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Spouse Visa (5 Year Route) &
Requirements 2024

To make a successful UK Spouse visa application under 5 year route, you must meet all the Spouse visa requirements 2024 & submit all the supporting documents.
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Spouse Visa UK (5-Year Route)

If you’re looking to apply for, extend, or switch to a UK Spouse visa under the 5-year route, we can offer expert legal advice and assistance. Contact us for a case assessment, information on eligibility requirements, and guidance on supporting documents.

Our highly experienced immigration solicitors in Manchester, are available to provide free general immigration advice online through email, chat, or our enquiry form. For detailed, personalized advice, please book an appointment with one of our expert immigration solicitors today.

What is a UK Spouse visa?

You can apply for a UK Spouse/Partner visa if you are the spouse or partner of a British citizen or a person with settled status (ILR holder) and wish to join them in the UK permanently.

This visa paves the way to settlement, allowing you to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after living in the UK as the spouse of a British citizen or settled person. To apply, you must meet the requirements outlined in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

As specialists in UK spouse visa applications, we offer comprehensive immigration advice tailored to your specific circumstances. We can handle the preparation and submission of your application to the Home Office, acting as your dedicated immigration solicitors.

What are the requirements for a UK Spouse visa?


To qualify for a UK spouse/marriage visa, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Both you and your spouse must be 18 years old or older.
  • You must have met each other in person and be legally married to prevent arranged marriages.
  • You must intend to live together permanently.
  • You must have sufficient funds to support yourselves (and any dependents) without relying on public funds.
  • Your sponsoring partner must earn at least £18,600 per year or have adequate savings to sponsor you.
  • If dependent children are also being sponsored, the minimum financial requirement is higher.
  • You must have suitable accommodation for yourself, your spouse, and any dependents.
  • You must meet the English language requirements.

What are the financial requirements for a UK Spouse visa?

To prove that you can be adequately maintained in the UK without relying on public funds, you must meet the financial requirement as outlined in Appendix FM.

For a UK Spouse visa application, you need to demonstrate that your spouse (or both of you jointly, if you are already in the UK with valid leave to remain) has a gross annual income of at least:

  • £18,600; plus
  • £3,800 for the first child (who is not British, settled, or an EEA national); plus
  • £2,400 for each additional child (who is not British, settled, or an EEA national).

There are special circumstances under which you may be exempt from these financial requirements. Contact our leading immigration lawyers to determine if you need to meet the financial requirement for a spouse visa.

Spouse visa entry clearance application

If you plan to enter the UK based on your relationship with a British national, you must apply for entry clearance before your arrival. Our spouse application lawyers can assist you in applying for a spouse/partner visa from outside the UK, allowing you to join your UK-based partner. To receive detailed advice on spouse visas, you can book an appointment or call us at 0161 832 8867.

Spouse visa extension after 2.5 years

If you are in the UK as the spouse of a British citizen or settled person, you will need to extend your UK spouse/partner visa to remain lawful in the country. Our team of spouse application solicitors can assist you with extending your UK spouse visa using the super priority service. To get detailed advice or book an appointment, please call us at 0161 832 8867.

Spouse visa ILR application

If you have lived in the UK for 5 years as the spouse of a British Citizen or settled person, you may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) to settle permanently in the UK.

Our specialist immigration solicitors are here to help you navigate the complex rules and requirements for applying for ILR as a spouse of a British Citizen. To book an appointment or for more information about the spouse to ILR application, please call us at 0161 832 8867.

Challenge spouse visa refusal

Numerous factors can lead to the refusal or rejection of a spouse visa application. The UK Home Office, specifically UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), rigorously examines such applications to prevent fraudulent activities like ‘sham’ marriages or ‘marriages of convenience’. While a denied application typically doesn’t entail a refund, there’s often the option to appeal the decision and potentially reverse the initial outcome. Whether you initiated the application independently or with the help of a third-party immigration consultant, we stand ready to support you through the appeals process.

Spouse visa entry clearance application

Before you arrive in the UK with the intention of joining a British national based on your relationship, it’s essential to obtain entry clearance. Our team of spouse application lawyers specializes in assisting individuals in applying for spouse/partner visas from abroad to reunite with their UK-based partners. For personalized advice on spouse visas, feel free to schedule an appointment or reach us at 0161 832 8867.

Switching from 10-years to 5-year spouse visa route

Are you currently on a 10-year spouse visa route but considering switching to a 5-year route? Our immigration specialists are here to assist you in transitioning from a 10-year partner route to a 5-year partner route through our super priority service.

Super Priority Service for Spouse visa application

As expert solicitors specializing in spouse visas and located in Manchester, we’re accredited by the Home Office, UKVI, and their commercial partner UKVCAS Sopra Steria to offer the Super Priority Service. With this service, you can expect a decision within just 24 hours.

Our dedicated team of spouse visa lawyers is ready to efficiently prepare and submit your spouse visa application under the super priority service, ensuring a quicker decision.