The Spouse / Civil Partner Visa is given initially for 2 years and 9 months. You can apply to extend your visa towards the end of your stay which allows you to stay for another 2 years and 6 months. You’ll be able to apply to extend again towards the end of that period.
You can also apply to settle permanently (Indefinite Leave to Remain or ILR) in the UK once you’re eligible. To be eligible, you need to have been living in the UK with a ‘partner of a settled person’ visa for 5 years.
At the time of submitting the Visa application, you must demonstrate that you are legally married to, in a Civil Partnership, or been living together for 2 years with a partner who is a British National or permanent resident. This person must be their genuine spouse / partner and the couple must intend to live together in the UK.
You must prove that you and your partner are 18 or over and in a genuine relationship. You must be one of the following:
- You’re married
- You’re in a civil partnership (same sex)
- living together in a relationship for 2 years (unmarried partner
****The standard processing timeframe for this visa is 3-4 months.
NOTE (when the application is successful):
Your passport / travel document contains your Visa, with which you can travel to the UK. Your Visa is valid for 30 days only. If you do not travel to the UK within this 30 day period, your Visa will expire and you will need to apply for a replacement Visa.
The full details of your permission to stay for 2 years and 9 months in the UK will be on your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). You must collect your BRP within 10 days of arriving in the UK from the collection point (Collection point is a Post Office branch - normally when you complete the application form, the system will generate the address of nearest post office branch as the collection point).
If you do not collect your BRP within 10 days of arrival in the UK you may be subject to a financial penalty or a reduction or cancellation of your leave.