How to apply for a UK Spouse Visa: step by step

How to apply for a UK Spouse Visa: step by step

If you or your partner want to apply for a UK Spouse Visa then follow our step by step guide to processing your own UK Spouse Visa written by our team of qualified immigration experts and ex Home Office caseworkers.

Still need help? Our “Do Your Own Partner Visa Pack” service provides you with a list of documents and template letters based on YOUR specific circumstances.

So, what is a Spouse Visa?

A Spouse Visa, also known as a UK Marriage Visa or a UK Partner Visa, is a type of UK Settlement Visa.

A spouse visa allows overseas nationals (“applicants”) to enter or remain in the UK with their UK partner (“sponsor”) for a period of 33 months.

This can be extended for another 30 months after this. After this, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and eventually British Citizenship.

The Home Office deals with visa applications and is responsible for applying the Immigration Rules.

For a UK Spouse Visa, the rules that applicants need to familiarise themselves with are “Appendix FM” (FM stands for family members) and “Appendix FM SE” (specified evidence).

Step 1 : Suitability Requirements
Step 2 : Relationship Requirement
Step 3 : TB Test Requirement
Step 4 : English Language Requirement
Step 5 : Financial Requirement
Step 6: Accommodation Requirement
Step 7 : Document Checklist
Step 8 : Complete Appendix 2 of VAF4A form
Step 9 : Complete Visa Application Form
Step 10 : Visa Centre Appointment

With Home Office statistics showing an increasing number of visa refusals due to “technicalities” or “administrative errors” and the rising costs of UK Visa applications, it is crucial you get the visa application right the first time.

At VisaHelpUK, we think immigration advice should be uncomplicated and easy to access – so that’s exactly what we provide.

No fuss, no expensive fees, no long waits; just a straightforward, easy to use “Do Your Own Partner Visa Pack” based specifically on YOUR circumstances so you can get on with what’s important to you – submitting your visa application.

If you require assistance with completing the application, we provide you with a document checklist and template letters compiled by our OISC regulated Immigration Advisers.

For a fraction of the cost of instructing an Immigration Adviser you can get all the help you need to complete the application yourself.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this guide is for general information purposes only and is not legal advice. The information is provided by VisaHelpUK and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we can accept no responsibility for its accuracy or for any loss or damages arising from the use of this guide.