9 HIDDEN Spouse Visa UK Fees (& Costs) in 2022

The spouse visa UK fee (cost) in 2022 is £1,538 if you are applying outside the UK and £1,048 if you are applying inside the UK.

This figure refers to the Home Office fee that you will have to pay for the Home Office to process your application.

There are, however, numerous other costs that are involved with making these applications which you should be aware of.

The below table summarises some of these costs.

Out-of-country application In-country application
Spouse visa UK fee (cost) in 2022 £1,538 £1,048
Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) £1,872 £1,560
Housing Report £80-120 £80-120
Copy of the title deeds £3 £3
Priority (premium) visa services £573 £500-800
Lawyer fees £385-£2,000+ £385-£2,000+
Bank statements £0-80 £0-80
English language test £150 £150
Tuberculosis test £65-110 Not applicable
Translations £0-300+ £0-300+

 

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Let’s discuss these costs and see which ones may apply to you.

home office translation

HIDDEN COST #1

Document translations

As we discuss in part 3 of our 3 part free video series, where documents are not in English or Welsh, the Immigration Rules require that a translation must be included in the application (along with the original pre-translated document).

The total cost for translations will depend on the number and length of documents that you will need to get translated.

Generally speaking, if a document is important to a visa application, it will need to be translated.

The following is a list of typical documents that will need to be translated:

  • Marriage certificates
  • Divorce certificates
  • Death certificates
  • Degree certificates

As a general figure which will vary depending on the translator that you use, it can cost about £60 to translate a one-page document and £85 to translate a two-page document.

Total cost: £0-300+

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spouse visa tuberculosis test

HIDDEN COST #2

Tuberculosis Test Cost

If you want to make the application from outside the UK, as we discuss in our detailed spouse visa UK 2022 guidance, whether a Tuberculosis test will need to be carried out will largely depend on where the applicant is making their application from.

If you want to make the application from inside the UK, as we discuss in our FLR M visa 2022 guidance, since the Tuberculosis (TB) test does not apply, you will not need to obtain a TB certificate.

“Will the application that I am going to be submitting be made from inside or from outside the UK?”

Knowing whether the application is being made from inside or from outside the UK is important as:

#1 First of all, if the applicant (the person applying) does not have a UK visa, they can only make the application from outside the UK.

On this point, I’d like to stress that how you submit the documents does not change whether you will be making the application from inside or inside the UK.

For instance, if the applicant does not have a UK visa, they will still need to make the application from outside the UK – even if the sponsor/UK partner helps with the online application form and submits the supporting documents in the UK.


#2 Only those who are in the UK on certain long-term visas can apply from inside the UK.

These visas include:

  • A fiance visa UK;
  • Spouse visas (including those in the UK on an FLR(M) visa);
  • Tier 1 visas;
  • Tier 2/skilled worker visas;
  • Tier 4/student visas;
  • Tier 5 visas (including those in the UK on a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa which was issued for longer than 6 months).

For those who are required to provide a TB test, the TB test fee can vary between £65 and £110 – depending on the specific test centre where the test will take place.

To find out a more specific figure, search ‘Tuberculosis’ on the gov.uk website and find your country.

tuberculosis test cost

It should be noted, however, that for some applicants, getting a tuberculosis test is a lot more costly.

This is because some applicants may have to travel quite a distance to attend the nearest Home Office approved test centre. Some applicants may even have to travel to another country.

In such a case, you will have to consider the costs associated with travel and accommodation – both of which can add up.

list of Home Office approved tuberculosis clinics can be found here.

Total cost: £65-£900+

english language test

HIDDEN COST #3

English language test costs

Not everyone will incur an extra cost due to the English language requirement.

For instance, if you are a national of a majority English speaking country, the cost for most will be £0 as providing a copy of this passport will satisfy the English language requirement alone.

For the majority of applicants, however, they have to sit an English language test at A1 level (if they are applying for their first spouse visa) or at A2 level (if they are applying for their second spouse visa after having initially been granted a 33 or 30-month visa).

If you take the IELTS Life Skills Test (including the A1 IELTS Life Skills test) this will cost approximately £150.

Trinity College London also charges £150 for their English language tests.

Please note that this £150 fee is for one attempt at the test.

If the applicant does not pass the test, the fee will once again have to be paid to retake the test.

“Can I take a higher level test than what is required?”

Yes.

To save money, if the applicant can pass a higher-level test (up to B1 level), it would be recommended to do so.

Even though an applicant who is applying for their first partner visa is only required to sit a test at A1 level, they can choose to sit an A2 test and re-use this same English language test certificate when they submit the spouse visa application (via an FLR(M) visa extension).

An applicant who is either applying for their first partner visa or is extending their spouse visa can also sit a B1 level test. This test will normally be able to be re-used for the extension as well as the Indefinite Leave to Remain application (which is generally made after two spouse visas).

higher level english language test

Regardless of the test that you take, please make sure that the test is on the List of Home Office Approved Secure English language tests (SELT) in 2022.

Total cost: £0-150+

personal bank statements

HIDDEN COST #4

Bank statements

This cost will only apply to a minority of people who have bank accounts with certain banks.

Coutts, for instance, appear to charge for bank statements if you request original statements issued by the bank.

Another example of a bank charging for bank statements is Yorkshire bank, which recently asked a client of ours for £85 for the posting of 12 months’ worth of bank statements on request.

With this being said, the majority of banks do not appear to be charging such fees.

Most will happily stamp each page certifying that they are genuine for no additional cost.

Total cost: £0-85

immigration health surcharge

HIDDEN COST #5

Immigration Health Surcharge fee 

The Immigration Health Surcharge is currently £1,872 for a spouse visa UK application which is made from outside the UK and £1,560 for an FLR M visa (which is the name for spouse visa applications that are being made from inside the UK).

For applicants who are coming from a country where there is no free healthcare, this cost may seem somewhat reasonable but for others, this may seem extortionate.

Total cost: £1,560 – £1,872

lawyer solicitor fees

HIDDEN COST #6

Lawyer fees

Contrary to what most immigration lawyers will tell you, you do not need to pay a lawyer to process and submit your application.

Whilst a good immigration lawyer who specialises in UK partner visas will make the process a lot less stressful, immigration lawyers have access to largely the same information as what is available on the internet.

We charge a fixed fee of £1,850 for full legal representation, which is on the mid-higher end of what is generally charged by immigration lawyers.

Our full legal representation service, however, is primarily offered by Ed Lowe, who has worked in the Home Office as a senior Home Office manager for 20+ years.

For those who would like to take primary responsibility for their application, but would like to save time researching the required supporting documents and letters,  our £385 DIY Application Pack Service (which comes with a 100% money back guarantee) may be of interest.

With this service, we tailor document checklists and letter templates according to the information you provide us.

Whether you pay us money or not, we are always happy to help. This is why we have spent many hours on our free guides, which can be found here:

Total cost: £385-£1,850+

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premium visa services

HIDDEN COST #7

Priority (premium) Visa Services

The spouse visa UK fee of £1,538 for outside applications and £1,048 for inside applications does not include some other additional services that you may want to consider.


For applications made outside the UK

If you want your visa processed sooner rather than later, you can consider the Priority visa service – depending on availability.

Please note that the priority service is currently suspended due to the Home Office’s Ukraine response.

This service costs, on average, £573 and will put your application “at the front queue at every stage of the decision-making process”.

This priority service will increase the processing time to, on average, 30 working days.

If you are interested in the priority visa service, please ensure that you purchase the settlement or migration priority visa service. This is because overseas visa centres also sometimes offer a different priority visa service (for approximately £220) which is catered for non-partner visa applications.

There are, however, some people who are advised to not use the priority visa service, including those who have :

  • been refused a visa for the UK, and/or;
  • been deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK, and/or;
  • been refused leave to enter the UK, and/or
  • had leave to remain in the UK curtailed by the Home Office, and/or;
  • overstayed a period of leave in the UK, and/or;
  • been refused a visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America, or the Schengen countries, and/or;
  • been refused leave to remain in the UK by the Home Office, and/or;
  • you have been interviewed, detained, or prosecuted by the police for any offence in the UK or elsewhere, and/or;
  • you have an unspent criminal conviction in any country, and/or;
  • you have committed a criminal offence in any country.

Super priority out-of-country applications are normally only available for a tiny minority of visa centres from around the world.

For more information about this, feel free to read our spouse visa UK processing time in 2022 article.


Applications made inside the UK

For those who are making their spouse visa application from inside the UK, they can often consider two premium services – depending on availability.

#1 The Priority service 

This generally reduces the processing time to 5 working days at an additional cost of £500.

Please note, however, that the priority service rarely has any availability.


#2 The Super priority service

This should allow you to receive a decision from the Home Office within 1 working day at the cost of £800.

Total cost: £500-800

chartered surveyor

HIDDEN COST #8

Accommodation documents

If the accommodation is rented, then the added cost will be zero, as your landlord or estate agent will probably be happy to write a letter for you for free.

However, if the accommodation is owned, then there can be extra costs associated with your spouse visa application.

For instance, to show property ownership, you can either get a letter from the mortgage provider or a copy of the title deeds/register.

If the property isn’t mortgaged or if you do not already have a letter, a copy of the title register can be obtained here for £3.

However, the biggest cost for some is paying a chartered surveyor for a housing report, which costs on average, £90.

“Is a housing report compulsory for those who are relying on accommodation that is owned?”

A housing report is not compulsory where the accommodation that the applicant and sponsor will live in is owned.

In the vast majority of applications, not submitting one will be perfectly fine.

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?” and part 1 of our free video series, there are some situations in which it would probably be a good idea to get a housing report done.

In such a case, a housing report is a convenient way to show that the property is neither overcrowded nor that it falls foul of the relevant health & safety regulations.

Total cost: £0-£90+


HIDDEN COST #9

Conversion rates

You may have noted that many of the above additional costs that relate to out-of-country applications use the words ‘approximately’ or ‘on average’.

This is because, for overseas applications, you will likely also be subject to conversion rates.

It is often the case that the conversion rates being provided do not reflect the rate that you will get via Google and this can fluctuate – in both directions – quite significantly, so please also bear this in mind.


Frequently Asked Questions

When is the spouse visa UK fee paid?

The Home Office processing fee is paid on the spouse visa online application. The date that the spouse visa UK fee is paid is the date that the application is technically submitted.

Can someone other than the applicant pay the spouse visa UK fee?

Yes - it is very common for the sponsor (the UK partner) or other family members to pay the Home Office fees.

Do I really have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge?

Unfortunately, the Immigration Health Surcharge is a compulsory payment - you have to pay this. If the Immigration Health Surcharge is not paid, the application will be deemed 'invalid'.

Will the Home Office fee be refunded if my application is refused?

Unfortunately, you will lose the Home Office fee if your application is refused - which is another reason why you should take the time to read the Home Office guidance and articles on this website.

SUMMARY

Whilst some of these costs are compulsory (i.e. IHS & Tuberculosis tests for the majority of people) many of these costs are optional.

With this being said, regardless of the optional costs you choose to purchase, it is always good to be better prepared for what you may be charged once you apply.

If you would like to receive a custom-tailored document checklist and letter templates, feel free to check out our £385 DIY Application Pack Service.

Alternatively, if you would like Ed Lowe, an incredibly experienced immigration advisor who has worked at the very heart of the Home Office for 20+ years, to deal with your case from start to finish, we charge £1,850 for our Full Legal Representation Service.

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