If you intend to remain in the UK after your initial Spouse Visa expires, you have the option to apply for a Spouse Visa renewal or extension. The Spouse Visa extension, similar to the initial Spouse Visa, grants a 30-month or 2.5-year stay. Once the extension period concludes, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), which, in turn, can pave the way toward obtaining British Citizenship.
The requirements for the extension closely mirror those of the original Spouse Visa. You must demonstrate that you have a genuine and ongoing relationship with your spouse or partner, with the intention to continue living together in the UK.
In many cases, applicants will also be required to prove a combined income with their spouse or partner of at least £18,600. Below, you’ll find comprehensive information regarding the Spouse Visa extension after 2.5 years and the process of renewing the Spouse Visa.