UK fiance visa
If you are getting married in the UK to someone who is British or settled here, you need to apply for a fiance visa.
Also called a marriage visa, this allows you to come to the UK to get married and then apply to remain after your wedding.
You must satisfy the Home Office that you are in a genuine relationship and that you will get married in the UK within the six months for which your visa is valid.
As a couple you need to have a minimum annual income of £18,600. This will increase if you have children who also need a visa.
The Immigration Rules set out the various ways in which you can meet the financial requirement and what mandatory documents you have to submit for each way. You cannot rely on a financial source that is not listed in the Immigration Rules.
If your British or settled spouse receives certain benefits to do with disability or caring for someone you will not have to show an annual income of £18,600, but you will still need to show that you can maintain and accommodate yourselves from your own resources,
You must have adequate accommodation for yourselves and any other family members who live with you. Sharing a house is fine, as long as there is a separate bedroom for your exclusive use.
You must be able to speak and understand English at a basic level. This means that if you are not from an English speaking country or you don’t have a degree that was taught in English (as verified by UK NARIC) you will need to pass an approved English test.
Character and conduct
If you have been sentenced to prison, or have been convicted of very serious crimes, this could impact your visa. Please contact us for advice.
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You must apply for a fiance visa from your country of nationality or any country where you are a long-term, legal resident.
Standard processing time is 12 weeks, though you can pay a fee for a priority service.
Please be aware that the priority service does not guarantee a quicker decision - it just places your application at the head of the queue.
The fiance visa is issued for six months. It is only possible to extend the visa if there is a valid reason why you couldn't get married while the visa was valid.
The fiance visa has very similar conditions to a visit visa - you are not permitted to work, study or run a business.
Once you are married you must apply to the Home Office for leave to remain in the UK with your spouse.
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