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UK Fiance Visa

A Fiance visa would be ideal if you are coming to the UK to register your marriage with a person present and settled in the UK. It allows settled persons i.e individuals who are not subject to immigration control to bring in their prospective spouse into the UK for the purpose of getting married

The new immigration rules now allow for entry clearance applications under the fiance visa category. If your application is successful, you will be normally granted leave for up to 6 months. It is expected that the 6 months period should be used to finalise everything about the marriage. After marriage, the applicant will then be able to extend his/her leave to remain on the basis of marriage.

UK Fiance Visa Requirements

The eligibility criteria for the UK Fiance visa are stipulated in the Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. The requirements for the UK fiancee visa include the following:-

  • There must be a demonstrable intention to live together
  • There also has to be an intention to get married within 6 months of receiving the fiance visa
  • You must be in a genuine relationship
  • You must meet the maintenance requirement. You will have no recourse to public funds.
  • The sponsor (your partner on which basis you are coming to the UK) must be a settled person in the UK. A settled person in the UK is someone who is not subject to immigration restrictions.
  • There should be no legal constraints to you and fiance getting married. This means that there has to be no sort of legal injunction against your marriage or previous marriage that is yet to be dissolved by a decree absolute or any other thing that may render the marriage illegal.

Feel free to contact our family immigration lawyers should you need any fiance or spouse visa advice as we offer a free initial immigration advice on family visa applications. We would advise on the entire process, your merits as well as the costs to prepare and submit the application at the British Embassy or relevant UK government body.

Importantly, the United Kingdom has a route set out in the Immigration Rules for a fiance or proposed civil partner of a British citizen settled and present in the UK to enter or remain as a family member.

The immigration rules on UK fiance visas specifies a number of requirements; making sure that the sponsor is very much involved throughout the entire process. This is evidenced from the rules on the financial requirements for the fiance visa

Financial Requirement

In order to sponsor an overseas partner to the UK, the sponsor (settled person) would have to meet certain financial requirements to show that they are able to take care of their partner here in the UK. The following are ways of meeting these requirements.

  • The sponsors will need to be earning a minimum of GBP 18,600 for a continuous period of 6 months just before submitting the application. They will also have been with the same employer for the last 6 months prior to the application; or
  • Where sponsors have worked for less than six months with their current (or same) employer (as above), they will need to have held savings of at least £62,500 for a continuous period of 6 months prior to submitting the application.
  • Note also, that the sponsor is allowed to combine earnings and savings to make up the financial requirement

It is important to note, that there are different ways to meet the financial requirements depending on your income situation. A self-employed person would need to show that they meet the financial requirements using a different process. Failing to meet the financial requirement is a major cause of fiance visa refusals; we therefore recommend that you call one of our lawyers today on 020 3540 7770 or send us an email on info@reissedwards.com for a free initial immigration advice.

Adequate Accommodation

The sponsor would also need to show that there is adequate accommodation available for them when they arrive the United Kingdom. It is also very important that size of the property is adequate. An adequate property size would depend on the number of persons that would be living there.

The fiance visa application would also need to demonstrate that the property is available for the applicant. This can be demonstrated using tenancy agreement, mortgage statements or title deeds amongst a number of other documents.

Genuine Relationship

Fiance visa applicants would need to demonstrate to the UKBA that they are in a genuine and durable relationship. It is important not to forget that the Fiance visa is for those looking to get married in the UK to a settled person. It is therefore important that the application is prepared in such a way that shows that the marriage / wedding will go on as scheduled within 6 months of the visa being granted.

In addition to demonstrating that the wedding will go on as planned within 6 months, we often recommend that our clients provide extra documents including reference letters from friends and family, personal statements and other similar paperwork to further demonstrate evidence of a genuine and subsisting relationship.

English Language requirements

Applicants will need to show that they can speak and understand the English Language as a requirement for coming to the UK on a fiance visa. To meet the English language requirement for a fiance visa, applicants would need to:-

  • Pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)English language test at level A1. It is usually just speaking and listening – for Fiance visa applications
  • A degree taught in English will also be sufficient to meet the English language requirement.
  • Nationals of certain English speaking countries may also meet the English language requirement on the basis of their nationality.

Fiance Visa Lawyers London

At Reiss Edwards, we boast of some of the best fiance visa immigration lawyers in London and have years of experience in different kinds of visa applications with varying degrees of complexities. We have over 50 years of combined experience in immigration law at the highest level.

We offer a free initial assessment over the phone where we assess whether or not you meet the requirements. Feel free to take advantage of that now and give us a call on 020 3540 7770.

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