When Can You Apply For a UK Spouse Visa while in the UK?

When Can You Apply For a UK Spouse Visa while in the UK?

In some circumstances, it is possible to switch your existing visa to a UK Spouse Visa. However, in most situations, you will be required to leave the country and reapply, as is the case with the UK Tourist Visa. If you do wish to enter the UK long-term, it is advisable to speak to us before you travel.You can apply for a UK spouse visa while in the UK if you are already in the country with a valid visa that allows you to switch to a spouse visa. Typically, you would need to be in a visa category that permits switching, such as a Tier 2 work visa or a Tier 4 student visa. However, certain visa categories, such as visitor visas, generally do not allow for switching to a spouse visa from within the UK.


If you are eligible to switch to a spouse visa from within the UK, you can submit your application online through the UK government’s official visa application website. Make sure to carefully review the eligibility criteria and required documents before applying. Additionally, it’s advisable to seek guidance from an immigration advisor or solicitor to ensure your application is properly prepared and meets all requirements.


Visas that you can switch while in the UK


To switch to a UK Spouse Visa from within the UK, you must meet certain criteria, including:

1. **Valid Immigration Status:** You must have a valid visa or leave to remain in the UK at the time of application.

2. **Marriage or Civil Partnership:** You must be married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen or settled person (someone with indefinite leave to remain or permanent residence in the UK).

3. **Eligibility Requirements:** You and your partner must meet the financial, accommodation, and relationship requirements set by the UK Home Office. This typically involves demonstrating that you have adequate accommodation, sufficient income to support yourselves without recourse to public funds, and a genuine and subsisting relationship.

4. **English Language Requirement:** You must demonstrate your knowledge of English by passing an approved English language test at the required level, unless exempt.

5. **Documents:** You will need to provide various documents to support your application, including marriage or civil partnership certificates, evidence of cohabitation, financial records, and proof of English language proficiency.

6. **Biometric Information:** You may need to provide biometric information as part of the application process.

It’s important to note that immigration rules and requirements can change, so it’s advisable to check the latest guidance on the UK government’s official website or consult with a qualified immigration advisor for specific advice tailored to your situation.


Is it common for a Thai girlfriend to apply while in the UK?


If your Thai girlfriend is currently residing with you in the UK, her eligibility to apply for a UK spouse visa depends on various factors. If she entered the country on a visa for studying or working, if you met in the UK, and if she has more than six months remaining on her visa, and you are now married, she may be eligible. However, this scenario is quite uncommon. More likely, if she is in the UK on a UK tourist visa, she would need to return to Thailand and apply at the VFS office in Bangkok.There are exceptions, for example, if you have children together who are British citizens, then you may qualify under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which pertains to the right to respect for private and family life.


Talk to us!


We offer comprehensive assistance with all types of UK visas, including the UK Spouse Visa. With our expertise and daily interactions with the British Embassy in Bangkok, we are well-equipped to guide your Thai wife through the application process. For more information or to get started, you can reach us at +66 (0)80 102 2328, +66 (0) 38 420 313, or +44 (0) 20 8133 8059. Alternatively, you can email us at info@thaivisaexpress.com or contact us through our website. We look forward to assisting you!

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