If you entered the UK on a Fiancé(e) visa and have now married your fiancé(e), you can apply to switch from a Fiance visa to a Spouse visa from inside the UK. The Spouse visa allows you to live and work in the UK for a period of 2.5 years, after which you may be eligible to apply for an extension.
Whether you want to apply, extend or switch to a UK Spouse visa, our experienced immigration lawyer can provide legal advice and help with your visa application.
Table of Contents
- Switch from Fiance visa to Spouse visa UK
- Requirements to switch to a Spouse visa
- How to switch from Fiancé(e) visa to a Spouse visa?
- UK spouse visa processing time
- UK spouse visa application fees
- How can an immigration lawyer help you?
- Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Need legal advice or help from an immigration lawyer?
Requirements to switch to a Spouse visa
To switch from a Fiancé(e) visa to a Spouse visa, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be married to your fiancé(e) and have a valid marriage certificate.
- You must still be in a genuine and subsisting relationship with your spouse.
- You must meet the financial requirements, which include a minimum income threshold of £18,600 per year or adequate savings.
- You must meet the English language requirements, which means passing an English language test at the appropriate level.
- You must not have breached any immigration laws while in the UK.
To apply for a Spouse visa, you will need to submit an online application and provide supporting documents to prove your eligibility. These documents may include your marriage certificate, evidence of your relationship, proof of your finances, and your English language test results.
It's important to note that the application process can be complex and time-consuming, and it's recommended that you seek the assistance of an immigration lawyer or adviser to ensure that you meet all of the requirements and provide the correct documentation.
How to switch from Fiancé(e) visa to a Spouse visa?
A person who is in the UK on Fiancé(e) visa can switch from Fiancé(e) visa to a Spouse visa from inside the UK as soon he/she has registered his marriage with his/her partner.
Such application for switching from Fiancé(e) visa to a Spouse visa is made online using application form FLR (M) before the expiry of the Fiancé(e) visa.
As a specialist Spouse visa lawyer, we can provide Super Priority Service for applications for switching from Fiancé(e) visa to a Spouse visa and get a decision on your application within 24 hours of the biometrics enrolment date.
UK spouse visa processing time
You should get a decision within 8 weeks once you either attend your appointment at the visa application centre or when you submit your online documents after completing the ID Check app.
UK spouse visa application fees
The spouse visa application fee is £1,048 if you're applying to extend or switch to a spouse visa from inside the UK by using standard service.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Here are some commonly asked questions about UK Spouse visa:
Yes, it is possible to switch from a Fiancé(e) visa to a Spouse visa if you get married to your fiancé(e) within the validity period of the Fiancé(e) visa.
Yes, you are allowed to work in the UK on a UK Spouse visa. You do not need to apply for a separate work visa or permission to work.
Once you have been granted a UK Spouse visa, you will be granted permission to work in the UK without any restrictions. You can work full-time or part-time, and you do not need to have a job offer before you arrive in the UK.
You'll usually get a decision on your Spouse visa within 24 weeks if applying from outside the UK using standard service. However, you may be eligible to use Priority Service to get a decision faster.
If the spouse visa application is granted, the initial leave will normally be granted for 2.5 years under the 5-year route to settlement.
After you have been in the UK for an initial period of 30 months, you can apply for a spouse extension to extend your stay for another 2.5 years.