International travel is generally restricted for people with criminal records, since many countries require the visitor to request special permission from the given state's immigration minister to enter. The United Kingdom looks at three factors when determining whether to accept or reject a visa application of any kind. This involves examining the applicant's financial situation, evaluating potential job or educational prospects and finding out whether the individual has a criminal record. In most cases, applicants must satisfy all three requirements in order to receive a visa. If you do manage to receive a spousal visa, you will be permitted to stay for an undetermined period after two years have elapsed.