ArticleThe costs of a UK Spouse Visa in 2024

Applying for a spouse visa to join a partner in the UK is a significant step for those married to British citizens or individuals with settled status. A key concern for applicants in 2024 is understanding the costs involved, which are subject to yearly adjustments. Given the upcoming changes, it’s essential to be aware of the financial requirements and associated fees.

In Spring 2024, the minimum income threshold for all family visas will increase from £18,600 to £29,000, with a further rise to £38,700 slated for early 2025. This requirement can be daunting for those who do not meet it through salary alone. However, the Home Office permits the use of savings to supplement income, currently set at £62,500. This figure may change following the threshold increase.

For applicants bringing dependent children to the UK, the financial requirement rises. The sponsor must earn an additional £3,800 per year for the first child and £2,400 for each subsequent child. Fincial planning is important in this regard.

Spouse visa application fees in 2024: The official fee for a spouse visa application from outside the UK is £1,846, while for in-country applications, it is £1,048.

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS): Applicants must also pay the IHS, a mandatory fee granting access to NHS services in the UK. As of 2024, this surcharge is set at £1,035 per year (6 February 2024 onwards; as of today, £624) and is paid online alongside the visa application.

Engaging an immigration lawyer can provide invaluable assistance. Applicants should budget for these expenses, which are separate from the official visa and health surcharge fees.

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