If you are not married and wish to enter the UK to marry your fiancé(e), you will be applying for entry clearance to join your partner in the UK, under the Fiancé Visa route. Your partner must be a British or Irish citizen, have settled in the UK or be from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status.
The Fiancé Visa, also known as the Family Visa (as a fiancé, fiancée, or proposed civil partner), will be granted for 6 months. You will have to get married within this time, then switch to a Spouse Visa which would enable you a longer period of stay and the ability to work thereafter.
Fiancé Visa Requirements
To successfully apply for a Fiancé Visa, you must meet certain requirements. These include general requirements, financial requirements, and proof of a legitimate relationship with the genuine intention to marry or become a civil partner within the 6 months of stay.
As a general requirement, you must be able to prove that you can speak English at a proficient level. You will need to meet or exceed level A1 on the CEFR scale for your first visa application, choosing amongst a list of approved English language tests.
You must also prove that your relationship with your intended spouse is legitimate, that you have the resources to financially support yourself (and any dependants), and intend to live together in the UK in suitable accommodation.
To be granted access to the UK to marry or become a civil partner through the Fiancé Visa, you must be able to prove that you can support yourself (and any children; who are not British or Irish citizens, do not have pre-settled status or are not permanently settled in the UK. If your children are citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland you may also be exempt from proving you have extra money) financially. Between you and your proposed partner, you must ensure that you meet the following financial requirements depending on your situation:
- Minimum £18,600 per year if you’re applying only for yourself
- An additional £3,800 per year for your first child
- An additional £2,400 per year for each additional child after your first child
There are various ways to prove you meet the financial requirements. You can do so through proof of income, savings, pension money, or money through dividends such as rental property. If you would like guidance on this, don’t hesitate to contact our team.
To successfully apply for a Fiancé Visa, you must have a provably legitimate relationship. This means meeting the following relationship requirements:
- Your partner is a permanent resident in the UK
- Your partner is over the age of 18
- You and your partner have met
- You intend to marry and live together within 6 months of stay in the UK
In addition to the intention to marry, you will need to have documents to prove that you plan to marry or become civil partners within 6 months of arriving in the UK.
If you do not meet the requirements but you fall under some of the following circumstances, you may still explore applying for a Visa if there are exceptional circumstances such as:
- You have a child who has lived in the UK for 7 years and it would be unreasonable for them to leave the UK
- You have a child who is a UK or Irish citizen
- There would be significant difficulties for you and your partner if you lived together as a couple outside of the UK that could not be overcome
- It would breach your human rights to stop you from coming to the UK or make you leave
If you would like to ensure that you are meeting all the requirements and providing the Home Office with all the necessary documents, book a consultation so our experienced team can help you successfully apply for a Fiancé Visa.
Fiancé Visa Extensions and ILR
Once you marry, you can switch to a Spouse Visa which will allow you to live and work in the UK for up to 5 years (with extensions). Following this, you will be able to apply for ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain) through the 5-Year route. In order to achieve ILR, you may need to achieve certain further requirements such as the Life in the UK Test.
If you gain ILR, you can reside in the UK with your spouse or civil partner indefinitely. It also opens up a path towards British Citizenship should you want to pursue it.
Please note that if your wedding ceremony is cancelled due to external factors such as COVID-19 regulations, an extension on your 6-month period of stay may be requested.
Fiancé Visa Costs
As well as proving that you can afford to reside in the UK with your partner and any dependant you may have, you must consider the costs of your application itself. The application will cost £1,523 if you are applying from outside the UK, and £1,033 if applied from within, with additional costs for any dependants that you may bring along. There is a £19.20 cost for your biometric information, and you may need to pay the immigration health surcharge.
On top of this, you should consider the fees that come with legal assistance. It is highly advisable to bring on legal professionals who will give you the proper guidance in order to increase the chances of a successful application.
Why you should work with QC Immigration
QC Immigration is an experienced team of legal professionals with extensive and practical knowledge of immigration law. We have an impressive past track record and can offer the pragmatic guidance that you need to put together and submit a strong visa application that has a greater chance of success.
What happens if my marriage is cancelled?
If your marriage has been cancelled due to outside factors, you may be able to extend your Fiancé Visa. However, if your relationship has ended within the 6-month stay granted, you will have to find another way into the UK. See our full list of Visa Routes to see if you could be eligible for alternative routes.
What do I do if my Fiancé Visa application is rejected?
If your visa is rejected, you may appeal the Home Office decision, but to do so you will need a strong case. Having legal assistance will ensure that your appeal has the best chances.
Do I need a Fiancé Visa if I want to get married in the UK but not settle?
If you are looking to get married or enter a civil partnership in the UK, but are not planning to stay or settle, you would need a Marriage Visitor Visa. This would let you stay in the UK for 6 months to get married, but cannot be extended, and you cannot switch to another visa. Contact us if you would like to know more.