UK Spouse Visa Extension - NEW 2021 Guidance
A spouse visa extension in UK includes proving
that you and your spouse are in a genuine relationship and have a combined
income that qualifies for an extended stay
spouse visa extension is specifically meant for non-EEA residents who have been
staying in the United Kingdom under a spouse visa. A spousal visa usually comes
with a validity of 6 months and 2.5 years. In either case, you can apply for a
spouse visa extension. Once the extension also expires, you can lodge an
application for Indefinite Leave to Remain, which can eventually give you a
British citizenship (provided you have stayed in the UK for a continued span of
up to 5 years).
requirements for an extension are almost identical to those of the spouse visa
application. This includes proving that you and your spouse are in a genuine
relationship and have a combined income that qualifies for an extended stay in
the UK. In this article, we will give you a detailed outline of the spouse visa
extension eligibility criteria, application process, and requirements.
When Should You Apply for a
Spousal Visa Extension?
are required to lodge an application for an extension prior to the expiry of
your current spouse visa. You should ensure that you give enough time for the
application to be processed. The processing time can vary between 2 to 3
months. You must also make sure that you have gathered all the documentation
for the process. The requirements are extensive and any missing papers may lead
to the rejection of your extension. You should factor in this processing time
when considering when to make your application. The documents should also be
valid at the time of application.
Spouse Visa Extension Eligibility
order to be eligible for an extension, you will need to meet certain
requirements, which can vary as per your personal circumstances. However, the
generic eligibility criteria is to have a genuine relationship (marriage or
civil partnership) with your partner -- who is a British citizen or has a
‘settled status’. A ‘settled status’ means that your other half possesses
Indefinite Leave to Remain.
are also eligible to apply for an extension when s/he is granted a refugee or
humanitarian protection status in the UK. On the other hand, you are eligible
for an extension when you have proof of being in a relationship which is akin
to a marriage or civil partnership for a minimum of two years. Apart from the
relationship criterion, other eligibility requirements include earning a
combined income of at least £18,600, having no history of breaching law or
immigration laws, ability to prove proficiency in English, and meeting the
character suitability conditions.
as we already mentioned, the documentation required to prove the above criteria
can vary. Read on to know the details of the documents needed for an extension,
as per your individual circumstances.
UK Spouse Visa Extension
Requirements & Documentation
of relationship can be submitted in the form of official paperwork like utility
bills and council tax bills, bank statements etc. You can additionally submit a
marriage/civil partnership certificate which is recognised in the UK. You might
also be asked to share evidence of your continued communication with your
partner for the last 2.5 years -- which can be text messages, chats, or emails.
you are a carer for your other half, you need to showcase the required proof.
Again, other types of evidence include bills you pay together or how often you
meet if you both do not stay under the same roof. But in most cases, you will
be asked to demonstrate that you have been living with your partner in the same
residency in the UK under the original spouse visa. If your relationship is
genuine, it should be easy to collect the required documents.
financial evidence should prove the monetary stability of both you and your
spouse. You must both earn a combined income of at least £18,600. If you have a
child, this income limit rises to £22,400, and increases by an extra £2,400 for
each additional child. A child should be a minor (under 18 years) and should
not be from an EEA country. S/he must be dependent on you or your partner.
proof can be submitted in the form of cash savings of more than £16,000, state
and private sessions, allowances during maternity leave, or bereavement
benefits. These documents may vary -- so you can seek the help of our
immigration specialists if you need more assistance.
certain cases, you may not be needed to present financial proof -- for
instance, if your partner gets disability living, severe disablement, carer’s,
or attendance allowance OR personal independence payment, industrial injuries
disablement benefit, police injury pension, armed forces independence payment/
guaranteed income payment under Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, constant
attendance allowance, mobility supplement or war disablement pension under War
Documents to Prove Good Character
suitability conditions mean that you should not have breached any law during
your stay in the UK. You must not owe money to the NHS or a litigation debt.
Any responsible resident of the UK should not face any difficulty in proving
himself or herself fit for a spouse visa extension.
English Knowledge Requirements
order to be eligible for a spousal visa extension, you should be able to
present evidence of having an A2 level of English in speaking and listening as
outlined under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If you
did not require to appear for an English test during your original spouse visa
application, you might need to take one when applying for an extension.
Approved Secure English Language Testing (SELT) Provider centres are present in
many locations in the UK and you need to sit for one and get a recognized
applicants need not prove their proficiency in English. These include nationals
of an English-speaking country, holders of a degree or higher qualification
from an institution recognised by UK NARIC, applicants under the age of 18
years and above 65 years, and individuals with a prolonged mental or physical
Documents & Information Required
While Filling the Application Form
filling in the FLR(M) you will need to provide your personal details, inclusive
of your current passport or other valid travel ID. You will also need to submit
copies of previous passports, if any, and copies of previous visas. This should
be accompanied by financial proof (bank statements and payslips, which can also
be electronic documents, provided they are coupled with a letter from the
issuing authority), relationship proof, a copy of your biometric residence
permit, details of criminal convictions, national insurance number, and English
documents which are not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified
translation. Your passport needs to have a minimum of one blank page as well.
While filling the form, you will be required to enter some generic details like
your name, date of birth, address, email id, and divorce papers (if your
marriage has ended).
will be asked to enter the details of your partner, such as name, date of
right to be in the UK, any person s/he was married to earlier, had a civil
contract, or had children with. If your partner supports anyone financially,
the required information should be shared as well. You will need to enter
details of your children as well, such as their name, nationality, date of
birth, passport details, legal guardians, and with whom your child normally
Spouse Visa Extension: How to
you have collected all your evidence and documents together, you need to visit
this link and complete an online application:
Apply to extend stay in the UK as a partner or
dependent child: form FLR (M)
you click on ‘apply’, you will be asked this question: “Do you currently have
an application with the Home Office for leave to remain for which you have not
yet received a decision? If you have submitted any other applications to the
Home Office which have not yet been decided then submitting this application varies
those previous applications. This means that only this application, which you
are now completing, will now be considered.”
read the statement thoroughly and choose the apt box:
this, you will be asked a couple of mandatory questions, which you need to
answer based on your circumstance. Next, register with your email address and
complete the application. Make the full payment once the application is
current standard fee for a spouse visa extension is £1,033. Additional fees may
apply, as per the requirements. Once your application is approved, you should
receive it within eight weeks.
The Steps Hereafter
you receive your extension visa, you can stay in the UK for an additional
period of up to 2.5 years. Once this extension period is over, you will have
resided in the UK for 5 years and your next step would be to apply for
Indefinite Leave to Remain status. You can use this status to live and work in
the UK without any restriction. After having stayed in the UK under the
Indefinite Leave to Remain permission for 12 months, you are eligible to apply
for British citizenship, i.e a British passport!
case, your application is rejected, you will get a rejection letter, stating
your other available options. The best alternative is to lodge a fresh
application, addressing your previous mistakes. You can also appeal to the Home
Office if you think the decision was unfair.