A UK Fiancee Visa will enable you to enter the UK to get married and switch status.
Awards and Accreditations
The Fiancé(e) visa category is for partners of British citizens or persons with indefinite leave to remain who wish to marry within 6 months of arriving in the UK.
What are the main eligibility requirements for a Fiancé visa?
In order to qualify for a Fiancé(e) visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:
- Your partner is a British Citizen or holds Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK;
- You are both over the age of 18;
- You have met in person;
- You are both free to get married;
- Your relationship is genuine and you intend to live together permanently in the UK;
- You intend to marry within six months of your arrival in the UK;
- Any previous relationships have broken down permanently;
- You will be adequately maintained in the UK without recourse to public funds;
- There is adequate accommodation for you and any dependents;
- You speak and understand English to the required level.
Maintenance & Accommodation
The Sponsor must demonstrate that they have a gross annual income of at least £18,600.
You can meet this requirement through salaried and non-salaried income, self-employed income, salary and/or dividends from a company of which you are a Director, property rental income, dividends and income from investments, stocks, shares, bonds or trust funds, pension income, insurance payments, maintenance payments and cash savings above £16,000 that have been held for at least six months, unless you can demonstrate that they have come from the sale of property or investments within the last 6 months.
In some circumstances it is possible to rely on a combination of the above sources of income to satisfy the financial requirement.
You will also need to demonstrate that there is adequate accommodation available to you for the duration of your stay in the UK. We will arrange for a qualified surveyor with specialist knowledge and skills to attend your property to assess and produce a comprehensive accommodation report that will be submitted in support of your application.
Other Considerations in Fiancé(e) Visa Applications
Applications for Fiancé(e) visa can only be made from outside the UK.
If your application for a Fiancé(e) visa is successful, you will be granted permission to enter the United Kingdom for a period of 6 months. After your wedding has taken place, you will then be eligible to apply to switch into the Spouse category without having to leave the UK.
If your marriage does not take place before your Fiancé(e) visa expires, you can apply to extend your stay for a further 6 months in order to allow the ceremony to take place, provided that there is a good reason why it has not done so to date and there is evidence that a ceremony will take place within the next 6 months.
Our immigration lawyers regularly assist Canadian and US based applicants with Fiancé(e) visa applications. We understand that you want to reunite with your loved one quickly with minimal disruption.
We will help you to navigate the financial requirement rules which are particularly complex and obtain a property inspection report to demonstrate to UK Visas & Immigration that there is adequate accommodation available to you. We will ensure all forms are completed accurately and persuasive legal submissions are submitted in support of your application.
For further information, please schedule a consultation.