Spouse Visa UK
1. What is a UK Spouse Visa?
UK Spouse Visa is a different type of UK partner visa. Those who have completed 18 years of age and are engaged or already married to somebody who have also completed 18 years of age and is living in UK need the Spouse Visa to join the spouse or partner. Those who want to come to UK from another country to join their spouse or partner as well as those who are already in UK on a fiance visa, student visa or work visa which is valid more than six months can apply for a Spouse Visa.
2. Spouse Visa general requirements?
Those who want to apply for Spouse Visa should keep ready all the documents that are required to apply for the visa. The applicant is required to get through the Genuine Relationship Test and should also meet the minimum income requirement. The applicant has to demonstrate his/her knowledge of English language and must prove that he/she has proof of accommodation for both the partners and dependents if any. The biometrics of the applicant are to be taken and applicant should pass a medical test to confirm that he/she is not suffering from Tuberculosis. The partner of the applicant must be a UK citizen who is either settled in UK or have refugee status or humanitarian protection in UK.
3. What are the financial requirement?
When a person applies for Spouse Visa to settle in UK along with his partner or spouse, the applicant is required to prove that both the partners together have annual income not less than £18,600. If the partners have children they should have additional income to the tune of £3,800 for the first child and £2,400 for each child after the first child. This is the minimum financial requirement for obtaining a Spouse Visa. Instead of income the savings also can be used.
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4. UK Spouse Visa Document Checklist?
Those who want to apply for Spouse Visa are required to submit the following documents in support of their application.
- Documents to prove that the applicant and the sponsor together can meet the minimum financial requirement for obtaining UK Spouse Visa
- Documents evidencing the applicant’s knowledge of English language
- Medical Certificate confirming that the applicant is not infected with Tuberculosis (TB)
- Proof of accommodation in UK for applicant, partner and dependents, if any.
- Proof of relationship between the applicant and the sponsor
A person who has the right to live in UK permanently can ask his/her spouse or partner to apply for Spouse Visa in order to come to UK and live together. The partner or spouse who is applying for the UK Spouse Visa must be either husband/wife, civil partner/ proposed civil partner/fiance or partner who have lived with him/her for minimum 2 years.
Different rules are applicable for different type of partner.
In case the partner is from another country, he/she can apply for the UK Spouse Visa from that country. If the partner is in UK, he/she can apply for U Spouse Visa from UK if he/she has worker/fiance/student Visa which is valid for not less than 6 months. Those who are in UK on a visit Visa cannot apply for Spouse Visa from UK.
Both the partners together should meet the minimum financial requirement to obtain a Spouse Visa and should also prove that both the partners and their dependents, if any have proper accommodation in UK. Those who apply from abroad for a Spouse Visa can use their savings to meet the minimum financial requirement.
6. Where can I apply?
One can apply for Spouse Visa either from another country or from within UK. Those who are already in UK on student visa, work visa or fiance visa valid for more than six months can switch into UK Spouse Visa. Those who are applying from another country can apply online. Those who are already in UK can also apply online provided they fulfil all the eligibility criteria.
7. What are the fees?
Those who apply for Spouse Visa from other countries are required to pay a fee of £1,523. This is for living in UK along with the partner or spouse for more than six months. Those who apply from within UK need to pay a fee of £1,033. Those who obtain the UK Spouse Visa can stay in UK for 30 months and can be extended further. The applicant can include children under 18 also in the application for Spouse Visa. For each dependent, the applicant has to pay an additional amount of £1,523.
Along with the application for UK Spouse Visa one has to pay IHS (Immigration Health Surcharges) also. Those who apply from abroad have to pay £1200 and applicants who apply from within UK need to pay £1000.
8. How long does it take to get the visa?
The processing time for Spouse Visa applications depends on the country from which the application is made. It may vary among countries. The average time required for Spouse Visa application is roughly three months. The minimum time required to process the application is two weeks. The speed of processing depends on from where the application is made and how perfectly the requirements are fulfilled. The UKVI method to check how the applicant has met the ‘genuine relationship’ requirement is more time-consuming.
9. Can I apply within the UK?
Those who are already in UK on a work visa, finace visa or student visa which is valid for not less than six months can apply for Spouse Visa from within UK. They may be able to switch in to Spouse Visa from the fiance visa, work visa or student visa they already have. Those who are in UK on a visit visa cannot apply for Spouse Visa from within UK. In case the student visa or fiance visa or work visa one is already having is to expire within six months, he/she has to go back to his/her native country and apply for the Spouse Visa from there only, online.
10. Can I apply from abroad?
Non-UK nationals who want to live with their partner or spouse in the UK can apply for a Spouse Visa from the country where they live, provided they meet all the requirements for obtaining Spouse Visa. The spouse or partner of the applicant should be either a British citizen or a person settled in UK. The application can be made only along with the supporting documents. They have to pay the Visa application fees also, prescribed for applications made from abroad.
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11. How much is the UK Spouse Visa extension fee?
Those who have obtained the Spouse Visa are allowed to live in UK for 30 months and the visa expires on completion of the 30 months period. Those who want to continue in UK can apply for UK Spouse Visa extension. Once the Spouse Visa is extended they can continue in UK for another 30 months. Those who want to extent their Spouse Visa are required to pay £1,033 as Spouse Visa Extension Fees. This amount is to be paid to the Home Office in order to process the application for visa extension. You can watch our video here for more details
12. How can I extend my Spouse Visa?
Those who wish to continue in UK after 30 months by which time their UK Spouse Visa expires, can apply for extension of their Spouse Visa. After obtaining the visa extension they can live in UK along with their spouse or partner for another 30 months. They can apply for visa extension at the Home Office for which they have to pay £1,033 as a Spouse Visa Extension Visa Fees. While applying for Visa Extension also the applicant is required to fulfill the minimum financial requirements. The applicant and his/her spouse/partner together should have an annual income not less than £18,600. Those who have children are required to earn extra £3,800 for first child and additional £2,400 for each additional child.
13. How to extend the spouse visa after 2.5 years?
Spouse Visa is valid for 30 months only. One can apply for visa extension after 2.5 years. The application is to be made at the Home Office. For extension of the visa the applicant has to pay £1,033 as a Spouse Visa Extension Fees. The applicant has to fulfill the same financial requirements that they fulfilled while applying for Spouse Visa. The application will be processed after paying the visa extension fees and on submitting the necessary documents to prove that the minimum financial requirements are fulfilled.
14. Where to send extension documents?
Since the Spouse Visa expires after 2.5 years, one has to apply for visa extension. After obtaining the visa extension he/she can continue in UK for another 30 months. The application for Spouse Visa Extension along with the supporting documents are to be submitted at the Home Office. An amount of £1,033 is to be paid as Visa Extension Fees.
15. UK spouse visa application form 2020?
UK Spouse Visa application form is available online and one has to apply for the visa online only with North Korea being an exception. Help of an immigration lawyer is not necessary to fill up the form. Most of the applicants are able to make their applications. The application form is to be submitted online and the application fees are also to be paid online. The application is to be supported by proof of relationship with the sponsor, proof of knowledge of English language, proof of minimum financial requirements, medical certificate to confirm that applicant is not infected with TB, proof of accommodation in UK, Biometric information and proof of spouse visa fees payment.
16. Who can be a sponsor for a spouse visa?
The partner or spouse or fiance or civil partner or proposed civil partner of the person who is applying for the Spouse Visa can be the sponsor for the spouse visa. The applicant and the sponsor together should have minimum annual income not less than £18,600. If they have dependents (children below 18) they should have extra annual income of £3,800 for the first child and £2,400 for each child after the first child. They must have proof of proper accommodation in UK. The sponsor for Spouse Visa must be either a citizen of UK settled in UK or a person with refugee status or a person with humanitarian protection in UK. The sponsor must have completed 18 years of age.
17. Sample sponsorship letter from for visa from husband?
The person who is the sponsor for Spouse Visa for his wife has to address the sponsorship letter to the embassy staff. He should mention clearly his name, address, place of working and other personal details in the letter. He has to explain the purpose of writing the letter and should also mention the name and other personal details of his wife. The format of the sponsoring letter is given below:
The Deputy High Commission
1 (name), an employee of (name of company/office where working) having Indefinite Leave to remain and residing at XXXXXXX, UK, wish to call my wife (name) and daughter to stay with me in UK.
I hereby guarantee that I will bear entire expenses of my wife’s and daughter’s travel and stay in UK.
I request you to issue UK Spouse Visa to my wife along with my daughter to enable them to undertake the journey and stay with me in UK. Enclosed please find supporting letter from XXXXXX in original, copy of my passport with Indefinite Leave to remain, duly filled visa form for my wife and daughter, my bank statements for last 6 months, my salary slips for last six months and IT-returns made by me for last three years, for your kind perusal and necessary action.
I have also attached copy of the tenancy agreement as well as the tenancy renewal agreement of the apartment XXXXXXX where my wife and daughter will leave while in UK.