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What to do WHEN

The applicants who are eligible for UK spouse visa are required to follow the appended process:

  • Complete online application
  • Make the visa fee payment and Immigration Health surcharge payment
  • Visit the UK VFS to submit their original passport and biometric enrolment
  • The applicant’s documents would be scanned at the UK VFS centre and forwarded to the Home Office from there.

If your UK spouse visa application has been refused- you would be eligible to file an appeal if you feel the decision is incorrect. Any UK spouse visa refusal application is assessed in entirety in order to understand whether the application has merits for an appeal.

Applicants are encouraged to submit documents that they believe would strengthen their application. Typically, the documents that are required to be submitted include:

  • Current passport
  • Documents evidencing the English language requirement (e.g. IELTS Test result, Letter from UK NARIC etc.)
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain or British passport (proof of citizenship) of the sponsor
  • TB test certificate
  • Evidence of relationship (e.g. marriage certificate, chat histories, call logs, joint bank account statement etc)
  • Income threshold of at least £18,600 or alternatively provide evidence of savings amounting to £62,500

The visa interview questions that may be asked by an examining officer include:

  • How did you meet?
  • What did you like about each other?
  • What is your spouse’s favourite colour, food, book, movie etc?
  • What was your first date like?
  • How often do you speak on the phone?
  • How much does your spouse earn?
  • What was your wedding like?
  • Where does your spouse live in the UK and how much is their rent/mortgage?
  • What are the names of your spouse’s parents/siblings?

Why Choose

Because we’re lawyers, not agents. Our team of UK qualified solicitors know the in’s-and-out’s of the immigration industry and are more than adept at ensuring that your Spouse visa gets accepted at all costs.

"We get it right the first time!" is our motto and we believe in living up to it, every single day.

Very happy with the service Surabhi and Falguni ma'am did an amazing job! Surabhi guided me during the entire process and listened patiently to all my queries! I highly recommend their services to everyone! I got my partner settlement UK visa approved within 30 days! Thank you so much to everyone at SmartMove2UK.

UK Spouse Visa - Mumbai, India

“To SmartMove2UK,
Thank you all the members of SmartMove2UK and special thanks to Prabha and Joyce who helped me. I knew that my visa process was in good hands the way Prabha was coordinating with me. We had an excellent experience with SmartMove during my Visa process. SmartMove2UK is a very professional and communicative company. Their approachability is mind blowing. Great service from all especially Prabha. Thank you for everything.

UK Spouse Visa - Mumbai, India

A BIG THANK YOU….From the first meeting, Falguni put us at ease with the daunting process of applying for a visa; she broke down all the technical jargon, and told us exactly what we needed to do, within realistic time frames. She was always easily contactable, if we had any queries or problems. It is only because of her help that we are back together and able to carry on with our lives. We will always be very grateful. We wish the best for you Falguni, and your SmartMove2UK Team.Thank you again, Jennifer and Sanket.

Spouse Visa of Settled person in UK - Mumbai, India

Our Services


Our team of UK–qualified solicitors have extensive knowledge of the requirements applicants have to meet in order to ensure the success of their immigration (visa) applications. At SmartMove, we help you figure out how to (the right way) meet these requirements!

Visa Form Completion
& Document Review

With SmartMove2UK, you’ll never have to worry filling tedious forms because we’ll do it for you! We’ll also review your documents for you to make sure they meet the required conditions.


At SmartMove, we truly understand the importance of professional and accurate immigration advice! We are equipped with an expert legal team, exclusively dedicated to Immigration law practice, providing you with sound legal solutions based on the unique facts of your case.

Going Beyond
the Application

At SmartMove, we believe that assessment doesn’t end with paperwork. We go beyond the paperwork and learn as much as we can about you to make your case stronger. Every little bit helps!


Representation can make or break a case. For instance, if you are exempt from the English language requirement, you would be expected to represent the particulars of your situation in the right manner, in a way that would make the ECO understand that you are exempt from that requirement and that it has not just been left out of the application.


Child-dependant visas – Children intending to join you and your spouse in the UK, can apply at the same time as you! We will help you navigate the requirements (financial, relationship etc.) and advise you on the documentation required in support of their applications.


Providing information regarding your accommodation arrangements in the UK is an important aspect of a Spouse visa application. The accommodation must conform to the specific requirements of the Housing space standards. At the SmartMove2UK, we ensure that your application meets every requirement as per the Immigration Rules!


Showing your capability to support yourself through your funds is an important part of your application. SmartMove helps you meet these requirements through the use of your savings, fixed deposits, savings in the name of parents and even government funding! We’ll help you find the most optimal ways of meeting this requirement.

Types of Visas


UK Fiancé visa

If the application for UK Fiancé Visa is approved, the applicant can enter the UK as a fiancé and register the marriage within six months. This will allow the applicant the further leave to remain in the UK based marriage. Applicants are not allowed to work between this time period.

Requirements to meet:
  • An application as a fiancé to join a person present and settled in the UK and get married in the UK after arriving in the UK as a fiancé
  • Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules
  • Income requirement £18,600
  • Proof of English proficiency test
  • Documents confirming the relationship is genuine

Note: You would have to switch to the UK Spouse visa from within the UK before your Fiancée visa expires.


UK Spouse visa

To apply for UK Spouse Visa the applicant must be above 18 years of age, should possess a marriage certificate while both, applicant and the sponsor should have met in person and are in a genuine relationship with no complication pending from their previous marriages. They should also,

  • Not be related to each other in a way that would be impermissible for marriage
  • Be in a valid marriage or civil partnership
  • Meet the suitability requirements
The sponsor must:
  • Be a British citizen or a permanent resident and should meet gross annual income of at least £18,600/savings of £62,500
Applicant must:
  • Meet the English language requirement
  • Have taken a TB test


UK Unmarried partner visa

To apply for UK Unmarried Partner Visa the sponsor should be a permanent resident of the UK or possess British citizenship. His annual income should at least meet the criteria of £18,600 or should have savings of £62,500. Both the partners should be in a genuine relationship or have been living with each other for at least two years. Also,

The application must:
  • Meets the English language requirement
  • Has taken a TB Test


UK Civil/Same sex partner visa

To apply for UK Same Sex Visa, the applicant can apply for entry clearance. In case of applicant residing outside the UK, then an entry clearance application as a same sex partner can be submitted to the British High Commission in the country of nationality or country of origin of the applicant.

If the applicant is already in the UK (with a visa issued for longer than six months) then they can switch into same sex partner visa in the UK by making FLR (M) application to the Home Office.

The applicant should:
  • Meet the English language requirement
  • Meet the financial requirement of gross annual income of at least £18,600/savings of £62,500


UK Marriage visitor visa

UK Marriage Visitor Visa entitles you to get married or register a civil partnership in the UK or to give a notice for the same. Apply for it if you are not planning to stay or settle in the UK after your marriage or civil partnership.

To apply for UK Marriage Visitor Visa the applicant must prove that they’re 18 or over and able to meet the cost of the return or onward journey as he/she is supposed to be leaving the UK at the end of their visit. He/she

You must apply for a marriage visitor visa if:
  • You wish to give a notice of marriage, to marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of your arrival
  • You and your partner are in a genuine relationship
  • You would be able to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or that you can be supported and housed by relatives or friends

Note: You can’t switch to spouse visa from marriage visitor visa in the UK

Steps in Spouse Visa Settlement

(Apply from outside the UK)

  • Apply for entry to the UK as the Spouse/Civil partner/Unmarried partner of a British national or a person settled in the UK
  • Meet the requirements for entry clearance
  • Initial leave granted is for 33 months (Leave to enter)
  • Usual processing time is 12 weeks
  • Option to get a decision in 4 weeks is available
  • Click here to know more


  • Apply for extension before the expiry of the initial leave granted under entry clearance
  • Meet the requirements for extension i.e. period of stay in the UK, genuine and subsisting relationship, financial requirement etc.
  • Period of leave granted is another 33 months (Leave to remain)
  • Processing time – 8 weeks
  • Option to get a decision the next working day is available
  • Click here to know more

(Indefinite leave to remain)

  • Apply for Indefinite leave to remain in the UK, before the expiry of your leave to remain
  • Meet the requirements of stay, life in the UK test, subsistence of relationship etc.
  • Period of leave granted is indefinite – permanent residency
  • You still retain your nationality
  • Usual processing time - 8 weeks
  • Option to get a decision the next working day
  • Click here to know more


  • Apply to naturalise as a British Citizen after being granted an ILR
  • Meet the requirements – life in the UK test
  • Attend the ceremony to receive your certificate of naturalisation
  • Processing time may run up to 6 months
  • Click here to know more


  • Apply for a British passport
  • Meet the requirements for applying, referral from a British citizen
  • Usual processing time is up to 6 weeks
  • Click here to know more

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes a UK spouse visa holder is eligible for settlement in UK. This is also understood as marriage settlement visa. In this category the sponsor can bring their spouse to the UK. Anyone who is married to a British citizen or person settled in the UK can apply for a UK spouse visa if they meet the spouse visa requirements. The spouse can permanently join their spouse in the UK after applying for an entry clearance application from outside the UK.
Yes, the applicant can apply for a spouse visa extension and can stay for an additional 30 months which can take the applicant’s total time in the UK on this visa up to five years.
Any applicant (husband/wife) who has been granted a UK spouse visa can apply for extension of leave to remain. If they have lived in the UK for 5 years and meet the requirements of indefinite leave to remain(ILR) – they can apply for ILR. After they have been granted an ILR you may be eligible to apply for naturalization as a British citizen.
As of February 2020, the spouse visa fees for applications outside the UK are £ 1,523 and £1,033 for applications made from within the UK. However, UK visa fees are subject to change; you should always check the latest fees on the Home Office website at the time of applying.

The applicant needs to make a UK spouse visa application to the Home Office. The applicant can make this application from overseas or from within the UK [subject to meeting the requirements]

The applicant, sponsor or their representative is required to complete an online application form, an appendix and provide the relevant supporting evidence in support of the application. They are required to pay the UK spouse visa fee and Immigration Health Surcharge as part of the process.

The applicants are required to submit the supporting documents along with their passports and biometrics, at the local VFS centre. If the sponsor chooses to submit any documents in the UK, they may visit a UKVCAS centre and submit the said documents in support of your application.

The government since 2017 has introduced the minimum income threshold for a British or settled person wishing to sponsor their Non-EU Spouse / partner for a UK spouse visa without dependent children, is £18,600.

An additional gross annual income of £3,800 is required for the first child sponsored in addition to the partner and an additional £2,400 for each further child.

Note: If the financial requirement and other requirements are not met, all the applicants will be refused.

Children under 18 years of age can enter the UK as their parent’s dependants. The applicant can make an application for their dependant at the same time when they make their spouse visa application.

Note: That the sponsor must show income of £22,400 if one child is accompanying the applicant. The level of minimum income varies depending on the number of dependant children being sponsored.

If your UK spouse visa application has been refused- you would be eligible to file an appeal if you feel the decision is incorrect. Any UK spouse visa refusal application is assessed in entirety in order to understand whether the application has merits for an appeal. Over the past 10 years we have come across a wide variety of complex cases with refusals on different parameters.

It indeed becomes a tense situation to see a refusal but the applicants should understand that such applications need to be closely and carefully dealt with while being assessed in order to see whether filing for a fresh application or filing an appeal would be a win-win solution or not.

Yes, the applicants visiting the UK on a fiancé visa and unmarried partner visa can avail the option to switch into UK spouse visa subject to them meeting the relevant eligibility requirements.
Yes, once the applicant receives their spouse visa they are permitted to work in UK.

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