Fiance visa UK – What is it?
The Fiance visa UK is for those foreign nationals who want to get married to a British citizen or a permanent resident and settle down to live in the UK. If you plan on marrying a British citizen or an individual with the status of indefinite leave to remain (permanent residency) in the UK, but before marriage, you want to see what it is like living in the UK, you can apply for this visa from abroad and enter the UK as a Fiancée. If your application is successful, and your Fiancee visa is granted, you will have six months to marry your British partner, and after this, you will be allowed to apply for a UK spouse visa that will allow you to stay in the UK for a period of 2.5 years (30 months) which can then be extended for a further 2.5 years (30 months) leading you to achieve the status of indefinite leave to remain (permanent residence) in the UK after a period of five years.
As the Fiancee visa UK is only for six months, the Spouse Visa will be what you will have to eventually switch to if your marriage takes place with your British partner. Under the UK Spouse visa, an individual can work in the UK (which they can not under the Fiance visa) but keep in mind that as this is one of the most popular immigration routes for many individuals investigations are made by the home office to whether the relationship is genuine or not.
A Fiance visa UK is a concrete path to for those who want to marry a British citizen or an individual with the status of indefinite leave to remain in the UK and is also a very popular immigration visa route that our firm deals with on a frequent basis. Find out more about below.
UK Fiance visa Requirements
The main requirements surrounding this visa route are:
-Your British partner must be a British citizen or have indefinite leave to remain (settled status, permanent residence) in the UK.
-You, as the applicant must have strong English language skills, you may need to prove this depending on where you are from.
-You or your British partner will have to prove that you have enough funds to support you during your six-month stay in the UK (discussed in more detail below
Please note: The UK Fiancee visa is for a six month period and does not allow the applicant to work during this time in the UK.
UK Fiance visa – Eligibility requirements
Appendix FM of the UK Immigration Rules sets out the eligibility criteria for the UK Fiance visa, and they are as follows:
-You and your British partner must show that you have the intention to live together in the UK.
-You must also have the intention to get married within six months of being granted this visa.
-Your relationship must be genuine (discussed below)
-Under this visa type, you will have no access to public funds in the UK, so you must show you are both financially stable.
-Your British partner must at least have the status of indefinite leave to remain or be a full British citizen.
-There must be no legal obstacles to you and your British partner getting married, i.e. no previous marriages that are pending divorce or any legal obstacles that will obstruct your marriage to take place.
If you meet the above requirements, you qualify for a UK Fiance visa and can start the application process. Our immigration lawyers will be happy to deal with this for you upon your instruction. We can advise you on the whole process, prepare all yoru documents, make sure you meet the genuine relationship requirement and liaise with the UK Home Office on your behalf.
Fiance visa UK required documents
For the foreign national applying at the Fiancee the following documents are needed to apply for a UK Fiance visa:
-Two passport photos and your passport
-Proof of your age and also your British partner’s age
-Evidence that you plan on marrying each other or registering your partnership within six months
-Proof that you both have met and know each other and your relationship is genuine (discussed below)
-Proof that you both are going to live together permanently after you have married
-Proof of your English language ability (discussed below)
-Proof that you meet the financial requirement (discussed below)
What if the fiance has children?
It can be challenging to bring children who are not biologically related to the sponsor into the UK under a fancé visa UK. However, if you can prove that it would cause serious problems if a child under the age of 18 is not allowed to enter the UK at the same time, then it may be possible. Otherwise, you will need to wait until you are married and apply for a family visa for your children. Reach out to a member of the Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors name team to help increase your odds of entering the UK with a dependent.
If a child is biologically related to the sponsor, they can apply to enter the country under a family visa. We can assist with this process too.
UK Fiance visa financial requirements
As the British sponsor (British citizen or individual who holds the status of indefinite leave to remain) of your foreign partner, you will have to meet certain financial requirements to show that you are able to financially support your foreign partner once they arrive in the UK.
Below we discuss the requirements that are of relevance for British citizens or such individuals who have the status of indefinite leave ot remain in the UK.
-You will need to have a salary of at least £18,600 for a minimum period of 6 months before the application is made.
-You will have to have had the same job (for the same employer) for the last six months before teh application is made.
-If you have not had the same job with the same employer for six months, you will need to show that you have savings of at least £62,500 for six months before the application is made.
-You are permitted to combine your savings and earnings to meet this financial requirement. There are other ways of meeting the financial requirement for the UK Fiance visa. For example, if you are self-employed, you will need to use a different way to demonstrate this to that of a regular employee of a company.
If you fail to meet the financial requirement, it will cause problems as this is one of the main ways that Fiancee Visa applications fail, so please make sure you have this up to standards before applying.
UK Fiance visa accommodation requirements
The adequate accommodation requirement is to show that once your foreign partner is in the UK under the UK Fiance route, the property that you will both live in is to an adequate standard for you both. As the British sponsor of this application, you will need to confirm and declare the size of your property, how many people live there, and also to show a tenancy agreement, title deed or mortgage document that is above board, in your name and shows that this property is, in fact, yours to live in.
More documents may be required on a case by case basis; our immigration lawyers will be able to inform you about this if it is relevant to your situation.
The Genuine Relationship Requirement
Applications for a UK Fiance visa must show that the relationship between a foreign national and British Citizen or individual with indefinite leave to remain is of a genuine nature. This must be demonstrated to the UK Border Authority (UKBA). Items that may be required for this are:
-Information regarding the relationship that you have with your partner including how long your relationship has been going on, how you met and how often you see each other
-Details regarding previous marriages on both sides and children.
-Divorce certificates if marriages have taken place before
-Full details of any criminal convictions that may have taken place in the past
-Details of the countries that have visited previously
our parent’s date of birth and nationalities (if you are applying from outside the UK)
-Very important: Evidence that your wedding/marriage is being planned and will take place within six months of the visa being granted.
In addition to the above, we often recommend that our clients provide reference letters from family and friends, personal statements, photos that show that you are in fact, a couple.
The English language requirements
The English language requirement must be met for a foreign national to recieve a UK Fiancee visa. For this, as a foreign national, you will need to:
-Have passed the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), to the level of A1 for speaking and listening.
-Have a degree taught in English (if you have this you won’t need to pass the English language test)
-Be a national of certain English-speaking countries. If this is relevant to you, you may be exempt from meeting the English language requirement based on your nationality.
UK Fiance visa cost
The official processing fees for the UK Fiance visa do depend on where you come from and your situation however the standard fee for this application is £1,523 (this does not include our fees if you instruct us to help you with it).
Fiance visa UK processing time
95% of our clients have an answer about their UK Fiance visa within 6-12 weeks of submitting the application.
What if I need to extend my UK Fiance visa?
If you need to extend your fiancé visa beyond the six months, you can apply for an extension which may be granted for up to a further six months. However in order for this to be granted the reason.
How do I Convert a UK Fiance visa into a UK Spouse visa?
After you have gotten married, you will need to convert your UK Fiance visa into a Spouse Visa which will grant you stay (leave to remain) in the UK up to 2.5 years (30 months). After this initial 30 months, you can apply for a Spouse Visa extension that will grant you a further 2.5 years (30 months). After the five year period is up, you can then apply for indefinite leave to remain, which will give you full rights to live and work in the UK indefinitely.
Under the UK Spouse visa you can work in the UK, however under the UK Fiance visa, please remember that you can not.