Applying for a Fiance visa to marry in the UK

You can apply for a fiancé visa if you wish to marry your partner in the United Kingdom. Your partner must be present and hold settled status. If your application is successful you will be given permission to enter for the purpose of getting married (you must marry within 6 months). The key difference between a marriage visitor visa and a fiancé visa is that if you enter on the marriage visitor visa you will need to leave the United Kingdom after your marriage and apply for entry clearance as a spouse. You can switch into a spouse visa from within the United Kingdom if you enter on a fiancé visa.

What is the relationship requirement for a Fiancé visa application?

Unlike the Spouse visa application, there are no specified documents that must be submitted with a fiancé visa application. However, Applicants are required to produce evidence to show that they are in a genuine and subsisting relationship with their Sponsor. There are a number of documents that can be submitted with the Fiancé visa application to show proof of relationship such as evidence of communication and evidence that the Applicant and Sponsor have met and you must intend on getting married in the United Kingdom. The Home Office will take a number of factors into consideration when assessing an application but will primarily look for the following:

  • The Applicant and Sponsor have met in person;
  • The Applicant and Sponsor must be in a genuine and subsisting relationship;
  • The Sponsor has taken the necessary steps to apply for permission to marry (by giving notice); and
  • The Applicant and Sponsor must plan on marrying in the United Kingdom.

In addition to the above, the Applicant and Sponsor must not be within the prohibited degree of relationship and must not already be married. If either party had been married in the past they must provide evidence their previous marriage has broken down permanently.

What is the financial requirement for a Fiancé visa application?

The financial requirement of a fiancé visa application is £18,600 and must be met by the Sponsor. The financial requirement can be met through a number of different avenues under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. The most common way of meeting the financial requirement is through salaried employment. However, there are also a number of other ways to meet this requirement such as self-employment, cash savings, income from property and pension. Some of these can be combined together to meet the requirement i.e. a combination of salaried employment and cash savings. However, not all of these methods can be combined i.e. you cannot combine self-employment with cash savings.  Before applying for a fiancé visa application Applicants must seek legal advice so they are aware of the requirement and what documents they would need to provide.

What are the accommodation and English language requirements for a Fiancé visa application?

The sponsor must provide evidence that the Applicant can be accommodated in the United Kingdom without recourse to public funds. The key considerations are whether the property is or will be overcrowded pursuant to the Housing Act 1985 and whether it contravenes public health regulations. The Applicant must also meet the English language requirement by passing an acceptable test in speaking and listening at a minimum of level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages with an approved provider. The English language requirement can also be met if the Applicant is from a majority English speaking country or has studied a formal qualification at degree level in English (subject to the award of degree).

Using Legal Representation to Submit a Fiancé visa Application

Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and on your UK Fiancé visa application. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to submit a UK Fiancé visa application.

Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your UK UK Fiancé visa application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.

This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your Tier UK Fiancé visa application meets the Immigration Rules.

Successful UK Fiancé visa application visa Application

Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your UK Fiancé visa application and the merit of your UK Fiancé visa application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of your UK Visas and Immigration application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.

We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. LEXVISA is just minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

Preparation is the key to a successful UK Fiancé visa application. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation for you to discuss a successful UK Fiancé visa application.

Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.

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