Spouse Visa UK
A Partner Visa UK, also known as a UK Marriage Visa, is a settlement visa that allows you to live in the UK for up to 30 months with your British partner. It can be extended for another 30 months if you meet certain eligibility conditions. Holding a Partner Visa is the first step towards Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and, eventually, British Citizenship.
To apply for a Marriage Visa, you must be married to, or in a civil partnership with a British citizen, UK settled person or UK refugee. The main eligibility criteria include providing proof that you are in a genuine relationship and that you meet specific financial conditions.
You can apply for this permit if:
⦁ Aged 18 years or over
⦁ Married or in a civil partnership that is recognised by the UK
⦁ Married to a British citizen or UK settled person
⦁ You have been living together in a relationship for the past 2 years and you can prove it
⦁ You are engaged, or you hold a Fiance Visa UK and will get married within 6 months of being in the UK.
Before you submit your application, you need to:
⦁ Have all the required documents
⦁ Pass the ‘Genuine Relationship Test’
⦁ Meet the minimum income threshold or adequate maintenence if receiving specific benefits
⦁ Demonstrate your knowledge of the English language
⦁ Have proof of suitable accommodation for you, your partner and any dependents
⦁ Get your biometrics taken
⦁ You may also need to pass a medical test to show you don’t have Tuberculosis (TB), depending on the applicant’s country of residence.
Spouse Visa Extension
The Spouse Visa extension is designed for non-EEA residents who have been living in the UK under a Spouse Visa. If you wish to stay in the UK when your Spouse Visa expires, you can apply for a Spouse Visa extension. The Spouse Visa extension, like the Spouse Visa, lasts for 30 months. When the extension expires, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain status, which can eventually lead to British citizenship.
The requirements for the extension are similar to the original Spouse Visa and include being able to prove that you have been in a genuine relationship with your spouse/partner, and intend to carry on living together in the UK.
Also, in most cases, an applicant will need to be able to show that they have a combined income with their spouse/partner of at least £18,600 If you don’t meet the financial requirements you can apply for extension on 10 year route.