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.

Further a Spouse visa must be extended for other 30 months, assuming that an applicant and his sponsor for the initial application still live together.

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.

Processing time

You can extend at any time before your current permission to stay in the UK expires.
If you apply in the UK a decision will usually be made within 8 weeks of your application date if you use the standard service.

General requirements

The requirements for a Spouse visa extension application are very similar to those for the original Spouse visa application.
Before applying for a Spouse visa extension, an applicant must check that he and his sponsor meet the general Home Office requirements listed below.

To apply for a Spouse visa extension, you need to:

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

– Prove that the relationship between an applicant and his sponsor is genuine (the Genuine Relationship Test)
– An applicant and his sponsor must live together in the UK for the entire duration (30 months) of the original Spouse visa and stay in a legal marriage

– 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)

-Submit a document that confirms that a sponsor and an applicant have an accommodation to live in the UK, in accordance with the requirements of the Home Office

– Submit biometrics at the Visa Application Center

What is the Genuine Relationship Test?

An applicant for a Spouse visa extension must prove that the relationship between him and his sponsor 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

– Documents from different sources sent in the name of an applicant and a sponsor to their residence address

– Photographs of the couple showing they have spent time together and with their relatives / friends during the last 30 months

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

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

– Any other documents showing that an applicant and his sponsor have lived together in the UK for the past 30 months

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 £3,800 for the first child and to £2,400 each for other children.

This income can come from:

– official employment in the UK

– employment

– 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 to meet the Home Office financial requirement for a spouse visa extension.

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)

Spouse visa extension applicants must prove the ability to speak English at least A2 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:

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?

General documents for a Spouse visa extension

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

1. FLR (M) Questionnaire (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. Applicant’s valid BRP card
4. Scan of an applicant’s Russian national passport
5. An applicant’s birth certificate
6. Applicant’s English language test results
7. Marriage certificate of an applicant and a sponsor
8. Scan of a sponsor’s passport + scan of the document confirming his resident status in the UK
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 an accommodation to live in the UK, as per the requirements from Home Office
12. Documents confirming the relationship between an applicant and a sponsor is genuine and they have lived together during the last 30 months
13. Certificates of divorce / birth certificates of children (if any)

If an applicant has children under 18 years of age who will continue to live in the UK, they are issued Dependant Children visas

Why choose us?

Cost of services

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

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.

 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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