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UK Spouse Visa Extension: Guidelines and Requirements of Visa Application

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UK Spouse Visa Extension: Guidelines and Requirements of Visa Application

Applying for Extension of UK Spouse Visa – Further Leave to Remain

Before applicant’s initial grant of leave as a Spouse expires, they will need to apply to UKVI to extend their stay in the UK.

Extension of UK Spouse Visa Requirements

The requirements for Extension of UK Spouse Visa – further leave to remain in the UK are broadly the same as those that apply to initial applications in the Spouse category.

However, applicant will need to make sure that their application satisfies the relationship, financial, accommodation and immigration status requirements again.  A higher-level English language requirement will also apply.

Financial Requirements for Extension of UK Spouse Visa

The financial requirement for a UK Spouse visa application states that applicant will need to demonstrate that their Spouse 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 and other income that have been held for at least six months.

Genuine and Subsisting Relationship

Applicant will need to provide evidence that they are legally married according to the law of the country where the marriage or civil partnership ceremony took place and further evidence residing together in the UK. The general rule is that there should be no evidence of putting parties’ intention in doubt.

Accommodation Requirements

There should be adequate accommodation available for the exclusive use of the family when applying for extension of UK spouse visa. Adequate accommodation is considered as one which is ‘not overcrowded’ and ‘does not contravene public health regulations’.

English Language Requirement

Applicant has to prove their knowledge of English language. This requirement can be satisfied in several ways. Applicants must pass a mandatory A2 CEFRL test.

An applicant will automatically satisfy language requirements id they:

  • Holds a degree or academic qualification that was taught in English.
  • Qualification is recognised by UK NARIC as being equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Moreover, citizens of some countries are exempt from the English Language and don’t need to prove their knowledge of English.

UK Spouse Visa Duration

UK spouse visa expiration, applicant will be able to extend their visa for another 30 months. Upon reaching five years of continuous residence on a spouse visa, applicant may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

Extension of Spouse Visa UK Fees

There is a fee of £1,033 if you make a standard application by post. You can pay additional for super-priority 24-hour service, which is available only to those applying from inside the UK.

The fees are correct at the time of updating this article. UKVI changes the fees every year and as such please check the Gov.uk website and appropriate application form for correct fees at the time of your application.

Spouse Visa UK Processing Time

If applicant apply in the UK a decision will usually be made within 8 weeks of their application date if applicant use the standard service.

If applicant use the super priority service a decision will usually be made:

  • by the end of the next working day after providing your biometric information if their appointment is on a weekday
  • 2 working days after providing your biometric information if their appointment is at the weekend

If applicant is applying from the UK, they may be able to pay an extra £800 for the super priority service to get a faster decision.

CONSULTATION FROM IMMIGRATION LAWYERS IN LONDON

You can request consultation from our immigration lawyers.

Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Moscow 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 enquiries@manns-solutions.com or call +44 207 993 63 46.