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UK Spouse Visa Requirements for Nigerians

The Spouse Visa, which is part of the Family visa category, allows British citizens and settled individuals with a spouse residing in Nigeria to bring them to the UK.

IAS can help you obtain a UK spouse visa. Call us on our UK Office +44 (0) 3316300929 or you can contact us online.


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Spouse Visa Requirements

To qualify for a UK Spouse Visa, you must demonstrate to UK Visas and Immigration that you satisfy the following criteria:

  • Your  spouse is a British citizen or Irish, permanently residing in the United Kingdom, granted pre-settled status, in possession of a Turkish Businessperson or Turkish Worker visa, or refugee status or humanitarian assistance.
  • You and your companion are both at least 18 years old;
  • You and your companion are not in a prohibited relationship status.
  • You and your spouse have met in person; You and your spouse are legally married in a UK-recognized marriage.
  • Your relationship is genuine;
  • You and your companion intend to reside permanently in the United Kingdom;
  • Any previous relationships have ended irrevocably;
  • You satisfy a financial requirement;
  • You and your dependents have adequate housing.
  • You speak and comprehend English at an acceptable level.

The precise requirements you must meet to qualify for a UK Spouse Visa may vary depending on your circumstances. You may wish to seek the counsel of an immigration attorney. IAS can help you to apply for a spouse visa UK. Call us on our UK Office +44 (0) 3316300929 or you can contact us online.

Financial Requirements for Spouse Visa

You must meet the Spouse Visa financial criteria in order to show that you can support yourself effectively in the UK without using public funding.

In order to qualify for a UK Spouse Visa, you must show that your spouse (or the two of you together if you are in the country with legal authorization to stay) earns a gross yearly income of at least of £29,000.

When the financial criteria for a UK Spouse Visa is that the sponsor can ‘adequately maintain and accommodate’ the family member being sponsored to enter or stay in the UK, other considerations will apply if your Spouse is receiving specific state benefits or entitlements.

When you initially apply to join the UK as a spouse, when you seek to extend your stay as a spouse, and when you apply for indefinite permission to remain as a spouse, you must fulfil the financial criteria.

Accommodation Requirements for a Spouse Visa

You must show that you and your spouse will have access to suitable housing in housing that you own or occupy alone, without having to depend on public funding, whether you are asking for entrance clearance or for further permission to stay as a spouse.

You will need to provide proof of your ownership or occupancy of the property, that you have the only legal right to occupy it, that it won’t be overcrowded, and that it won’t violate any public health standards.

In order to qualify for family immigration, applicants must demonstrate that their housing is “adequate.” According to the definition of “adequate housing,” the family must reside in housing that:

  • Is owned or inhabited only by the applicant and their family;
  • Can be acquired without using public money;
  • Is not already overcrowded or will not become so;
  • Does not violate public health rules.

English Language Requirements for Spouse Visa


You must demonstrate your English language proficiency to the Home Office as part of your Spouse Visa application unless you are exempt.

To convert to the Spouse Visa route or to file for entrance clearance, you must show that your English language proficiency is at least at CEFR level A1. If you apply for further leave to stay as a spouse, you must provide proof of English language proficiency at least at level A2 of the CEFR.

You may fulfil the English language requirement for the Spouse Visa by:

  • Owning citizenship from a nation where the main language is English;
  • Passing an approved English language test administered by an authorised provider at or higher than the necessary CEFR level, as detailed in Approved Secure English Language Tests and exam Centers; or
  • Possessing a degree that, if earned in the UK, is a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD; or, if earned elsewhere, is deemed by Ecctis (formerly UK NARIC) to meet or exceed the recognized standard of a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD in the UK; or Ecctis (formerly UK NARIC) has verified that the degree was acquired or researched in English at or above the necessary CEFR level.

The Exemption

In order to demonstrate that you are exempt from the English language requirement, you must typically:

  • You have a physical or mental impairment that prevents you from fulfilling the English language requirement;
  • You are over 65 at the time of application;

There are extraordinary circumstances that make it impossible for you to meet the English language requirement before visiting the UK.

Get in touch with our expert immigration lawyers to receive assistance on your UK spouse visa application from Nigeria

Genuine Relationship Test for Spouse Visa

The candidate for a UK Spouse Visa must be able to demonstrate that they are in a sincere relationship with their British citizen spouse, such as a civil partnership. You may provide the Home Office with a wide variety of evidence, including:

  • A combined mortgage or lease, whether it is in the UK or elsewhere;
  • A birth certificate or other proof of any children you and your partner have together
  • photos proving you two have spent a lot of time together;
  • A joint checking or savings;
  • Chat records from social networking sites or texts;
  • Travel records demonstrating that you met at least once before getting married;
  • Any documentation demonstrating your intent to cohabitate in the UK.

Spouse Visa Document Checklist

The following set of documents is for the spouse visa:

  • A Nigerian passport that is up to date or another reliable travel ID;
  • Copies of your prior passports’ picture pages and any visa or entrance stamps;
  • Your marriage licence or civil partnership certificate;
  • Results of your tuberculosis test, if you are from a nation where it is necessary.
  • Bank statements might be used as evidence that you can satisfy the financial criterion.
  • Photographs, travel reservation confirmations from vacations you have had together, joint tenancy agreements, and other documents might serve as evidence of your relationship’s sincerity.
  • a tenancy agreement or other documentation that demonstrates you will have suitable housing while you are in the UK
  • a certificate of English language proficiency unless you already possess an academic credential that satisfies the English language requirement.
  • You will need documentation indicating you or your spouse was previously married, such as a divorce certificate, to prove that the prior marriage terminated.

How much does it cost to apply for a UK Spouse Visa?

The Home Office now charges £1,846 for any applications filed from overseas for a Spouse visa. The price drops to £1,048 if you submit your application from inside the UK.

If you have been granted permission to remain in the UK for more than six months or are not attempting to enter the country as a guest, you may only apply from inside the UK. Additionally, you are not permitted to apply for a prospective civil partner or fiancé permission from inside the UK.

What to Do if a Spouse Visa Application is Refused?

You may challenge the Home Office’s decision if your application is refused. An immigration advisor can help you the most with this complicated and drawn-out procedure.

IAS can help with any aspect of your case. Please get in contact with one of our immigration consultants if you need assistance with your Spouse Visa appeal application.

How Can IAS Help?

Applications for spouse visas may be complicated, thus consulting with an immigration specialist is strongly advised. You must make sure you comply with all regulations, fill out all necessary forms, and gather your supporting documentation before submitting. This must be comprehensive and demonstrate the sincerity of your partnership.

At IAS, we prioritise maximising your chances of spending time with loved ones since we recognize how important it is to be connected to them.

You may get step-by-step assistance from our team of knowledgeable immigration experts when you apply for a spouse visa in the UK.

IAS consultants are prepared to assist you in resolving any problem you may be experiencing in relation to the acquisition of a British Innovator visa or any other kind of visa for relocating to the UK. Call us on +23413438882 or our UK Office at +44 (0) 3316300929. You can also contact us online.

We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at our Lagos office, all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you are requesting a spouse visa from Nigeria, you should do so in the nation in which you now live (other than temporary visitor). You don’t have to be a resident of the nation.

You may apply for leave to remain as a spouse from inside the UK if you are currently there and have been given permission to stay for a period of more than six months.

You must leave the UK and submit an application for entrance clearance as a spouse from Nigeria if you have been given a leave of absence of six months or less, such as as a tourist.

You might want to make your employment more permanent after you and your partner are residing in the UK. By obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain, you may do this. ILR enables you to live permanently in the UK without being constrained by immigration laws.

If you continue to satisfy the necessary standards after five years, you may often apply for this. Additionally, there is a 10-year path to indefinite leave to remain that has significantly softer requirements for the minimum income.

Unless your spouse or partner is already a resident of the UK (and has authorization to work), their income cannot be taken into account when determining your ability to meet the financial requirements. In such instances, the minimum payment amount might be determined by family income.

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