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When should I apply for a spouse visa extension?
You must make sure that you submit your spouse visa extension application prior to the expiry of your current leave.
What is the processing time for a spouse visa extension application?
If you apply via the Standard Service, your application for further leave to remain as a spouse will normally be decided within 8 weeks. If you apply via the Super Priority Service, you should normally receive a decision the next working day after providing your biometric information.
What is the financial requirement to extend the spouse visa?
Just as in your spouse visa entry clearance application, you will need to meet a financial requirement. You will need to show that you or your partner has an annual income of at least £18,600 plus additional funds for children applying as your dependants.
Do I need to take another English Language test?
If you were required to sit an English Language test in order to meet the English language requirements for your entry clearance application, you may need to sit another test at a higher level.

Spouse visa extension applications require evidence to show that, since entering the UK, your English Language skills have improved. The required level for the test at the extension stage is A2 of the Common European Framework for References.
How long is the spouse visa valid for?
The spouse visa extension will allow you a further 30 months in the UK. At the end of this period of leave, your combined residency of 5 years in the UK as a spouse will enable you to become eligible to apply for ILR (if other requirements are met).
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