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February 7, 2020

Spouse Visa: Requirements and General Guidelines

The UK Spouse visa category is for partners of British citizens or persons with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, who wish to join, or stay with, their husband or wife in the UK. You can also apply for a UK Spouse visa if your Spouse is outside the UK, but intending to return to the UK with you.

Requirements for a UK Spouse visa application

  • Partner is British or holds Indefinite Leave to Remain;
  • Applicant and partner are both over the age of 18;
  • Applicant has met in person and are legally married;
  • Relationship is genuine and they intend to live together permanently;
  • Any previous relationships have broken down permanently;
  • Applicant will be adequately maintained in the UK without recourse to public funds;
  • There is adequate accommodation for applicant and any dependents;
  • Applicant speaks and understand English to the required level.

UK Spouse visa – Financial requirements

In order to demonstrate that Applicant can be adequately maintained in the UK without recourse to public funds, they will need to satisfy a financial requirement.

The financial requirement for a UK Spouse visa application states that applicant will need to demonstrate that their Spouse (or both of they jointly if applicant is in the UK with valid leave to remain) has a gross annual income of at least:

  • £18,600; plus
  • £3,800 for a first child (who is not British, settled or an EEA national); plus
  • £2,400 for each additional child (who is not British, settled or an EEA national).

Applicant can meet the visa financial requirement through salaried and non-salaried income, self-employed income and/or dividends from a company of which sponsor is a Director, property rental income, dividends and income from investments, stocks, shares, bonds or trust funds, pension income, insurance payments, maintenance payments and cash savings above £16,000 that have been held for at least six months, unless they can demonstrate that they have come from the sale of property or investments within the last 6 months.

UK Spouse Visa – Visa Application, Home Office Fees and process time

The Home Office application fee for a UK Spouse visa application submitted outside the UK is currently £1,523. Home Office aims to process 95% of UK Spouse visa applications within 3 months or 12 weeks. The Home Office application fee to switch into the Spouse category from within the UK or extend stay as a Spouse is currently £1,033.

If applicant apply to switch into or extend their stay as a Spouse from within the UK, they will be able to choose from two processing timelines. If they apply via the Standard Service, your in-country application will normally be decided within 8 weeks. If they apply via the Super Priority Service, you should normally receive a decision on the next working day after providing your biometric information.

If applicant require a faster visa processing timeline, most visa application centres outside the UK offer a Settlement Priority Visa Service. The visa processing time for a UK Spouse visa application submitted via the Settlement Priority Visa Service is normally not more than 30 working days.

Once visa application for a UK Spouse visa is successful, their visa will be valid for 33 months initially. If applicant apply for leave to remain in the UK as a Spouse then they will be granted leave valid for 30 months.

Before your initial grant of leave expires, applicant will need to apply to UK Visas and Immigration to extend their stay.  If their application for further leave to remain as a Spouse is successful, then applicant will be granted further leave to remain for a period of 30 months.

After spending 5 years in the UK as the Spouse of a British citizen or settled person, applicant will be eligible to apply for Settlement/Indefinite leave to remain.


You can request 15 minutes free consultation from our immigration lawyers; it will be conducted over the phone only.

Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and St Petersburg and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at or call +44 207 993 63 46.