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Spouse Visa Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you made the application inside the country and submit it through the same day premium service, your application will be decide upon in 24 hours.
  • If you made the application in the UK and it was submitted by post, you will receive a decision as contained in the Guidance for Processing Visa Applications.
  • If the application is made outside the country and submitted to the British Embassy, your application will be decided upon as contained in the Guide to the visa processing times of the UKVI
You are needed to meet the English Language requirement. You will be qualified if you are a citizen of a country that speaks English as its official language; If you have successfully obtained a certificate that was tutored in English language equivalent to a British Bachelor’s Degree; and if you are successful in a suitable English Language examination endorsed by the UKVI. However you will not need to meet this requirement if you are:
  • 65 years and above when the application was made
  • Physically or mentally challenged and as such could not meet the requirement
  • Constrained by an exceptionally sympathetic circumstance.
If you want to make the application outside the United Kingdom, you are required to make the application online through this website . if you are a country where the application cannot be made through the internet, you are permitted to make the application through the VAF4A application form as well as with the additional applicable appendix.
If you are making your application inside the United Kingdom you are required to make the application through the FLR (M) application form. You can submit the application through the same day visa premium service.
You will need to show the following:
  • The relationship you are in is long-term
  • You live together with your spouse
  • You and your spouse have the intension of living with each other in the country.
  • You along with your spouse bear the same responsibility for your children
  • You along with your spouse share financial commitment such as agreement of tenancy or mortgage, bank saving, and both of your names appear on utility bills.
  • You and your partner have both visited each other’s member of family in each other’s country of nationality
Yearly you are expected to earn a salary of £18,600. You will be required to earn £22,400 if you intend to support and sponsor a child as well as your spouse.

If you have another child you will be required to earn an additional £2,400. To show that you are financially qualified you will be expected to provide supporting documents in relation to it.

However, if your sponsor is a recipient of funds related to disability or sums of money as a caregiver, you will not be required to meet this requirement. You will be required to show that your sponsor can house you and meet your maintenance needs without seeking for help from public fund.
A switch into the UK Spouse Visa is permitted as long as you are not in the United Kingdom as a:
  • Visitor
  • Leave holder for less than 6 months unless granted entry as a proposed civil partner or fiancé(e)
  • Temporary holder of an admission
  • Person who is in the country unlawfully or an over stayer.
If your application was done outside the United Kingdom, you will be normally issued entry clearance for 33 months. You are further permitted to make an application for extension under this category for which you will be given an additional 30 months if the application is successful. You will be permitted to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) if you have stayed for 5 years under this category.

On the other hand, if you application was made in the United Kingdom to switch into the UK spouse category, you will be granted a further leave to remain for 30 months. You are permitted to make an application for an extension under this category for which you will be granted stay for an additional 30 months. You will be permitted to apply for an Indefinite Leave of Remain (ILR) if you have stayed in the country for 5 years under the UK spouse visa category.
Whenever the application fee is paid is your application date. Depending on if the payment was made online or at a visa application center, the date will be contained on your receipt of payment.
You are permitted to apply for ILR 28 days before you complete 2 years of stay in the UK as a UK Spouse visa holder if your UK spouse visa was firstly granted to you in conformity with the Immigration Rules existing prior to the 9th of July, 2012.

You are permitted to make an application for ILR 28 days before you complete 5 years in the United Kingdom as a UK Spouse visa holder if your visa was firstly issued in conformity to the Rules of Immigration in existence from the 9th of July, 2012.

In a situation where your first spouse visa was granted to you in conformity of the Immigration Rules that existed from the 9th of July, 2012 and it was granted to you relying on paragraph EX1 of the Appendix FM of the rules that oversea the United Kingdom Immigration, you may apply for ILR 28 days before the completion of 10 years residence in the country as a UK spouse visa holder.

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