If you are a spouse of a British Citizen or settled person, you can apply for spouse visa to join or stay with your British or settled spouse in the UK. Spouse visa is also known as settlement visa for UK. An application for spouse visa UK is made under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

Our specialist team of spouse visa solicitors based in London, Manchester or Birmingham have wealth of knowledge and experience of successfully dealing with spouse visa applications under 5 years partner route. Our expert spouse visa solicitors will provide you with fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services for your UK spouse visa application under 5 years route. We can provide Super Priority Service (decision within 24 hours) for all in-country applications for spouse visa 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).

Ask a question to our spouse visa specialists for free spouse visa advice online by completing our enquiry form and one of our spouse visa experts will answer your question as soon as possible.

Spouse Visa Applications (5 Years Route)

Our specialist team of spouse visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services for following spouse visa applications under the 5 years route:

Spouse Visa Entry Clearance UK

You can apply for spouse visa entry clearance UK online if you are married to a British Citizen or settled person and resident outside the UK. If the applicant meets the requirements for entry clearance as a partner the applicant will be granted entry clearance for an initial period not exceeding 33 months, and subject to a condition of no recourse to public funds.

Need legal help and assistance with spouse visa entry clearance application? Contact our expert team of spouse visa solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham for fast, friendly, reliable and affordable fixed fee legal services for your spouse visa entry clearance application. READ MORE

Switching Into Spouse Visa UK (5 Years Route)

You can apply for switching into spouse visa on the basis of your marriage with a British Citizen or a person present and settled in the UK. The application will be considered in accordance with requirements of the Immigration Rules as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. If you meet all the requirements as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, you will be granted 30 months (2.5 years) leave to remain under the 5 years route to settlement. Those applicants who cannot meet all the requirements for switching into spouse visa under 5 years route, they can apply for switching into spouse visa under 10 years route.

You can contact our expert team of spouse visa solicitors in London, Manchester or Birmingham for for fast, friendly, reliable and affordable legal services for switching into spouse visa under 5 years route from inside the UK. As expert spouse visa solicitors, we can provide super prioirty service (decision within 24 hours) for your application for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK. READ MORE

Renewal/Extension Of Spouse Visa UK

You can apply for renewal of your spouse visa under 5 years route from inside the UK by using application form FLR (M) online prior to the expiry of your initial leave of 2.5 years. As a result of a successful application for extension of your spouse visa under 5 years route, you will be granted further leave to remain for 30 months (2.5 years) to be able to complete 5 years in the UK and thus apply for ILR as a spouse under 5 years route. An application for spouse visa renewal will be considered in accordance with requirements of the Immigration Rules as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration RulesREAD MORE

ILR Spouse Visa - SET (M) Application

You can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) using SET (M) application form online once you have completed 5 years of your residence in the UK with leave to remain under spouse visa category (5 years route). The application will be considered in accordance with requirements of the Immigration Rules as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

You can contact our expert team of spouse visa solicitors in London, Manchester or Birmingham for fast, friendly, reliable and affordable legal services for your Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a spouse of a person present and settled in the UK. The high quality of our service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the excellent legal services provided by our spouse visa solicitors. As expert spouse visa solicitors, we can provide super prioirty service for your SET (M) application to be decided within 24 hours. READ MORE

Challenging Refusal Of Spouse Visa Application

If your application for entry clearance, switching, renewal or ILR as spouse under 5 years route has been refused by the Home Office, UKVI, our expert team of immigration solicitors can provide the required legal help and assistance in challenging the refusal of your application or alternatively help you with re-applying after the refusal. We can provide following services in order to challenge the refusal of your spouse visa application under 5 years route:

Entry Clearance Appeal Against Spouse Visa Refusal
Appeal Against Refusal Of Leave To Remain As Spouse Of A British Citizen Or Settled Person
Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) For Judicial Review (JR) Against Decision Of The UKVI To Certify The Human Rights Claim As Manifestly Unfounded
Judicial Review (JR) In The Upper Tribunal (UT) Against Decision Of The UKVI To Certify The Human Rights Claim As Manifestly Unfounded

 

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)

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.

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

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.

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