The Fiancé visa is specifically for individuals who are engaged to a Uk based citizen or long-term UK visa holder.
As the United Kingdom’s Home Office cracks down on the scale of migrants granted access to settle in the UK, the Fiancé visa can be difficult to get approved if strict guidance is not followed.
As well as copious amounts of paperwork and legal documents that need to be submitted as part of an application, there are interviews and sufficient evidence needs to be provided to ensure your relationship is not a scam.
These issues combined means it is imperative a Fiancé visa application is watertight with no errors.
You will have to both be in no current marriages, or legally divorced if you have been married before.
You will have to provide evidence that you will be getting married during your 6 month residency.
- You and your partner must be aged over 18 years old
- Your partner must be based in the UK and hold British citizenship or settled status
- You can prove that your relationship meets the ‘genuine and subsisting’ relationship requirements
- You must provide evidence of your ability to meet the minimum financial requirement without accessing public funds as well as the adequate accommodation requirement
- You and your partner plan to live together permanently in the UK
- You meet the English language level requirement
- A good knowledge of the English language (as shown by either an English qualification at B1, B2, C1 or C2 level, a degree in English)
- A genuine relationship (which will need to be proven)
- A Life in the UK Test
- A complete SET(M) application form
- Sufficient finances to support yourself and any dependant children you have (if applicable)
- A valid passport or recognised identity document
- Stable accommodation arrangements for your arrival in the UK
- Right to live in the country where the applicant is applying from
- TB Test certificate, if applicable
The Fiancé visa application fee costs £1,523 if you apply from outside the UK, while there is a charge of £1,033 if you apply from inside the UK.
You will not be permitted to access public funds while on your stay in the UK, therefore you must provide proof of your finances.
The immigration rules do not allow a holder of the Fiancé visa category to be employed or own a business.
Similar to the Spouse Visa, the minimum income requirement is £18,600.
If you have a dependent child, you also need to prove an additional £3,800 for the first child and £2,400 for any other child dependants.
People who do not need to take an English language exam include:
- Nationals of a recognised primary English-language speaking country
- Holders of a university degree in English
- People aged over 65 years of age
- People who have a mental or physical condition that prevents them from proving their English language level
- Those who can demonstrate that they have exceptional circumstances that would prevent them from meeting the requirement
You will be required to provide proof of your relationship at your interview with an immigration official.
It is imperative that you give genuine proof, as they will be cross referencing your answers with the information they have found.
If the UK based partner does not hold ILR, then they must have settled status or proof of permanent residence in the UK.
You must intend to live with your future spouse after your arrival in the UK.
If your visa is granted, you will be given leave to enter the UK for up to six months.
If granted, you will be given leave to enter the UK for up to six months.
It is a requirement of the fiancé visa that you get married to your partner within this time period.
Before your visa expires, you must apply for a new form of visa (switch your visa category) if you wish to stay with your spouse in the UK.
Most people will apply for a UK Spouse Visa, however it is advised that you plan ahead due to the significant amount of documentation and preparation involved in this application visa.
If granted a Spouse Visa, you will be granted the ability to continue living in the UK for up to 30 months. This visa can be extended for a further 30 months, after which time you and your spouse may be eligible for ILR (settlement).
Translation of Documents
Any supporting documents that are not in English or Welsh must be translated.
This will typically apply to items such as Marriage and Birth Certificates that originate from non-English speaking countries.
The Home Office’s official rule on this is the following: Each original document must be accompanied by a full translation that can be independently verified by the Home Office.
Each translated document must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The translator’s full name and signature
- The translator’s contact details
Visa Processing Time
The spouse visa can take up to 2-3 months to process if the application is correct and in order.
You will be notified if there are any discrepancies within your application, such as insufficient evidence, incorrect documents, or false claims.
There is an option to fast track an application, where applicants can pay a premium service fee and receive a processing time of 24 hours.
UKVI publishes up to date processing times for Spouse visas on their website, which will be individual to your case.
It is possible to speed up applications using super-priority service, which costs additional £800.
How can Newcastle Immigration lawyers help you?
Obtaining ILR or citizenship is a long process, which can have an uncertain result. Our Immigration team is qualified and ready to help you with visa applications or walking you through the process.
Navigating visa routes or application forms can be tricky, especially if you speak a different language.
We have friendly, experienced lawyers waiting to help you with you and your families immigration case today.
Our list of assistance includes but is not limited to:
- Provide a Letter of Representation
- Assist you in completing your application to the best it can be, including fixing errors and proofreading
- Conduct a thorough document check to make sure everything is included in your application
- Walk you through eligibility for multiple visas that best suit your needs
- Help you prepare for both the Life in the UK test and your English language examination
- Liaise with the Home Office on your behalf throughout the entire process
Last modified on July 7th, 2022 at 9:37 am
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