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Spouses of UK citizens or permanent residents (mainly those with indefinite
leave to remain) may come to the UK under marriage visa category,
and are able to work as soon as a visa is granted. You will need to meet the
following marriage visa requirements:
- If you have been together for less than four years you are granted a marriage visa
for a probationary period of two years.
If you are still married and living together at the end of two years in the
UK permanent residence (properly known
as indefinite leave to remain) will usually be granted.
- If you have been together for four years or more outside the UK you will be
granted indefinite leave to remain
(permanent residence) in the UK without having to live in the UK for two
- The UK citizen or permanent resident must have actually met their non-UK
spouse. This is to prevent a situation
that occurs sometimes in arranged marriages where the husband and wife have
- You must intend to live together permanently with your spouse.
- You must possess sufficient funds to pay you and your spouse's living
expenses and those of any dependants without claiming
public funds. Public funds cover various benefits paid by
the Government if you are currently looking for work, if you are on a low
income and if you are in various other situations.
- Accommodation for the couple, and any dependants, must be suitable and
- Spouses seeking to come to the UK on the basis of marriage to a UK national
should apply for entry clearance before entering the UK.
- If you have a visa valid for six months or less in the UK you cannot change
status to a spouse visa.
- Children of the marriage who are under 18 years old are allowed entry to the
UK as dependants, and can make their application at the
same time as the main applicant.
- After a total period of three years in the UK if you meet the residence
may then apply for UK citizenship.