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Spouse visa
Under spouse visa your wife and husband can live with you in the UK. Also your family member has a right to work, study or be self-employed
To apply as a partner, you and your partner both need to be 18 or over.

Your partner must also either:

  • be a British or Irish citizen
  • have settled in the UK - for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
  • be from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status - they must have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021
  • have a Turkish Businessperson visa or Turkish Worker visa
  • have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK
You and your partner must intend to live together permanently in the UK after you apply.

What you'll need to prove

You must be able to prove one of the following:

  • you're in a civil partnership or marriage that's recognised in the UK
  • you've been living together in a relationship for at least 2 years when you apply
  • you are a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner and will marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of arriving
If your wedding or civil ceremony has been delayed because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you might still be able to request an extension or apply to extend your stay. Read the guidance for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents.

You also need to prove you:

  • have a good knowledge of English
  • can financially support yourself and your dependants
If you do not meet these requirements you may still be able to apply for a visa or extend your permission to stay if:

  • you have a child in the UK who is a British or Irish citizen or has lived in the UK for 7 years and it would be unreasonable for them to leave the UK
  • there would be very significant difficulties for you and your partner if you lived together as a couple outside the UK that could not be overcome
  • it would breach your human rights to stop you coming to the UK or make you leave

How long you can stay

You can stay in the UK for 2 years and 9 months on this visa. If you're applying as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner, you can stay for 6 months.

After this you'll need to apply to extend your stay.

If you extend or switch to this visa

If you extend your family visa or switch to this visa you can stay in the UK for 2 years and 6 months.


Applying with your children

You can add children to your application as dependants if both of the following apply:

  • they are under 18 when you apply, or were under 18 when they were first granted leave
  • they do not live an independent life
Your child is living an independent life if, for example, they've left home, got married and had children.

When you can settle permanently

The earliest you can apply to settle in the UK (called 'indefinite leave to remain') is after you've lived in the UK for 5 years continuously on a family visa as a partner.

You cannot include time you've spent in the UK:

  • on any other visa
  • as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner
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