa solicitors have successfully helped thousands of clients with the spouse visa applications under 10 years route. Our best team of spouse visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services concerning your spouse visa application under 10 years route. Ask a question to our expert spouse visa solicitors for free immigration advice online for switching into spouse visa by completing our enquiry form and one of our spouse visa experts will answer your question as soon as possible.

Requirements For Switching Into Spouse Visa 10 Years Route

For a spouse visa application under 10 years route to succeed, there are following main requirements:

  1. The applicant must meet the immigration status requirement which means the applicant must either be lawfully in the UK with leave to enter or remain which was originally granted for longer than 6 months and must not be in the UK as a visitor OR the applicant must be on immigration bail in the UK and EX1 should be applicable to the applicant's application;
  2. Requirements of EX1 to the Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules must be duly met;
  3. Suitability criteria as set out in Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules;
  4. The evidence of relationship between the sponsor and the applicant including evidence of valid marriage, regular contact and cohabitation.

What Is EX1 Criteria For Switching Into Spouse Visa 10 Years Route?

To succeed in an application for switching into spouse visa under the 10 years route, the applicant must meet the requirements of EX1 of Appendix FM under the Immigration Rules. The requirements of EX1 can be satisfied by showing that either:

  • the applicant has a parental relationship with a child under 18 who is in the UK and who  is:
    • British Citizen; or
    • holding ILR; or
    • has lived in the UK continuously for 7 years; and
  • it is unreasonable to expect such child to leave the UK.

OR

  • the applicant has a genuine and subsisting relationship with the UK spouse who is a British Citizen, settled in the UK or in the UK with refugee leave or humanitarian protection, and there are insurmountable obstacles to family life with that partner continuing outside the UK. Insurmountable obstacles mean the very significant difficulties which would be faced by the applicant or their partner in continuing their family life together outside the UK and which could not be overcome or would entail very serious hardship for the applicant or their partner.

Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For Switching Into Spouse Visa

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

Switching From Spouse Visa 5 Years Route To Spouse Visa 10 Years Route

A person who is already in the UK with leave to remain as a spouse under 5 years route can switch into 10 years route if he/she is unable to meet all the requirement to qualify for renewal of leave under 5 years route. Most of the time, the applicants who cannot meet the financial requirement of earning £18,600 gross per year or more would apply for switching into 10 years route.

How To Challenge The Refusal Of Application For Switching Into Spouse Visa?

If your application for switching into spouse visa is refused by the Home Office, UKVI and you believe that the refusal decision is unlawful, you can challenge the refusal of your application for switching into spouse visa by filing an Appeal Against Refusal Of Leave To Remain As Spouse Of A British Citizen Or Settled Person with the First Tier Tribunal within 14 days of receiving the refusal letter.

Re-Applying For Switching Into Spouse Visa After The Refusal

If your application for switching into spouse visa has been refused by the Home Office, UKVI and you believe that the decision to refuse your application is valid and lawful and therefore cannot be challenged successfully by way of appeal, you have the option to re-apply for switching into spouse visa. We can provide the required legal help and assistance with re-applying for switching into spouse visa through our Super Priority Service.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Switching Into Spouse Visa Under 10 Years Route?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with application for switching into spouse visa under 10 years route. Our spouse visa solicitors have successfully helped thousands of clients with their applications for switching into spouse visa under 10 years route. The quality of our exceptional spouse visa service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the excellent immigration services provided by our spouse visa lawyers. Our specialist team of spouse visa solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services for your application for switching into spouse visa under 10 years route.

How We Can Help With Your Application For Switching Into Spouse Visa?

Our expert team of spouse visa solicitors specialise in UK spouse visa applications under 10 years route. If instructed to represent you regarding your application for switching into spouse visa under 10 years route, our speciliast team of spouse visa solicitors will carry out all the work on your application until a decision is made by the Home Office UKVI on your spouse visa application. The immigration casework to be carried out by our spouse visa solicitors will include the following:

  • Assessing your eligibility for switching into spouse visa under 10 years route by considering all your personal circumstances;
  • Advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your spouse visa application under 10 years route;
  • Advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your spouse visa application under 10 years route;
  • Assessing your documents to ensure that the documentary evidence is as per requirements of the Home Office UKVI immigration Rules;
  • Completing and submitting the online application form FLR(FP) to apply for switching into spouse visa under 10 years route by gathering all the relevant information from you and your spouse;
  • Helping you with paying the spouse visa application fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for the spouse visa application;
  • Booking your appointment with the UKVCAS application centre for verification of documents and enrolment of biometrics;
  • Where necessary, preparing detailed witness statement of the applicant and/or the sponsor explaining the background of their relationship and other relevant factors pertaining to the spouse visa application;
  • Preparing a detailed cover letter to introduce and support your spouse visa application under 10 years route;
  • Uploading online all the relevant supporting documents before you attend your appointment for enrolment of your biometrics;
  • Liaising with the Home Office UKVI for a timely decision on your spouse visa application.

Our Fixed Fee For Switching Into Spouse Visa Under 10 Years Route

Our fixed fees for switching into spouse visa application under 10 years route from inside the UK are given in the table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-off immigration consultation/advice for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK £80 (inclusive of VAT)
One-Off Spouse Visa Application Checking Service / Documents Assessment £240 (inclusive of VAT)
Full service for switching into spouse visa to  cover all the work until decision by the Home Office UKVI From £800 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for switching into spouse visa, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.

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.

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