UK Spouse Visa - NEW 2021 Requirements & Guide
A UK spouse visa, also known as a UK marriage visa allows the married partner of a UK
citizen to immigrate to the country. The UK-based partner must be 'settled in
The spousal visa grants a stay of up to 2.5 years for married
partners. If the application is lodged by a fiance, s/he is allowed to stay up
to 6 months. In either case, you can lodge an application for an extension
before your visa validity expires.
Once you are thorough with the requirements and have all your documents ready,
you can proceed with your online application. Here’s a step-by-step guide on
how to apply for a UK spousal visa.
UK Spouse visa application process
start the process, you need to visit the online application link here. You will first be required to
confirm the visa type. If you are not sure of the exact visa categoryThe, please
visit this page and check what visa type is ideal
for your circumstances. For more detailed information, it is recommended to go
through the UK immigration rules in this link.
the visa type between these two categories:
- Appendix FM Partner
- Appendix FM Child
where you will be submitting your biometrics, which includes fingerprints and
facial photographs. Once you have entered the relevant country, you can proceed
to the next step. Please note that you must check the available biometric
enrolment locations for your country of application. You cannot change your
origin country once you have submitted the application. If your country has no
biometric enrolment location, you can travel to the nearest country to submit
the information. For making an easy choice, here is the list of approved UK visa
application centers according to the nation of origin.
you are applying to enter the UK as a partner, you can continue on this same
link. However, if you have child dependants who are joining or accompanying you
they must apply separately here.
complete the application form in English, you must first register yourself by
entering an email address and password. You will then receive a unique link to
let you log back into your application later, if required. After you have
filled in all the required fields, you can proceed to the next step. For a
detailed insight on the information you need to provide, you can visit our UK spouse visa requirements link.
you will need to pay the visa fee online. In order to know the exact amount
that is applicable for your visa, you can check out this page. All you need to do is select the
country you are making your application from and choose the visa category you
would like to see fees for, which, in this case is to join the family. Next, pick the
exact family visa type and you will get your answer!
The current fee for a UK spouse visa is £1,523 for applications submitted from
a foreign country. If you are submitting your application from inside the UK,
the cost is £1,033. This charge will further increase if your application
You have the option to fill in an online fee
waiver request form if you cannot pay the fee because you do not have a place to
live and cannot afford to buy or rent one, you have a residence but you cannot
afford essential living costs like food or heating, or you earn a very low
income and paying the fee might hamper your child’s wellbeing.
will additionally need to pay the health surcharge also called ‘immigration
health surcharge’ as part of your immigration application. The amount you need
to pay depends on the immigration status you’re applying for. Following this,
once your payment is verified and your visa is approved, you can use the
National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. You must carry your BRP when you avail
you click the submit button after following the above steps, take a print of
your application form and book an appointment with your chosen visa center. On
that day, you will need to visit the branch to provide your biometrics, which
include scanned fingerprints and a digital photograph. For a spousal visa, you
will need a BRP, which you can collect once you reach the UK, within 10 days of
might additionally be asked to provide your tuberculosis test results if you
are resident in a country where you must take the test. Here is the list of
whose residents need a TB certificate. Couple this with your passport and other
supporting evidence, as detailed in our UK
spouse visa requirements section.
spouse visa approval generally takes between 2 to 12 weeks. This processing
depending on the documents submitted and the country where the application is
your application is accepted, you will be issued a permit that allows you to
enter the UK within a time frame of 30 days. Once you arrive in the UK, you
will be given a 10-day span, within which you need to collect your Biometric
Residence Permit (BRP).
On the other hand, if circumstances prevent you from
reaching the UK within this time-frame, you can apply for another 30-day entry
permit. But you will need to pay an additional fee.
your visa application is not accepted, you can file an appeal against the Home
Office’s verdict. Since the process is complicated, we would strongly advise
you to seek the help of an immigration adviser.
you wish to apply for settling in the UK, called ‘indefinite leave to remain’,
the earliest you can lodge an application is after you have stayed in the
country for a continuous, minimum span of 5 years, following the receipt of a
permission for ‘leave to remain’ as a partner. You cannot, however, use this
facility if you have entered the UK as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil
How to Apply for a Spouse Visa from
Within the UK?
application to remain in the UK as the partner of a British citizen, person
settled in the UK, or person who has refugee leave or humanitarian protection
in the UK, can lodge an application online. But the link is different than for
Application to remain in the UK on the basis
of family life or private life