For 2019/20, the application fee for a spouse visa is £1523 if you're applying from outside the UK, and £1033 if you're applying from within the UK.

On top of this, you'll have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge, which is £1200 from outside the UK and £1000 from within the UK.

There are other costs you will have to bear in mind, such as the cost of translating a marriage certificate, taking a recognised English test or getting a qualification certified by UK NARIC. 

If the applicant is from certain countries, they will also have to take a tuberculosis test, which can cost over £100 depending on where they are from, and whether there is a Home Office-approved testing centre close by. Click here to find out if the applicant needs a tuberculosis test, and find details of an approved clinic where they can get a test.

Fee waivers

The applicant can only apply for a fee waiver - for when you can't pay the application fee - if the sponsor is exempt from meeting the financial requirement due to receiving one of the benefits listed above. This is because all sponsors who are not exempt, even those who are using different sources of income because of their exceptional circumstances, still have to meet an income requirement, and therefore don't qualify for the fee waiver. 

If your sponsor doesn't have to meet the income requirement because of the benefits they are on, and aren't able to pay the application fee, you can apply for a fee waiver here. You will have to prove that paying the application fee is impossible, or would make you destitute. All forms of assets are taken into account.