A Patriotic Father And Child Waving England Union Flag In Field

Spousal Visa Requirements

Navigating the UK Spouse Visa: Requirements, Application, and Expert Guidance 

Building a life with your spouse in the UK is a dream for many couples. But navigating the UK spouse visa process can feel daunting, filled with unfamiliar terms and seemingly complex requirements. This comprehensive guide demystifies the journey, providing essential information and insights to make your application smoother and more successful. 

Please complete the form below. Our Immigration Experts are available seven days per week

Please quote Promotional Code BPA20 to recieve a 20% discount on your initial consultation fee

Who is Eligible to Apply for a UK Spouse Visa?

To be eligible for a UK spouse visa, you must fall into one of the following categories: 

  • Married to a British citizen or someone settled in the UK: This includes those with indefinite leave to remain (ILR). 
  • In a civil partnership with a British citizen or someone settled in the UK. 
  • In a long-term, committed relationship with a British citizen or someone settled in the UK: This applies if you haven’t been married or in a civil partnership for at least 2 years and intend to live permanently together in the UK. 
  • Engaged to a British citizen or someone settled in the UK: This option grants you a “fiancé visa” valid for 6 months to get married in the UK and apply for a spouse visa thereafter. 
Spousal Visa Requirements
Spousal Visa Lawyers

Key Requirements for a UK Spouse Visa

Several crucial criteria must be met for your application to be considered: 

Genuine and Subsisting Relationship: You must demonstrate a real and ongoing relationship with your partner. Provide strong evidence through joint bills, cohabitation proof, communication records, photos, and references. 

Meeting the Financial Requirement: Your sponsor (spouse or settled partner) must earn a minimum annual income of £18,600 without children, increasing by £2,400 for each dependent child. Provide payslips, tax returns, or bank statements as proof. 

As the law is now, your sponsor (spouse or settled partner) must earn a minimum annual income of £18,600 without children, increasing by £2,400 for each dependent child. Provide payslips, tax returns, or bank statements as proof.

On 11th April 2024, the financial requirements will change for any new application submitted from this date.

The spouse/partner visa minimum income will increase to £29,000 on 11 April 2024; to around £34,500 at an unspecified time later in 2024; and finally, to around £38,700 by early 2025.

Those already on a family visa in the five-year partner route would not need to meet the new income requirement when applying for an extension.The child element to meet the financial requirements will be scrapped on 11 April 2024 so there will no longer be an additional income requirement for each child dependent

English Language Proficiency: For your first Spouse visa application, you must pass your English language test at A1 level or higher for speaking and listening skills on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale.  If you wish to extend your Spouse visa to stay in the UK longer than 2.5 years, the minimum language pass threshold will raise to A2

Intention to Live Permanently: Clearly demonstrate your genuine intention to settle permanently in the UK together. 

Adequate Accommodation: You must have suitable accommodation to house all dependents in the UK. 

Supporting Documents for Your Application:

To strengthen your application, gather the following documents: 

  • Valid passport and current visa (if applicable). 
  • Marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable). 
  • Proof of cohabitation (joint bills, rental agreements, bank statements). 
  • Evidence of relationship (photos, communication records, references). 
  • Financial documents (sponsor’s employment details, payslips, bank statements). 
  • English language test score report (if applicable). 
  • Proof of accommodation. 

Application Process and Timelines

  1. Gather all required documents and evidence. 
  2. Complete the online application form and pay the fee.
  3. Attend a biometric appointment for fingerprints and a photo.
  4. Submit your application and supporting documents.  
  5. Await a decision from the Home Office. 

Processing times can vary, but aim to submit your application well in advance to avoid complications. Consider seeking professional guidance to ensure an accurate and complete submission. 

Requirements for spousal visa

Additional Considerations

Humanitarian Protection: In exceptional circumstances, if returning to your home country poses a real risk of harm, you may be eligible for humanitarian protection in the UK. This falls outside the scope of a standard spouse visa application but requires specialist legal expertise. 

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR): After successfully holding a spouse visa for a specific period, you can apply for ILR (permanent residency). 

Partner Visa: If you’re not married or in a civil partnership but meet the long-term relationship requirement, consider applying for a partner visa. 

Exemptions: Certain exemptions exist for English language testing requirements, such as being a national of a majority English-speaking country or having lived in the UK for a specific period. Consult an immigration lawyer for details. 

Spouse Visa Requirements

Seeking Expert Guidance: Maximising Your Chances of Success

While some navigate the process independently, partnering with experienced immigration lawyers significantly benefits your application. They offer: 

  • Personalised guidance and legal expertise tailored to your unique situation. 
  • Assistance with document preparation and evidence gathering. 
  • Representation throughout the application process and potential appeals. 
  • Knowledge of complex regulations and potential challenges. 

Remember: This guide provides general information and should not be substituted for professional legal advice. For personalised guidance and navigating the nuances of your specific case, consult with experienced immigration lawyers who can ensure your path to building a life together in the UK is as smooth and successful as possible. 

Why Choose BPA Immigration Lawyers

At BPA Immigration Lawyers, we are highly rated experts in helping businesses obtain a Sponsorship License, your Skilled Work visa needs and remaining compliant with the stringent Home Office regulations. We operate in all areas of Immigration Law. 

Tower Bridge In London In A Beautiful Summer Day, England,

BPA Immigration Lawyers

No Visa, No Fee*

Give us a call now on 0333 344 7471 or drop us a message on our contact page below.

*Subject to terms & conditions