Spouse or Partner Permission to Stay

Extend your leave to live in the UK as the wife, husband, civil partner or unmarried partner

The Spouse/Partner Permission to Stay is for those who have come to the UK as the Spouse or Partner of a British Citizen or someone who holds Indefinite Leave to Remain (the 'Sponsor').

You will have come to the UK with permission to enter for 33 months. Before that period expires you must apply for Permission to Stay to extend your lawful immigration status in the UK. It is vitally important to apply to extend your permission before the expiry of your current permission. That ensures you are still here legally while waiting for the decision on your extension application from the Home Office.

How you apply depends on your circumstances. There are strict rules relating to Spouse or Partner Permission to Stay applications and precise evidence must be provided or the application will fail.

For Spouse Visa Extension applications you must show:

  • That you and the Sponsor in the UK are still in a genuine ongoing relationship and have lived together since you arrived in the UK
  • That the Sponsor is British or has Indefinite Leave to Remain or Pre-Settled Status as an EU citizen
  • That you have a valid marriage or civil partnership and that, if you or your partner have been married or in a civil partnership previously, that relationship has formally ended
  • That there is still adequate accommodation for you and your partner
  • That you have passed an English Language Test at level A2 unless you are from a recognised English speaking country
  • That you meet the financial requirement that you and/or Sponsor earn over £18,600 per year from employment or self employment - or that there are cash savings, pensions, non-employment income that can meet the financial requirement. If the Sponsor is on certain welfare benefits, you must show that you and the Sponsor can adequately accommodate and maintain yourselves. 

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It is vitally important that the evidence given to the Home Office to support your application is absolutely correct - otherwise your application runs a high risk of refusal and you will lose your Home Office application fee.

The financial evidence in particular is complex and specific. We are meticulous when we prepare applications and will not submit the application until we are satisfied that there is no reason for the Home Office to refuse the application. That's why our success rate is very high.

We work on a fixed fee basis so we do not charge by the hour. The fixed fee covers ongoing advice and the entire preparation and submission of the application and supporting evidence.

Our experienced team will take all the stress and work out of these applications. At Immigration Legal Services, we know how important it is that you are able to live with the person you love. We have successfully applied for a huge number of Spouse/Partner Permission to Stay applications.

How does the process work?

We work with you and your partner in the UK to gather the evidence. We then submit the application online and arrange an appointment for you to attend your local visa application centre where you will present your passport and register your fingerprints and have a photo taken.

Once you have attended the appointment, it takes around 8 weeks to get a decision from the Home Office. There are Priority Services which secure a decision much sooner.

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When your new Permission is granted, you will be issued with a new Residence Card by the Home Office. The spouse visa extension allows you to work, study, rent property, open a bank account and drive in the UK. When you have lived for 5 years continuously in the UK as a Spouse or Partner, you will be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Frequently Asked Questions

I came to the UK as the wife of a British Citizen. I have had a baby since I came here but my husband has lost his job and no longer earns over £18,600 per year. What can we do?

You will need to switch to the '10 year route to settlement'. If you can meet all the requirements of the Spouse or Partner Permission to Stay route, you can apply for 'settlement' or 'indefinite leave to remain' after 5 years. If you cannot meet any of the requirements, you can use an exception to the normal rules that allows you to stay, but you must wait 10 years until you can apply for indefinite leave to remain.

I came to the UK on a Skilled Worker Visa and I have since entered a civil partnership with my partner who has Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Can I change to the Spouse or Partner Permission to Stay route?

Yes you can. If you change, you will rely on your relationship with your partner to continue living legally in the UK, rather than relying on your employment.

My employer thinks she will have to dismiss me because my permission to stay in the UK has run out. I applied for Spouse or Partner Permission to Stay before my leave expired. What can I do?

Because you applied for a spouse visa extension before your previous permission expired, you are able to continue living in the UK on the same basis as your previous permission - so you can continue working. We can provide a letter to your employer confirming your application. This will assist your employer to check your immigration status with the Home Office. 

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