UK Spouse Visa Applications

A Spouse or Partner visa allows British citizens and individuals who have indefinite leave to remain, a permanent visa or settled status to call over their spouse or civil partner to live with them in the UK. A Spouse or Civil Partner will need a partner visa to live in the UK long term.

Once the visa is granted spouses or partners are granted a 30 day visa to enter the UK. After entry, the spouse or partner will need to attend a pre-selected Post Office location to collect their BRP (Biometric Residence Permit).

The Spouse/Partner Visa allows the Spouse/Partner to live and work in the UK without seeking permission from the Home Office.

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Basic Requirements of a Spouse Visa

To qualify for a Spouse visa:


Relationship Requirement

  • Both partners must have met and be legally married. The marriage must be legal in the country where the marriage takes place.
  • The relationship must be genuine and subsisting.
  • The couple must intend to live together permanently in the UK
  • Any previous relationship of either partner must have broken down permanently

Income/Maintenance Requirement

Unless Exempt, the Spouse/Partner in the UK (or the applicant, if they are in the UK with permission to work, for example as a student or other long term category) must have a gross annual income of at least £18,600 or have adequate cash savings to support his or her spouse.

The income threshold can also be met by:

  • Sponsor’s income from abroad provided they have an offer of employment on retu

  • Pension

  • non-employment income

  • Other non-employment incom

If there are children, the gross annual income or savings requirement is increased. There must be an additional £3,800 for the first child and £2,400 for any additional child.


The couple must have a place to live in the UK on entry, known as adequate accommodation. This can be owned, rented or be accommodation offered by a family member or friend.

English Language

The applicant must show that they can speak English to the required standard (Level A1) or have a qualifying degree – find out more about the English test on GOV.UK

TB Test

The Spouse or Civil Partner must take a Tuberculosis (TB) test to show they done have TB if they are coming from a listed country.– find out more about the TB test on GOV.UK

Length of the spouse visa

A spouse or Partner Visa is granted for an initial period not exceeding 33 months.

The visa can be extended for 2.5 years (30 months). After the 5 years the spouse/partner can apply for settlement/indefinite leave to remain in the UK, subject to meeting the conditions of settlement/indefinite leave to remain.

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