UK Spouse Visa From India 2024 Requirements, Fees & Processing times


This article will discuss making a UK spouse visa application from India in 2024.

We will discuss:

What you will get if you apply for a UK spouse visa from India

The UK spouse visa fee/cost in India in 2024

The UK spouse visa online application from India processing time in 2024

The UK spouse visa online application form from India

The VFS visa centres in India

How to submit your supporting documents for a UK spouse visa application from India

The UK spouse visa requirements from India in 2024

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What will you get if you apply for a UK spouse visa from India?

#1 A UK spouse visa allows Indian nationals and those who hold any type of longer-term residency in India (“applicants”) to enter and stay in the UK for 33 months with their sponsor (the “UK partner”).

Please note that this information is intended for applicants who want to make an application from outside the UK.

If you want to apply from within the United Kingdom, please read our FLR M visa guidance.

As we discuss in this article, however, only individuals with UK visas which were issued for longer than 6 months (with the exception of fiancé(e) and proposed civil partnership visas) can apply from within the UK.

Furthermore, those in the UK as a visitor cannot apply from inside the UK.

Please note that, if the sponsor helps the applicant complete the online application form and submit the supporting documentation, this does not change the above.


#2 Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and British Citizenship can be obtained via the UK spouse visa route.

It usually takes approximately 5 years for applicants who opt for the spouse visa route to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

An exception to this are applications granted on a 10-year route (rather than the standard 5-year route).

As a result, if the applicant submits an application that meets all of the spouse visa UK requirements in 2024, you should expect to be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain approximately 5 years after being granted the first partner visa.

Once Indefinite Leave to Remain application has been granted, applicants will no longer be reliant on their partner (the sponsor) to stay in the UK.


#3 A UK spouse visa will permit the applicant from India to work in the UK.

This is an advantage that the UK spouse visa has over a UK fiance visa in 2024, as those in the UK on a fiancé(e) visa are not permitted to work until they are subsequently granted an FLR(M) visa.


What is the UK spouse visa fee/cost in India in 2024?

A UK spouse visa application from India costs ₹194,941. This figure uses the conversion rate at the time of writing (1GBP/₹105.6) and the officially listed Home Office processing fee of £1,846.

UK spouse visa applicants from India will also have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), amounting to ₹327,888.  This figure uses the conversion rate at the time of writing (1GBP/₹105.6) and the officially listed fee of £3,105.

As we discuss in our UK spouse visa fees in 2024 article, the exchange rates used will likely mean that you will have to pay between 5% more or less than the exchange rate listed on Google or popular exchange converters.

Another cost that you may want to consider is paying an immigration lawyer to help you with your application.

We charge a set fee of £2,250 for full legal representation. This service is offered primarily by Ed Lowe (who worked in Mumbai as an Entry Clearance Manager in his 20+ years working at the Home Office) and Matthew French & Wendy Foy (both of whom also worked in the Home Office). This comprehensive service involves us handling your application from start to finish and will ensure that you put in the best application possible.

We also provide a unique spouse visa DIY Application Pack Service for £435 to partners who want to undertake the application themselves but want some additional help.


What is the UK spouse visa from India processing time in 2024? 

The standard processing times for UK spouse visa applications from India is 2-3 months (on average).

For the latest developments about the current processing times, you can read our spouse visa UK processing times in 2024 article which we keep up to date.

When available, the priority service will normally reduce the processing time to 6 weeks (30 working days).


Is the spouse visa priority service available if we apply from India? 

The priority service is now generally available – subject to supply and demand.


Can I make the UK spouse visa application from inside the UK instead of India?

If the applicant has a UK visa which has been granted for a period exceeding 6 months (& is not a visitor visa), then the applicant will normally be able to apply from inside the UK.

Otherwise, applicants who are nationals of India or who hold any type of long-term residency in India (e.g., if they have a work and not a visitor visa), will have to apply from outside the UK (from India or their other country of nationality of residence).

Please note that an exception to the above relates to applicants who are in the UK on a fiancé or proposed civil partnership visa. Such applicants can submit the application from inside the UK.


Where is the UK spouse visa online application form from India?

As we discuss in our spouse visa UK application form 2024 article, you must first visit this webpage.

You should then click the link under the sub-heading “Outside the UK”, as per the below screenshot:

uk spouse visa from India application form

UK spouse visa full legal representation


Where are the VFS visa centres in India?

There are currently 22 VFS visa centres in India.

VFS is the Home Office’s commercial partner in India for UK visa applications.

 

Location VFS visa centres in India’s address
Ahmedabad VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Ground Floor, Abhijit-VI, Near Parimal Garden Cross Road, Off C G Road, Ahmedabad 380006, India

Bengaluru VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

UK Visa Application Centre, VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd. Gopalan Innovation Mall, 22, Bannerghatta Main Rd, Sarakki Industrial Layout, 3rd Phase, J. P. Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560076

Chandigarh VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Elante Offices, Entry from Gate No. 2, Unit no. C-313, Third Floor, Office Block B, Plot no. 178- 178A, Industrial & Business Park, Phase – I, Chandigarh (UT) 160002

Chennai VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Fagun Towers, Second Floor, No 74, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai 600008

Cochin VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

UK Visa Application Centre, First Floor, Coastal Chambers, MG Road, Ravipuram, Cochin, Kerala – 682015, India

Coimbatore Caledon Square, Pricol Properties, Door No 348, 1st Floor, Avinashi Road, HUDCO Colony, Peelamedu, Coimbatore – 641004
Goa VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Gera Imperium Grand, 6th Floor,Office No. 619, 629, 621, Patto Plaza, Behind Ginger Hotel, Panjim,Goa – 403001

Gurgaon VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

ILD Centre, Unit no. 419-420, 4th Floor, Sohna Road, Gurgaon

Hyderabad VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Unit 1, Lower Concourse , Punjagutta Metro Station, 8-2-340/1, Punjagutta Rd, Punjagutta Officers Colony, Punjagutta, Hyderabad, Telangana 500082 India

Jaipur VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Ambition Tower, Office no. 106 to 114, 1st Floor, D-46-B, Malan Ka Chauraha, Agershen Circle, Subhash Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur – 302001

Jalandhar VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Aman Plaza, 3rd Floor, 310 Lajpat Nagar, Mahavir Marg, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Chowk, Jalandhar, Punjab India – 144001

Kolkata VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

UK Visa Application Centre, Fifth floor, RENE tower, Plot No. AA-I, 1842, Rajdanga Main Road,Kasba, Kolkata 700107

Lucknow VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

1st Floor, Alambagh Bus Terminal, Alambagh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226005

Mumbai North VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Trade Centre, ‘G’ Block, First Floor, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai – 400 051.

Mumbai South VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Urmi Axis Building, 1st Floor, Behind Famous Studio, Opp E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi West, Mumbai 400011

New Delhi VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Mezzanine Floor, Baba Kadak Singh Marg, Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001, India

Park Plaza Ludhiana UK Premium Application Centre

Bhai Bala Chowk, Ferozepur Road, Ludhiana. Pincode-141002

Pune VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

93 Avenue Mall, 4th Floor, Kalubai Chowk, Near Fatima Nagar Junction, Wanowarie, Pune – 411 022

Radisson Blu Amritsar VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Ajnala Road (Airport Road), Amritsar, 143001, Punjab

Radisson Blu Guwahati VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

UK Premium Application Centre, National Highway 37, Guwahati, 781033, India

Radisson Noida VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Radisson Noida, C Block, Sector 55. Noida Uttar Pradesh, 201307

Radisson Red Mohali VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.

Ground Floor, Plot No 1 Phase 9 Industrial area, Mohali, SAS Nagar, Punjab. Pincode-160062

Please note that the availability at the above VFS visa centres is subject to change at any time. The current availability of the centres will be available on the VFS website here.


How do we book the visa centre appointment in India?  

The first step will be to complete the spouse visa online application form.

Once the spouse visa online application form has been submitted (by paying the Home Office fees), you will then be redirected to the VFS website.

It is on the VFS website which you will be able to pay for any additional, optional services, as well as book the visa centre appointment at one of the above locations.


How do we submit the supporting documents for a UK spouse visa from India?

There are normally four different ways you can choose to submit the supporting documentation.

#1 You can self-upload the documentation via the self-upload portal on the VFS website.

All of your supporting documents can usually be uploaded from your home computer.

You can do this after:

i)You pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS); and

ii) You pay the spouse visa UK fee in 2024.

We now generally recommend for partners to self-upload their supporting documentation rather than use one of the available options below.


#2 You can submit the documents at the visa centre in India using the document scanning service.

In most cases, you can either:

i) Self-scan your supporting documents at the VFS visa centre in India; or

ii) For an additional fee, have someone at the VFS visa centre in India scan the documents for you.


#3 Submit the documents at a UK visa centre by using a document scanning service (this is often referred to as the “UK walk-in service”.

You will be provided with the locations of the UK walk-in service centres as you progress through the application.


#4 Post the documents to a specified address in the UK.

VFS has a scanning hub in the UK which will allow you to post the supporting documents in the UK to be scanned (for an additional fee).

The address of this scanning hub will be provided to you as you progress through the application.


What are the UK spouse visa requirements from India in 2024?

The UK spouse visa requirements from India in 2024 are as follows:

The UK spouse visa documents required for Indian applicants in 2024 depend on how you satisfy each of the requirements.

requirement 1Tuberculosis (TB) Test Requirements For Spouse Visa Applications Made From India

Applicants living in India, or have lived in India in the 6 months before submitting the application, are normally required to submit a TB test which states that they do not have TB.

Please note that only tuberculosis tests from Home Office approved clinics will suffice.

Whilst the tuberculosis test will only be valid for 6 months, the only date it needs to be valid for is the date the online application is submitted (which is the date the Home Office fee is paid).

It does not need to be valid when the applicant arrives in the UK.

“How do I book a Tuberculosis (TB) test in India?”

You will have to contact one of these clinics.

When you contact them, you should make it clear that you are taking the test for a UK visa application. 

“What is the Tuberculosis (TB) test fee/cost in India?”

This varies depending on the clinic that you attend.

As an example, the Sanjiwani Chikitsa Kendra clinic in Pune currently charges 2,500 Indian Rupees per person above the age of 12 and 2,000 Indian Rupees per person below 12 years of age.

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The Financial Requirement For Spouse Visa Applications Made From India in 2024

We discuss the financial requirements in depth in our spouse visa UK financial requirements in 2024 article.

In summary, however, you will need to:

#1 Satisfy the level of financial requirement which applies to your application.

For most partners, the level of financial requirement will currently be £18,600.

This is commonly referred to as the ‘minimum income threshold’.

This £18,600 figure will increase for each dependent child applying.

There are, however, plans in Spring 2024 to increase the minimum income threshold from £18,600 to £29,000.

We discuss this further in our spouse visa UK financial requirements in 2024 article.

For partners who receive a permitted benefit, the adequate maintenance test applies instead of the minimum income threshold.

In such a case, feel free to read our adequate maintenance guidance for 2024.


#2 The level of financial requirement must be met only considering the permitted sources of income.

The permitted sources of income are:

  • Employment income from a non-specified limited company
  • Employment income from a specified limited company
  • Property rental income
  • Cash savings (see our £16,000 – £62,500 spouse visa cash savings requirement in 2024 article)
  • Pension income
  • Self-employment income as a sole trader, partner or franchise
  • Employment and/or dividend income from a specified limited company
  • On-going payments from a structured legal settlement
  • On-going royalty payments
  • On-going insurance payments
  • Academic maintenance grant or stipends
  • Interest from savings
  • Dividends or other income from investments, trust funds, bonds or stocks and shares (from a non-specified limited company)
  • Payments under the War Pensions Scheme
  • Payments under the Armed Forces Attributable Benefits Scheme
  • Payments under the Armed Forces Compensation scheme
  • UK maternity allowance
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance
  • Bereavement payment & allowance

“What income cannot be included towards the financial requirement?”

i) It should be noted that you will only be able to include benefit income towards the financial requirement if the adequate maintenance test applies.

We have a detailed article about the adequate maintenance test here.


ii) Third-party sponsorship cannot generally be counted in the Immigration Rules.

There are a few exceptions to this, as we discuss in our Appendix FM 1.7 financial requirement Guidance 2024 [FM-SE & 1.7].

 

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The English Language Requirements For Spouse Visa Applications Made From India in 2024

There are numerous ways in which applicants from India can satisfy the English language requirement.

#1 The applicant can sit an English language test.

Most commonly, applicants from India satisfy the English language requirement by sitting a Secure English Language Test (SELT).

There are a few things to note regarding these tests.

i) For out-of-country partner visa applicants who sit an English test, they must book a test which is at least A1 level of the CEFR.

Our article “A1 English test for UK spouse visas in 2024” discusses the best A1 tests to take (& which ones you may want to avoid).

With this being said, as we discuss in our UK spouse visa English test requirements 2024, you may wish to take a test which is A2 or B1 level. This is because you will normally be able to rely on the same test multiple times in your UK immigration journey to Indefinite Leave to Remain and British Citizenship.

Furthermore, the English test that you submit must be on the list of Home Office approved Secure English language tests in 2024.

For your convenience, I have included a list of Home Office approved test centres in India from this link.

English Tests For UK Spouse Visas in India

Exam City Name of test centre Address
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Ahmedabad BC Ahmedabad Hotel Radisson Blu, Near Panchvati Cross Roads, Off C.G. Road, Ambawadi, Ahmedabad, 380006
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Ahmedabad BC Ahmedabad – Sarovar Portico Sarovar Portico, Ahmedabad, Bhavan’s College Road, Khanour, Ahmedabad, 380001, India
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Ahmedabad IDP Ahmedabad Hotel President, Off C G Road, Opp Municipal Market, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad – 380009, India
CD IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Ahmedabad IDP Ahmedabad Addor Aspire First floor office no 105 106 Beside Jhanvi Restaurant, Near L.D Engineering College, Gujarat University Area, Gulbai Tekra, Ahmedabad – 380015
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT Ahmedabad Ahmedabad Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd, 5Th Floor, Unit 501, Parshwanath Esquare, Ahmedabad, 3800051
PTE Academic UKVI/PTE Home Ahmedabad Pearson Professional Centers-Ahmedabad GUJ 301, 3rd Floor, Block A, WESTGATE, Near YMCA Club, S.G.Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat Ahmedabad, 380054
Skills for English UKVI Ahmedabad LiveCore Testing Services – Ahmedabad 801, 8th Floor, Amarpali Lake View, Vastrapur, 380052
PTE Academic UKVI
PTE Home
Amritsar Pearson Professional Centers-Amritsar PUN No.2 Upper Ground Floor, SRK Mall, Passport office building, 14 Mall Road, Amritsar, Punjab Amritsar, 143001
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Bangalore BC Bangalore Hotel RG Royal, No 19, Behind Ravindu Toyota, Near ISKCON Temple, Mahalakshmi layout, Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore – 560086
CD IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Bangalore IDP Bangalore 8, EXCELLENCY BUILDING, unit no. 206, second floor, PAPANNA STREET, Off St. Mark’s Road, Bangalore, Karnataka, India – 560001
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Bangalore IDP Bangalore The Monarch Luxur, No 67 Infantry Road Bengaluru – 560001,
PTE Academic UKVI Bangalore Pearson Professional Centers-Bangalore Pearson India Education Services Pte Ltd, Pride Hulkul, 004B, Ground Floor, No 116 Lalbagh Road Bangalore, 560027
PTE Academic UKVI
PTE Home
Bangalore Pearson Professional Centers-Bangalore 2 KAR Prestige Atrium, Unit 101, Ground Floor, Central Street, Shivajinagar, Bangalore, Karnataka Bangalore, 560001
Skills for English UKVI Bangalore iDomains Technologies – Bangalore No 82/1, 2nd Floor 2nd Main Road Behind TAVANT Technologies, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka , 560095
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Bengaluru Fortune Select JP Cosmos No. 49, Cunningham Crescent Road, Behind Sigma Mall, Bengaluru Pin Code – 560052, Karnataka, Phone: 078297 88000, India
CD IELTS for UKVI Bengaluru IDP Bengaluru – Kasturba Road IDP CD IELTS Test Centre Prestige Takt Building, 23 Kasturba Road Cross, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT Bengaluru Bengaluru Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd, 3Rd Floor Tower B Prestige Shantiniketan, Bengaluru, 560048
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Chandigarh BC Chandigarh Hotel Hometel. Plot No 147-148, Industrial Area Phase 1, Chandigarh – 160002, India
CD IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Chandigarh IDP Chandigarh SCO-40 & 41, 1st floor, Near Fab India, Sector 17A, Chandigarh-160017
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Chandigarh IDP Chandigarh Hotel KLG Starlite, Plot No.51, Industrial & Business Park, Phase-2, Tribune Chowk, Chandigarh – 160002, India
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Chandigarh IDP Chandigarh Hotel Sapphire, NH-21, Chandigarh- Ambala Road, Near Chandigarh Barrier, Zirakpur, -Punjab- 140603, India
PTE Academic UKVI
PTE Home
Chandigarh Pearson Professional Centers-Chandigarh PUN A-401, 4th floor, Elante Offices Block, Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh, Punjab Chandigarh, 160002
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Chennai BC Chennai – Residency Towers Residency Towers, 115 Sir Theagaraya Rd, Parthasarathi Puram, T. Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Chennai BC Chennai – Talking Tech Talking Technology, 857, Poonamallee High Road, (In NIIT Builing, Near Hotel Breeze & Opp. Kilpauk Police Station / First Med Hospital), Kilpauk, Chennai – 600010
CD IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Chennai IDP Chennai 2nd floor – Canberra House Old Door No. 58, New Door No. 97 (Opposite to Govt. Museum) Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai – 600008
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Chennai IDP Chennai Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road, No.11, Chamiers Road, Nandanam, Chennai,Tamil Nadu, India, Pin Code – 600035
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT Chennai Chennai Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd, Unit #8,3Rd Floor, Centennial Square, Chennai, 600024
PTE Academic UKVI/PTE Home Chennai Pearson Professional Centers-Chennai 6th Floor, Nelson Chambers, E, Block,, 115, Nelson Manickam Road,, Aminijikarai, Chennai, 600029
Skills for English UKVI Chennai Chennai – Aatralz ECR No. 38, Flat C, 2nd Floor, Alpha Daffodils, 3rd Main Road, AGS Colony, Kottivakkam, Chennai 600041
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Cochin BC Cochin Radisson Blu – Sahodaran Ayyappan Rd, Near Max Mall, Elamkulam, Kochi, Kerala 682020
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Cochin IDP Cochin The Center Hotel, Near Passport Office, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi – 682036, India
CD IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Cochin IDP Cochin Dream Flower Opp. Little Flower church, Sahodaran Ayyappan Road, Kadavanthra, Kochi-682020
Skills for English UKVI Delhi CPS Global –  New Delhi Office no# 502, 6th Floor, Westend Mall, Near Picadilly hotel, Janakpuri  New Delhi-110058, 110058
UKVI for CD IELTS Gurgaon IDP Gurgaon IDP Education India Pvt. Ltd.,Global Gateway Towers, Tower B, 5th 6th 7th Floors, Sikanderpur Ghosi, Sector 26, M.G. Road, Gurgaon-122002 (Haryana), India
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT Gurgaon Gurgaon Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd, Iris Tech Park, 2Nd Floor Tower A, Sector 48, Gurgaon, 122018
PTE Academic UKVI/PTE Home Gurgaon Pearson Professional Centers-Gurugram HAR Second floor, Unit No. 214, Times Tower, M G Road, Gurgaon, Haryana Gurugram, 122002
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Hyderabad BC Hyderabad Hotel Taj Deccan, Rd Number 1, Balapur Basthi, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034
CD IELTS for UKVI Hyderabad IDP Hyderabad Kukatpally IDP CD IELTS Test Centre 205-207 2nd floor, Vijay Sai Towers, Opp BJP office, above Reliance digital, Vivek Nagar, Kukatpally, Hyderabad-500072, India
CD IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Hyderabad IDP Hyderabad Gowra Trinity, 1-8-368 to 382, Ground Floor, SP road, Begumpet Secunderabad, Hyderabad – 500003, Chiran Fort Club lane, opposite US Consulate
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Hyderabad IDP Hyderabad MERCURE HYDERABAD, KCP 6/3/0551, Banjara Hills Main Rd, Irram Manzil Colony, Somajiguda, Hyderabad, Telangana 5000821
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT Hyderabad Hyderabad Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd, 9Th Floor, Unit – 2,Kapil Towers It Block, Hyderabad, 500032
PTE Academic UKVI/PTE Home Hyderabad Pearson Professional Centers-Hyderabad 1-10-72/A/.2, Pochampalli House, 3rd floor, Near Prakash Nagar Metro, S P Road, Begumpet Hyderabad, 500016
PTE Academic UKVI/PTE Home Hyderabad Pearson Professional Centers-Hyderabad 2 TS Manjeera Trinity Corporate, 612, 6th Flr, eSeva Lane, Phase III, Hitec City Road, Kukatpally, Hyderabad Hyderabad, 500072
Skills for English UKVI Hyderabad Hyderabad – Vast Technologies Plot No. 57, Flat No. 202, 2nd Floor, Prem Chander Nilyam, APHB Colony Jaybheri Enclave, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana, India  PIN- 500032 Landmark :- Behind Punjab National Bank
CD IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Jalandhar IDP Jalandhar SCS: 66-67, Chotti Baradari, Part-2 Opposite PIMS hospital, Jalandhar-144001
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Jalandhar IDP Jalandhar Hotel The Maya, EH-178,Civil Lines, Jalandhar, India
PTE Academic UKVI
PTE Home
Jalandhar Pearson Professional Centers-Jalandhar PUN 3rd Floor, Unit-8, Eminent Mall Complex, Guru Nanak Mission Chowk, Lajpat Nagar, Jalandhar, Punjab Jalandhar, 144001
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Kolkata BC Kolkata Hotel Hindustan International 235/1, AJC Bose Road, Kolkata – 700020, India
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Kolkata IDP Kolkata Block A, B & C, 6th Floor,22 Camac Street, Kolkata – 700016, India
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT Kolkata Kolkata Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd, Millennium City,9Th Floor, Kolkata, 700091
Skills for English UKVI Kolkata ATA Infotech Ventures Pvt. Ltd – Sec – V, Kolkata 1104 Martin Burn Business Park BP-3 Sector V, Saltlake, Kolkata, West Bengal 700091, 700091
Skills for English UKVI Mohali Galactic Infotech Solutions Pvt Ltd – Mohali D151, 3rd Floor, Industrial Area, Phase 8, 160071
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Mumbai BC Mumbai – Learning Galaxy The Learning Galaxy, 8th Floor, Urmi Estate, Lower Parel, Mumbai, 400013
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Mumbai BC Mumbai – West End West End, Opp Bombay hospital, 45 New Marine Lines, Mumbai – 400020
CD IELTS for UKVI Mumbai IDP Mumbai (Lower Parel) IDP CD IELTS Test Centre The Learning Galaxy, 8th Floor, Urmi Estate Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013, India
CD IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Mumbai IDP Mumbai Kanakia Wall Street , A wing ,Unit No 003 , ground floor , Next to western express Highway, Chakala Andheri-kurla road , Hanuman Nagar , Andheri East Mumbai Maharashtra 400093
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Mumbai IDP Mumbai YMCA International House, 18, YMCA Road,, Opp. Methodist Center, Mumbai Central (East), Mumbai – 400 008, Maharashtra, India
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT Mumbai Mumbai Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd, 6Th Floor,Techniplex1 (Gate No.2),Goregaon(W), Mumbai,
PTE Academic UKVI/PTE Home Mumbai Pearson Professional Centers-Mumbai Building No.9, 1st Floor, Solitaire Corporate Park,167 Andheri, J B Nagar Link Rd,Chakala,Andheri(East) Mumbai, 400093
Skills for English UKVI Mumbai Span Labs – Mumbai B209-210, Sagar Tech Plaza, Opp. Hotel Chakra, Sakinaka, Andheri East, 400072
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
New Delhi BC New Delhi – Radisson Radisson Blu, Outer Ring Road, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
New Delhi BC New Delhi – Regus British Council, Regus , Level S-2 American Plaza (near EROS Hotel),Nehru Place , New Delhi ,110019
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
New Delhi IDP New Delhi Hotel Madhuban, GK 1, B-71 , Greater Kailash -1 (Near archana shopping complex) New Delhi – 110048.
CD IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
New Delhi IDP New Delhi International Trade Tower, Unit No. 313, 3rd Floor, F-Block Nehru Place, New Delhi – 110019
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT New Delhi New Delhi CPS Global Westend Mall Office No 502 Floor 6th Jananakpuri, New Delhi, India 110058
PTE Academic UKVI
PTE Home
New Delhi Pearson Professional Centers-New Delhi, 302/305, Ashoko Estate, 24, Barakhamba Road New Delhi, 110001
PTE Academic UKVI/PTE Home Noida Pearson Professional Centers-Noida Ground floor, 1A/1,, S.B. Towers,, Sector 16A, Noida, 201301
CD IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Pune IDP Pune City Point Building 5th Floor, Above Mainland China Dhole Patil Road Near Boat Club Pune – 411001
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Pune IDP Pune Centurion Hotel, Near Akashwani Opp. S.T. Bus Stand, Shivajinagar Pune – 411001
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Pune IDP Pune Hotel Supreme Heritage, Lane No. 10, Opp Kalpataru Regency II,Road Opp. Mulik Capital
Kalyani Nagar, Pune – 411006, India
PTE Academic UKVI/PTE Home Pune Pearson Professional Centers-Pune MAH 517, Fifth Floor, Tower 2, World Trade Center, Kharadi, Pune, Maharashta Pune, 411014
Skills for English UKVI Pune Certview Technologies Pvt Ltd – Pune Shoppers Orbit, Wing A, 2nd Floor, Office No 203,Above LG Showroom,Near Domino Pizza, Vishrantwadi, 411015
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Surat Hotel Lords Plaza Delhi Gate, Ring Road, Surat, Gujarat-395003
IELTS for UKVI
Life Skills
Surat IDP Surat Embassy Hotel, Railway station circle, Opp Railway Station, Area Varachha,Surat-395002
PTE Academic UKVI/PTE Home Surat Pearson Professional Centers-Surat GUJ 703, 7th Floor, Swastik House, Nandi Park Society, Piplod, Surat, Gujarat Surat, 395007
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram Prometric Testing Pvt. Ltd, 7Th Floor, K.E.K Towers, Thiruvananthapuram, 695010
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ii) An academic English-taught Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree can be used to satisfy the English language requirement.

If the applicant has a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree certificate from an educational institution in the UK, this will normally be able to be used to satisfy the English language requirement.

If the applicant has an Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree certificate from an educational institution in India or from outside the UK (which was taught in English), they will need to submit the certificate alongside documentation from ECCTIS (previously UK NARIC) which states that:

  • The qualification was taught or researched in English at or above A1 level; and
  • The qualification meets or exceeds the recognised standard of a Bachelor’s degree in the UK.

With the above being said, most partners tend to prefer sitting an English language test as they often find this more convenient than going through the ECCTIS process.


iii) If the applicant from India also has a majority English-speaking nationality, they will automatically satisfy the spouse visa English language requirement.

In such a case, you should provide a copy of the passport which evidences this nationality.

These nationalities are Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, The British Overseas Territories, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, the UK and the USA.


iv) If the applicant is aged 65 or over when the online application is submitted, they will be exempt from the English language requirement.


v) If the applicant has a disability (a mental or physical condition) which prevents them from satisfying the English language requirement or there are exceptional circumstances, they may be exempt from the English language requirement.

We discuss this in our List of Home Office Approved Secure English language tests (SELT) in 2024 article.


Requirement 4

The Relationship Requirements

The following are the main relationship requirements that must be met:

#1 The person applying (the “applicant”) must be married, in a civil partnership or have lived for two years with someone who is British, has settled status, has refugee leave or humanitarian protection (or has settled status under the EU settlement scheme).

Alternatively, the partner may be a person from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein with pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (& started living in the UK before 1 January 2021);

Note: Applicants who are engaged or plan to enter into a civil partnership in the UK can consider applying for a UK fiancé(e) visa or a proposed civil partnership visa.

Since it is relatively common for Indian applicants to be in an arranged marriages, it should be noted that this is not something that is ordinarily problematic – as long as the Home Office caseworker deems the applicant and sponsor to be in a “genuine and subsisting relationship”.

For applicants who are applying as a married or civil partner, please note that the marriage or civil partnership must be recognised under the law in force in the country in which the marriage or civil partnership took place.

If the applicant and sponsor will have cohabited with each other for two years prior to submitting the application but are not married, feel free to read our unmarried partner visa UK 2024 guidance.


#2 The applicant and sponsor must be in a “genuine and subsisting relationship”.

This requires the Home Office caseworker to look at your application and supporting documentation as a whole.

They will then make a subjective assessment as to whether they think that your relationship is genuine and subsisting or not.

In assessing the genuine and subsisting relationship requirement, Home Office caseworkers are instructed to take into account cultural considerations.

#3 The applicant and sponsor’s previous legally recognised relationships must have broken down permanently. 

This is the case unless the relationship falls within one of the few exceptions.

#4 The applicant and sponsor must intend to live together permanently in the UK.

#5 The applicant and sponsor must be aged 18 or over when the online application is submitted. 

#6 The applicant and sponsor must have met in person. 

For arranged marriages, it is normally fine if the applicant and sponsor first met on their wedding day.

requirement 5

The Adequate Accommodation Requirements

You will be expected to show that there will be adequate accommodation for the applicant, sponsor and their family unit when the online application is submitted.

Please note that, as we discuss in part 3 of our 3-part free video series, the accommodation that you rely on cannot be prospective.

In other words, you will be expected to show, when you submit the supporting documentation, that there is sufficient accommodation already in place.

Please note that the accommodation that you rely on also cannot be ‘overcrowded’.

Requirement 6

The Suitability Requirements

Applicants will always need to satisfy the suitability requirements.

The vast majority of applications from India will not be affected by the suitability requirements, but you should nevertheless read these prior to submitting the online application.

The suitability requirements state that an applicant will be refused if any of the following apply:

uk spouse visa suitability requirements

Applicants will normally be refused if any of the following apply:

other uk spouse visa from India suitability requirements

Please also note that an applicant may be refused if they have failed to pay litigation costs awarded to the Home Office or if there are outstanding NHS charges amounting to at least £500.


Are You Applying For a UK Spouse Visa From India?

As OISC-regulated spouse visa specialists, we have assisted hundreds of successful spouse visa applications from India.

In addition to specialising in partner visas only, many of our advisors have worked for the Home Office.

Our head of practice, Ed Lowe, has not only worked in Mumbai as an Entry Clearance Manager, but he was also in charge of the UK Visa Operation based at the British Consulate in Istanbul covering Central Asia, South Caucuses and Turkey. Before that, he was responsible for over 20 countries in Western Europe and North Africa as an Operations Manager for UKVI.

Ed Lowe, along with Wendy Foy & Matthew French (both of whom also worked for the Home Office), helps our full legal representation clients by handling their applications from start to finish.

On the other hand, if you would like to submit the partner visa application yourself, you may be interested in our £435 DIY Application Pack service.

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