7 HIDDEN FLR(M) & Spouse Visa Extension Fees & Costs in 2022

The FLR(M) & spouse visa extension fee (cost) in 2022 is £1,048. This is the amount that you will have to pay the Home Office to process your application. 

This is not the only fee that you will have to pay, however.

The below table provides a summary of some mandatory and optional costs which may apply to you.

Spouse visa extension fee in 2022 £1,048
Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) £1,560
Housing Report £80-120
Copy of the title deeds £3
Priority (premium) visa services £1,299.99+
Lawyer fees £385-£3,000+
Bank statements £0-80
English language test £150
Translations £0-300+

“Who is the FLR(M) application for?”

To ensure that we are on the same page, I will now clarify who an FLR(M) visa application is for.

As we discuss in our free, in-depth FLR M visa 2022 guidance article, the FLR(M) visa application is for:

  • A non-British national who does not have Indefinite Leave to Remain or Permanent residence;
  • who is in the UK when the online application is submitted;
  • who wants to remain in the UK;
  • a person who is not yet eligible to make an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application; and
  • is in a relationship with a British, ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ partner.

The FLR(M) applicant (the person who is applying for the FLR(M) visa) must be in a relationship with:

  • A British citizen; or
  • A person with Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR); or
  • A person with settled status/permanent residency under EU law;
  • A person with pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme;
  • A person with humanitarian protection in the UK;
  • A person who has refugee status in the UK.

The FLR(M) applicant (the person who is applying for the FLR(M) visa) must also be in one of the following relationships:

  • A marriage (including those who recently married in the UK on a Fiance Visa UK)
  • A civil partnership (including those who recently married in the UK on a UK proposed civil partnership visa)
  • An ‘unmarried’ partner who has lived with the person for at least two years before the application is submitted in a relationship similar to marriage.

Note: FLR(M) applications are also used in the minority of instances where the applicant has been issued a UK fiancé(e) or proposed civil partnership visa but has not been able to get married or enter into a civil partnership during the 6-month visa. Such applicants can be issued a 6-month extension.

If you want more information about processing an FLR(M) visa application, check our in-depth guide here.

FREE UK Partner Visa Video Series

CLICK HERE to watch our free video series.

In this free video series, we discuss:

  • The financial requirement
  • The online application form
  • Document translations
  • The adequate accommodation requirement
  • The English language requirement
  • Dependent children requirement
  • The unmarried partner visa requirement
  • Other partner visa requirements

Now that we have got that out of the way, let’s discuss the other costs that you may have to pay toward the FLR(M) visa/spouse visa extension.

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immigration health surcharge

HIDDEN COST #1

Immigration Health Surcharge Fee 

You will need to pay £1,560 for the IHS for the FLR(M) visa to be processed.

Yes – payment of this is required even if the applicant and/or UK partner pay UK taxes.

This £1,560 fee will need to be paid in addition to the £1,048 FLR(M) Home Office processing fee and will allow the applicant to start using the National Health Service (NHS) when the visa is granted.

Total cost: £1,560

accommodation fees visaHIDDEN COST #2

Accommodation Documents

If you have already read our free & detailed spouse visa extension guide, you will know that to apply for the FLR(M) visa, you will need to prove that the accommodation is ‘adequate’.

If you will be relying on rented UK accommodation

The additional cost will be zero if you will be renting accommodation.

This is because landlords and estate agents are normally happy to write letters for you, for free.

If you will be relying on UK accommodation that is owned by you, your partner or you and your partner jointly

In this case, it may be the case that you will have to incur extra costs, although such costs are usually nominal.

In particular, to evidence that the accommodation is indeed owned by you and/or your partner, then you may have to obtain a copy of the title register/deeds.

Fortunately, however, this costs as little as £3 and can be obtained here.

A larger cost will be incurred if you choose to pay a chartered surveyor for a housing report.

Chartered surveyors tend to charge more than £90 for them to provide you with a Housing Report. This figure, like most things, will be higher if you are (or will be) based in London.

With the above being said, as we discuss in our article, “Is a Housing Report or Property Inspection report required for a UK spouse visa or partner visa in 2022?” housing reports are not generally required (contrary to some chartered surveyor websites).

If you are relying on UK accommodation that is either rented or owned by a family or friend

The additional costs involved with obtaining required accommodation documents depend on the agreement between you and the family/friend and whether the accommodation is rented by them or owned.

If you’d like to save time and ensure a greater chance of a successful visa application, as part of our DIY Application Pack Service, we will provide you with:

  • A tailored & incredibly detailed list of documents, both required and recommended
  • A tailored set of letter templates; and
  • General email support.

Total cost: £0-£90+

home office translation

HIDDEN COST #3

Document Translations

As we discuss in part 3 of our free video series, the Immigration Rules state that mandatory documents that are not in either English or Welsh must be translated.

In this video, we also discuss the other documents that may need to be submitted.

Unfortunately, depending on the document that you are considering submitting, this can be an unavoidable cost – especially when it comes to documentation with numerous pages (such as bank statements)

“How much will I need to pay to get the documents translated?”

The cost will vary depending on the particular document that needs translation, its language and the length of the document.

These are some documents that you will typically need to be translated if they are not in English or Welsh

  • Marriage certificates
  • Degree certificates (if being used to rely on to meet the English language requirement)
  • Divorce certificates
  • Death certificates

The average cost to translate a one-page document stands at around £60 whilst a two-page document is likely to set you back £85.

Total cost: £0-300+

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HIDDEN COST #4

Bank Statements

This cost will only have to be paid if your bank charges extra to provide you with Immigration Rule compliant bank statements.

Two examples of banks that, from our experience, charge extra for original bank statements are Coutts and Yorkshire bank.

One of our clients (who was banking with Yorkshire bank) was recently charged £85 for the posting of 12 months’ worth of bank statements. They even refused to stamp each page of an online statement printout, failing to certify them.

Fortunately, the majority of banks will not charge extra and will gladly certify bank statements for free.

Total cost: £0-85

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HIDDEN COST #5

English Language Test Costs

As we discuss in our comprehensive FLR(M) visa 2022 guidance, there are several ways to meet the English language requirement.

Therefore, depending on the route that you rely on, you may not have to spend any additional money to meet the English language requirement.

First of all, nationals of English speaking countries will not need to incur any extra costs. This is because, to meet the English language requirement, all they will need to do is to submit their passport.

However, most people will have to sit an English language test at A2 level.

Taking the IELTS Life Skills test will cost £150.

Taking it at Trinity College London will also cost £150.

Applicants will be charged £150 per test that they attempt.

Therefore, if they don’t pass the test the first time around, they will, unfortunately, have to spend more money to retake it (at the cost of £150 each time).

If you want to save money and your English is good enough, we recommend that you take the B1 test.

This is because the same English language certificate will normally be able to be relied on in subsequent applications, including the Indefinite Leave to Remain application – as long as each application is submitted in time.

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Total cost: £0-150+

premium visa services

HIDDEN COST #6

Priority (Premium) Visa Services

You will also have to consider whether you would like to purchase any priority of premium visa services.

If you would like to reduce the FLR(M) processing time, you can choose to opt for the ‘priority‘ or ‘super priority‘ service.

Before I provide an overview of these two services, I would like to point out that just because the applicant’s current visa is expiring soon, it does not mean that you will have to pay for a priority service to ensure that the application is granted before the expiration of the current visa.

When applicants submit the FLR(M) application whilst having a valid visa, the effect of Section 3C leave is that the current visa will be automatically extended with the same conditions as the current visa up until a decision is made.

For example, if an applicant is in the UK on a Tier 2 (General) visa, and submits an FLR(M) application one day before the visa expires, their visa will be automatically extended until a decision has been made (even if it takes the Home Office 3 months to process the application). The effect of this is that the applicant still should be able to work whilst waiting for the application to be decided.

#1 The priority service.

For an additional £500, you will be able to reduce the expected waiting time from 8 weeks to 5 working days.


#2 Super priority service.

On the other hand, if you are willing to spend £800, you will be able to reduce the expected waiting time from 8 weeks to the next working day.


#3 Document scanning. 

Partners who do not want to submit their documents by uploading them will need to pay an additional fee for a document scanning service.

The document scanning service, in summary, involves the following:

  • After paying the Home Office fees on the spouse visa uk online application form website for 2022, the applicant/sponsor will book an appointment at a UK visa centre;
  • The applicant (& any dependent children applying) will attend the appointment at a UK centre with the supporting documents;
  • The applicant will then hand over the supporting documents and the UKVCAS staff will scan these documents (which, other than the applicant’s passport, can be copies). All of the documentation will be returned once they have been scanned.

If you booked an appointment at a UKVCAS Enhanced Service Point or purchased the ‘premium lounge’ service, the Document Scanning service is included.

However, if not, you will need to pay an additional £51 for this service.

Total cost: £0-£1,299.99+

immigration lawyer feesHIDDEN COST #7

Spouse Visa Extension Lawyer Fees

Lawyer fees for your FLR(M) application are an optional cost.

If you do decide to engage an immigration lawyer to help you with your application, full legal representation fees tend to range quite drastically depending on the particular immigration lawyer/law firm’s experience.

We charge £1,850 for full legal representation (although there will be other immigration advisors who will charge less than this).

You can click on this link here and find an OISC immigration advisor near you – plenty of these firms will offer full legal representation for less than £1,850.

It would be rather unlikely, however, to find an advisor whose experience matches our Ed Lowe’s expertise.

Ed Lowe is our head of practice who worked in the Home Office for 20+ years and provides the service to all of our full legal representation clients with Matthew French, who also worked in the Home Office as an entry clearance officer.

Those who would rather submit the application themselves but have additional assistance with their application may be interested in our unique £385 DIY Application Pack Service.

With this service, we will tailor the document checklists and letter templates specifically for you, in keeping with the information you provide us.

In any event, we are always happy to help, whether you choose to purchase our services or not.

This is why we’ve worked rather hard on putting together the free guides you can find here:

Total cost: £385-£3,000+


 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When is the Home Office fee paid?

The Home Office fee is paid when you submit the online application. This date is technically known as the ‘date of application’.

Is the Immigration Health Surcharge compulsory?

The Immigration Health Surcharge is indeed compulsory. If you do not pay it, then your application will not be valid.

Will I receive a refund of the Home Office fee if my application is refused?

Unfortunately, you will not get a refund on the Home Office fee if your application is refused. This is another reason why it is so important to ensure that you are fully familiar with the visa requirements.

Can someone other than the applicant pay the Home Office fee?

Absolutely. It is usually the case that the UK partner (otherwise known as the sponsor) pays the Home Office fee. It is also fine for a family or friend to pay it.

 

SUMMARY

Whilst there are some costs that you cannot avoid, many of the costs are optional.

It’s always useful to know the cost of the services that are on offer, to help you decide what is best for you and your application.

Feel free to check out our DIY Application Pack Service if you would like to receive a custom tailored document checklist and letter templates.

Alternatively, if you would like one of our immigration advisors to handle your case from start to finish, we charge £1,850 for our Full Legal Representation Service.

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