You can apply for a spousal visa online from outside the country. If you are already in the UK, you can also apply online if you meet all the eligibility criteria and have prepared all the documents required for this application. If not, you may need to fill out a postal application form.
The spousal visa is usually granted for 2.5 years and allows the holder to work in the UK without restriction. At the end of the first 2.5 year period granted, the holder can apply for an extension and be eligible for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after 5 years .
Please note that to apply for ILR you will need to provide proof of cohabitation during the 5-year period.
To file this application, both parties must prove the following:
– They have physically met each other;
– They are legally married;
– That there is an intention to live together permanently in the UK as a couple; and
– That the sponsor meets the financial requirements described in the immigration rules.