What is a Fiance Visa?
If your country of origin is outside the European Economic Area (EEA), then you will be subject to immigration control in the UK. This means that in order to be granted entry to live and work in the UK, you must first apply for a UK Visa. The majority of visa types fall under the categories of Work, Family or Study visas.
A Fiance Visa is designed to allow individuals from outside the UK, to enter the UK so that they can marry or begin a civil partnership with their British partner who is settled in the UK. This includes both UK-born individuals and those who have been granted the right to live and work in the UK.
What are the UK Fiance Visa Requirements?
All UK Visas have an individual set of requirements that need to be met in order for a Visa application to be accepted. In order to be accepted for a Fiance Visa, you must meet the minimum age requirements, be involved in a genuine relationship and you must have met up with the person prior to making the application. Here is a breakdown of the UK Fiance Visa requirements:
In order to be eligible for a UK FIance Visa, you be a legal consenting adult. UK legislation recognises an individual as an adult from the age of 18. So in order to make a Fiance Visa application, the minimum age requirement is 18.
Finance and Salary
When living in the UK on a Fiance Visa you are not allowed to work for the duration of this time. In order to remain in the UK, the spouse must either have enough savings for you both to live off, or must be earning a certain amount. The minimum age requirement is £18,600 a year before tax. However, if you are bringing children to the UK, your partner must earn an additional £3,800 for the first child and an additional £2,400 for each child after this.
The income can be a combination of:
- Wage from either employment or self-employment (this is only applicable if working in the UK)
- A UK pension
- Savings that meet the wage threshold
- Sick pay, maternity, paternity or adoption pay
- Other income i.e rent payments, investment or shares money
In order to be accepted for a Fiance Visa, you must be able to demonstrate that you are involved in a genuine relationship and intend to marry in the UK within the 6 month validity period. Both individuals must have met face to face prior to the application being made and it’s important to add that Skype does not suffice for this. In addition to this, suitable accommodation must also be arranged for the fiance and any dependents upon arrival in the UK. Both partners must intend to permanently live together in the UK for an application to be accepted.
If during this 6 month period you fail to marry, then you may be subject to deportation. Due to the complexity of the Fiance application, it’s advised that individuals plan the timing of their application ahead of time, especially if any wedding arrangements have already been made.
What is the UK Fiance Visa Processing Time?
On average, the UK fiance visa processing time is around 2-3 months. There are simple things that you can do to ensure reduce your Fiance Visa processing time, which are as followed:
- Create a well organised, clear application pack
- Write clear applicant and UK partner supporting letters
- Provide photocopies of the original documents that you submit
It’s common for there to be visa application delays when an application has no logical order or is missing important bits of information, so it’s really important to ensure that an application is carefully put together. Hiring an IAS immigration lawyer to deal with your Fiance Visa application will ensure that you have a higher chance of being accepted.
Fiance Visa Application Rejections
If you have previously been refused entry to the UK, this will be because the Home Office has found a loophole within your application, or isn’t satisfied with the information that you have provided. It’s really important to ensure that all of the correct documentation is provided within your initial application to prevent any further delays or rejection.
If you have a negative immigration history, then the Home Office will be subject to conducting more in-depth application checks. If you have previously been rejected for a Fiance Visa, then it’s common for your relationship to come under further scrutiny.
What are the UK Fiance Visa Fees?
Applications from outside the UK will cost a total of £1,523, however there are additional application costs that also need to be accounted for. If you require document translations, a housing report or are in need of priority visa service, then the price can vary.
If you’re unsure on any of the additional application costs, or legal fees involved in the process, then your IAS immigration solicitor will be able to talk you through the process.
How Soon Do you Have to Marry after Entering the UK?
A fiance visa grants you entry to the UK for a period of 6 months and during which time, you must marry your fiance in the UK. You cannot work in the UK during this 6 month period, however once married, you can then apply to switch from a Fiance Visa to a Spouse Visa.
Switching from Fiance Visa to Spouse Visa
Once you have married your partner, you can then apply to switch from a ‘Fiance Visa’ to a ‘Spouse Visa’, which will allow you the right to both live and work within the UK. You can apply from within the UK and this usually takes around 2-12 weeks to process. You are allowed to remain in the UK for a total of 30 months with a Spouse Visa and once this time is up, you will have been living in the UK for a total of 5 years.
Once you have been living in the UK for over 5 years, you can choose to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, which grants permanent residence in the UK. The requirements that must be met are as follows:
- You are still married to your spouse after 5 years
- You continue to meet the maintenance requirements
After you have been granted ILR, you may be eligible to apply for British Naturalisation, which means that you will be recognised as a British Citizen by the government.
How IAS Can Help With Your Fiance Visa Application
The team at IAS understands the importance of applying for a Fiance Visa to start your life in the UK. With our services, your personal immigration lawyer will work with you to maximise the strength of your case before completing your application forms and organising your evidence.
After confirming that you are eligible for a Fiance Visa, yous IAS Immigration Lawyers will advise you on how to gather the correct documents for the application. They will then submit this to the Home Office along with the completed application documents, and a detailed Letter of Representation. This letter is written by them, pleading your case and its merits directly to UKVI.
IAS will manage your application from the initial stages of the application, right through until the end. This will maximise your chances of being accepted for a Fiance Visa and to be granted entry into the UK. After the 6 month period is over, you can also choose to work with an IAS Immigration Lawyer in order to make a Spouse Visa application.
If you would like to know more about making a UK Fiance Visa application or to start your application as soon as possible, call us free on 0333 363 8577 or make an enquiry using the online form.