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Switching Into Spouse Visa UK (5 Years Route)

You can apply for switching into spouse visa (5 years route) if you are married to a UK sponsor and you meet the eligibility requirements for switching into spouse visa. The application for switching into spouse visa under 5 years route is considered in accordance with requirements of the Immigration Rules as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. If you meet all the requirements as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, you will be granted 30 months (2.5 years) leave to remain under the 5 years route to settlement. Those applicants who cannot meet all the requirements for switching into spouse visa under 5 years route, they can apply for switching into spouse visa under 10 years route. As expert spouse visa solicitors, we can provide super prioirty service (decision within 24 hours) for your application for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK.

Specialist Spouse Visa Solicitors

Our expert team of spouse visa solicitors in London specialise in applications for switching into spouse visa. Our specialist spouse visa solicitors have successfully helped thousands of clients with the applications for switching into spouse visa. We can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services concerning your application for switching into spouse visa under 5 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 switching into spouse visa under 5 years route.

Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For Switching Into 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 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 application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get a decision on your spouse visa application within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your spouse application for months (sometimes years).

Eligibility Requirements For Switching Into Spouse Visa

or a spouse visa application to succeed, there are following main requirements:

  1. The applicant must be lawfully in the UK with leave to enter or remain which was originally granted for longer than 6 months and must not be in the UK as a visitor;
  2. Suitability criteria as set out in Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules
  3. The evidence of relationship between the sponsor and the applicant including evidence of valid marriage, regular contact and cohabitation;
  4. Both the applicant and the UK spouse must be aged 18 or over;
  5. Your UK spouse must also either:
    • be a British or Irish citizen; or
    • have settled in the UK – for example, they have indefinite leave to remain (ILR), settled status or proof of permanent residence in the UK; or
    • 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; or
    • have a Turkish Businessperson visa or Turkish Worker visa; or
    • have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK.
  6. The documentary evidence to comply with the financial requirement  as set out in Appendix FM;
  7. The adequate accommodation; and
  8. English language requirement.

Who Can Switch Into Spouse Visa Under 5 Years Route?

A person who is in the UK with leave to remain which was originally granted for period of more than six months and who is married to:

  • a British Citizen, or
  • a person with ILR, or
  • a person with refugee status, or
  • as a person with humanitarian protection

can apply to switch into spouse visa from inside the UK as long as he meets all the relevant requirements of the Immigration Rules. An application for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK is submitted to the Home Office by completing application form FLR (M).

We frequently deal with the following applications for switching into spouse visa:

  • Switching from Skilled Worker visa (formerly known as Tier 2 General visa) to spouse visa
  • Switching from ICT visa (formerly known as Tier 2 ICT visa) to spouse visa
  • Switching from Student visa (formerly known as Tier 4 General student visa) to spouse visa
  • Switching from T5 temporary worker visa (formerly known as Tier 5 visa) to spouse visa
  • Switching from 10 years partner route to 5 years partner route

Switching From Spouse Visa 10 Years Route To Spouse Visa 5 Years Route

If you are currently in the UK under spouse visas 10 years route, you can apply for switching into spouse visa 5 years route at any time during the validity of your leave and do not have to wait until closer to the expiry of your leave. It is in your interest to switch from 10 years route to 5 years route sooner rather than later because your time for ILR under 5 years route will only start from the time you are granted leave to remain under the 5 years route. You cannot combine your time under 10 years route with 5 years route for the purposes of applying for ILR under 5 years route and your time will start from scratch once you have been granted leave to remain under the 5 years route.

What Is Financial Requirement For Switching Into Spouse Visa?

Meeting the financial requirement is one of the key requirements for switching into spouse visa under 5 years route from inside the UK.

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