The UK Spouse Visa, commonly known as a UK Marriage Visa, allows non-UK nationals to join their partner in the UK. Your spouse must be either a British citizen or a UK settled person.


If you're married to a UK citizen who's already settled in the UK (that's a person who can stay in the UK for as long as they like without any pesky immigration restrictions), then the UK Spouse Visa might be the perfect way for you to join them. Also called the UK Marriage Visa (because let's face it, "spouse" is a fancy word), this visa is designed for people who want to settle down with their significant other in the UK.

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The UK Spouse Visa

Requirements for a UK Spouse Visa

  • Applicant and sponsoring partner must be 18 years old or over
  • Applicant and sponsoring partner must have met each other and be legally married
  • Applicant and sponsoring partner must intend to live together permanently
  • Applicant and sponsoring partner must have enough money to support themselves (and any dependents) without claiming public funds
  • Sponsoring partner must earn a minimum of £18,600 per year or have enough savings to sponsor the applicant
  • Minimum financial requirement is higher if sponsoring dependant children
  • Applicant and sponsoring partner must have suitable accommodation for themselves and any dependants
  • Applicant must satisfy the English language requirements.

How do I apply for a spouse visa?

You can apply for a spouse visa from overseas or from within the UK.

If you are already in the UK on a fiance visa, work visa, or student visa valid for more than six months, you may be able to switch into a spouse visa.

How long does the application take?

The average processing time for a spouse visa application is 2 to 12 weeks from the date the application is submitted to the UKBA. However, processing times may vary depending on the country where the application is made.

How long does a spouse visa last?

If applying from overseas, a spouse visa is initially issued for 33 months. If you are applying from within the UK a spouse visa is issued for a period of 30 months.

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