UK spouse visa applications

If you are married to or in a civil partnership with someone who is a British citizen or settled in the UK, you might be eligible to apply to join them in the UK on the basis of your relationship by applying for a spouse visa.

We can help you join your partner or spouse either temporarily or permanently in the UK.

Our team will make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible so that you can join your partner and enjoy your life together without any worries. We are here to assist you in getting you the result you need.

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Applying for a spouse visa when you are married or in a civil partnership

Who can apply

If you are from a country outside of the European Economic Area and you are in a genuine marriage or civil partnership, you might be able to apply for what is known as a UK spouse visa.

There are a number of criteria you will have to meet in order for your application to be granted, but don’t worry. With our expert immigration team behind you you’ll be in with the best chance of success.

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Proof of your relationship

In order for your application to be a success, the Home Office will need to see substantial evidence that your relationship is real and genuine. You will have to submit months, or even years’ worth of proof alongside your visa application.

Examples of evidence you could submit might be:

  • Joint bank statements
  • Joint tenancy agreements
  • A marriage or civil partnership certificate

Although it might be difficult to get this evidence, especially if it’s been lost or thrown away, without it you’ll stand less of a chance of being granted entry clearance on a spouse visa.

The Home Office also have to see proof that that your marriage or civil partnership is legally recognised by UK law.

Our team know how tricky gathering everything you need can be, so can help you compile all the evidence you should have to give you the best chance of being granted your spouse visa.

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General requirements

If one of the following applies to your spouse or civil partner, you can apply to join them in the UK on the basis of your relationship:

  • They are present and settled in the UK, or
  • They have limited leave to remain in the UK – excluding student visa holders and other short-term visa category holders

You and/or your spouse or partner must also meet all of the below requirements:

  • Both of you must be over 18 at the time of applying
  • Both of you must intend to permanently live together when you get to the UK
  • You can provide evidence that you have arranged appropriate accommodation for your arrival in the UK
  • Your spouse or partner must be physically present in the UK at the time of your application, unless they are accompanying you to the UK. If this is the case, they need to hold either indefinite leave to remain, a permanent right of residence, British citizenship or the right of abode in the UK
  • You personally need to meet the English language requirements, which means you will have to take an English Language Test and pass at a certain level

Our team of immigration solicitors in Manchester can help you meet all the necessary requirements, and will make sure to help you provide the evidence you need so that your chances of success are as high as they can be.

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Financial requirements

As well as meeting the above general requirements, in order to be granted entry clearance to the UK via a spouse visa there are certain financial requirements you have to meet.

Currently, the minimum earning threshold for UK settlement is £18,600, which means you have to be able to prove that you are earning this or more at the time of your application.

If your spouse or civil partner wants to sponsor you, then you will have to prove that they can meet the above amount instead.

However, if a child is also being sponsored, the minimum earning threshold rises to £22,400, with an additional £2,400 for each further child.

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Documents you need to provide

You have to provide evidence to show you can meet the financial requirements. This could be:

  • Income evidence from employment or self-employment, such as payslips or tax returns
  • Non-employment income, such as from property rentals, investments, and stocks or shares
  • Proof of a pension that you or your partner receives. This can be either a state pension – UK or foreign – or a private pension
  • Any maternity allowance or bereavement benefits that you or your partner receive in the UK

If your spouse or civil partner receives disability-related benefit or carer’s allowance in the UK, then you may be exempt from meeting the financial requirements.

However, if you are exempt, then you will have to be able to prove to the Home Office that you will be able to maintain and accommodate yourselves with no problem and no need to access public funds whilst in the UK.

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How long you can stay

If you apply from outside the UK and the Home Office decides to grant you entry clearance on the basis of your marriage or civil partnership you will be able to stay in the UK for up to 33 months.

After this initial period, you can apply for a 30 month extension. If you are granted this extension then after that period is over you will be eligible to apply to settle in the UK indefinitely.

If you apply for your spouse visa from within the UK and you are successful, then you will be granted an initial period of 30 months, after which you can apply for a further 30 months extension.

This will take you up to the minimum five years which is required to be granted permanent residence, also known as settlement.

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We can help you apply

Here at AWH Solicitors we understand that the idea of applying for a spouse visa to join your civil partner or spouse can be quite daunting, which is why we want to make it as simple as possible for you.

We can help you to understand the whole process before we begin your application, and guide you through each step until reaching the result you need.

Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help, or request a call back.

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Our Fees

Due to the large amount of services and the complexity of each case we cannot provide any standardised fees without knowing a little bit more about your situation.

However, if you get in touch with us we can discuss in detail what charges you can expect and what fees we will charge.

Full transparency at all times

We aspire to be completely transparent on pricing from the beginning, so none of our clients will ever be surprised at the end of the process.

Furthermore, we believe advice and support from our team of solicitors should be affordable to those in need.

This is why we provide competitive prices across our range of services.

Immigration solicitor fees
30 minute initial consultation £60 + VAT
Additional 30 minutes where consultation runs over £60 + VAT
Initial consultation + advice letter £300 + VAT
Visa checking service(no drafting) £250 + VAT
Extension applications settlement From £1,000 + VAT

Entry clearance fees - out of country
Visit Visa £600 + VAT
Spouse Visa Sponsor Employed £700 + VAT
Spouse Visa Sponsor Self Employed £800 + VAT
Dependants (Parent/Relatives) From £800 + VAT

What is included:

  • Advice on procedures and law
  • Completion of the paper and on line application form
  • Advice on all documents required to submit with application
  • Consider the contents of all documents supplied to submit to the British Embassy and follow up
  • Advice on strengths and weaknesses of the case
  • Preparation of the covering letter
  • Attendances and follow up

In country applications (extensions)
Extension applications for:

  • Spouse visa
  • Tier 4 student
  • Application for discretionary leave/humanitarian protection
  • Applications for long residence
  • EEA Applications
  • Domestic violence applications
Services include:

  • Attendance and advice on procedure and legal procedure
  • Advice and completion of forms
  • Advice on documents required
  • Preparation of covering letter
  • Submission to Home Office
From £800 + VAT
Points based system - applications and extensions applications
  • Extension applications
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 4
All cases are individually assessed and if additional dependants are placed on application they will be charged seperately.

From £900 + VAT

Other Immigration applications
Application for transfer of visa into biometrics card £400 + VAT
Travel document application £400 + VAT
Entry clearance forms (completion only) £70 + VAT
Home Office Forms (completion only) £200 + VAT
Asylum From £2,000 + VAT
Asylum - fresh claim £1,200 -£1,500 + VAT

British Citizenship
Application for British citizenship/children registration £500 + VAT

Corporate fees
Employers licence for businesses (online) From £1,000 + VAT
Tier 1 entry clearance (Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator, Start-Up) From £2,000 + VAT
Tier 1 extension application (Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator, Start-Up) From £2,000 + VAT
Business audit services Price available upon request

Lodge appeal only £400 + VAT
Lodge appeal and representation £1,200 - £1,500 + VAT
Asylum appeal £1,500 - £2,000 + VAT
Bail application and representation at hearing From £1,000 + VAT
Application for permission to appeal to upper tribunal From £900 + VAT
Review of decision and counsels opinion £350 + VAT

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I first contacted AWH in december and booked my consulation with Shayeda. I didn’t wait long for an appointment and was given very professional advice and the appointment was thorough. Shayeda brought me the print outs and showed me everything I needed for my application. Both Shayeda and Cathryn were very helpful throughout my application. I received a very professional service from AWH and they have alot of knowledge & would recommend them for your immigration matters.


My wife and I were both very pleased with the service we received.Very professional and knowledgeable staff. A superb result all round. Many thanks to all the staff who helped us, especially Shayheda and Cathryn


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