UK spouse visa. For husbands, wives and civil partners of British & settled citizens.

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Key Benefits

Work without needing a work permit

Study with needing a student visa

Bring kids from previous relationship

ILR in 3 years

British passport after ILR

Do I qualify?

A UK spousal visa entitles a visa national to join their British or Settled spouse in the UK or to remain in the UK with their spouse. The main criteria are meeting the financial requirement of £18,600 and an English language test.

Applicants can meet the financial requirement if they have the right to work in the UK themselves or through their British or Settled spouse. They will need to show a household income of £18,600 (before tax).

If the applicant or their partner are not working the financial requirement can be met through cash savings of £62,500 held for six months. The money must be held in a regulated financial institution.

The financial requirement can also be met with certain benefits such as disability living allowance and carers allowance.

UK spousal visa holder will be granted an initial validity of 2.5 years after which they will need to extend for a further 2.5 years and meet the same requirements. After 5 years of continuous residence in the UK; a spousal visa UK holder can apply to settle permanently in the UK – also known as indefinite leave to remain.

Once a spousal visa holder has successfully obtained indefinite leave to remain in the UK; they may apply for Naturalisation straightaway without the need to wait for 12 months.


How long does it take to get a UK Spouse Visa?
Usually 8 weeks in-country and 12 weeks out of country. Other factors could mean a longer or shorter processing time.

My spouse is on benefits. Can they sponsor me?
Yes. Certain benefits such as disability living allowance and carers allowances negate the need to meet the financial requirement.

Can I use my income instead of my spouses?
No if you do not have a right to work in the UK then your income cannot be used.

I am in the UK on a visitor visa. Can I switch?
No. You cannot switch form a visitors visa. Certain circumstances does allow switching at the discretion of the caseworker.

What are the documents I need?
Evidence your identity together with evidence of your spouses identity and documents to meet the relationship, financial and English requirements.

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