The UK fiancé visa permits a person who has settled status in the UK to bring their prospective spouse to the UK with the intention of getting married. The fiancé visa is issued for six months, during which time the applicant will need to get married. After the marriage, the applicant can apply immediately for a two-year provisional spousal visa before the expiry of their visa by making a fiancé visa application for Further Leave to Remain from inside the UK, which grants the visa holder conditional permanent resident status and allows to remain in the UK initially for two years.
Home office criteria for successful UK Fiancé Visa
Over the years the Home Office has introduced stringent criteria which you will need to meet in order to make a successful Fiancé visa application. There is an extensive amount of documentary evidence that you will need to provide in order to support the fact that you are in a genuine relationship and that you meet the financial requirements as set by the government. Most fiancé visa applications are refused because applicants have not been able to fully substantiate this.
How we can help with UK Fiancé Visa application?
If you wish to apply for a UK Fiancé Visa we can help you with your application and queries. Our expert team of lawyers can assist you with the preparation of your Fiancé visa application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules. We will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful fiancé visa application and avoiding the unnecessary expense of resubmitting your application to the Home Office.
Qualifying criteria for a UK Fiancé Visa
In order for your UK Fiancé Visa application to be successful:
- You must intend to live together in the UK;
- You must be able to substantiate that you and your fiancé have a genuine relationship;
- You must be able to support yourself entirely or be supported by your partner, without access to public funds and there must be adequate accommodation in place;
- The sponsor must be either a British citizen or permanent resident of the UK; he/she must hold an indefinite leave to remain or right of abode in the UK. EEA nationals can also use this category to bring their non-EEA-national fiancé/proposed civil partner to the UK.
- You must show that you are present and settled in the UK or, if living overseas, expect to return to the UK to live prior to or at the same time as your fiancé arriving in the UK on a Settlement Visa;
- You and your fiancé must be legally free to marry in order to apply for a settlement fiancé visa. This means that both of you are single and that any previous marriages and/or registered civil partnerships have ended through divorce, annulment or death; and
- Both you and your fiancé must have a serious intention to marry in the UK within six months after receiving a prospective marriage visa.
What will I need to show to apply for a UK Fiancé visa?
As part of your UK Fiancé visa application you will need to demonstrate:
- You intend to marry your fiancé within the six-month duration of the visa.
- There will be adequate accommodation for you and any dependants, and that you will be able to maintain yourselves and any dependents without the support of public funds.
- Any of your or your fiancé’s previous relationships (married or unmarried) must have ended.
- Your fiancé earns more than £18,600 per year or has enough savings to be able to support you without claiming public funds. If you have dependent children, the minimum financial requirement is higher.
- You must satisfy the English language requirements.
What happens once you are in the UK on a Fiancé Visa
With a UK Fiancé Visa, you will be able to travel to the UK for up to six months, this has to be solely for the purpose to get married. Following the six month period, you may apply to stay in the UK. After you have applied to stay in the UK your UK Fiancé Visa is changed over to a two-year Spouse Visa. You will then be able to start working and will hold the same rights as your partner who has settled status in the UK. Once UK Fiancé Visas are granted and you have lived in Britain for two years or more you may be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK (ILR) and British nationality.
Why we provide the best legal advice for UK Fiancé Visas
We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority(link is external) (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation, our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.
As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist you with your applications for any type of Visa including UK Fiancé visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points-based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making an application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the UK Fiancé visa application process.
Contact us for successful UK Fiancé Visa applications
Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process UK Fiancé visa application step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a telephone consultation even if you wish to consider other advisers.
Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our online Enquiry form and we will get in touch or call us now on 01206500181.