UK Spouse Visa

The UK spouse visa for your Thai wife from Thailand is explained below. This is the UK visa for your Thai wife. If you are married to a Thai then you will need to have a UK visa for a Thai wife which this is. The requirements and the process for this visa is explained below. If you are not sure then speak to us online and an immigration lawyer will be able to assist you.

Do note that this application does take longer than a fiancee visa. The UK visa for a Thai spouse has higher requirements and more documentation that needs to be collected. This UK spouse visa from Thailand is granted to the applicant (Thai wife). This is a two-year multiple entries stay in the United Kingdom. The UK visa for you Thai wife is a type of British settlement visa which is intended for your Thai wife to enter the United Kingdom and stay.

UK Spouse Visa

Once this time period is completed she will be entitled to a permanent residence status also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Your Thai wife can also work in the UK by obtaining a work permit from the Home Office. Note the UK spouse visa requirements from Thailand.

When you apply for a UK spouse visa from Thailand you will need to know these requirements. Always take proper legal advice from an immigration lawyer. Errors or omissions can end with a visa denial. Once you meet these requirements you should have a successful visa application. This is the UK visa for your Thai spouse. If its your fiancee then see the page on the UK visa for your Thai girlfriend. The UK marriage visa also known as the UK spouse visa is a visa which you will require when married to a British national. You will want to remain in the UK permanently . This is a UK family visa.

UK Spouse Visa

UK Spouse Visa Requirements

If you have any questions about the requirements for the UK Spouse visa then call us toll-free from the UK or walk into any of our offices in Thailand for more information about the application process as well as the latest requirements from the British Home Office. See what is need when you apply for a UK spouse visa further below. This will depend on each country and if there have been delays in collecting all your documents. Usually there is a 3 month wait time but this will again depend on the amount of applications they have received at that time.

You will need to provide proof of income for the UK marriage and fiancee visa. You must have an income of least £8,600 a year .You will need to provide proof of your income to sponsor your Thai wife or Thai girlfriend. If your Thai wife has been granted leave to remain then she can stay for 2.5 years.It can then be followed by another grant of 2.5 years. After the 5 years your Thai wife can now stay in the UK after her application for an indefinite leave to remain.

Can she travel? You are allowed to travel outside of the UK for up to 180 days in 12 months in the years before you obtain your Indefinite Leave to Remain. You cannot however travel for more than 90 days in any 12 month period in the five years before nationalisation.

Is a Thai marriage legal in the UK? Yes your marriage which has been registered at the Amphurs Office in Thailand is legal in the UK. You will need to obtain a certified translation in Thailand to take with you back to the UK. The marriage in Thailand is legally binding in the UK.

UK Visa Applicant (Her)

  • She is legally married to you her British spouse

This is the first important step to obtaining her UK visa through marriage. The Thai ceremonial wedding is not important and cannot be used as marriage. You will have to have had your marriage registered in Thailand for the marriage to be legal. Your marriage registration in Thailand is legal not only in Thailand but also in the United Kingdom. If you have not registered the marriage, then you must as you need the registration documents for the visa application. This is first part of the UK visa for a Thai wife as explained below.

  • Also that she is in good health free of TB

This is one of the most difficult parts of the visa application. There needs to be a test for TB as well as a medical exam. She would need to recall and collect the documents to prove her vaccinations. This normally means that she will need to go back to her hometown to collect these. Also she will need to pass the medical exam and there is a process for this. Our immigration lawyer will assist her with this as it is very time consuming.

  • She has no criminal record

Your Thai wife should not have a criminal record. If she does then again speak to us about this. Say a criminal offence when she was a minor depending on the criminal act is something one can look at. This would be very uncommon in Thailand. Most times it takes about 3 weeks to obtain the police criminal clearance certificate. As you can see the document collecting consumes time. 

  • You are able to provide proof of a genuine marital relationship

This will take up most of the documentation. You will need emails, chats, photos and other documents to prove that you are in a genuine relationship. These documents take up most of your UK marriage visa application file. Always take loads of photos over the years, including of the children if you have any. 

UK Visa Sponsor (You)

  • You should be legally married to the visa applicant

As with your Thai wife, you will need you thai marriage certificate. The same documents you used when you extended your Thai marriage visa. This will prove that you are legally married. Our immigration lawyer will have this translated and certified for use with your application for the UK visa for your Thai wife.

  • Also that you are able to show proof of accommodation in the UK

This is very important. For expats who have lived in Thailand for many years, they normally go home first and arrange accommodation. Then return to thailand and use this address with a home ownership proof or rental agreement. Its a difficult move for some to start again in the UK as it takes loads of time arranging everything. Once you have this, the application should start. 

  • You can provide substantial evidence of a genuine relationship i.e. photos etc

As stated above that this is the largest part of your application file. You will need to collect loads of photos from the time you met, married and had children. Collect all of these including that of your children together. This is a large file, but worth it in the end as you get the UK visa for your Thai spouse in the end. 

  • Finally you are financially stable

Your income is going to be important. Part of moving out of Thailand is not only setting up accommodation again but also employment. You will have to arrange this before you start the application process as it is time consuming and flying to and fro each time. Your wife can start the collection of documents that will be needed during this time. This the the UK visa for a Thai wife.

UK Spouse Visa Package

Applying for a UK Spouse Visa for your Thai wife can be a daunting experience for first-time visa applicants. To ensure the success of your spouse’s visa application enlisting the services of a reputable visa agent is advised.


We Offer:


  • Consultation
  • Comprehensive list of the documents from the applicant and from the sponsor
  • Assistance with collecting the required documents
  • Also assistance with obtaining a police report for the spouse
  • Assistance with a medical check-up for the spouse
  • Professional Preparation of the visa application papers and supporting documents
  • Interview training
  • Submission of the visa application to the VFS
  • Update on the developments and results of the visa application
UK Spouse Visa Package

Who are we?

G.A.M. Legal Alliance has a team of foreign immigration staff specializing in UK Visas such as Family Visit Visa, Student visa, Fiancé Visa or Spouse Visa. Please contact us today to avail of our free consultation service. Note that the UK Spouse Visa from Thailand as well as other questions such as the spouse visa extension as well as the spouse visa requirements as explained above. Also, note the British spouse visa processing time in Thailand. See more on the UK visa from Thailand web page.