Our solicitors recently received wonderful news that a client (the Applicant) had been granted an Entry Clearance Fiancee Visa into the UK as the Fiancée of a British citizen who is present and settled in the UK. In our initial consultation with the Applicant, we discovered the client’s circumstances and facts surrounding her application. Our solicitors knew from the onset that this was going to be a difficult application as the Applicant had an adverse immigration history and were instructed that the Applicant wished to submit her application as soon as possible as she had already started her wedding preparations. However, with the assistance of our experienced Immigration team, the Applicant’s Entry Clearance Fiancée Visa was granted.
The Case for an Entry Clearance Fiancee Visa Application
The Applicant was a Russian national residing in Moscow, Russia. The Applicant met the Sponsor through work related commitments and started dating shortly after. Over the course of their relationship, the couple had regularly visited each other spent memorable time together. After several months of dating, the Applicant and Sponsor decided to get married and both agreed that they would like to celebrate their marriage in the UK. Our solicitors were able to identify the issues involved in the Applicant’s case and informed her how our immigration team can assist in submitting a successful application. The Applicant instructed us to prepare and assist with the submission of her application.
Our solicitors knew from the onset that this would be a difficult application as the Applicant wanted to submit her application within a short space of time. The Applicant had already started her wedding preparations. The difficulty with this application was that the Applicant had previously applied for an Entry Clearance Fiancée visa and her application was refused on the basis that she did not meet the requirements.
Overcoming Previous Refusals when Submitting an Entry Clearance Fiancee Visa Application
Previous Refusals in this case:
In this particular case, the Home Office had refused the Entry Clearance Fiancee Visa application as the Home Office was not satisfied that the Immigration Rules had been fulfilled. The Applicant was assured that she met the requirements and appealed the decision to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT). The Applicant’s appeal was dismissed at the FTT leaving her distraught. It is important to seek legal advice before submitting an appeal to the FTT as this is a lengthy process and only appeals with good prospects of success should be submitted. In our experience, it may be more appropriate to submit a fresh application with specialist legal advice from our Solicitors and Barristers.
Overcoming Previous Refusals:
In order to give the Applicant’s Entry Clearance Fiancee Visa the best chance of success, our solicitors prepared a bespoke documents list for the client to collect documents in the support of her application. Once the Applicant had gathered all her documents, our team of solicitors also provided multiple substantial reviews of her documents to ensure that Applicant submits the correct documentary evidence which meets the Home Office’s requirements.
Our solicitors successfully prepared outstanding legal representations which focused on how the Sponsor satisfied the minimum income requirement of £18,600, as the Applicant’s previous application was lacking clarity in this area.
All You Need to Know About the Entry Clearance Fiancee Visa
The purpose of the Entry Clearance Fiancee Visa is to allow non-EEA migrants to enter the UK to marry their partners who hold British Citizenship or Settled Status. Applicants who are granted the Fiancee Visa will be given Entry Clearance to the UK for a period of up to 6 months in which they must get married and then apply for a Spouse Visa using the FLR (M) application form. This application can be made within the UK. The Spouse Visa enables Applicant’s to work in the UK and will be granted for a period of 30 months.
Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:
- Both you and your Fiance must be at least 18 years of age and must have met in person;
- Your relationship must be genuine and subsisting;
- You must intend on getting married in the UK and then permanently live in the UK; and
- You must provide sufficient evidence showing you meet the financial, accommodation and English language requirement.
It is imperative you submit a properly prepared Entry Clearance Fiance Visa application because, in the vast majority of cases, Applicants usually are well underway with their wedding preparations at the time of submitting their application. Delays in the visa process could disrupt wedding arrangements and cause a great amount of stress to Applicants.
Using Legal Representation to Submit an Entry Clearance Fiancee Visa Application
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on the law and your immigration matter. You can instruct one of our immigration and visa legal representatives to successfully assist you with an Entry Clearance Fiancee Visa. Our solicitors and Barristers will help you comply with the Home Office’s requirements and meet the Immigration Rules.
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 Immigration & Visa application succeeds, our solicitors and barristers will ensure all specified documents must be provided.
The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successfully Apply for an Entry Clearance Fiancee 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 prospects of submitting an Entry Clearance Fiancee Visa application before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of an Entry Clearance Fiancee Visa application and are able to advise you in respect of your prospects and to ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
Our offices 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. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. 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 to discuss an Entry Clearance Fiancee Visa application.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.