How to apply for the FLR M (Spouse Extension) Visa: step by step

How to apply for the FLR M (Spouse Extension) Visa: step by step

If you or your partner want to apply for a Spouse Extension FLR M Visa then follow our step by step guide to processing your own visa written by our team of qualified immigration experts and ex Home Office caseworkers.

Still need help? Our “Do Your Own Partner Visa Pack” service provides you with a list of documents and template letters based on YOUR specific circumstances.

What is a FLR M application?

FLR M stands for Further Leave to Remain in the Marriage category.

You would apply for a FLR M visa to extend your stay in the UK as the partner of someone who is present and settled in UK or someone who has been granted refugee status or humanitarian protection.

The FLR M visa will allow you to REMAIN in the UK with your partner for 30 months. This can then lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and British Citizenship.

You can apply for a FLR M visa if:

  • You previously applied outside the UK for a spouse visa and your spouse visa was granted by the Home Office (including those who applied as same-sex couples or unmarried partners)
  • You came to the UK on a fiancé visa (or proposed civil partner visa)
  • You are already in the UK but in a different immigration category and have now got married (or are now in a civil partnership)
  • You have applied for a FLR M visa previously. You should check whether you would be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) before making an application for FLR M.

If you are unsure of which visa you should be applying for then take a look at our guide to “Which partner visa should I apply for?”.

The FLR M visa gives you the right to work in the UK. However, if you are currently in the UK on a Fiancee Visa you will have to wait until your FLR M visa is granted before you can begin working.

Step 1 : Suitability Requirements
Step 2 : Relationship Requirement
Step 3 : English Language Requirement
Step 4 : Financial Requirement
Step 5 : Accommodation Requirement
Step 6 : Document Checklist
Step 7 : Complete the FLR M form
Step 8 : Pay the Immigration Health Surcharge
Step 9 : Submit & pay for FLR M application
Step 10 : Await Visa Decision


It is recommended not to travel whilst you are awaiting the outcome of your visa application.

Even though you are now able to keep your passport after applying, if you travel whilst your visa application is being decided then the Home Office may consider your visa application to be withdrawn.

With Home Office statistics showing an increasing number of visa refusals due to “technicalities” or “administrative errors” and the rising costs of UK Visa applications, it is crucial you get the visa application right the first time.

At VisaHelpUK, we think immigration advice should be uncomplicated and easy to access – so that’s exactly what we provide.

No fuss, no expensive fees, no long waits; just a straightforward, easy to use “Do Your Own Partner Visa Pack” based specifically on YOUR circumstances so you can get on with what’s important to you – submitting your visa application.

If you require assistance with completing the application, we provide you with a document checklist and template letters compiled by our OISC regulated Immigration Advisers.

For a fraction of the cost of instructing an Immigration Adviser you can get all the help you need to complete the application yourself.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this guide is for general information purposes only and is not legal advice. The information is provided by VisaHelpUK and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we can accept no responsibility for its accuracy or for any loss or damages arising from the use of this guide.

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