Applying For A UK Spouse Visa?

Years of experience successfully helping clients with their UK Spouse Visa Application.

At 8Bella UK Limited, we specialise in helping our clients secure UK Spouse Visas worldwide the first time they apply. Since 2007, we have secured over 4,000 Spouse Visa approvals globally. We demonstrate our confidence in successfully getting your application approved by offering our full-service clients a no-win, no-fee guarantee.

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    The UK’s Most Trusted UK Spouse Visa Consultancy

    With over 12 years’ experience and more than 15,000 UK Visa approvals secured worldwide, we have steadily built 8Bella UK Limited’s reputation as one of the most trusted immigration consultancies in the world. As you can see from our Trustpilot reviews, we have an industry-leading reputation for always securing UK Visa approvals, while providing our clients with a five-star service.

    Welcome to the 8Bella UK Limited’s UK Spouse Visa Information Centre

    We have dedicated the past decade to helping our clients secure UK Partner Visa approvals. Using the knowledge and experience we have obtained during this time, we have created a UK Spouse Visa Information Centre to provide you with comprehensive information you need to get started. 

    We recommend that you bookmark this page, after reading through the information below, to easily find the information page again. Should you want our expert assistance or guidance at any time, call us to speak to one of our UK Spouse Visa Experts and have you case assessed for free. Alternatively, request a call-back at the top of this page, and have one of our experts call you instead. 

    Get a sense of the five-star service and results we have provided for many of our clients by checking out our reviews on Trustpilot.co.uk. Should you choose 8Bella UK Limited to act as your legal representative, rest assured we will provide a professional service that lives up to our online reputation, and is as simple and stress-free as possible for you. 

    Before your first consultation, take the time to read through the information below as we address the most frequently asked questions. We hope to be able to demonstrate our expertise in the area even before having a conversation with you. We look forward to helping you with the process of securing a UK Settlement Visa approval.

     

    What is a UK Spouse Visa? 

    A UK Spouse Visa, also referred to as a UK Settlement Visa, allows a husband or wife (that are non-European Union (EU) citizens) of a British national or someone who holds anIndefinite Leave to Remain Visa(i.e. they are a Permanent Resident or settled) to live with their partner in the UK. The applicant must typically apply for a UK Spouse Visa from their home country before coming to live with the British or settled partner in the UK. Should you be a non-European partner already living in the UK on a UK residence visa (for example, Tier 1 – 5 Visas), you may be able to switch to a Spouse Visa in the UK. You can find further information about switching to a Spouse Visa in the UK in a section below. 

     

    Here to assist you

    As you may be aware by now, this is just a simple overview to assist you in assessing whether you may be able to apply for a UK Spouse Visa, as the Spouse Visa rules are exceptionally complicated by design.

    Take advantage of our initial 20-minute free assessment by requesting a call back from a UK Spouse Visa Expert, and we can assess your specific situation against all the rules and requirements to ensure you will be able to secure the Spouse Visa approval.

    What are the eligibility requirements to qualify for a UK Spouse Visa – Appendix FM rules

    To qualify for a UK Spouse Visa to live with your British or settled partner (who holds an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Visa) in the UK, you will need to satisfy the following requirements: 

    • You must be lawfully married to a British national or a person holding an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Visa.
    • The British or settled person sponsoring your Spouse Visa application must either be already present and settled in the UK or returning at the same time as you to live in the UK permanently.
    • Your sponsor (or you if permitted to work in the UK) will need to satisfy the Appendix FM financial requirement and show that you can satisfy the £18,600 per year income requirement or hold savings higher than £62,500 in your bank account(s) for longer than the last 6 months. Be warned that there are very strict and complicated rules in place when it comes to satisfying the Appendix FM financial requirement, and we have provided a basic overview of the different ways of satisfying the Appendix FM financial requirement rules below.
    • You are required to show that you and your British or settled partner have a genuine and subsisting relationship.
    • There must be suitable accommodation in the UK should your application be successful.
    • You will need to satisfy the Level A1 Speaking and Listening requirement.
    • Depending on the country you are applying from in the world, you may be required to satisfy a Tuberculosis (TB) requirement to prove you are free from Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

    How much does a UK Spouse Visa application cost?

    The cost for a UK Spouse Visa varies depending on whether you are applying within the UK or applying from outside the UK to join your sponsor here. 

    Should you be in the UK applying to switch or extend a Spouse Visa, the current government fees are as follows: 

    • The Home Office Spouse Visa Government fee* = £1,033 per applicant for a Standard Service processing time application (which takes about 8 weeks to secure the approval from the date of the biometric appointment). Due to the slow processing time for the Standard Service, we would always recommend that our clients consider paying for the Priority Settlement Service, which costs an extra £800. The Priority Settlement Service costs £1,833 per applicant in totaland you should receive your decision within 24 working hours after your biometric appointment. 
    • The NHS Surcharge £1,560 per applicant. In January 2018, the Home Office doubled the NHS surcharge £624 per year for the length of the visa. 
    • The Biometric Fee £19.20 per applicant. Even though you may need to pay for a biometric appointment if you want one within the next 3-4 weeks, the Home Office still charge £19.20 per applicant to process their biometric data. 
    • The Biometric appointment fee = this fee ranges from a free appointment (if you wait 3 weeks+) up to £260 per applicant for an appointment at the Premium Service Centre in Central London. For your information, the most typical fee paid for an average appointment across the UK is about £100 per applicant. Should you choose the Standard Service, you could consider obtaining a free biometric appointment in 3 weeks’ time as it will take up to 8 weeks to receive your decision. Should you choose the Priority Service, we would recommend that you consider paying for the earliest appointment possible so that you can secure your 24 working hour decision ASAP. 
    • The government fees stated above total £2,052.20 per applicant for the Standard Service or £2,852.20 per applicant for the Priority Service (plus the biometric appointment fees which have not been included as the prices vary). 

    Should you be applying for a UK Spouse Visa outside the UK, the current government fees are as follows:

    • The Home Office Spouse Visa Government fee* = £1,523 per applicant for a Standard Service processing time application (which takes about 12 – 14 weeks to secure the approval from the date of the biometric appointment in the home country). Due to the slow processing time for the Standard Service, we would always recommend that our clients consider paying for the Priority Settlement Service, which costs an extra £573. The Priority Settlement Service costs £2,096 per applicant in total, and you should receive your decision within 6 – 8 weeks after your biometric appointment.
    • The NHS Surcharge = £1,872 per applicant. As you will be issued an initial 90-day entry visa to arrive in the UK and then collect a 2.5-year Spouse Visa ID card when you arrive in the UK, the Home Office deems you to have been issued more than 2.5-years validity. They use this as an opportunity to round the length of your visa up to 3-years for working out the NHS Surcharge amount you should pay. This is the reason why overseas applicants must pay £1,872 per applicant (e.g. £624 multiplied by 3 (years) = £1,872), whereas applicants in the UK only pay £1,560 per applicant (e.g. £624 multiplied by 2.5 (years) = £1,560).
    • Additional fees = Approximately £200 – Additional fees may need to be paid for an English test (approximately £100), and a Tuberculosis (TB) certificate (Approximately £100) if required.
    • The overseas government fees stated above total £2,723 per applicant for the Standard Service or £3,296 per applicant for the Priority Service (plus any fees for an English test and TB Certificate (if needed), which have not been included, as the prices vary).

    Should you want to know the costs for the different service levels we offer here at 8Bella UK Limited to ensure our clients secure their UK Visa approval, please click here.

    Please note that the prices stated above are subject to change and are simply a guide to assist you in planning ahead for the potential cost of applying for a Spouse Visa.

    The UK Spouse Visa application process using our Full Representation Service if applying inside the UK

    The application process for securing a UK Spouse Visa differs depending on whether you are applying for a UK Settlement Visa in the UK or outside the UK from your country of residence. 

    Should you be applying within the UK to “switch” from your current UK Visa to a Spouse Visa, the application process using our full representation service would be as follows: 

    1. You would pay our professional fee (full fee or deposit if agreed) and agree in writing to our Terms and Conditions, which we will email to you. 
    2. Once both tasks have been completed, we will provide you with our Expert Document List and the document templates you need to keep things as simple for you as possible. 
    3. You would need to gather all the required supporting documents first to ensure the application will be approved. 
    4. Once the documents have been gathered and checked, we will set up the online application form and fully complete it for you (as the application process is now fully digital and documents are no longer submitted to the Home Office by post). 
    5. Once we have drafted your online application form, we will email you a copy to review to let us know if any changes are needed. Rest assured that I will be making sure you are fully involved in every aspect of your case for your peace of mind. 
    6. When the form is ready for submission, we will submit the online application for you, and we will use your credit/debit card to pay the appropriate government fee and NHS Surcharge payments. Once the payments have been made, we can book your biometric appointment at the nearest biometric centre. 
    7. After online submission, your dedicated consultant will be able to upload all your supporting documents to the Home Office server and then provide your fully prepared application back to you so that you can take it to the biometric centre with you. 
    8. After attending your biometric appointment and taking your biometrics, we will have to wait for either one working day (with the Super Priority Service) or 8-weeks (with the Standard Service) for the Home Office caseworker to decide on your application. 
    9. Once a decision has been made, 8Bella UK Limited will receive your decision by email first, and then by hardcopy in the post within 3-4 working days. We will then receive your new Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) ID card at our office within 7 – 10 working days of approval and will organise to get the BRP card to you. At this point, our service will come to an end, and all you will have to do is prepare for the Spouse Visa extension application in 2.5 years.

    The UK Spouse Visa application process using our Full Representation Service if applying outside the UK

    1. You would sign up for our service by paying our professional fee and agreeing to our Terms and Conditions. 
    2. Once done, we will send you our detailed document listdocument templates, and everything you need to gather the required supporting documents. 
    3. Once you have gathered all the documents needed, you must provide them to your Spouse Visa Expert for checking. 
    4. Once we are happy we have received all the supporting documents we need, we will set up the online application form. 
    5. Once the form has been filled out, we will submit the online application form and use your credit/debit card to pay the government fee, the NHS Surcharge, and the Priority Settlement Service fee (if you want a decision in 6-8 weeks rather than 12-14 weeks). 
    6. Once we have completed the online submission process, we will be able to print off the forms you need to submit and book your appointment at the VFS or TLS Contact Visa centre in your country of residence. 
    7. Should the visa centre in your country of residence be operated by TLS Contact, we will fully upload all your supporting documents onto the system, so we can guarantee the approval and ensure no mistakes are made that could lead to refusal. 
    8. Should the visa centre you are attending be operated by VFS Global, your supporting documents will be taken to a location in the UK for scanning. 
    9. At this step, all you are required to do is attend the biometric visa centre appointment, have your digital fingerprints and photo taken, and hand them your passport for the visa to be stamped in once your application has been approved. The visa centre will forward your current passport to the local British Embassy or British High Commission, as they will need the passport to stamp the 30-day Entry Clearance Visa once instructed by the Home Office in Sheffield (UK). 
    10. After 6 – 8 weeks with the Priority Settlement Service (or 12 – 14 weeks with the standard service), you should receive an email to say that a decision has been made on your application. Please note that this is always the most stressful part of the process for our clients, as the Entry Clearance Officers (ECO’s) email will not confirm the decision; they will simply state that a decision has been made. This means that you will only find out whether the application has been successful when you go back to the visa centre and collect your passport back. Rest assured that our clients always receive an approval letter back with their passport, and your passport will contain a 30-day Entry Clearance Visa (which is NOT the UK Spouse Visa). All UK Visas that are issued for longer than 6 months must nowadays be issued as a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) Visa ID card. The 30-day Entry Clearance Visa is issued in your passport to allow you to fly to the UK to collect your BRP Visa card from a specific Post Office when you arrive in the UK. 
    11. All you must do is ensure you arrive in the UK before the 30-day Entry Clearance Visa expires and begin your new life with your partner! 

    As outlined, the application process for applying within and outside the UK is slightly different. However, as we manage each step of the process from preparing, submitting, and securing daily, letting us help you with this process can give you peace of mind on what can be a stressful experience. 

    Do you want a UK Spouse Visa Expert to ensure your application is successful?

    You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain by speaking to one of our UK Visa Experts. We offer you a free initial UK Visa eligibility assessment, and our Trustpilot reviews tell you everything you need to know about us. We do not need awards with the Trustpilot reviews we regularly receive worldwide, so why not become part of our success story, and let our UK Visa Experts do everything for you.

    How can we help?

    • With Our 5-Star Service
    • Over 15,000+ UK Visa Approval’s
    • We know Every Reason For Refusal
    • We Manage The Entire Process
    • We Offer A No-Win, No-Fee Guarantee
    • Our Experience Secures Visa Approvals
    • We Provide A Bespoke Document List
    • We Provide The Document Templates
    • Our UK Visa Experts Make It Easy
    • Our Services Ensure Success
    • We Take Away The Hassle
    • One UK Visa Expert, No Sales Team

    Visa Services

    Our UK Visa services are tailored to your needs, so you can choose the price you wish to pay, for the service you desire. For access to our knowledge & experience, we offer consultation services. If you want to secure your approval cost-effectively yourself, consider our Expert Checking Services. For an extra fee, we’ll even provide our Expert Document List & bespoke templates to save you time. If you want a guaranteed approval though, you are looking for our Full Representation Services. Your own dedicated UK Visa Expert to manage the entire process, and a no-win, no-fee guarantee to demonstrate our confidence in securing your UK Visa approval. Whichever service you choose with us, expect a five-star Service.

    Phone/In-person Consultation

    Gain access to one of our UK Visa Experts through a telephone/Skype call or an in-person meeting at our Central London office. All your questions will be answered, and we will tell you <em>everything</em> you need to know about your visa application

    Expert Checking Service

    Are you preparing your own UK Visa application and want it thoroughly checked by a UK Visa expert? Then consider our Expert Checking Service to ensure your application will be successful &#8211; we will recommend all changes/improvements needed

    Full representation Service

    The easiest and most stress-free way of securing your UK Spouse Visa approval

    Priority Representation Service

    This service is best for our Full Representation Service clients who want the fastest preparation and submission time possible. We will prepare and submit your application within 48 working hours of receiving the supporting documents requested.

    Why choose us

    It’s quite simple, really. We love what we do, and we offer our client’s a service second-to-none. Not everyone can say they make a difference in people’s lives, but we are fortunate enough to be able to assist our clients in securing their future in the UK, and we cannot wait to see the look on your face when we secure your UK Visa or British Citizenship approval. Established in 2007, we’ve worked tirelessly to build our company into one of the world’s most trusted UK Visa immigration consultancies. Our success is simple. Our previous clients putting their faith in us and our unwavering determination to ensure we never let a client down.