When deciding to apply for a spousal visa to the UK, certain requirements must be strictly met:
1. The British spouse must be a British citizen or have permanent residence status.
2. Both partners must be at least 18 years old (which is confirmed by the original birth certificates).
3. Both partners must personally attend meetings at the embassy / consulate (alas, the general power of attorney will not pass here, it is only Henry VIII Tudor could marry in absentia to Catherine of Aragon).
4. The marital relationship should be real and not cause doubts. A fictitious marriage is an unambiguous reason for refusing a visa. To confirm the authenticity of the relationship, both parties need to prove the following:
they physically met each other in the real world, communicated, developed relationships, lived together and there is evidence of this: photos, correspondence in social networks, certificates of friends and relatives, joint bills for housing and communal services, etc.
the couple are legally married and have the intention of permanently living together in the UK as a couple
5. Marriage does not violate the laws on prohibited relationships. That is, the spouses are not related by blood (full-and half-siblings, relatives in the ascending straight line: son-mother and father-daughter, as well as grandparents and grandchildren/granddaughters, the same applies to adoptive parents and adopted children).
6. Previous marriages of both spouses were officially terminated (you need to submit the relevant documents).
7. The couple plan to live together permanently in the UK. This implies compliance with certain material requirements:
- currently, the financial income of the sponsor spouse must be at least £ 18,600 per year or sufficient deposit savings to support the family,
- possibility of buying / renting adequate housing,
- ability to financially support yourself and your children and dependents without requiring funds from the state (financial confirmation will be required)
If the matrimonial visa was issued for a longer period (10 years), the applicant can always switch to the shorter-term visa program (5-year), provided that all relevant requirements are met, but the new five-year period will begin to count from the date of receipt of the new visa.