A Family Spouse visa is a document that allows you to live with your spouse / partner for 30 months in the United Kingdom with a right to work there.

After 30 months of stay, a Spouse visa can be extended for other 30 months Spouse visa extension

After that, it is possible to apply for permanent residence in the UK (Indefinite Leave to Remain), and finally go through a naturalisation process (obtain the British Citizenship).

You can get a consultation from our immigration lawyer about the process of obtaining permanent residence and naturalization (citizenship) in the UK.

Who can apply for a Spouse visa?

The processing time for a Spouse visa is 24 weeks (6 months).
Priority Visa Service is temporarily not available for applicants applying from the Russian Federation.

General requirements:

Before applying for a Spouse visa, an applicant must check whether he and his sponsor meet the basic Home Office requirements listed below.

To apply for a Spouse visa an applicant needs:

– Have and be able to provide the basic documents (please refer to the Documents section below on this page)

– Prove that the relationship between an applicant and a sponsor is genuine (Genuine Relationship Test)

– Prove a minimum income level (£18,600 per year), in accordance with the Home Office financial requirements

– Prove that an applicant meets the English language requirements (see below)

– Prove that a sponsor and an applicant meet the Home Office accommodation requirement

– Submit biometrics at the Visa Application Center

– Submit a negative TB test certificate (see below)

What is the Genuine Relationship Test?

An applicant for a Spouse visa must prove the relationship between him and his sponsor (an applicant’s official spouse – a citizen or a legal resident of the UK) is genuine. The following documents may help to prove that the relationship is genuine:

– Evidence of shared bank accounts / shared financial responsibilities, such as a joint tenancy agreement or mortgage

– Birth certificates of children an applicant and a sponsor have had together (both parents must be listed)

– Photographs of the couple (an applicant and a sponsor), showing them spending time together, or with their relatives, friends; photographs of any significant events for the couple (wedding, birth of children, etc.)

– Cover letters from parents/friends confirming the relationship bettwen a sponsor and an applicant is genuine

– Screenshots of any personal correspondence between an applicant and a sponsor in social networks, confirming the nature of the relationship

– Scans of visas, confirmation bookings of accommodation and air tickets to prove an applicant and a sponsor travelled together

– Evidence of gifts or other goods bought for one another or for joint use (receipts)

– Any other documents confirming the intention of an applicant and a sponsor to live together in the UK

Unmarried Partner

If an applicant and his sponsor are in a civil partnership (not officially registered) and have been living together for the past two years, the applicant is also eligible for a family visa to the UK. In this case, the same financial and other requirements listed on this page will apply to an applicant and his sponsor. However, they will need to additionally prove the fact of living together as civil partners over the past two years.

Financial Requirements

An applicant’s sponsor must prove his annual income is at least £18,600 before tax (gross annual income). For each dependent child applying with an applicant, this increases to £2,400.

This income can come from:

– official employment in the UK

– self-employment (including directors of Limited Liability Companies) in the UK

– savings (if they amount to more than £16,000)

– pension and benefits:
Disability Living Allowance
Severe Disablement Allowance
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
Attendance Allowance
Carer’s Allowance
Personal Independence Payment
Armed Forces Independence Payment or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
Constant Attendance Allowance, Mobility Supplement or War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions Scheme
Police Injury Pension

– Income from stocks, shares and property rentals
Some sources of income can be combined together to meet the Home Office financial requirements for a spouse visa.

Sources of income are listed in the Appendix FM 1.7: Financial Requirement – Partner:
If you do not know which source of income to use in your case, doubt what documents to provide, or do not meet the financial requirements (for example, your sponsor’s annual income is less than £18,600), please contact us for a consultation.

Knowledge of English (English Exam Test)

To be eligible to join their partners in the UK, applicants for a spouse visa must prove their ability to speak English at least at A1 level. In most cases, an applicant must pass an English language test and provide a certificate to prove his level. Those who studied in the UK at colleges or universities, can provide a diploma to prove a degree taught in English (a diploma must have a confirmation from UK NARIC).
The English test must be done through a registered provider – called a Secure English Language Testing (SELT) provider.
The list of the official centers for English test is here:

*Please note that all the official centers where you can take an English language exam have temporarily suspended their work in the Russian Federation. Please contact us for advice.

Tuberculosis test

Applicants from certain countries (see the link below) must provide a negative TB test result.
The test must be taken at one of the official clinics listed on the UK Government website:

Our visa specialists successfully passed trainings and tests provided by companies accredited with OISC.


We will help to collect a complete package of documents for a visa

Correctly fill out the application form in English and sign up for the submission of documents to the visa center

We will help with the translation of documents and the preparation of all necessary cover letters

We will provide support throughout the visa process

How much will it cost?


Main documents for a Spouse visa:

(Please note that there is no standard package of documents for a Spouse visa. A list of documents is created individually for each case.)

1. A visa application form (in English)
2. An applicant’s foreign passport (must be valid until the expiry date of the visa and have at least 2 blank pages)
3. An applicant’s Russian national passport
4. Applicant’s English language test results
5. A negative tuberculosis test result from an applicant
6. The marriage certificate of an applicant and his sponsor
7. Sponsor’s passport scan + a scan of the document confirming the resident status of a sponsor in the UK
8. A sponsor’s birth certificate
9. A cover letter from a sponsor
10. Documents confirming the source and the amount of a sponsor’s annual income, as per the financial requirements from Home Office
11. A document to prove that a sponsor and an applicant have a accommodation to live in the UK, as per the requirements from Home Office
12. Documents to prove the relationship between an applicant and his sponsor is genuine
13. Certificates of divorce / birth certificates of children (if any)

For each dependent child applying with you you must obtain Dependant Children visas

Why choose us?

Cost of services

Consultation cost: 200 euros
Initial consultation is a separate service that you can use to clarify your questions about visa processing.

The cost of the Full support service: 1800 euros

Wife’s visa extension – 1500 euros

ILR (permanent residence) – 1100 euros


You choose this tariff because you value your time and are ready to entrust the complex process of obtaining a visa to the UK to a team with many years of experience – 17 years in the market. Our specialists have received professional training and have an official certificate from agencies accredited by the OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

We will make a brief and a list of documents for you, taking into account your data, according to which you will be able to quickly collect the necessary materials. You will have clear and detailed instructions for each document from the list. Leave all the difficulties with registration and paperwork to our team. You will only have to come to the consulate on the specified day and time for the delivery of biometrics.”

The package of services includes:

— consultation in two languages (English and Russian);

— detailed analysis of each stage in the visa processing process;

— list of requirements for submitted documents;

— analysis of your situation, determination of disputable points and provision of possible solutions;

— assessment of your chances of obtaining a visa;

— answers to your questions on the topic;

— drawing up a list of documents for your case

+ instructions for payment of consular fees;

+ registration for the delivery of biometrics;

+ uploading documents to TLScontact’s personal account (our specialists will check and translate all documents into the required format before uploading to the website);

+ final instructions before submitting documents;

+ support during the preparation and waiting for a decision on a visa.

+Insurance in immigration

As a bonus, you receive instructions from our team on how to independently check the status of the application on the website: how to log in to your personal account, when you can check the status of the application, what stages your documents go through, etc.

Additional service “Express preparation in 3 working days”:

In addition to each tariff, you can purchase the service “Express preparation in 3 working days” – this is a service aimed at speeding up the process of registration and submission of documents to the consulate. Your application will be processed by our specialists first of all. That is, the standard period for consideration of 1 package of documents is 10 days, and with this service, the consideration period is reduced by 2 times*

Cost: +50% of the cost of the selected tariff

“You choose this service because you want to get a quick response from the visa application center or you need to apply for an urgent visa to the UK.

On any tariff – Royal Standard or Royal Premium – your package of documents will be considered by us in priority from other applications. Our specialists process your case, prepare a list of documents taking into account your data and make the necessary adjustments. Uploading documents to the website, recording for the submission of biometrics and other services for you are also performed first of all.”

*The standard review period and work with one case is 10 days. When purchasing the “Express preparation in 3 working days” service, the application is considered first.


The processing speed of your case also depends on you. Our specialists prepare documents for uploading to the website, and your task is to be in touch and promptly supplement the package of documents, update information and provide the necessary information.

Contacting the Royal Visa company is your contribution to your future. You have been entrusting your stories to our team for 17 years, and we are glad to be involved in the creation of new international families, the reunion of lovers and tourist discoveries. Each story is individual, but everyone has something in common – a starting point. We invite you to start your journey with us so that it is easy and convenient. Our specialists will take care of everything, and you just have to choose the right package for the road.

Before applying for a visa, you can order an EXPRESS consultation and EVALUATE your chances of obtaining a VISA

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