Your Right to Marry Under the UK Fiance Visa

If you are present and settled in the UK, your Non-EEA national Fiancé  may make an application to join you in the UK.  The Sole purpose of the Fiancé Visa is to allow Non-EEA nationals to enter the UK to marry. To submit a successful UK Fiancé Visa application you will need to meet the Home Office’s stringent requirements, in particular, you would need to demonstrate that you are in a genuine and subsisting relationship and your primary purpose to enter the UK is to marry.

Apply for UK Fiance Visa to Marry in the UK

Rights Under the UK Fiance Visa

The Fiancé Visa should not be mistaken with the UK Marriage Visitor Visa because your rights could significantly differ depending on which visa you apply for. It is true that both visas allow you to get married in the UK but there are significant differences in your rights to remain in the UK after you have married. Under the Marriage Visitor Visa, you are required to leave the UK to make a further application to remain in the UK. Whereas, the Fiancé Visa allows you submit an in-country application to extend or switch your visa into another category. If you are granted the Fiancé Visa you will not be permitted to work and your visa could be revoked by the Home Office if you are found in breach of your visa conditions.  Once you have married  your British citizen partner, you can then submit a UK Spouse Visa application and if you are granted the Spouse Visa you can then apply to work in the UK.

In our expert experience, the UKVI processing times are not always realistic and in the vast majority of cases, the Home Office often provide a delayed decision. Therefore you should be prepared for unexpected delays when submitting your application unless you have selected a premium fast track service.

Apply for the UK Fiance Visa- The Requirements

The immigration rules for the Fiancé visa and Spouse Visa are nearly identical. The key difference between the two visas is that the Fiancé visa requires you to provide additional evidence to demonstrate that you intend and have planned to get married in the UK within 6 months from the date your visa is granted.

You must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Both you and your Fiancé must be at least 18 years of age;
  • You and your Fiancé must have met in person and your relationship must be genuine and subsisting;
  • You must intend on getting married in the UK and have adequate evidence to demonstrate this;
  • You must intend on living with your Fiancé permanently in the UK after marriage;
  • Your Fiancé must be able to demonstrate that he or she meets the financial requirements;
  • You will need to provide adequate evidence that your Fiancé will be able to accommodate you; and
  • You will need to demonstrate that you meet the English Language requirement.

It is imperative you submit a properly prepared and executed 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.

Advice from UK Immigration Solicitors on Submitting a successful Fiance Visa Application

Our team of solicitors and barristers bear in mind the paramount duty of all legal representatives to act in your best interest whilst complying with the strict letter of the law. Our team of specialists can be distinguished from other law firms with our client-tailored approach and scrutiny of options available to you from the outset. We will be able to advise you in respect of the merits of your UK Fiancée Visa application by providing you with advice from our leading team of solicitors before your matter even reaches the Home Office. We can assist you with the preparation of your visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.

If you wish to consider your options, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your matter and if necessary advise you of the next steps you should take in a consultation.

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.  We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

If you need professional legal advice about submitting a successful UK Fiancée Visa application please contact us for a case assessment on 02030110276. You can also reach us via our contact form

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