Fiancee And Proposed Partner

UK Fiancée and Proposed Partner Visa

If you wish to bring your fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner to the UK to make arrangements for your wedding or civil partnership ceremony, this can be possible under the current UK immigration rules. First, the UK-based partner must be qualified to sponsor you in terms of their immigration status:  

Qualifying for a UK Fiancé Visa: Your Partner’s Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a UK Fiancé Visa, your partner’s immigration status must fall under one of these categories:

1- British or Irish Citizen in the UK: Your partner is either a British or Irish citizen residing in the UK.

2- Indefinite Leave to Remain, Settled Status, or Permanent Residence: Your partner holds indefinite leave to remain, settled status, or permanent residence status in the UK.

3- Pre-Settled Status under Appendix EU: If your partner holds pre-settled status under Appendix EU, they meet the eligibility criteria.

4- Limited Leave to Remain as a Turkish Businessperson or Worker: Your partner qualifies if they hold limited leave to remain as a Turkish Businessperson or Worker under Appendix ECAA.

5- Refugee Leave or Humanitarian Protection Status: If your partner has refugee leave or humanitarian protection status in the UK, they are eligible.

UK Fiancee Visa Requirements

As part of your application, you will need to demonstrate that you meet the visa requirements. The Home Office will expect to see evidence of genuine relationship, intention of marriage within 6 months of arriving and financial capacity alongside other additional criteria.

You will also need to meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for a fiancé visa:

You and your fiancé must both be over 18 years old. 

  • You must have met each other. 
  • You must plan to live together permanently after your marriage/civil partnership ceremony.
  • Within six months of the visa, you want to register your marriage or civil partnership 
  • There will be adequate accommodation for you and any dependents, and you will be able to support yourself and any dependents without receiving public funds. 
  • Any prior marriages or unmarried relationships of you and your fiancé must have ended. 
  • You can meet the financial requirement threshold is £18,600 annually in one of the ways outlined in the relevant guidance. If there are dependent children in the application, the minimum threshold will be higher in line with the number of children joining the application.
  • A1 level English language proficiency must be proven.

In order to qualify for a UK Fiancé and Proposed Civil Partner Visa, you and your partner must not be within a prohibited degree of relationship as defined in the Marriage Act 1949, the Marriage (Prohibited Degrees of Relationship) Act 1986 and the Civil Partnership Act 2004.

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Duration

If your application for a UK visa is granted under one of these two categories, it will initially be valid for six months.

Extension

The applicant must present substantial justification for why the marriage or intended civil partnership could not occur during their initial 6-month stay under this specific category. Furthermore, it's essential to provide credible evidence indicating that the marriage or civil partnership is scheduled to take place promptly.

Switching to Spouse Visa

After you complete the marriage/civil partnership procedures, you will be able to apply to switch into the Spouse/Civil Partner category without having to leave the UK. After a visa is changed to a Spouse/Civil Partner category, you will be able to start work and reside in the UK.

Frequently Asked Questions

The processing time for a UK Fiancé Visa application typically aims to be within two to three months after UK Visa & Immigration receives it. However, it’s crucial to note that the actual processing time may vary depending on various factors, including the application’s complexity and the volume of applications being processed at the time.

Proof of genuine and ongoing relationship such as call records, bookings, travels, financial or other ways of support

– Evidence of Marriage/Civil Ceremony arrangements that will be implemented within 6 months visa period

– Evidence showing how you meet the financial requirement
– For a full and detailed evidence list, please get in touch with us. Our advisers can provide you with a list after understanding your and your partner’s personal and financial circumstances.

Yes. The applicant must demonstrate a valid reason why the marriage or proposed civil partnership did not take place during their initial 6-month  period under the UK Fiancee Visa category. This could involve providing evidence of unforeseen circumstances that prevented the marriage or partnership from occurring. In addition, satisfactory evidence that the marriage or civil partnership is planned to take place in the near future should be provided with the application file.

Our advisers can help you establish which evidence should be provided to the Home Office to prove that you meet the requirements for a UK Fiancee Visa. From proving your genuine relationship to proving your intention to register your marriage/civil partnership in the UK, the Fiancee Visa require significant personal and circumstantial evidence. In addition, financial requirement can also be very complicated due to having various ways to prove income and other resources. We help you gather the right evidence and, if you prefer, represent you throughout the application as your legal representative. We take the stress away from you and create quality control points to ensure all the procedures have been completed to the required standards. 

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