UK Fiancé Visa

The UK Fiancée visa must not be confused with marriage visitor visa because in the marriage visitor visa is granted on a condition that the applicant will leave the UK at the expiry of their visa and may not be able to settle or switch their visa into another category.

The Fiancé visa on the other hand is a route for partners of British citizens and settled migrants, wishing to get married in the UK within six months. This visa category allows a non-EU national to come to the UK to marry and subsequently switch into the spouse visa from within the UK which is initially granted for 30 months.

In order to successfully obtain a UK fiancée visa, you must meet the basic eligibility requirements to make a valid application. The criteria are complex and depends on case by case basis.

Status of the Partner in the UK:

Your partner must be present and settled in the UK which means he is free from immigration conditions. He should be one of the following:

  • a. British citizen;
  • b. Settled with Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK;
  • c. Refugee status; i.e. he has asylum and humanitarian protection in the UK.

The other non-exhaustive requirements are:

  • The sponsor or fiancée must be free to marry: which means that they are not in existing relationship with someone else and if they were previously married, the marriage had ended up in divorce.
  • Age requirement: the couple are at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
  • Requirement to have met: Sufficient documentary evidence must be provided to show that the couple has met.
  • Genuine Relationship and intentions to marry in the UK within six months: The couple must be in a genuine and subsisting relationship with intentions to marry in the UK within 06 months.
  • English language requirement: if a partner is not from a majority English speaking country, an approved English language test must be passed at the required level.
  • Adequate accommodation: Your sponsor must be able to support and accommodate you without recourse to public funds.
  • Financial Requirement: Your sponsor must also be able to show that he is earning £18,600 per annum immediately preceding the date of filing the application. It can raise to £22,400 if there is one dependent child, £24,800 for two dependent children and so on. The requirement of documentary evidence is simple if sponsor is employed but if he/she is self-employed or a director of a limited company the list of documents is complex and enhanced.

There is exemption from financial requirement if the sponsor receives one of the qualifying disability living allowances/personal independence payment etc. However, they should still be able to show adequate accommodation and finances on different method of calculations. The above eligibility requirements are basic and does not guarantee a successful application because there are various other factors, including suitability or conduct, forms part of a consideration process.

As an individual, you may find it difficult to make a decision on what documents and information should be included with your application. We will take all your worries away. At Immigration Solicitors 4me, we specialise in all areas of UK immigration and you will have a dedicated case worker who will advise you at every step of your application and will also provide a post-application advise, if required. We work mainly on fixed fee basis in such applications with no hidden charges or surprises. We ensure transparency and we are confident to achieve best possible results for you.