LEXVISA recently received the wonderful news that our client (“the Applicant”) had been granted his Fiancé Visa and plans to marry his British national fiancé in the UK later this month. The application was not straightforward as the Applicant had previous UK visa refusals and there was an issue with the documentation demonstrating that the UK Sponsor could satisfy the financial requirement. However, LEXVISA’s Immigration Team detected these issues during our comprehensive document review and provided detailed representations to accompany the application, which resulted in the application being a success.
The case for a UK Fiancé Visa
The Applicant is an Albanian national, who was living and studying in Albania. The Applicant met his UK Sponsor through mutual friends and they started dating shortly thereafter. Over the course of their relationship, the Applicant and Sponsor often went on holidays together and with each other’s family. The Sponsor also flew to Albania several times in order to spend time with the Applicant and his family. The Applicant had made 3 previous applications for a UK visitor visa so that he could visit the Applicant and his family in the UK, though unfortunately these were all refused as he did not seek proper legal advice before making the applications. Consequently, this meant that the Applicant did not submit the necessary documentary evidence as he did not fully understand the complex and stringent Home Office requirements. These previous refusals were one of the things that we had to tackle in our representations to the Home Office when we prepared the Applicant’s application. The second thing that our specialist immigration team had to contend with was the discrepancies in the Sponsor’s financial documents as his pay slips did not match his bank statements and meet the financial requirement. During the early stages of our thorough document review we identified these issues and were able to rectify them successfully.
What is a UK Fiancé Visa?
The Fiancé Visa allows fiancés or proposed civil partners to come to the UK for up to 6 months, for the purpose of marrying their British fiancé in the UK and then the view of settling in the UK after. Before the expiry of the Fiancé Visa the Applicant will then need to make an in-country Spouse Visa application in order to remain in the UK. Applicants on the UK Fiancé Visa are not allowed to work or claim benefits whilst in the UK. They do not need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) fee as part of their application either.
What are the requirements for a UK Fiancé Visa?
Applicants need to satisfy the following criteria in order to successfully apply for the Fiancé visa:
- The Applicant and the Sponsor must be at least 18 years of age;
- The Applicant and Sponsor must have met in person and be in a genuine and subsisting relationship;
- The Applicant must show the intention to get married to the UK Sponsor in the UK and then permanently live in the UK;
- The Sponsor must be able to demonstrate they meet the minimum income requirement;
- The Applicant must show they can be adequately accommodated in the UK by the Sponsor without recourse to public funds; and
- The Applicant must be able to satisfy the English Language requirement.
It is important to submit the requisite documentation in support of the Fiancé Visa application; otherwise this could cause delays and upset wedding preparations which could have cost consequences for the Applicant and Sponsor.
Using Legal Representation to submit a UK Fiancé 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 a Fiancé 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 a UK Fiancé Visa
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 a Fiancé Visa application before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of a Fiancé 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 a Fiancé Visa application.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.