Overview of Fiance Visa Costs
All applicants coming to the UK on a Fiance visa (or UK Fiancé visa) will have to pay certain fees to do so.
Some of these fees are mandatory, such as the Fiance visa application fee.
Other fees will only be mandatory for certain applicants and not others. For example, a tuberculosis test or an English language test.
Lastly, some fees will be completely optional for all applicants, but you may still wish to pay them, depending on your circumstances. These include things such as priority visa processing services and legal representation fees.
Note that due to their similarities, the information on this page can also be applied to the Proposed Civil Partner visa as well.
- Overview of Fiance Visa Costs
- How Much is the Fiance Visa Application Fee?
- What Are the Fees I Might Have to Pay With a Fiance Visa?
- What Are Some Optional Fees for the Fiance Visa?
- Will I Have to Pay the Immigration Health Surcharge?
- How Much Does it Cost to Switch to a UK Spouse Visa?
- Can My Fiance Visa Application Fee Be Refunded?
- How Do I Pay My Fiance Visa Application Fee?
- How Can IAS Help?
How Much is the Fiance Visa Application Fee?
The Fiance visa UK application fee is £1,538.
This is the total cost for the Home Office to process your application to allow you to come to the UK.
However, the actual visa restrictions are very different between Fiance visas, Proposed Civil Partner visas and other types of Family visas.
For example, Fiance and Proposed Civil partner visas:
- Are only valid for a maximum of 6 months (though they can be extended in certain exceptional situations)
- Cannot lead to indefinite leave to remain, and cannot be counted towards the minimum residency requirement for indefinite leave to remain
- Only allow you to get married or enter into a civil partnership in the UK, with no allowances to work or study in the UK
Because of this, it’s worth keeping in mind the differences in freedoms that these visas will afford you, despite their similar cost.
It is a Home Office requirement that residents of certain countries must take a tuberculosis test before coming to the UK.
If your country is on the required list, it may cost between £65 to £110 to take a test, depending on where you are.
Note that you may also have to pay extra for transportation if your nearest Home Office-approved clinic is far away from where you live.
When you submit supporting documents with your Fiance visa, you will have to provide certified translations of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.
Costs of obtaining translations will vary greatly depending on where you are and the type of documents you wish to have translated.
However, as a general guide, translating a single page from a document may cost around £60.
English Language Test
You will have to take a language test to prove your English language skills before coming to the UK, unless you:
- Are 65 or over
- Are from a majority English-speaking country
- Completed a degree that was mostly taught in English
English language tests will vary depending on which test you take. However, the most common test, the IELTS Life Skills A1 test, costs £150 to sit.
It may be the case that you wish to bypass the requirement to take an English test because you have a degree or an academic qualification that was mostly taught in English.
If so, then you will need to prove that your degree is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or higher and that it was taught in English.
You must do this by obtaining a certificate from Ecctis.
These certificates will cost between £49.50 and £210.
Priority Visa Processing
You may be able to access priority visa processing if you need your Fiance visa approved as a matter of urgency.
The standard processing time for Fiance visas is usually around 6 months. However, you may be able to get your application processed in 1 week or less with a priority visa service.
This will usually cost around £500 to £800.
It’s important to note that priority visa processing may not always be available for your local region or country. In addition, the Home Office may, and do, withdraw the ability for Family visas to be processed through priority visa streams.
You will need to check to see if these services are available to you when submitting your Fiance visa application.
Legal Representation Fees
You may wish to seek additional support in the form of legal aid or representation with your Fiance visa application.
This can be to ensure that your visa application process is kept as smooth and stress-free as possible, or if you require assistance with a difficult immigration issue.
There is a wide range of legal services available to you, which range from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand pounds.
Will I Have to Pay the Immigration Health Surcharge?
You will not have to pay the immigration health surcharge (IHS) when applying for a Fiance visa.
Applicants only need to pay the IHS if they’re applying to come to the UK for more than 6 months or if they’re applying for a visa from within the UK.
As the Fiance visa doesn’t fit in either of these categories, you won’t have to worry about paying the IHS fees.
However, you will have to pay the IHS if and when you switch from a Fiance visa to a Spouse visa.
How Much Does it Cost to Switch to a UK Spouse Visa?
The eventual goal of a typical Fiance visa applicant is to switch to a Spouse visa, as this will allow them to live, work and study in the UK long term.
Switching to a Spouse visa will cost £1,048.
You will be able to switch to a Spouse visa after you’ve come to the UK on a Fiance visa and fulfilled the conditions of your visa by getting married or entering into a civil partnership.
Note that you may also have to pay additional fees, such as the ones outlined in the above sections, to prove your eligibility for the Spouse visa.
You will also have to pay the immigration health surcharge when switching to a Spouse visa. This is £624 a year for every year you’ll be in the UK.
Can My Fiance Visa Application Fee Be Refunded?
It’s only possible to obtain a refund on your Fiance visa application if you withdraw your application before a decision has been made on it.
However, note that even in this instance, a refund isn’t always guaranteed.
You will not get a refund on your Fiance visa application fee if:
- Your visa application is refused
- Your visa is approved but you decide not to travel to the UK after all
- You leave the UK before your visa expires
How Do I Pay My Fiance Visa Application Fee?
You must pay your Fiance visa application fee online when you fill out your application.
You can use a credit or debit card to pay the fee. You cannot use cash.
You may use your local currency to pay the fee instead of pounds sterling. This will be paid using an exchange rate that is set by the Home Office.
How Can IAS Help?
Fiance visas and Proposed Civil Partner visas are a popular route for many foreign nationals looking to transition into the Spouse visa UK immigration route.
However, it’s important in any visa application to be fully aware of the costs, fees and charges that go into a visa application. As this article has demonstrated, there is often much more to consider other than simply paying the application fee.
If you require any more advice or assistance with your UK Fiance visa application or any other immigration issue, IAS are here to help.
We are expert, professional immigration lawyers who offer high-quality UK immigration advice regardless of your situation or circumstances. Whether you’re struggling with your visa application, need additional advice because of a difficult immigration case, or want to appeal an immigration decision, we can help.
Last modified on September 8th, 2022 at 5:24 pm
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