You must meet all the UK Fiance visa requirements and be able to provide documents in required format in order to make a successful Fiance visa application. There are quite a lot of supporting documents and evidence are required.

Contact our expert immigration lawyer, if you need legal advice & help with your UK Fiance visa application or have questions about the Fiance visa requirements & documents.

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  1. What is a Fiancé Visa UK?
  2. What are the Fiancé Visa UK Requirements in 2021?
  3. What are the Required Documents for Fiancé Visa UK?
  4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Fiancé Visa UK
  5. Our Fees
  6. Do you need legal help?

What is a Fiancé Visa UK?

A Fiancé visa UK allows a fiance of a British citizen or settled person in the UK to come to the UK to get married. The Fiancé(e) visa is normally granted for 6 months to enable you to get married to the UK sponsor within the permitted 6 months period.

After the marriage, the applicant is able to switch from Fiancé(e) visa to a Spouse visa from inside the UK. The requirements to meet the criteria are pretty much the same as entry clearance application of a Spouse visa under the 5 year route.

The UK Fiancé(e) visa application is made online by completing an online application form. Following the submission of the application, the applicant is required to book an appointment with the relevant UK Visa Application Centre. The supporting documents in relation to entry clearance application as a Fiancé(e) can either be uploaded online before the enrolment of biometrics or an assisted service can be purchased at the application centre to get your documents scanned.

What are the Fiancé Visa UK Requirements in 2021?

The Fiancé(e) visa UK requirements in 2021 are as listed below:

  • Suitability criteria as set out in Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules
  • Must have met each other
  • Must have the intention to live together permanently in the UK
  • Both the applicant and the sponsor must be free to marry each other
  • The applicant must prove that any previous marriages or civil partnerships have ended
  • The applicant and the sponsor must have made appropriate arrangements and plans to get married in the UK
  • Financial requirement whereby the UK sponsor of the applicant must be earning at least £18,600 gross per year or savings of £62,500 if the UK sponsor of the applicant has no earnings from employment, self-employment, or other means of income
  • Adequate accommodation for the applicant and the UK sponsor to be accommodated in the UK without recourse to public funds
  • English language requirement to show that the applicant has English proficiency at CEFR level A1 as required by the UK Immigration Rules

You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.

Financial Requirement For Fiance Visa UK

Meeting the financial requirement is one of the key requirements for a UK Fiancé visa entry clearance application.

The applicant must provide evidence that the sponsor's gross annual income is at least:

  • Partner with no children – £18,600;
  • 1 child in addition to the partner – £22,400;
  • 2 children in addition to the partner – £24,800;
  • 3 children in addition to the partner – £27,200; and
  • an additional £2,400 for each additional Non-EEA child.

The higher financial requirement for applicants applying with child(ren) will apply until the applicant partner qualifies for settlement, even if the child turns 18 before then. However, the 18+ year old's income and savings will be permitted to count towards the financial requirement.

Adequate Accommodation Requirement For Fiance Visa UK

The applicant must provide specified evidence that there will be adequate accommodation, without recourse to public funds, for the family, including other family members who are not included in the application but who live in the same household, which the family owns or occupy exclusively: accommodation will not be regarded as adequate if:

  • it is, or will be, overcrowded; or
  • it contravenes public health regulations.

Genuine & Subsisting Relationship Requirement For Fiance Visa UK

The UK Spouse Visa applicant needs to be able to prove they are in a genuine relationship with their British citizen or settled partner in the UK. There are lots of different types of evidence you can send to the Home Office depending upon your personal circumstances, most common documents which you can provide to meet the genuine relationship test are:

  • Photographs that show you have spent time together frequently
  • A shared bank account or savings
  • Text messages or social media chat logs
  • Travel documents that prove you have visited each other at least once before you got married or have met in person
  • Any documents which prove that you intend to live together in the UK

English Language Requirement For Fiance Visa UK

Applicants who wish to live in the UK or to apply as a Fiance of a UK person, need to be able to prove that they can speak English. Once you have passed an English Language Test, it will be valid for two years.

The applicant must provide specified evidence that he/she has passed an English language test in speaking and listening at a minimum of level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages with a provider approved by the Home Office, UKVI.

You must sit an English test in speaking and listening to get the right to remain in the UK with your UK spouse. Your qualification will be valid only if your English exam is taken through an approved Secure English Language Testing (SELT) Provider.

Currently, SELT tests for immigration purposes are only available through the Trinity College London or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Consortium.

You do not need an English Language test if you:

  • Are a national of a majority English speaking country
  • Are aged under 18 or over 65
  • Have a long-term physical or mental condition
  • Hold a degree or any educational establishment that was taught or researched in English. Your qualification will only be valid if confirmed by UK NARIC.

What are the Required Documents for Fiancé Visa UK?

Below is a list of required supporting documents for UK Fiancé visa application:

  • Original valid Passport
  • Proof of Genuine Relationship
  • Evidence of meeting the Financial requirement
  • Evidence of meeting the Adequate Accommodation requirement
  • Proof of meeting the English language requirement

Depending on your circumstances, you might also need to provide additional documents. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and find out required list of documents in support of your UK Fiancé visa entry clearance application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Fiancé Visa UK

Below is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) in relation to Fiancé visa application:

What is UK Fiancé visa processing time?

The general processing time for a UK Fiancé visa application is 12 weeks. You should get a decision on your visa within 12 weeks once you attend your appointment at the visa application centre.

Can I work on a UK Fiancé visa?

You will not be able to work during your engagement. You can only work once you have switched from a Fiancé visa to a Spouse visa.

Can I switch from a Fiancé visa to a Spouse visa UK?

Yes, after the marriage you can switch from a Fiancé visa to a UK Spouse visa from inside the UK.

Do I need to submit original documents for the UK Fiancé visa application?

Scanned copies of the original supporting documents are now acceptable. You just need to present your original current valid Passport.

Do I need an immigration lawyer for the UK Fiancé visa application?

UK Immigration law is an extremely fast-changing and complex area of law. There are high chances of getting a visa refusal if you are not fully aware of relevant immigration law(s) and eligibility criteria.

Most of the applicants seek professional legal help with their UK Fiancé visa applications from highly experienced immigration lawyers to boost their chances of success. A well-prepared application can significantly increase your chances of success.

Our Fees

We are experts in dealing with Fiancé(e) visa applications and we will carry out all the work on the application until the decision is received from the Home Office UKVI. Please contact an expert UK immigration lawyer at Rex Law Chambers to assess your eligibility for an entry clearance by considering all the relevant information so that we can advise you on the chances of success in your application in particular if you have any exceptional circumstances or personal history.

Our fixed fee

We charge a fixed fee starting from £1000 for our professional legal services in relation to Fiancé(e) visa application. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.

Do you need legal help?

Contact Rex Law Chambers, if you have any questions or need legal help with any UK immigration law related matter. At Rex Law Chambers, we specialise in a wide range of UK visas and nationality applications and our principal immigration lawyer has wealth of experience and expert knowledge to deal with all types of UK visas and immigration applications. He has successfully handled many complex and high-profile cases and also represented clients in their immigration matters.

We can provide one-off FREE general legal advice via live chat or our "Enquiry Form". The FREE advice does not cover the advice in relation to complex legal issues or advice about documents to be submitted in support of the application. If you would like to to get detailed legal advice then please schedule an in-person, Zoom, Skype or phone consultation by using our "Appointment Request Form".

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