Fiance Visa UK - NEW 2021 Requirements & Guide
can apply for a UK family visa when you decide to enter the UK to live with
your family member for more than 6 months. When you lodge an application as a
fiance or fiancee and your partner is based in the UK, the required visa is
called a fiance visa. You can visit the UK using a fiance visa so that you may
marry or enter into a civil partnership with your other half who is settled in
the United Kingdom. The person settled in the UK can be a UK-born individual or
someone who has obtained the right to live and work in the country.
What Are the Requirements for a UK
list of requirements to apply for a UK fiance visa is extensive. Let’s check
the requirements one by one:
Age: To qualify for a UK fiance visa,
you need to be recognized as a legal consenting adult in the UK -- which means
you should be at least 18 years of age or above.
Partner Requirements: Your partner in the UK must be a
British citizen OR is settled in the UK (has indefinite leave to remain,
settled status, or possesses evidence of permanent residence) OR has obtained a
refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK. Additionally, both the
partners must prove that they intend to stay permanently in the UK once the
foreign-based individual gets his/her visa. UK-based individuals with a
‘settled status’ can also ask their foreign partners to lodge an application
for the EU Settlement Scheme or a family permit.
Relationship Proof:You should be able to validate your
relationship and please remember that word of mouth is not considered as proof.
You will need to submit original paperwork, which proves that both of you have
been seriously involved since and plan to marry within 6 months of the foreign
partner landing in the UK. You must have met one another in-person (not
virtually) and the UK-based person must have arranged the required
accommodation for the fiance in the UK. The partners should agree to live
permanently once the application is accepted. If you fail to marry within the
said 6 months, there is a strong chance of you being deported.
Financial Proof: Individuals who enter the UK using
a fiance visa are not allowed to engage in any paid employment during the
allowable stay period. In this case, your UK-based fiance needs to prove that
s/he earns enough money to support both . The minimum salary requirement before
tax amounts to £18,600 per year. On the other hand, if you are accompanied by
kids, your partner must make an income of an additional £3,800 for the first
child and an extra £2,400 for each child thereafter.
aforementioned income can be calculated either as salary from employment or
self-employment, a pension in the UK, enough savings amounting to the threshold
amount, sick pay, maternity, paternity or adoption pay, or other income sources
like rent payments, investment or shares.
Knowledge of English
can prove that you have the required knowledge of English by appearing for a UK
approved test. You can simply get a degree certificate, which indicates that
you have been taught in English or you have carried out research in English. If
you are a graduate from a UK university or college, you will be required to
submit only one document. i.e your degree certificate. But if you are a
graduate from a foreign university or college, you need to submit a certificate
from UK NARIC.
of knowledge of English is not required for applicants over 65 years of age and
for those whose physical or mental health does not allow them to sit for an
What Should You Know While
Filling the Fiance Visa Application Form?
need to fill the application form for a fiance visa online. When you start the
application, you should keep some vital documents ready. This includes a valid
passport (with at least one blank page) or approved travel ID. Additionally,
please ensure that you have the following information handy -- all your names,
your date of birth, copies of the passport’s biodata page and previous visa
pages, and a copy of your biometric residence permit (if applicable).
form will also ask you to enter details of any earlier immigration applications
(if any), history of any past criminal convictions, national insurance number,
the dates of birth of your parents and nationality, tuberculosis test results
(if applicable), and certified translations of documents that are not in English
the application form, it is also mandatory to submit the required evidence that
validates your knowledge in English and
financial status. A sponsorship form from your partner in the United Kingdom
may also be needed in certain situations. The details that you need to enter
for your partner includes his/her name, date of birth, nationality, passport,
and right to be in the UK.
you had been previously married, you will be required to provide the names of
your former married partner, proof that the previous marriage is no more valid,
people your partner supports with money (if any), and evidence of the earlier
applicants with kids, the application form has a section on details of your
children; their names, nationality, date of birth, person with whom your kids
are staying with, individuals with additional parental responsibility for your
child, authority given to you to visit your child, your relationship with your
child, the countries your child has visited or lived in etc.
UK Fiance Visa Application Process
- The link for lodging an
application for a fiance visa is the same as that of a spouse visa. To
begin the application, simply proceed to thislink. After confirming the visa
type, you can complete the rest of the form. If you are not sure of the
exact visa category, please visit thispage and check what visa type is
ideal for your circumstances. For more detailed information, you can go
through the comprehensive UK immigration ruleshere.
- Now you need to enter where you
will be submitting your biometrics, inclusive of your fingerprints and
digital photographs. Once you have entered the relevant country, you can
proceed to the next step. Please note that you must check the available
biometric enrolment locations for your country of application. You cannot
change your origin country once you have submitted the application. If
your country has no biometric enrolment location, you can travel to the
nearest country to submit the information. For making an easy choice,here is the list
of approved UK visa application centers according to the nation of
- Next, register yourself by
entering a valid, working email address and password. You will then
receive a unique link to let you log back in to your application later, if
required. After you have filled in all the required fields, you can
proceed to the next step.
- After entering all the
information, you are required to pay a visa fee online. For the exact
fees, depending on your circumstances, please check thispage.
- This is the last step. Press
the submit button after verifying all your information, take a print of
the completed application form, and book an appointment with your chosen
visa center. On that particular day, visit the branch to provide your
biometrics, which include scanned fingerprints and a digital photograph.
For a fiance visa, it is mandatory to obtain a BRP, which you can collect
once you reach the UK, within 10 days of your arrival.
Visa Fees: The current fee for a UK fiance
visa is £1,523 for applications submitted from a foreign country. However, you
will need to pay additional fees when you have dependents, need to translate
documents, require a housing report, or need priority services.
Processing Time: The UK fiance visa processing time
generally ranges from 2 to 3 months. Of course, you can ensure a shorter
processing time when your application is foolproof and does not have any errors
and contains all the documents + information.
Visa Approval: Once your application is accepted,
you will be issued a permit that allows you to enter the UK within a time frame
of 30 days. Once you arrive in the UK, you will be given a 10-day span, within
which you need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). On the other
hand, if circumstances prevent you from reaching the UK within this time-frame,
you can apply for another 30-day entry permit. But you will need to pay an
Visa Rejections: If your application is rejected,
you can appeal to the Home Office to reconsider the decision. If your rejection
is because of wrong information or missing date, it is best to lodge a fresh
application after rectifying the previous mistakes.
After Reaching the UK: A fiance visa allows you to stay
in the UK for up to 6 months, and you need to marry your partner in this time
frame. Once you marry, you can switch from a fiance visa to a spouse visa
[link]. A spousal visa grants you the right to both live and work in the UK.
When you lodge an application from within the UK, the visa will be approved
within 2 to 12 weeks. A spousal visa allows a stay of up to 2.5 years.
you reside in the nation for more than 5 years, you can apply for Indefinite
Leave to Remain (ILR). This then translates permanent residence, provided you
are still married to your spouse this entire time and you also meet the
maintenance requirements. After getting the ILR, you can lodge an application
for British Naturalisation, which means you can stay as a government recognized
British Citizen. In other words, you are now eligible to apply for a British