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Extension Of Spouse Visa (10 Years Route)

You can apply to extend / renew your spouse visa under 10 years route from inside the UK if you are already in the UK on spouse visa under the 10 years route. The application for spouse visa renewal under the 10 years route is made using online application form FLR (FP). The applicants applying for renewal of spouse visa under 10 years route are NOT required to meet the financial requirement of earning £18,600 gross per year and the English language requirement. The success of the application for spouse visa renewal under 10 years route is mainly based on meeting the requirements of paragraph EX1 of Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules.

Specialist spouse visa solicitors

Our expert team of spouse visa solicitors in London specialise in applications for extension of spouse visa under 10 years route. Our specialist spouse visa solicitors have successfully helped thousands of clients with the applications for extension of spouse visa under 10 years route. Our best team of spouse visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services concerning your application for extension of spouse visa under 10 years route. Ask a question to our expert spouse visa solicitors for free immigration advice or submit an online request to book an appointment for detailed legal advice for your application for renewal of spouse visa under 10 years route.

Requirements for extension of spouse visa 10 years route

For a spouse visa extension application under 10 years route to succeed, there are following main requirements:

  1. The applicant must meet the immigration status requirement which is normally met by the applicant already having leave to remain as a spouse under 10 years route.
  2. Requirements of EX1 to the Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules must be duly met.
  3. Suitability criteria as set out in Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules;
  4. The evidence of relationship between the sponsor and the applicant including evidence of valid marriage, regular contact and cohabitation.

When does financial requirement does not apply to a child?

The financial requirement does not apply to a child who:

  • Is a British Citizen (including an adopted child who acquires British citizenship).
  • Is settled in the UK (holds ILR in the UK) or who qualifies for indefinite leave to enter (ILE); or
  • Qualifies under Part 8 or Appendix Armed Forces of the Immigration Rules in a category to which the financial requirement does not apply.

What is EX1 criteria for extension of spouse visa 10 years route?

To succeed in an application for extension of spouse visa under the 10 years route, the applicant must meet the requirements of EX1 of Appendix FM under the Immigration Rules. The requirements of EX1 can be satisfied by showing that either:

  • the applicant has a parental relationship with a child under 18 who is in the UK and who  is:
    • British Citizen; or
    • holding ILR; or
    • has lived in the UK continuously for 7 years; and
  • it is unreasonable to expect such child to leave the UK.

OR

  • The applicant has a genuine and subsisting relationship with the UK spouse who is a British Citizen, settled in the UK or in the UK with refugee leave or humanitarian protection, and there are insurmountable obstacles to family life with that partner continuing outside the UK. Insurmountable obstacles mean the very significant difficulties which would be faced by the applicant or their partner in continuing their family life together outside the UK and which could not be overcome or would entail very serious hardship for the applicant or their partner.

Super priority service (decision within 24 hours)for renewal of spouse visa

As one of the expert immigration solicitors based in London  we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service (SPS) for your spouse visa extension application whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the enrolment of biometrics at a designated service centre.

Our specialist spouse visa solicitors can prepare and submit your spouse visa extension application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get a decision on your spouse visa extension application within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your spouse visa renewal application for months (sometimes years).

Re-applying for extension of spouse visa after the refusal

If your application for extension of spouse visa has been refused by the Home Office, UKVI and you believe that the decision to refuse your extension application is valid and lawful and therefore cannot be challenged successfully by way of appeal, you have the option to re-apply for extension of spouse visa. We can provide the required legal help and assistance with re-applying for extension of spouse visa through our Super Priority Service.

Divorce & the effect on spouse visa

If you are in the UK with limited leave to leave to remain in the UK for 30 months under 10 years route and your relationship with your British or settled spouse breaks down permanently (irretrievably), you or your UK spouse can file for divorce in the UK. If the Home Office UKVI comes to know through your partner or otherwise that your relationship with your British or settled spouse has broken down irretrievably or you are already divorced in the UK, the Home Office UKVI can take steps to curtail your leave to remain in the UK by reducing your leave to remain to expire in 60 days.

You may still be able to apply for further leave to remain in one of the following circumstances:

  1. If you are a parent of a British child, you can apply for leave to remain from inside the UK as a parent of a British child;
  2. If your relationship with your British or settled spouse broke down as a result of domestic violence, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a victim of domestic violence. As a victim of domestic violence, you have the option to apply for non-molestation order or occupation order through family court.
  3. If you are in relationship with a different partner, you may be able to apply for leave to remain as a partner through your new partner.
  4. You can consider switching into study visa or work visa.

How can we help?

Our expert team of spouse visa solicitors specialise in UK spouse visa applications under 10 years route. If instructed to represent you regarding your application for extension of spouse visa under 10 years route, our specialists team of spouse visa solicitors will carry out all the work on your spouse visa application until a decision is made by the Home Office UKVI on your spouse visa renewal application. The immigration casework to be carried out by our spouse visa solicitors will include the following:

  • Assessing your eligibility for extension of spouse visa under 10 years route by considering all your personal circumstances.
  • Advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your spouse visa renewal application under 10 years route.
  • Advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your spouse visa renewal application under 10 years route.
  • Assessing your documents to ensure that the documentary evidence is as per requirements of the Home Office UKVI immigration Rules.
  • Completing and submitting the online application form FLR(FP) to apply for extension of spouse visa under 10 years route by gathering all the relevant information from you and your spouse.
  • Helping you with paying the spouse visa application fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for the spouse visa application;
  • Booking your appointment with the UKVCAS application centre for verification of documents and enrolment of biometrics.
  • Where necessary, preparing detailed witness statement of the applicant and/or the sponsor explaining the background of their relationship and other relevant factors pertaining to the spouse visa application.
  • Preparing a detailed cover letter to introduce and support your spouse visa renewal application under 10 years route.
  • Uploading online all the relevant supporting documents before you attend your appointment for enrolment of your biometrics.
  • Liaising with the Home Office UKVI for a timely decision on your spouse visa renewal application.

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