You can apply for Spouse visa extension after 2.5 years (30 months) under 5 years route from inside the UK to extend your Spouse visa by using form FLR (M).

If you need the help of an expert UK Family visa / Spouse visa lawyer with your spouse visa application, extension, or ILR as a spouse, please contact us to get legal assistance.

We at Rex Law Chambers (Manchester) can help with all types of UK Spouse visa applications such as Spouse visa extension, renewal, switching, or ILR on the basis of Spouse visa.

Page Contents

  1. Spouse Visa Extension (2nd Part of Spouse Visa Application)
  2. Requirements for UK Spouse Visa Extension
  3. Documents Required for UK Spouse Visa Extension
  4. Extension of Spouse Visa UK (10 Year Route)
  5. How to Challenge the Refusal of Spouse Visa Extension Application?
  6. Re-applying for Spouse Visa Renewal After the Refusal
  7. How can we help with your UK visa application?
  8. Do you need an immigration lawyer for the UK Spouse visa extension application?
  9. Our Fees
  10. Do you need legal help?

Spouse Visa Extension (2nd Part of Spouse Visa Application)

UK Spouse visa is a two-part process that will require you to make a spouse visa extension application after you have been in the UK for an initial period of 30 months.

You can apply for renewal of your Spouse visa under 5 years route from inside the UK by using the 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 and thus apply for ILR as a spouse under 5 years route.

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.

Requirements for UK Spouse Visa Extension

The applicant applying for renewal/extension of UK Spouse visa must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must be lawfully in the UK with leave to enter or remain as a spouse of a British Citizen or settled person under 5 years route;
  • The applicant should meet the suitability criteria as set out in Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules
  • The applicant should provide evidence of a genuine and subsisting relationship with the UK spouse. The Home Office UKVI expects that you provide evidence of cohabitation covering at least the last 2 years before the date of application.
  • The applicant should provide the documentary evidence to meet the financial requirement as set out in Appendix FM SE;
  • Adequate accommodation for the applicant and the UK spouse to be accommodated in the UK without recourse to public funds;
  • English language requirement to show that the applicant has English proficiency at CEFR level A2 as required by the UK Immigration Rules.

You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.

Financial Requirements for UK Spouse Visa Extension

Meeting the financial requirement is one of the key requirements for renewal/extension of spouse visa under 5 years route from inside the UK.

The applicant must provide evidence that the sponsor's gross annual income is at least:

Partner with no children – £18,600;
1 child in addition to the partner – £22,400;
2 children in addition to the partner – £24,800;
3 children in addition to the partner – £27,200; and
an additional £2,400 for each additional Non-EEA child.

The higher financial requirement for applicants applying with child(ren) will apply until the applicant partner qualifies for settlement, even if the child turns 18 before then. However, the 18+ year old’s income and savings will be permitted to count towards the financial requirement.

Genuine & Subsisting Relationship

The UK Spouse visa extension applicant needs to be able to prove they are in a genuine relationship, such as a civil partnership, with their British citizen or settled partner. There are lots of different types of evidence you can send to the Home Office depending upon your personal circumstances, most common documents which you can provide to meet the genuine relationship test are:

  • A joint mortgage or tenancy agreement, either in the UK or outside the UK
  • Evidence of any children you have together, such as a birth certificate
  • Photographs that show you have spent time together frequently
  • A shared bank account or savings
  • Text messages or social media chat logs
  • Travel documents that prove you have visited each other at least once before you got married or have met in person
  • Any documents which prove that you intend to live together in the UK

Adequate Accommodation Requirements

As part of your UK Spouse visa extension application, you will need to provide proof of accommodation that meets UK living standards.

Your UK national partner, who acts as your sponsor, will need to show that he or she can provide adequate accommodation for themselves, the applicant, and any dependents who intend to live in the UK.

For proof of accommodation, the Home Office will ask you to provide:

  • A description of the property where you intend to live with your spouse
  • Proof that there are enough rooms in the property to accommodate everyone and that there are no overcrowding issues
  • Evidence that you can afford to pay for your family’s accommodation

English Language Requirement

Applicants who wish to extend their Spouse visa, need to be able to prove that they can speak English. Once you have passed an English Language Test, it will be valid for two years.

The applicant must provide specified evidence that he/she has passed an English language test in speaking and listening at a minimum of level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages with a provider approved by the Home Office, UKVI.

You must sit an English test in speaking and listening to get the right to remain in the UK with your UK spouse. Your qualification will be valid only if your English exam is taken through an approved Secure English Language Testing (SELT) Provider.

Currently, SELT tests for immigration purposes are only available through the Trinity College London or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Consortium.

You do not need an English Language test if you:

  • Are a national of a majority English speaking country
  • Are aged under 18 or over 65
  • Have a long-term physical or mental condition
  • Hold a degree or any educational establishment that was taught or researched in English. Your qualification will only be valid if confirmed by UK NARIC.

Documents Required for UK Spouse Visa Extension

Below is a list of required documents that you need to submit for your Spouse visa application:

  • Valid passport
  • Proof that your relationship is genuine
  • Evidence of meeting the financial requirement
  • Evidence of meeting the adequate accommodation requirement
  • Proof of meeting the English language requirement

Depending on your circumstances, you might also need to provide additional documents. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and find out required list of documents in support of your UK Spouse visa extension application.

Extension of Spouse visa UK (10 years route)

You can apply for an extension of your Spouse visa under 10 years route from inside the UK if you are already in the UK on a Spouse visa under the 10 years route. The application for Spouse visa renewal under the 10 years route is made using the 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.

How to challenge the refusal of Spouse visa extension application?

If your application for spouse visa extension is refused by the Home Office, UKVI and you believe that the refusal decision is unlawful, you can challenge the refusal of your spouse visa renewal by filing an appeal against refusal of leave to remain as Spouse of a British citizen or settled person with the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) within 14 days of receiving the refusal letter.

Re-applying for Spouse visa renewal after the refusal

If your application for spouse visa extension has been refused by the Home Office, UKVI and you believe that the decision to refuse your application is valid and lawful and therefore cannot be challenged successfully by way of appeal, you have the option to re-apply for spouse visa renewal within 14 days of your section 3C leave ending. We can provide the required legal help and assistance with re-applying for your spouse visa renewal under 5 years route through our Super Priority Service.

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 an immigration lawyer for the UK Spouse visa extension application?

UK Immigration law is an extremely fast-changing and complex area of law. There are high chances of getting a visa refusal if you are not fully aware of relevant immigration law(s) and eligibility criteria.

Most of the applicants seek professional legal help with their UK Spouse visa extension applications from highly experienced immigration lawyers to boost their chances of success. A well-prepared application can significantly increase your chances of success.

Our Fees

Our UK immigration lawyer is an 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 an expert UK immigration lawyer at Rex Law Chambers to fully assess your eligibility for 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 extension application. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.

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.

We can provide one-off FREE general legal advice via live chat or our "Enquiry Form". The FREE advice does not cover the advice in relation to complex legal issues or advice about documents to be submitted in support of the application. If you would like to to get detailed legal advice then please schedule an in-person, Zoom, Skype or phone consultation by using our "Appointment Request Form".

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