How To Apply For Entry Clearance For Spouse Visa UK?

We will guide you how to apply for entry clearance for spouse visa UK. The UK spouse visa entry clearance allows you to be granted entry clearance as a partner to join your partner in the UK. Our spouse visa lawyers can help you apply for a spouse visa entry clearance if you are married to a British citizen or settled person in the UK.

For more information about the UK Spouse visa, including how to apply and what you need to do in order to get entry clearance, reach out to one of our professional immigration advisers on 01614644140, or contact us online today.

When applying for a spouse visa entry clearance from outside the UK, you will need to demonstrate that you meet all the requirements of Appendix FM of the immigration rules.

Guide to Entry Clearance for UK Spouse Visa

To settle in the UK with a Spouse visa, you will first need to be given entry clearance so you can enter the country to join your British partner. You need to apply for spouse visa entry clearance UK online if you are married to a British Citizen or settled person in the UK.

A spouse visa is also known as a settlement visa or Appendix FM Partner visa to settle in the UK permanently. If the applicant meets the requirements for entry clearance as a spouse, the applicant will be granted entry clearance for an initial period of 2 years and 9 months, and subject to a condition of no recourse to public funds.

The UK Spouse Visa can lead to indefinite leave to remain or settlement in the UK after a period of 5 years.

What is a spouse visa Entry clearance?

The UK Spouse visa entry clearance is a process to apply for a UK visa from outside the UK to join a British or settled partner in the UK.

To qualify for a UK spouse visa entry clearance, you must meet the spouse visa requirements of Appendix FM of the immigration rules. If your spouse visa from outside the UK is successful, you will be granted a spouse visa for 33 months. After the successful decision of your spouse visa, you must enter the UK within 90 days. Before the expiry of your spouse visa, you need to renew the same for another 30 months. After spending a total period of 5 years as a spouse, you will be able to apply for ILR as a spouse of a British citizen.

Specialist spouse visa lawyers for entry clearance

Our specialist immigration lawyers can guide you to apply for a spouse visa from outside the UK under priority service to get a fast decision. An application for a UK spouse visa is made online to the Home Office.

Deluxe Law Chambers solely specialises in UK visas & immigration and therefore we provide high-quality UK visa and immigration services to our clients. The quality service provided by our UK immigration lawyers is self-evident from our 5-star Google Reviews.

If you require Immigration Advice Services or help with an immigration problem, please contact +441614644140 or email us at info@deluxelawchambers.co.uk for fast, professional, and affordable immigration advice from our highly experienced UK immigration lawyers. You can book an appointment online for a detailed immigration consultation.

Our experienced spouse visa lawyers can help you to apply for spouse visa entry clearance from outside the UK if you meet all the spouse visa requirements of Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

How To Apply For UK Spouse Visa Entry Clearance?

The spouse visa entry clearance application is submitted online. In order to successfully apply for a spouse visa application from outside the UK, you will need to pay immigration health surcharge, pay for the UKVI application fee, book an appointment at the local visa application centre, and upload the documents before attending the appointment. Ask a question to our expert spouse visa lawyers and solicitors for free advice for your spouse visa entry clearance application.

Spouse Visa Entry Clearance Requirements 2024

In order to apply for a UK Spouse Visa, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Your partner is British or Irish, settled in the UK, has received pre-settled status, is a refugee, or is otherwise entitled to humanitarian protection;
  • You and your partner are both over the age of 18;
  • You and your partner have met in person;
  • You and your partner are legally married in a marriage that is recognised in the UK and you are in a genuine relationship;
  • You and your partner intend to live together permanently in the UK;
  • You meet the financial requirement of £18,600 if applying along; (this is set to rise to £29,000 in Spring 2024, followed by gradual increases to £38,700)
  • There is adequate accommodation for you and any dependents;
  • You speak and understand English of A1 or above (if applicable);
  • You have the UK TB test (if required).

You can book an appointment with us to discuss your spouse visa entry clearance application.

According to the latest update from the Home Office policy paper, the UK spouse visa minimum income requirement will increase to £29,000 in Spring 2024 first, and then rise to £34,500, eventually reaching £38,700.

Documents Required For Spouse Visa Entry Clearance

In order to successfully obtain a UK spouse visa entry clearance, you must provide all the following supporting documents:

  • Copy of your photo ID, i.e., your passport;
  • Copy of your birth certificate;
  • Copy of the UK spouse’s passport;
  • Copy of the marriage certificate (needs to be translated in English, if not in English already);
  • Proof of relationship i.e., marriage certificate, pictures, and evidence of subsisting relationship
  • Proof of English language test A1 or above (if required);
  • Proof of TB Test (if required);
  • Proof of financial requirement being met, i.e., bank statements, payslips, employment letter, P60 and employment contract;
  • Documents of suitable accommodation for the application and dependents (if any dependents);

You can contact us to have an exact list of documents according to your circumstances.

Financial Requirement for spouse visa entry clearance

If you apply for a family visa as a partner, you and your partner usually need to prove that your combined income is at least £29,000 a year. This is called a ‘minimum income requirement’.

The financial requirements are different if either:

  • your partner is getting certain disability or carer’s benefits
  • you first applied as a partner before 11 April 2024 and you’re extending that visa – this includes if you first applied as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner

How you prove your income depends on how you got it. You may be able to use your savings instead of income to show you meet the requirement.

You can arrange an appointment with our spouse visa entry clearance lawyers for a detailed immigration advice and consultation session.

Various Ways To Meet The Financial Requirement

Where the applicant has to meet the minimum income threshold, the financial requirement can generally be met in the following five ways:

  • Income from salaried or non-salaried employment of the partner (and/or the applicant if they are in the UK with permission to work). This is referred to as Category A or Category B, depending on the employment history.
  • Non-employment income, e.g. income from property rental or dividends from shares. This is referred to as Category C.
  • Cash savings of the applicant’s partner and/or the applicant, above £16,000, held by the partner and/or the applicant for at least 6 months and under their control. This is referred to as Category D.
  • State (UK or foreign), occupational or private pension of the applicant’s partner and/or the applicant. This is referred to as Category E.
  • Income from self-employment, and income as a director or employee of a specified limited company in the UK, of the partner (and/or the applicant if they are in the UK with permission to work). This is referred to as Category F or Category G, depending on which financial year(s) is or are being relied upon.

Exemptions From Financial Requirement

If the UK sponsor is in receipt of any of the following benefits or allowances in the UK, the applicant will be able to meet the financial requirement by providing evidence of “adequate maintenance” rather than meeting an income threshold of £18,600 or above:

  • Carer’s Allowance.
  • Disability Living Allowance.
  • Severe Disablement Allowance.
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
  • Attendance Allowance.
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
  • Constant Attendance Allowance, Mobility Supplement or War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions Scheme.
  • Police Injury Pension.

If the applicant’s partner is in receipt of one of the above benefits or allowances on behalf of their child, the applicant will be able to qualify by meeting the financial requirement through “adequate maintenance”. The evidence required to demonstrate that the applicant’s partner is in receipt of a specified benefit or allowance is specified in Appendix FM-SE.

Adequate Accommodation Requirement For Spouse Visa Entry Clearance

In order to apply for a spouse visa entry clearance, you must provide the evidence that there will be adequate accommodation, without recourse to public funds, for the family, including other family members who are not included in the application but who live in the same household, which the family own or occupy exclusively: accommodation will not be regarded as adequate if-

  1. it is, or will be, overcrowded; or
  2. it contravenes public health regulations.

English Language Requirement For Spouse Visa Entry Clearance

The applicant must provide specified evidence that he/she:

  • has passed an English language test in speaking and listening at a minimum of level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages with a provider approved by the Home Office, UKVI; or
  • has an academic qualification recognised by ECCTIS to be equivalent to the standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD in the UK, which was taught in English; or
  • is exempt from the English language requirement:

Home Office fees for a spouse visa entry clearance

The Home Office UKVI fees for the spouse visa entry clearance application from outside the UK are as below:

  • Application fee: £1846
  • Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for partner: £1035 per year

If you have a dependent child applying with you at the same time, then you will pay the following fee for the child:

  • Application fee: £1846
  • Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for each child: £776 per year

The immigration health surcharge will rise on 16 January 2024.

Our Fixed Fees For Spouse Visa Entry clearance Application

Our ServiceOur Fixed Fees Range
Full service for spouse visa Entry Clearance to cover all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO)From £1,000 To £1,400
Documents checking service£350

Our spouse visa specialists will provide can provide following services to for spouse visa applications:

  1. Spouse visa 5 years route
  2. Spouse visa 10 years route
  3. Extension of spouse visa
  4. Spouse visa ILR

Switching Into the Spouse Visa Route From Within the UK

You can apply to switch from your existing visa to a spouse visa within the UK. This means, you will not leave the UK to apply for a spouse visa with a few exceptions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When can you apply for a spouse visa entry clearance?

You can apply for a spouse visa every next day once you are married and your marriage is legally registered.

What is the spouse visa entry clearance processing time?

Th current timeframe to decide a spouse visa entry clearance is 60 days under standard service and 30 working days under priority service.

Is fast track service available for a spouse visa entry clearance application?

Yes, you can apply for a spouse visa from outside the UK under priority service to get a faster decision.

Can I work in the UK on a spouse visa?

Yes you will be able to work as employed or self-employed in the UK on a spouse visa.

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