UK Spouse Visa Guide for British Sponsor and Finnish national applicant written by UK Immigration and Family Lawyer Mr Saleh Begh1. Your nationality and residence : British (United Kingdom)
✉ | ☎ |
2. Your partner nationality and residence : Finnish (Finland)
Why not apply NOW? or in the next 5 days for an UK Spouse Visa for a Finnish national. You could get a decision before the new £29,000 rule becomes law. Let's talk about your options!
The information below is for you, if you are a British citizen (or holding UK permanent residence) and your partner is a Finnish national.
You currently reside in United Kingdom whereas your partner resides in Finland .
Must have documents for UK spouse visa for Finnish nationalsClick the links below for direct FREE download or documents sent to you via email after purchase (tailored to your situation)!
Spouse Visa Update 2 February 2024 (PDF) Medical fees increase and new salary requirements £29,000.
UK Spouse Visa Fees, Income and Savings required information (PDF).
UK Approved English language tests centres (1,451 in total ) (PDF).
UK Spouse Visa (Genuine Relationship Evidence) (PDF).
UK Spouse Visa Guide ContentsUK Spouse Visa Key Considerations
UK Partner Visa from Helsinki, Finland
EU Settlement Scheme family permit from Helsinki, Finland
UK Home Office Approved English Tests Centres in Finland
Top 10 Reasons for UK Family Visa Refusal (British and Finnish)
UK spouse visa processing time in Feb 2024 from Helsinki, Finland
UK Spouse Visa Key Requirements
Finance and accommodation (UK Spouse Visa British and Finnish)
Earned income (Employment Salary / Wages / Self Employed / Business profits)
UK Spouse Visa Finance Worked examples
Receiving UK government benefits
Accommodation in the UK
Visa procedure, where to apply and provide the biometric details in Finland
UK Spouse Visa Fees 25 February 2024
Finnish UK Spouse Visa Supporting Documents Bundle
UK Spouse Visa Taking the first step
More about the spouse visa guide author - Saleh Begh
Top global university graduate UK visa options
UK Spouse Visa Frequently Asked Questions Helsinki Finland
Can I apply for UK spouse visa from Finland
Is there a UK Spouse Visa interview?
How long does UK spouse visa take in Feb 2024? (Priority & Super Priority options)
UK Spouse Visa Key requirementsLets have a chat ✉ | ☎ 00442071935178 | Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm UK time.
The Immigration Rules states that :
Milar says: Complete satisfaction. Quick turnaround. Saleh was very helpful throughout the whole process. Highly recommended
Wendy says: Wow wow wow, Saleh was amazing beginning to end… no question was silly and he is very knowledgeable!! My husbands fast track visa approved within 5 days!!! Amazing team…. Took all the stress from the whole process! Would def recommend.
Click here to read more Reviews | Click here to book your consultation now ☎ | ✉ |
UK family Visa from FinlandYou may also consider applying from neighbouring countries ( | Norwegian UK Spouse Visa | Swedish UK Spouse Visa | Russian UK Spouse Visa | ) . You would normally need to hold 6 months or more lawful residence there in order to apply for a UK spouse visa from that location.
Now lets look into the various aspects of the requirements listed above when you are British and your partner is Finnish and you reside in United Kingdom and your partner resides in Finland.
You are a British citizen, thus you do not need any documents to live and work in the UK. However your partner is a Finnish national. They would need to have UK immigration status documents.
European Family - EU Settlement Scheme family permitSince your partner is an European Finnish national, they may be able to apply for EUSS status documents in the UK. Please also note that EEA nationals, such as your partner and their family (partner and children) were not required to provide English language certificates or TB medical documents, however this has changed due to Brexit (30 June 2021). Please note that EEA nationals had to be in the UK before UK left the EEA on 31 December 2020 and had applied for and was granted EEA Settled or Pre-Settled status can sponsor their spouse or partner on the EEA route provided the relationship also predates brexit. If not you must apply using the UK domestic route (UK Spouse Visa Route)
Please remember that all UK Family Visa applications are now done online and your UK Visa Application Centre for Finland, TLS Contact Office could be in a different city. You may need to plan ahead and travel for your tests and visa appointments. These are the large cities in Finland Helsinki , Espoo , Tampere , Vantaa , Oulu , Turku , Jyväskylä , Lahti , Kuopio , Kouvola. Only a few will have a TLS Contact Office UK Spouse Visa Application Centre (Finland)
UK Embassy in FinlandThe British Embassy in Finland maintains and develops relations between the UK and Finland. You may need to contact the UK embassy for some official documents. This may be required under Finnish law, if you want to get married there or need other consular services as a UK national or UK resident . UK embassy in Finland, their web page links are provided below for more details:
Helsinki British Embassy Helsinki
Your partner is a Finnish national thus not exempt from the English language requirements for a Spouse / Partner visa, they would need to take the A1 / A2 (extension) or provide other English language evidence unless they qualify and apply under the EUSS Scheme.
UK Visa English Language Guide video Helsinki
UK Home Office Approved English Test Centres in FinlandGet help Booking your test with an UK Approved test centre [Call us ☎] | .
You must take your test with an UK Approved test provider. If you are outside of the UK i.e in Finland you can only take a SELT (English Test) with one of the following providers: IELTS SELT Consortium British Council | LanguageCert | Pearson | PSI Services (UK) Ltd
If you are already in the UK (on a different visa or for visa extension application) You can take a SELT with the providers mentioned above or with Trinity College London. Click here for UK Spouse Visa English test centres in the UK
UK Spouse visa Approved English Test Centre address in Finland
▶ Espoo | Pearson 54814 | CertyHub Finland | CertyHub, Espoo, Spektri Business Park, Kvintti-building, ground floor, Metsanneidonkuja 12, Espoo, 02130. Espoo PTE Academic UKVI PTE Home | Status: Available
▶ Espoo | PSI 13223 | Espoo - CertyHub Espoo Finland | Metsänneidonkuja 12, ground floor, 02130 Espoo Espoo Skills for English UKVI | Status: Available
▶ Helsinki | IELTS SELT Consortium FI001 | BC Helsinki Finland | Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki CD IELTS for UKVI Life Skills | Status: Available
▶ Helsinki | LanguageCert 8070 | Helsinki Finland | Kielikoulu Nuevo Mundo, 7Th Floor, Helsinki, 00560 Helsinki LanguageCert International ESOL SELT | Status: Available
Top 10 Reasons for Family Visa Refusal (Finnish and British)
UK spouse visa processing time in Feb 2024 Helsinki, FinlandThe standard spouse visa UK processing time in Feb 2024 is 3 to 5 months (on average 14 weeks) if you are making the application from outside the UK. Priority service is back and you could get a decision faster say 3 to 6 weeks. If you are making the application from inside the UK the wait time is 8 to 12 weeks (on average 10 weeks). For human rights applications it is 11 months or longer. We can prepare and submit your application and get a decision within a week if you use our Super VIP service. [ Click here ✉] or call ☎ Please note that there are additional legal fees and extra Home Office fees for this service. The relevant location is where the applicant is based as ALL applications are done online.
Finnish and British UK Spouse Visa Requirements
Finance and accommodation (UK Spouse Visa Finnish and British)Earned income
Usually for a spouse visa, the sponsor (British or another nationality but holding ILR / Refugee Status) would need to show that they earn £18,600 per year (before tax) (£29,000 from Spring 2024) . It goes up to £22,400 if there is also a child (non-British only) (Spring 2024 figures not yet fully announced). For each additional child you need to add £2,400 on top. This adding £3,800 for first child and £2,400 for each additional child is being scraped for the new 2024/2025 Spouse Visa minimum income requirements. Sponsors in the UK who receive certain benefits such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Carer Allowance (CA) etc are not required to show earned income in the same way. Please also note that only the income of the British sponsor is usually counted even if the applicant abroad ( in Finland ) seeking the visa is also working there. UK earned income of both spouses can be used, not relevant in your case, this is provided that both are working in the UK and have the right to work for the period claimed. The simplest way to meet this requirement is by having a salaried job for over 6 months on a fixed monthly income.
Go to guide index section
Self-employed or Deemed as self-employed (Finnish and British documents bundle in 2024)
If the British sponsor is the Director or related to the Director of the company that is paying the sponsor salary then the sponsor would be deemed as self-employed. Therefore, minimum one year payslips (pay advice and dividend certificates or equivalent) and bank statements must be submitted, and currently this would fall within the company’s financial year (1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023). If a previous year also had income above the required levels that too should be provided. In the event the most recent financial year is below the required level it is possible to provide two years and seek to present an average over two years to show the British sponsor does indeed meet the financial requirements.
Below is the list of documents that usually needs to be submitted as part of the UK spouse visa application financial bundle (Finnish and British) and also the period it should cover:
- CT600 Corporate Tax Return - 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023
- Certificate of Incorporation and Current Appointment Record from Companies House
- Unaudited Business accounts - 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023
- Business bank statements - 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023
- Current appointment report from companies house - 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023
- Business premises lease/Certificate of VAT registration/ PAYE as an employer - 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023
- Dividend vouchers - 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023
- Payslips showing gross income (For British sponsor from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023)
- Personal bank statements – all payments and dividends are shown being paid (For British Sponsor from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023
Since you are applying after 28 April 2023 you would need to include April 2023 to January 2024 documents to show that your income is continuing at the same or at a higher level. This area is very complex and you should seek help to get results first time!
Avoid delays, confusion and headache get in touch now ☎ | ✉
Savings (now till April 2024)
Savings can be used to supplement the parties income provided the total is above £16,000 and was held continuously for 6 months or more. The amount above the £16,000 minimum balance is divided by the duration of the visa (2.5 years in this case) and then added to the earned income. Savings held out-side the UK in Finland, by either party can also be used. You will of course need to provide evidence of the source of the funds as loans and other financial products cannot be used.
Venla is applying for a visa to bring her husband, Leo to the UK. The financial requirement for a husband, Leo is £18,600. Venla earns £16,137 per year (35 hours a week at £8.87) - her income is £2,463 below the financial requirement. Venla can use savings to meet the requirement - but needs to have £16,000 plus £2.50 for every £1 her income is below the requirement. The extra amount is 2.5 x 2,463 = £6,158. In total, Venla needs £6,158 + £16,000 = £22,158. This amount of savings or more must be held for 6 months without drop in balance to meet the UK Spouse visa financial requirements. This requirement is the top reason for refusal so seek guidance and make sure you have this covered well. ☎ | ✉
Savings (New calculations from 11 April 2024, in 45 days)
Savings can still be used under the new financial requirements (11 April 2024 and beyond). In the above example, Venla would need to show that her total savings is above £48,158. thus meeting the required £29,000 rather than the current £18,600 gross income per year.
If Venla is exempt from meeting the standard financial requirements of £18,600 / £29,000 because she receives certain benefits as listed below:
- Carers Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
To evidence this you will need Official documentation from the Department for Work and Pensions or relevant Agency confirming the current entitlement and the amount currently received together with a bank statement issued within the last 12 months showing benefits.
In this case she only needs to show that she has what the law says a couple like Leo and Venla would need to live in the UK. This is about £133.30. per week for a couple and £77.78 for each child (2023 / 2024 tax year). The calculation usually involves adding all the benefits and incomes minus housing costs and council tax liabilities. Any savings held is divided by 33 (the duration of the visa in months) and added to as income.
Why not get in touch now regarding your UK Spouse Visa requirements and calculations call ☎ | ✉
As regards accommodation, as a couple you will normally need a minimum of studio flat and anyone with children would need to secure at least one bedroom flat. Children count as half in UK Housing Act overcrowding calculations. A two bedroom flat with a sitting room / lounge would be enough for 5 people.
In the above case, Venla, would normally need a studio or one bedroom flat to adequately accommodate her husband, Leo .
If you or a family member own your home, you will need a Housing inspection report and a consent letter - We can provide the Housing inspection report and help draft the consent letter. Please call ☎ | ✉ to book this service.
Relationship evidence plus where and how to apply (UK Spouse visa)Need to establish your relationship
It has to be genuine, subsisting and durable relationship (British and Finnish).
You would need to provide sufficient evidence to establish your connection to the Finnish national. Since you would be considered as the sponsor with British citizenship. This would normally include, Finnish marriage certificate, evidence of co-habitation, joint bills, bank statements, birth certificate of any children you have together, joint travel (Finland / United Kingdom), visitation and on-going communication and shared or common financial commitments. A wide selection of joint photographs of wedding , engagement and outings together. This requirement is one of the top reasons for refusal so seek guidance and make sure you have this covered well. This is a must with the recent announcement on increase in income requirements to £29,000 / £38,700 (more than double) ☎ | ✉
Procedure and where to apply and provide your biometric details in Finland
The initial application is now done online. You would then be forwarded to TLS Contact Office , they are the UK government's Commercial Partner. They handle UK Visa Applications from Finland. This is where you would book your appointment, pay for additional services and provide your passport, fingerprints, have your photos taken and can also submit your supporting documents bundle. Most applicants use the online portal for digital bundles to be uploaded. Go to their website Click Finland
UK spouse visa grant letter update in FinlandUK Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) letters are now issued by the UK Home Office / TLS Contact Office via email from the UK visa centre in Finland; physical letters will no longer be issued when you collect your passport and visa from the Finnish UK visa application centre ( TLS Contact Office ). You are reminded that you need to ensure that you have provided a valid email address on your online visa application form and may also need to check your spam/junk folder in order to receive this email. You will also need this when you visit your local Royal Mail post office to collect your UK visa BRP residence card.
UK Spouse Visa Application Fees 25 February 2024UK Spouse visa costs are as follows:
1. Spouse Visa Application fee £1,846, ($2,448) (2,272 Euros)
2. Spouse Visa Medical Insurance fee (IHS) £3,105 ($4,102) (3,821 Euros) for standard spouse visa issued for 2 years and 9 months.
3. A1 English test fee about £150 ($190) (where required)
4. TB test fee about £75 ($95) (where required)
The fees are paid in US dollars / Euros or your local (British / Finnish) currency. The price you pay may be slightly more than stated above due to currency exchange rates and Home Office Exchange Rates Policy. You may also need to pay for translation services for documents that are not in English. The above $6,830 is for one person. Non-British children who also apply with the spouse will pay around $5,620 each due to no English language requirements and also lower IHS fees ($3,080) for children.
UK Spouse Visa Application and visa Fees 25 February 2024
|New Fee (6 Feb 2024)
|Old Fee and Change
|IHS Medical Fee – inside the UK
|£2,588 (From 6 Feb 2024)
|£1,560, up £1,028 ( 🠙 66%)
|IHS Medical Fee – Outside the UK
|£3,105 (From 6 Feb 2024)
|£1,872, up £1,233 ( 🠙 66%)
|IHS Medical Fee (Child) – inside the UK
|£1,940 (From 6 Feb 2024)
|£1,175, up £765 ( 🠙 66%)
|IHS Medical Fee (Child) – Outside the UK
|£2,328 (From 6 Feb 2024)
|£1,410 up £918 ( 🠙 66%)
|New Fee (4 Oct 2023)
|Old Fee and Change
|Settlement ( Fiancée / Spouse)
|£1,538 up £308 ( 🠙 20%)
|Priority service – outside the UK (for routes leading to Settlement)
|£573, down £73 ( 🠫 13%)
|Priority service – outside the UK (for routes not leading to Settlement)
|£250, up £250 ( 🠙 100%)
|Super Priority service – inside the UK
|£800, up £200 ( 🠙 25%)
|Visit visa – short up to 6 months
|£100, up £15 ( 🠙 15%)
|Skilled worker (3 years or less) from outside the UK
|£625, up £94 ( 🠙 15%)
|Certificate of Sponsorship for Skilled Worker
|£199, up £40 ( 🠙 20%)
|£1,330, up £250 ( 🠙 20%)
New increased fees 2024. The application fee had gone up by 20% (£306) to £1,846 and IHS medical has gone up by 66% to £1,035 per year sine 6th February 2024. So the new IHS fee will be £3,105 (£1,035 x 3) instead of £1,872 (£624 x 3). You will probably pay around £3,230 plus your bank's transactions fee. Within the UK you will pay for 2.5 years (instead of 3 years) and so IHS will be £2,587.50 (£1,035 x 2.5). For children it is £2,328 and £1,940. Fees quoted in Euros are subject to Currency Convertion rates, which change daily and also subjected to 5% uplift by the UK Home Office. The Home Office uses OANDA [Click to see visa fee using live exchange rate] for exchange rates. The rate used is : 1.17098 Euros (USD) per UK Pound (£).
Supporting Documents Bundle (UK Spouse Visa) HelsinkiUK Spouse visa requires a large set of documents in support. Since there are many requirements and specified documents. You may find that your documents are in the wrong format, scanned poorly, has too many extra and unrelated pages, needs to be merged or combined to stop you from having 100 plus files and so items can easily be missed by the decision maker.
Sometimes your items may be too large in size (6 MB or more), your work letter or bank statement may have password protection, all these oversized, password protected and unreadable documents will simply not be considered. This can cause delays and lead to refusals. Please get in touch ( UK 00442071935178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ) for supporting documents help and free consultation. Our fees for bundles start at £50 and can be ready in matter of hours. We can reduce the number of files from 150 to just 9 to 15 files, one or two covering each category. Reduce and adapt oversized files, remove passwords and help with the whole upload process.
It is always safer to have a professional look at your situation and documents you are looking to present to see if there is a risk that can be reduced or avoided.
Why speak with Solicitor Mr Saleh Begh or another lawyer?
✓ You can discuss your case and circumstances in detail and get guidance as to the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options are available to you and your family;
✓ He can run through the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether the criteria is met;
✓ If you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how?
✓ He can also consider your case supporting evidence and identify weaknesses;
✓ Where required, guide you and help you to obtain further evidence to mitigate (such as medical records, additional bank statements, embassy letters etc);
✓ He can, once instructed prepare your application quickly and submit on your behalf, this sometimes depends on complexity and available items. Saves you time, avoids headaches and being stuck or lost;
✓ He can explain the visa route and way forward, timescale, costs and any further steps you need to take after you have your visa..
Please get in touch ( UK 00442071935178 or email email@example.com ) for more specific information, free 5 minute consultation is offered or leave a question or comment below and we will get in touch (dont forget to include your contact number ).
Why not share your questions and experiences with others?Leave your questions or experiences for others to benefit. Please comment below.
About the authorSaleh Begh is a Solicitor (English Attorney) with 15 years experience in UK Immigration and Family law. He routinely deals with complicated Immigration and family law matters. Read more about Saleh Begh
UK Spouse Visa Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply for UK spouse visa from Finland?Yes you can apply from Finland. Usually you will apply from your country of origin (holding the passport) or any other country where you hold a valid residence permit with 6 months or more validity remaining. You can also apply from within the UK if you already have a visa that allows you to switch. Contact us for guidance or help with your case. ✉ | ☎
Go to guide index section
Is there a UK Spouse Visa interview?Usually the UK Home Office decides on the British and Finnish documents provided as part of the application process, why not have us prepare the perfect bundle? Recently they have started to conduct more and more live spouse visa interviews. This is to check the identity, application details, travel and immigration history and relationship details with both the Finnish applicant and the UK sponsor. The request is sent via email by the Interview Invitation team from WSP Interview Hub in Sheffield, UK.
We can assist with understanding the process and answer any questions you may have. It is important that you are calm, give precise responses and sound confident during your UK Spouse Visa interview.
Spouse Visa Interview sample topics and questions
Review your application form and documents to remember the details you put in there. They will almost certainly ask about the details.
We can help you ace the interview ! => ✉ | ☎
How long does UK spouse visa take in Feb 2024?Currently it is taking between 3 to 6 months from outside the UK (Finland ) for standard service, 3 to 6 weeks for priority service (may become unavailable due to current high demand) and 3 to 9 months from inside the UK depending on your case and complications, unless you go for Super Priority service (which we can secure for you) than next day decision is possible.
We can help secure your Priority Visa booking service. This puts your family migration / settlement application at the front of the queue at every stage of the decision-making process. The cost of this service is in addition to your visa application fee and is non-refundable if the visa application is refused, or in cases where it takes longer to process. Paying the Priority Visa service fee does not imply or guarantee that your application will be successful. You need an immigration specialist for that as all visa applicants must meet each and every requirement of the UK immigration rules.
How long does a Priority Visa (family migration / UK settlement for Finnish partner) application take?
UKVI aims to make a decision on your Priority Visa (family migration / settlement) application within 30 working days from when you submit your biometric information. You usually pay the Priority Service fees and also centre use fees (£77) online. Some locations collect this at the appointment in cash and in local, Euros currency.
Priority & Super Priority Visa Service OptionsFor Visit Visas
To help manage the significant global demand for visit visa applications, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) is offering a reduced number of Priority Visa (PV £500) appointments for visit visas each week in locations where these are available.
Super Priority Visa (SPV £1000) services for visit visas will remain available as normal, where these are offered.
The reduction in Priority Visa appointments for new visit visa applications will enable UKVI to process more standard applications and gradually reduce the overall processing time for all customers.
For Study and Work Visas
Priority Visa and Super Priority Visa appointments for new study and most work applications are available. There is no reduction in the volume of Priority Visa and Super Priority Visa appointments available for study and work applications, where these are offered.
For Family Visas
Priority (£500) and Super Priority services (£1000) for new family visa applications has resumed People who wanted to purchase priority service and couldn't will also be able to add this option retrospectively. Contact us for more details.. Further information can be found on GOV.UK. Need help contact us ✉ | ☎ |
How to book Priority and Super Priority Visas appointments
Where available, Priority and Super Priority Visas will be displayed when you book your appointment. Where appointments are showing as unavailable this means that the weekly number of appointments have been taken.
Further Priority Visa appointments will be released once a week. All new Priority Visa appointments will be released at the same time each week.
Retrospective Priority and Super Priority Visas services may now be available in some visa categories.
Where are Priority and Super Priority Visa appointments available?
You can find the full list of locations where Priority and Super Priority Visa appointments are available on TLS Contact Service Options page.
Is it difficult to get a UK spouse visa?Easy or difficult depends on how you as the applicant and sponsor meet the requirements. If all the requirements are met, they can be easily evidenced than it is routine but the process can be difficult to navigate and it is easy to miss things out and get a refusal. Avoid a rejection, losing time and money is horrible, not to mention the stress and uncertainty, seek professional help now ✉ | ☎ |
Will my Finnish marriage certificate be recognised in the UK?Is a Finnish marriage certificate valid in the UK? The short answer is that the UK Home Office will recognise any official marriage conducted out-side the UK. It has to be a legal Finnish court marriage that meets the local Finnish rules. This may not be true for unofficial religious marriages or certificates from countries where multiple spouses are permitted and one or both parties may still be married to someone else in Finland or in the UK.
Please note that any document that is not in English (only Finnish ), official English translations must be provided. Please get in touch so that we can assess and confirm, if your Finnish marriage certificate will be recognised by the UK and what to do to make your case stronger and give you peace of mind. We can also discuss your alternative application options, should your marriage certificate not be recognised, including the option and steps to get married in the UK.
Do I need to register my foreign Finnish marriage in the UK? As stated above a marriage abroad in Finland will be legally recognised in the UK provided it was contracted according to the law of the country in which it took place, in this case Finland. There is no requirement, or facility, to register the Finnish marriage in the UK afterwards. UK has stopped the facility where you could re-register or record a marriage that has been conducted abroad.
What is the difference between spouse visa and partner visa UK?There are several types of UK family visas for couples, namely: UK Spouse Visa, UK Partner Visa, UK Fiancé Visa, UK Fiancée Visa, UK Marriage Visa. The key difference between them is the status of the relationship, so a Spouse Visa is for couples who are already married. Unmarried partner visa is for the couple who have lived together (usually 2 years or more) akin to marriage but are not married and currently do not intend to get married. Fiancé, Fiancée Visa is for couples who want to get married (in the next 6 months) and settle in the UK. Lastly, UK Marriage (Visitor) Visa is for couples living abroad and want to get married in the UK but are not currently looking to settle in the UK.
Can I bring my Finnish girlfriend to the UK? You can bring your Finnish girlfriend / boyfriend to the UK as a visitor / student / worker, however to settle here i.e. stay for longer than 6 months or be able to work and study in the UK based on the family ties (husband / wife / girlfriend / boyfriend / unmarried partner) they would need to meet the UK spouse visa requirements or UK unmarried partner visa requirements.
UK Family visa or UK Dependant visa?
Please remember that if your sponsor is in the UK on a work visa or student visa, you cannot apply for a family visa, since your family member themselves are in the UK temporarily under a sponsorship from a company or university, as a worker or a student. You can only apply to stay with them as their dependant instead. This is a different route and has different requirements. We can help you with your UK Dependant visa applications, please get in touch.
Can my Finnish partner work in the UK?Yes, with a spouse visa, you can work, run a business, study and travel in and out as many times as you like. You should watch your time out-side UK (Finland) because If you have too many days absence this may mean you do not qualify for permanent settlement (ILR).
How much bank balance is required for UK spouse visa?Usually if you meet the income requirements of £18,600 or £29,000 (from 11 April 2024), the bank balance is not relevant. If you are relying on savings you need £62,500 ($115,096) (76,907 Euros) or (£88,500 ($115,083) (138,739 Euros) from 11 April 2024) or more minimum balance (fully on savings) or a mix of income and savings £16,000 ($20,832) (19,688 Euros) to £62,500 / £88,500 or more in savings).
Finnish partner incomeUsually the applicant income is only considered and can be included if the application is made while resident in the UK and they have permission to work as per their current visa remarks. Savings can be used from both partners and regardless of where the funds are held long as the bank is an FCA approved Bank and source of funds evidence is also available.
What is the UK Finnish spouse visa duration and how much does it cost?The UK Finnish spouse visa / unmarried partner visa is issued initially for 3 months (example Valid from : 25/02/2024 and Valid until : 25/5/2024 ) via a vignette / sticker on your passport in Finland. Once in the UK you will collect your BRP card from your local Royal Mail Post Office offering BRP Card Collection Service and it will have a 33 months duration (example Place and Date of Issue : UK 25/02/2024 Valid until 31/12/2024*). All BRP cards issued now end on 31/12/2024 even if your visa expires on 25/11/2026 . This is because the UK Home Office is looking to change or discontinue BRP cards in 2025. It will most likely move to an online portal (eVisas) where employers, landlords, banks, airports and airlines can view your UK immigration status online. With eVisas you will be required to make sure your passport details are updated on the UKVI eVisa portal.
As regards costs, you are looking at £1,846 ($2,448) (2,272 Euros) application fee and £3,105 ($4,102) (3,821 Euros) and more for any English translation of documents and other test certificates.
Go to guide index section
Home Office Exchange Rates Policy ( £1 = 1.17098 Euros )
The Home Office Exchange Rate Policy (HOERP) is used to set the exchange rates for Home Office fees charged in foreign currencies, The policy applies the Oanda (live bid rate at the time of update) as the base exchange rate when taking payments in any currency other than pound sterling. All Home Office exchange rates are set at 4% above the Oanda live bid rates. This is designed to ensure that exchange rates charged reflect commercial exchange rates, while also ensuring that the risk to the Home Office, and UK taxpayer, of fluctuating exchange rates is kept to a minimum.
What if our Finnish UK Spouse Visa is refused?If you get a refusal, you have the option to re-apply or appeal. The decision you take depends on your circumstances and the reasons for the refusal. Some reasons can only be addressed via representation and by an immigration judge. You have a limited time to act so contact us for guidance and tips ✉ | ☎
What happens if our relationship endsAs the visa is based on the relationship (Partner or Spouse), if the relationship comes to an end the visa would also end, this is not automatic but the sponsor removing their support means you cannot renew on the same basis or will be cut short (if you or the sponsor notify the Home Office). If there are British children involved or there was domestic violence you may have other visa options such as parent of a British child or may benefit from Home Office DV concessions rules. Do you need help with divorce? For guidance, options and tips contact us ✉ | ☎ |
You may also consider applying from neighbouring countries ( | Norwegian UK Spouse Visa | Swedish UK Spouse Visa | Russian UK Spouse Visa | ) . Please note that you would normally need to hold 6 months or more lawful residence there in order to apply for a UK spouse visa from that location.
Family Law - financial rights and obligationsGetting married is an exciting time and often couples don’t consider how their legal obligations to each other will change when they get married. Why not let us prepare agreements that give you more certainty about your financial rights and obligations if your marriage breaks down.
If you are planning to marry, you may want to consider protecting assets or determining the financial terms of separation in case your relationship breaks down by entering into a prenuptial agreement. If you are already married, you may want to consider entering into a post nuptial agreement to regulate the financial terms of any separation. This step may be particularly important to couples who are moving to or out of the UK and want to link the outcome of any divorce to the laws of their country of origin. The agreement can also tackle financial, tax and succession planning.
Wafi Solicitors are highly experienced in drafting, negotiating and advising on pre and post nuptial agreements. They give clear and efficient advice on the law, but are sensitive to the social, religious and emotional difficulties associated with the process.
They act for a wide range of people including business owners looking to protect their business interests, families wishing to protect inherited wealth, wealthy individuals and couples who have international connections (Finland ). They can also help with parenting agreements, romantic fraud avoidance and other family related tasks. For guidance, options and tips ✉ | ☎
What is the alternative to a UK spouse visa?You may consider a work, student or a visitor visa, Each visa type has its own set of requirements. Visitor visa is also likely fail if you have weak ties to your country of origin, Finland and a spouse / partner in the UK. As the Home Office will deem the partner who is settled in the UK as being too much of a strong reason for you to remain in the UK after your visit as a Finnish national. The Home Office may also refuse stating that the visa applied for is the wrong category since you have a partner / spouse who is settled in the UK. They may regard your alternative application as a way of going round the spouse visa costs and extensive requirements.
Top 50 global university graduate UK visa optionsDid you know, if you graduated from an university listed below, in the last 5 years, we can help you secure a visa for the UK. To live and work, have your own business in the UK! No need for a sponsoring company or university. Also avoid the difficult to find UK employment whilst abroad, Finland , and also the expensive UK study course. You would also be free from relying on your relationship to your UK resident spouse or partner. Let's consider your options and alternatives now! call / email / chat | ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org | ☎ 02071935178 |
Non - US Universities
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL Switzerland) - Switzerland
ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) - Switzerland
Karolinska Institute - Sweden
Kyoto University - Japan
McGill University - Canada
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - Singapore
National University of Singapore - Singapore
Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University - France
Peking University - China
Tsinghua University - China
University of British Columbia - Canada
University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong
University of Melbourne - Australia
University of Tokyo - Japan
University of Toronto - Canada
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) - USA
Columbia University - USA
Cornell University - USA
Duke University - USA
Harvard University - USA
Johns Hopkins University - USA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - USA
New York University (NYU) - USA
Northwestern University - USA
Princeton University - USA
Stanford University - USA
University of California, Berkeley - USA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - USA
University of California, San Diego - USA
University of Chicago - USA
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - USA
University of Pennsylvania - USA
University of Washington - USA
Yale University - USA
Royal Mail Post office BRP Card Collection ServiceThe following Royal Mail Post Offices have BRP Card Collection Services in London (View All of UK) | Strand, Queensland House, 393 Strand, London WC2R 0LT | Broadway, 1 Broadway, London SW1H 0AX | Aldwych, 95 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JN | Southampton Row, 86 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4BB | Great Portland Street, 54-56 Great Portland Street, London W1W 7NE | Grays Inn, 24-28 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8HR | Farringdon Road, 39-41 Farringdon Road, London EC1M 3JB | Baker Street, 111 Baker Street, London W1U 6SG | Moorgate, 45 London Wall, London EC2M 5TE | The City of London, 12 Eastcheap, London EC3M 1AJ
Countries that do not have UK visa application centresIf your location is listed below, please use the recommended UK Visa centre and also not worry about the residency requirements (6 months plus visa) as the UK Home Office expects you to apply from the nearest available centre.
Afghanistan - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre
Andorra - apply through Spain
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands - apply through Barbados
Aruba - apply through Venezuela
Ascension and Tristan da Cunha - apply through St. Helena
Belize - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre in the Americas
Benin - apply through Nigeria
Bonaire - apply through Venezuela
Burkina Faso and Togo - apply through Ghana
Burundi - apply through Rwanda
Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mali - apply through Senegal
Chad and Central African Republic - apply through Cameroon
Comoros - apply through Mauritius
Congo - apply through Democratic Republic of the Congo
Costa Rica - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre in the Americas
Curaçao - apply through Venezuela
Djibouti - apply through Ethiopia
East Timor - apply through Indonesia
Equatorial Guinea - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre in West Africa
Eritrea, Somalia and South Sudan - apply through Kenya
Eswatini - apply through South Africa
The Faroes and Greenland - apply through Denmark
French Guiana - apply through Guyana
Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines and Turks and Caicos Islands - apply through Barbados
Guatemala - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre in the Americas
Guinea - apply through Sierra Leone
Haiti - apply through the Dominican Republic
Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Samoa and Western Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu - apply through Fiji
Lesotho - apply through South Africa
Liberia - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre in West Africa
Libya - apply through Malta or Tunisia
Liechtenstein - apply through Switzerland
Luxembourg - apply through France
Macau - apply through Hong Kong
Maldives - apply through Sri Lanka
Mauritania - apply through Morocco
Monaco - apply through France
Nicaragua - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre in the Americas
Niger - apply through Ghana or Ivory Coast
North Korea - apply through China
The Occupied Palestinian Territories - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre
Palau - apply through Philippines
Paraguay - apply through Argentina
Pitcairn, Henderson, Dulcie and Oeno Islands - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre
San Marino - apply through Italy
São Tomé and Principe - apply through Angola
Seychelles - apply through Mauritius
Slovakia - apply through Poland
Solomon Islands - apply through Papua New Guinea
Sudan - apply at your nearest accessible visa application centre
Syria - apply through Lebanon or Jordan
Ukraine – the Ukraine visa application centre is open for providing your fingerprints and photo (‘biometric information’) and document scanning only
Vatican City - apply through Italy
Western Sahara - apply through Morocco
Yemen - apply through Jordan
Guide limitations and legal disclaimer 25 Feb 2024Please note that the information is up to date February 2024 for Approved English Tests Centers and Commercial Partners using this English Centre Link ) however the data above is provided for reference only as things can change without notice or may not apply in your particular situation (British Spouse Visa - Finnish Spouse Visa - United Kingdom - Finland ). No liability will be accepted for loss or other consequences arising from reliance on the information provided. Please also note that the Home Office fees, legal fees and other costs are usually non-refundable
We have helped UK visa applicants from Finland | UK spouse visa, UK husband visa and UK wife visa from Finland | city and population in 2024 | Helsinki ( 1327762 )
We speak your language and have worked in your country: أَفْغَانِسْتَان البحرين বাংলাদেশ جيبوتي مصر الإمارات العربية المتحدة إريتريا المغرب تونس السودان السورية Türkiye پَاکِسْتَان
What other people have also searched for: fiance visa uk Helsinki Finnish marriage visa uk Finnish partner visa uk Helsinki Finnish settlement visa uk apply for spouse visa uk Finnish uk visa dependent partner visa Finnish uk unmarried extending spouse visa
Did you know marriage is matrimonio in Spanish and Italian, mariage in French, Ehe in German, casamento in Portuguese. брак (brak) in Russian, 婚姻 (hūnyīn) in Chinese (Mandarin), 結婚 (kekkon) in Japanese. زواج (zawāj) in Arabic. ازدواج (ezdevaj) in Persian, nikah in Azerbaijani, pernikahan in Indonesian, विवाह (vivāh) in Hindi, বিবাহ (bibah) in Bengali, विवाह (vivāha) in Nepali, വിവാഹം (vivāham) in Malayalam, huwelijk in Dutch, γάμος (gamos) in Greek. 결혼 (gyeolhon) in Korean, evlilik in Turkish, äktenskap in Swedish, małżeństwo in Polish, נישואין (nisu'in) in Hebrew, hôn nhân in Vietnamese, ndoa in Swahili. perkahwinan in Malay, căsătorie in Romanian, manželství in Czech, การแต่งงาน (kan tàeng-ngān) in Thai, házasság in Hungarian, avioliitto in Finnish, шлюб (shlyub) in Ukrainian, kasal in Filipino and Tagalog. ụmụaka in Igbo, ìgbéyàwó in Yoruba, aure in Hausa, ukufa in Zulu, ամուսնություն (amustun) in Armenian.
Did you know the word Visa is also Visa in Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Swahili, Maltese, Icelandic, Spanish, French and Italian, also in Thai วีซ่า (Wīsā), Malayalam (വിസ), in Pashto ویزا (Visa), in Dari ویزا (Visa), in Urdu ویزا (Visa), like wise Estonian Viisa, Slovak Víza, Slovenian Viza, Mongolian Виз (Viz), Georgian ვიზა (Viza), Armenian Վիզա (Viza), Albanian Viza, Macedonian Виза (Viza), Bengali ভিসা (Bhisa), Gujarati વિઝા (Vižā), Tamil விசா (Visā), Telugu విసా (Visā), Kannada ವಿಸಾ (Visā), Marathi विसा (Visā), Punjabi ਵੀਜ਼ਾ (Vīzā), Nepali भिसा (Bhisa), Kyrgyz Виза (Viza), Kazakh Виза (Viza), Uzbek Viza, Greek Βίζα (Víza), Hebrew וִיזָה (Viza), Polish Wiza, Czech Vízum, Hungarian Vízum, Finnish, Viisumi , Romanian Viză, Bulgarian Виза (Viza), Croatian Viza, Serbian Виза (Viza), Latvian Vīza, Lithuanian Viza, German Visum, Portuguese Visto, Dutch Visum, Russian Виза (Viza), Chinese (Mandarin) 签证 (Qiānzhèng), Japanese ビザ (Biza), Korean 비자 (Bija), Arabic تأشيرة (Ta'shīra), Hindi वीज़ा (Vīzā), Turkish Vize, Swedish Visum, Norwegian Visum and Danish Visum.
People usually search for (in Finnish ) uk spouse visa uk spouse visa requirements uk spouse visa fee uk spouse visa requirements 2024 uk spouse visa new rules 2024 uk spouse visa processing time uk spouse visa 3 months payslips uk spouse visa financial requirement uk spouse visa processing time 2023 uk spouse visa cost in Feb 2024 and similar terms | | Helsinki | Euros ( £1 = 1.17098 )
You were referred to this UK Spouse Visa Guide for a Finnish national by on 25 Feb 2024