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Are you a British Citizen, or do you have indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom? If so, you may be considering bringing your spouse or civil partner to live with you in the UK.

The process of obtaining a Spouse or Partner Visa can be complex, but with the right guidance and support, you can navigate the application process successfully.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the key requirements and steps involved in securing a Spouse Visa or extending your partner’s stay in the UK.


Why is a Spouse/Partner Visa Important?


A Spouse or Partner Visa is crucial for couples who wish to live together in the United Kingdom long-term. Once granted, this visa allows your spouse or partner to live and work in the UK without seeking additional permission from the Home Office. It is an essential step towards building a life together in the country.


Understanding the Basic Requirements for a Spouse Visa


To qualify for a Spouse Visa, there are several key requirements that you and your partner must meet:

  • Age Requirement: Both partners must be at least 18 years old.
  • Relationship Requirement: You and your partner must be legally married, and your marriage must be recognized in the country where it took place. Your relationship must be genuine and ongoing, with the intention of living together permanently in the UK. If either partner has been in a previous relationship, it must have ended permanently.
  • Income/Maintenance Requirement: Unless exempt, the spouse or partner already in the UK (or the applicant, if they are in the UK with permission to work) must have a gross annual income of at least £18,600 or sufficient cash savings to support their partner.
  • Accommodation: The couple must have adequate accommodation in the UK upon entry. This can be owned, rented, or provided by a family member or friend.
  • English Language Proficiency: The applicant must demonstrate their ability to speak English to the required standard (Level A1) or hold a qualifying degree.
  • TB Test: If the spouse or civil partner is coming from a listed country, they must undergo a Tuberculosis (TB) test to prove they do not have the disease.
    The Spouse Visa Application Process
When applying for a Spouse Visa, the process typically involves the following steps:


  • Submitting the Application: Once you have gathered all the necessary documents and evidence, you can submit your Spouse Visa application.
    Entering the UK: If the application is approved, your spouse or partner will be granted a 30-day visa to enter the United Kingdom.
  • Collecting the BRP: After arriving in the UK, your spouse or partner must visit a designated Post Office location to collect their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
Length of the Spouse Visa and Extension of Leave


Initially, a Spouse or Partner Visa is granted for a period not exceeding 33 months. After this time, the visa can be extended for an additional 2.5 years (30 months). Once your partner has been in the UK for a total of 5 years, they may be eligible to apply for settlement or indefinite leave to remain, subject to meeting the necessary conditions.


Expert Assistance for Your Spouse Visa Application


At Adel Jibs, our experienced Immigration Lawyers in London are dedicated to making the immigration process as smooth and stress-free as possible for you and your loved ones.

We understand the importance of being with your spouse or partner, and we work tirelessly to maximise your chances of a successful outcome.

Whether you are planning to visit the UK, reside here, or extend your stay, our team is here to provide you and your family with tailored immigration advice and support. We take pride in offering a personalised service that addresses your unique circumstances and goals.

Take the first step towards reuniting with your spouse or partner in the UK by contacting our Immigration Solicitors today.

We’ll be happy to discuss our services in more detail and guide you through the process of securing your Spouse Visa or extending your partner’s stay in the country.


Don’t let the complexities of the immigration system stand in the way of your future together. Trust the experts at Adel Jibs to handle your case with the utmost care, professionalism, and attention to detail. Get in touch now and let us help you embark on this exciting new chapter in your life.

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