Spouse Visa UK (10 Years Route)


If you are in the UK and you are married to a British Citizen or a settled person, you can apply for switching into spouse visa under the 10 years route if you cannot meet all the requirements of the Appendix FM for leave to remain as spouse under the 5 years route. Application for leave to remain as spouse under 10 years route is usually made by those applicants who cannot meet the financial requirement, immigration status requirement or English language requirement. An application for spouse visa under the 10 years route is made using online application form FLR (FP).

To succeed in an application for switching into spouse visa under the 10 years route, the applicant must meet the requirement of EX1 of Appendix FM under the Immigration Rules. The requirement 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 their 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.

If your application for switching into spouse visa under the 10 years route is successful, you will be granted leave to remain in the UK for 30 months. Any time during the validity of leave to remain as spouse under 10 years route, the applicant can switch into spouse visa under the 5 years route so that he can qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after spending 5 years on spouse visa rather than 10 years under the spouse visa. It is always better to make such application for switching from 10 years route to 5 years route as early as possible so that the qualifying time for ILR under the 5 years route can start as soon as you have switched into 5 years route. We can provide Super Priority Service for switching from 10 years route to 5 years route.