The Spouse Visa extension can be applied for before your Spouse Visa is due to expire. It enables a person to live in the UK for a further 30 months. You can apply for renewal of your Spouse visa under 5 years route from inside the UK by using application form FLR (M) online prior to the expiry of your initial leave of 2.5 years. As a result of a successful application for extension of your Spouse visa under 5 years route, you will be granted further leave to remain for 30 months (2.5 years) to be able to complete 5 years in the UK. 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. An application for Spouse visa renewal will be considered in accordance with requirements of the Immigration Rules as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

Contact an expert immigration lawyer in Manchester at Rex Law Chambers to get reliable & confidential immigration advice and legal assistance with a UK Spouse visa extension application or any other immigration matter.

What are the Key requirements of UK Spouse Visa extension?

The Spouse Visa requirements you need to meet to be eligible for an extension vary depending on the applicant’s personal circumstances, but a general condition is proof of the relationship between you and your settled partner.

Your spouse/partner needs to be a British citizen or have settled status, such as Indefinite Leave to Remain, for you to be eligible for the extension. It is also possible to apply to extend your time in the UK if your partner has refugee or humanitarian protection status in the UK.

You must be able to prove that the relationship between you and your partner is genuine and recognised in the UK and it is subsisting, whether it is a marriage or civil partnership. Alternatively, you need to show that you have been in a relationship which is akin to a marriage or civil partnership for at least two years.

In addition to the genuine relationship requirement, most applicants will need to fulfil these conditions:

  • Have a combined income with your partner/spouse of at least £18,600
  • Have not breached any law or immigration condition
  • Ability to prove a certain level of English
  • Meet character suitability conditions

What is the financial requirement for an extension?

In most cases, an applicant will need to provide information on the financial situation of themselves and their partner.

The basic financial requirements for an extension are as follows:

  • The applicant and their partner must have a combined income of at least £18,600
  • If the applicant has a child, the minimum income threshold rises to £22,400
  • The threshold increases by a further £2,400 for each additional child

The financial requirement can be met through different means, including:

  • Income from employment or self-employment of yourself and your partner
  • Cash savings over £16,000
  • State and private sessions
  • Maternity allowances
  • Bereavement benefits

Income from certain other sources might be also accepted. It is therefore very important to seek the guidance of an immigration specialist, who can help you establish which forms of income can be combined and will be accepted to go towards the financial requirement.

Who is exempt from meeting the financial requirements?

Whilst the financial requirements are a significant part of most applications, certain individuals will not need to meet them if they want to stay in the UK.

If your partner (sponsor) is in receipt of one of the following benefits, you will not need to fulfil the financial requirement:

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

What are the character suitability requirements?

Spouse Visa extension applicants will need to meet character suitability conditions, otherwise known as the good character requirement. The Home Office will consider your immigration history as well as your conduct whilst you have been living in the UK.

If you have broken the law or fallen foul of any conditions placed on your UK residency, you will not meet the character suitability requirement. The Home Office will also consider whether you owe money to the NHS or owe a litigation debt of some kind.

If you have lived lawfully in the UK and have behaved responsibly you should meet the character suitability requirement.

What is the Spouse Visa extension English language Requirement?

The applicant will usually need to provide evidence of an A2 level of English in speaking and listening as set out by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The test can be taken at several different centres throughout the UK. You will need to take the test at an approved Secure English Language Testing (SELT) Provider centre.

If you do not take the test at an accredited centre, your certificate will not be recognised and, consequently, your extension application will be rejected.

Extension of Spouse visa UK (10 years route)

You can apply for extension of your Spouse visa under 10 years route from inside the UK if you are already in the UK on Spouse visa under the 10 years route. The application for Spouse visa renewal under the 10 years route is made using online application form FLR (FP). The applicants applying for renewal of Spouse visa under 10 years route are not required to meet the financial requirement of earning £18,600 gross per year and the English language requirement.

Switching into Spouse visa UK (5 years route)

If you came to the UK on a different visa other than the Visitor visa, you might be able to switch to a Spouse visa based on your marriage or relationship with a British Citizen or a person present and settled in the UK. You can switch at any time before your current permission to stay in the UK expires. The application will be considered in accordance with requirements of the Immigration Rules as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. If you meet all the requirements as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, you will be granted 30 months (2.5 years) leave to remain under the 5 years route to settlement. Those applicants who cannot meet all the requirements for switching into Spouse visa under 5 years route, they can apply for switching into Spouse visa under 10 years route. An application for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK is submitted to the Home Office by completing application form FLR (M)

Switching into Spouse visa UK (10 years route)

You can apply for switching into Spouse visa 10 years route if you are in the UK and you are married to a British Citizen or a settled person and you cannot meet all the requirements of the Appendix FM for switching into Spouse visa under 5 years route. Application for leave to remain as spouse under 10 years route is usually made by those applicants who cannot meet the financial requirement, immigration status requirement or English language requirement. An application for Spouse visa under the 10 years route is made using online application form FLR (FP).

Our fee

Our UK immigration lawyer are expert in dealing with spouse visa applications under the 5 and 10 years route to settlement. If instructed we will carry out all the work on the application until the decision is received from the Home Office UKVI. Please contact expert UK immigration lawyer at Rex Law Chambers to fully assess your eligibility for either an entry clearance as spouse or an extension under the 5 or 10 years route by considering all the relevant information so that we can advise you on the chances of success in your application in particular if you have any exceptional circumstances or any adverse immigration history.

Our fixed fee

We charge a fixed fee starting from £1000 for our professional legal services in relation to Spouse visa application. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.

How can we help with your UK visa application?

As part of our immigration services for your immigration application, our expert immigration lawyer will:

  • assess your eligibility for the relevant visa type by fully considering your circumstances;
  • advise you on the required supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
  • assess all the documents to ensure that the documents you provide are as per the requirements of the Immigration Rules;
  • advise you on strengths and potential weaknesses in your visa application and how you can overcome such weaknesses if any;
  • complete the online immigration draft application form to share it with you for cross-checking;
  • submit your application online and schedule your biometrics appointments with the relevant commercial partner of the UKVI;
  • prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application explaining in detail how you are meeting all the requirements of the Immigration Rules so that you have the maximum chances of succeeding in your visa application;
  • upload all the supporting documents online in support of the immigration application in their correct format and order;
  • dealing and responding to any caseworker enquiries or correspondence from the Home Office caseworker for any further documents or information concerning your pending immigration application;
  • do all the follow-up work on your immigration application until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI.

Do you need legal help?

Contact Rex Law Chambers, if you have any questions or need legal help with any UK immigration law related matter. At Rex Law Chambers, we specialise in a wide range of UK visas and nationality applications and our principal immigration lawyer has wealth of experience and expert knowledge to deal with all types of UK visas and immigration applications. He has successfully handled many complex and high-profile cases and also represented clients in their immigration matters.

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