Applying for a Fiancé Visa UK
If you are in the process of applying for a UK Fiancé Visa, you are likely wondering how long this may take.
This visa route is for those who are engaged to a British citizen, person with Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, or person with limited leave to remain under Appendix EU or Appendix ECAA. A key condition of the UK Fiancé Visa is that you and your partner must marry within six months of you entering the UK.
When planning a wedding, timing is crucial. For this reason, you should prepare in advance and ensure that you factor in both the time it takes to complete your UK Fiance Visa application and Home Office processing times.
How long does it take to get a UK Fiancé Visa?
In typical circumstances, UK Visa & Immigration aims to process UK Fiancé Visa applications within two to three months of receiving them.
However, the time it takes to process your Fiancé Visa application largely depends on the standard.
If your application is missing key documents, contains inconsistencies or common errors, or fails to provide accurate information, this can cause a delay in how long it takes to receive a decision on your Fiancé Visa application.
If your application does not meet the necessary standards, you will be contacted by an immigration official who may ask you to provide further documents or information. Naturally, this will extend the time it takes for you to get a Fiancé Visa.
For this reason, it is essential that you meet all visa requirements and provide the sufficient level of supporting documentation; this will help to speed up the time it takes for the Home Office to process your application.
Contact us if you need support with your Fiancé Visa. We have offices located across the UK, including in London, Manchester, or Birmingham. You can also use the office finder to find the closest branch to you.
How can I avoid delays in processing when submitting a UK Fiancé Visa application?
One of the easiest ways for you to ensure that your application is completed to the highest standard is to receive the legal guidance of a qualified immigration lawyer. IAS’ immigration lawyers have extensive experience when it comes to completing and submitting UK Fiancé Visa applications.
We can determine whether you meet the necessary requirements and make sure your application provides all relevant documents and supporting evidence for the UK fiance visa.
Some of the key Fiancé Visa requirements include:
- You and your partner must both be at least 18 years old
- You must prove that you plan to get married to your partner (who must be a British citizen or person with settled status in the UK) within 6 months of you entering the UK
- You must meet the financial requirements, which means proving that you have the means to financially support yourselves as a couple. This requires a combined annual income of at least £18,600; you mustn’t rely on public funds
- You and your partner must prove that you intend to live together in the UK once you are married or in a civil partnership
- You must meet the English language requirement, meaning if you are from a non-English speaking country, you will be required to take an approved English language test to show that you can understand and communicate in English to the level of A1
Which documents are required to speed up the processing time for the Fiance visa?
If you provide the Home Office with the sufficient level of supporting documentation, this can result in your application being processed quicker.
The documents you provide within your Fiancé Visa application will prove that you are eligible for this visa. These include:
- Copies of any previous passports and visas
- Details of any previous marriages
- Divorce certificates (if applicable)
- Information regarding any criminal convictions
Another key aspect of your application is that you and your partner in the UK need to show that your relationship is genuine. You must provide information about the relationship you and your partner share. This includes evidence of how long you have been together, how you met and how often you see each other. To demonstrate this, you can include documents such as:
- Bank statements of joint accounts
- Details of accommodation that you have lived in together
- Birth certificates of any children you have had together (if applicable)
- Reference letters from family, friends and professionals
Is there a fast-track option for the UK Fiancé Visa Processing time?
If you need your application to be processed faster than the typical processing timeframe, you may be eligible for the fast-track priority service.
This can significantly speed up your processing time. Our immigration lawyers offer a Fast-Track Application Package which is ideal for those who require an urgent decision within a strict timeframe.
This package includes:
- One of our lawyers will prepare your application and carry out a supporting documentation check
- We will book a Home Office Same-Day Premium Service slot on your behalf
- We will assist with completing every aspect of your application to the highest standard
- Provide a Letter of Representation to support your case
It is important to note that you must be outside the UK when applying for a Fiancé Visa.
There is an additional cost when using the fast-track priority service, contact one of our professional immigration solicitors on 0330 433 1213 to enquire.
What can cause delays in processing a UK Fiance visa?
Delays in your Fiance visa UK processing time can be caused by several factors, including having information on the application that needs additional verification, such as a criminal record or needing to submit additional evidence or documents.
If the Home Office reaches out to you to request additional documentation, it is important you provide that information immediately. Inevitably, a request for additional documentation will delay an application by a few days or weeks, or even more, but it is up to you to ensure it is not more delayed than necessary.
After your fiance visa application has been submitted, check your emails regularly, including your spam/junk folder for updates or emails from the Home Office so you can submit such information immediately especially if there is a short deadline provided for when you can submit it.
This is especially important as the Home Office email requesting additional documentation normally provides you with a rather short deadline to provide these documents.
Are all fiance visa applicants eligible for priority processing?
Priority and super priority services are not available in every country (visa application centre) or at every time for UK visa applications. Also, the Home Office may extend the standard UK fiance visa processing time for any reason; the Home Office did extend the processing time to 24 weeks from 6 weeks due to a focus on Ukraine immigration.
So apart from reasons based on Home Office decisions or focus, the following can also affect your eligibility for priority or super-priority processing for the Fiance visa UK:
- You have previously overstayed a UK visa
- You were refused a visa from the UK, US, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, or a Schengen country previously
- You have a criminal record in the UK or another country
- The Home Office has had to curtail or cut short your leave to remain in the UK previously
- You have been detained, interviewed or persecuted by the police in the UK or another country before
- You have criminal convictions that you didn’t spend.
If your circumstances fall in any of the above, we recommend you do not apply for the priority visa service or super priority service when doing your Fiance visa UK application.
My Fiance visa processing has passed the standard time. Does that mean it has been rejected?
No. Although the Home Office tries to process each UK visa application as fast as it can, it doesn’t always do so within the standard processing times.
A delay in processing doesn’t mean your application has been denied or approved. When the Home Office reaches a decision on your application, you will get a notification of that in your email or mail.
There are many things that can cause a delay, as seen above. If you haven’t received a decision from the Home Office and it’s past the standard time, you can reach out to the Home Office. They usually reply within 20 weeks. Alternatively, your UK-based fiance can get in touch with their local MP to request assistance with following up with the application.
How can IAS help?
Like all family visas, the UK Fiance visa process can be complicated. Thousands of people apply each year, but only a fraction of those applications are approved.
There are several eligibility requirements, including the financial requirement, proving you have a genuine relationship with your partner, establishing you and your partner can and intend to get married in the UK, and confirming your credibility.
Every requirement needs you to prove to the Home Office without any doubt that you meet it. At IAS, we are professional immigration lawyers that help people looking to come to the UK to unite with their fiances and spouses to do so easily.
We will advise on your eligibility, provide a document list and help check your documents, and help you complete a top-quality application that maximizes your chances of getting the Fiance visa. To get started, get in touch with us today by calling 03334149244.