Hi, I want my fiancée, who is from the Dominican Republic, to visit me in the UK. I note the requirements of a visitor visa mention ability to support oneself whilst in the UK. Given my fiancée has a limited income in terms of spending power here I would like your advice on how to complete the application. In particular she would be staying with me and I would be covering her expenses whilst here. Is this something which would be accepted in terms of being considered 'able to support yourself '. I understand there may be a requirement to get health insurance for her too. In summary I would like advice on how to correctly articulate this in a visa application. Thanks
Your have enquired about the visit visa application for your fiancée to come to the UK, however, this may not be the most appropriate application for her if she is looking to settle in the UK in the long term. I've outlined the visit visa application process and have also given you the options of applying for a fiancée visa and/ or the spouse visa which you should consider as part of the long-term goal to settling in the UK.
This visa category is for those looking to come to the UK to visit for a period of 6 months or less at a time. The key component to this application is that the applicant, in this case your fiancée, has the intention to return to her country after the visit. She will not be able to make an application to remain further than this in the UK.
If you would like to pursue this, the key considerations the Home Office will then look at what attachments you have in your country of residence that would make you return. Examples of this are: if she owns land/ property there, what family members she has there, a job/ or course of study and any other reasons she will leave the UK after her visit and return to the Dominican Republic. The documents that she provides to evidence this will be crucial. However, recently there has been an increase in the number of fiancée/ spouses who have been refused a visit visa and this may be directly attributable to the fact that it is not normally expected for partners to continue a long-distance relationship and if a visit visa is made, the Home Office are likely to conclude that there is not an intention to return. Her low income is also likely to be used against her in such an application as it can be argued that this is even less of a reason that she will return, particularly if she is dependant on you to make the application.
In summary, a fiancée or spouse visa is advisable if she would like to remain in the UK on a longer term basis.
At a glance, the fiancée visa is valid for 6 months if granted. The purpose is to enable your partner to enter the UK for the purpose of getting married within 6 months of their entry. Once married, she will have to apply for the spouse visa to extend her leave in the UK. The spouse visa will be valid for 2.5 years and can be extended for a further 2.5 years. Once she has resided in the UK for a 5-year continuous period, she will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
Alternatively, if you got married outside of the UK first, she would then be able to apply for a spouse visa directly to enter the UK which will be valid for 2.5 years. This will save the need for applying for fiancée visa and follow up spouse visa thereby saving the need from making the fiancée application.
The requirements that must be met for this application are split into four main categories:
The financial requirement is where most applicant's struggle to satisfy and is particularly important as there are specific documents that are requested by the Home Office that must be provided to evidence that the requirement has been met. If the correct documents are not submitted, or documents are not provided in the correct format, the application may be refused.
Additionally, each application will be considered against the Suitability requirement. This may give rise to a reason to refuse an application if a person has a criminal conviction or if a person has a poor immigration history.
If you choose to instruct us, we will work with you on each of the points above to ensure that we advise appropriately based on your circumstances and prepare a compliant application.
The process will involve two main stages. An online application form must be completed, and once this has been submitted, an appointment will be made to submit the application in person at the local visa application centre/ British diplomatic post.
Once submitted, the application will then be decided by UK Visas and Immigration. The processing times do vary. A visitor visa application would normally expect to take between 3-6 weeks to be processed. A fiancée/ spouse visa can take approximately 12 weeks to be decided and 3 weeks if the priority settlement service is purchased. More details can be provided upon request.
If you need help with an immigration on spouse visa, fiancé visa or visitor's visa then please get in touch. Our specialist immigration solicitors are ready to help with any and all queries relating to immigration.
479 ReviewsREAD ALL REVIEWS
Tier 1 Investor Visa - Business Immigration
Investing over 2 million pounds is defintely not a routine decision. We had to make sure that the Tier 1 investor immigration lawyers that we'd be picking has to be one of the best within the Tier 1 investor category. We contacted Reiss Edwards and they were able to get us not only the Tier 1 investor visa but also suggested profitable investment portfolios in addition to what we already had in mind.
Indefinite Leave to remain - UK Settlement and
I am glad that i instructed Reiss Edwards on my visa matter. It started with a 20 minutes free immigration advice. I met with Amar to discuss my ILR refusal. He gave me a great deal of quality advice and decided to take on my messy case. I had doubts on the merits of my case by he was relatively convinced he could win it. That made me quite secure. To be honest, things did not start as quick as I would have wanted, but they kept on communicating the process and state of things to me.A big thank you to Verusha and Foram. They were also very helpful. Brilliant and informative. Their fee was fair and reasonable, especially if you compare them to other law firms and immigration law firms in London; some of whom even told me that i would not be able to get an indefinte leave to remain in this country. The process was long but was worth it. In the end, a big thank you to Reiss Edwards.
Citizenship Application - UK Naturalisation
TI have just had British Citizenship application approved. Prior to making the application, i was not sure which law firm i should hire to facilitate the paperwork. After a few hours of research, i decided to go with Reiss Edwards and i must confess that i wasnt disappointed. The immigration lawyers at Reiss Edwards handled my case well and they really knew what they were doing. They were fully aware of what documents I needed and it was easy for them to tell if my case was going to be easy or not. At the end of the day, I have not received my British citizenship within 3 months. If anyone is looking for a good immigration lawyer to handle thier case, contact Reiss Edwards.
Spouse Visa - Appeals and visa refusals
My wife's spouse visa extension application was refused by the Home Office and they gave her 14 days to leave the country. We contacted Reiss Edwards and they said "OK don't worry we will sort this out". They put together the list of documents for me to obtain and they prepared a bundle which was as thick as the printer it came out from.We followed everything they asked us to do and in the end we won our appeal and got our spouse visa. We can't recommend them enough and we have promised ourselves never to make any more UK visa applications without them.
Immigration Visa - Citizen of United Kingdom
The team of lawyers at Reiss Edwards are very professional and friendly people. Their experience in and around UK immigration law is quite extensive; be sure that you application is in safe and competent hands. My immigration matter was an indefinite leave to remain application based on Tier 1 on a self-employment basis. The immigration lawyers at Reiss Edwards made sure that the application was perfect and ready to be accepted. I got a positive decision and I recommend them highly for anyone who needs a UK immigration help.
UK Settlement Visa
I contacted Reiss Edwards to help me with my wifeï¿½s UK settlement visa. They acted with utmost professionalism throughout the entire application. I spoke with Joe Dinh, he is an immigration solicitor and he is one of the best solicitors out there. He ensured that there was little to no room for error. At some point I thought he was over cautious. He remained calmed and continued to assure us on our immigration matter. Most people in his position would have panicked but he was calmed and continued to assure us. We received out positive outcome very quickly.
Cheap Immigration Lawyers in London
I have been using Reiss Edwards for three years now for my family's immigration application. Both for my initial application and extension. They are really affordable. The team of solicitors at this firm are probably one of the most efficient and economical in terms of cost. They offered free advice over the phone and spent good time with us before inviting us for consultation.
Top Notch Immigration Service
Reiss Edwards is a top notch immigration service company. The way they handled our documentation and also the list of documents they sent was efficient and top quality. They helped us professionally throughout the process. We are very happy with the immigration advice we received from the team. We highly recommend them.
Best Immigration Solicitors
I used Reiss Edwardsï¿½ immigration lawyers to assist with my immigration matter and that of my family. It was an EX1 application. They dealt with the matter properly and even when complications were coming up from the Home Office, they helped resolve the issue properly. They are very professional and are very popular in London. I am happy to have worked with them.
Indefinte Leave to remain - Individual Immigration - UK Settlement
It's a shame that you dont have an 'Excellent' star rating on here, as my experience with Reiss Edwards is nothing short of an excellent rating. They handled my application for an Indefinite Leave to remain in April 2014 and did my husband's one very recently including my daughter. Every time i have approached them, they have continued to treat me with courtesy, respect and patience. Amar was indeed a very thorough and professional gentleman. He is very knowledgeable, corporative and engaging. He responded to my emails, calls and enquiries promptly. He was always reassuring. I could not have asked for a better Immigration service. I would recommend them over and over again for anyone looking for an immigration advice. They gave me a free immigration advice when i called them, and the quality of the advice was something other charge thousands for. If you need a particular, name, Amar would be it. He exemplifies, for me, the true, professional gentleman. He is a valuable asset to Reiss Edwards.
Tier 2 Visa application - UK Work Visas
This is the only firm that i spoke with that didn't ask for money before listening to me, will be using them again.
I used Reiss Edwards for my Tier 2 visa application and it was successful. The team was ever present and happy to answer my question. The caseworker that dealing with my case went on holiday yet by case did not suffer one bit. Another lawyer stepped and took over the case without any hassle.
Tier 1 Investor Visa - Business Immigration
My Tier 1 Investor Visa was dealt with quickly and without issue. Would recommend Reiss Edwards as an Immigration law firm in London. Thank you to the team.