Apply for UK Marriage Visitor visa if you wish to get married or register a civil partnership in the UK. You can marry in the UK within 6 months of your arrival.

We are expert in dealing with UK Marriage Visitor visa applications and if instructed will carry out all the work on the application until the decision is received from the Home Office UKVI.

Please contact expert UK immigration lawyer at Rex Law Chambers to fully assess your eligibility for UK Marriage Visitor visa by considering all the relevant information including your past immigration history. So that we can advise you on the chances of success in your application in particular if you have any adverse personal or immigration history.

Page Contents

  1. What is Marriage Visitor visa for UK?
  2. Marriage Visitor visa UK requirements
  3. What you can and cannot do on a UK Marriage Visitor visa?
  4. What documents are required for UK Marriage Visitor visa application?
  5. What is UK Marriage Visitor visa processing time?
  6. How can we help with your UK visa application?
  7. Our fee for Marriage Visitor visa application
  8. Do you need legal help?

What is Marriage Visitor visa for UK?

UK Marriage Visitor visa for those who want to get married or register a civil partnership in the UK. Marriage visitor visa allow you stay in the UK for up to 6 months. You cannot apply for UK marriage visitor visa, if you are planning to stay or settle in the UK after your marriage or civil partnership ceremony.

One of the key factors in the marriage visitor visa entry clearance applications is to satisfy the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) that the applicant has strong family, financial and social ties to the country of origin and therefore he will return to the country of origin upon visiting the UK.

The applicant must not:

  • take employment
  • produce goods or provide services within the UK
  • intend to undertake a course of study
  • be a child under the age of 18
  • intend to receive private medical treatment
  • be in transit to a country outside the common travel area
  • do any of the activities of a business, sports or entertainer visitor.

There is no provision within the Immigration Rules for an extension of stay as a visitor for marriage or civil partnership.

Marriage Visitor visa UK requirements

You must prove that you are 18 or over and free to give notice of marriage, to marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of your arrival. You also need to prove that you are in a genuine relationship and will leave the UK at the end of your visit.

Below is a list of main UK Marriage Visitor visa requirements:

  • you're 18 or over
  • you're free to give notice of marriage, to marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of your arrival
  • you're in a genuine relationship
  • you're visiting the UK for less than 6 months
  • you'll leave the UK at the end of your visit
  • you'll not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK your main home
  • you're able to support yourself during your trip (or have funding from someone else to support you)
  • you're able to pay for your return or onward journey (or have funding from someone else to pay for the journey)
  • you have proof of any other activities you want to do in the UK, as allowed by the Visitor 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.

What you can and cannot do on a UK Marriage Visitor visa?

On a Marriage Visitor visa, you can:

  • marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of your arrival - you must use a venue licensed for this purpose
  • pass through the UK in transit (on your way to another country)

On a Marriage Visitor visa, you cannot:

  • get public funds (benefits)
  • bring in family members ('dependants') - they must apply separately
  • live in the UK for extended periods through frequent visits
  • extend your visa or switch to another visa
  • work - except for permitted activities related to your work or business overseas, such as attending meetings
  • study

What documents are required for UK Marriage Visitor visa application?

To visit the UK on Marriage Visitor visa, you need to show that you're a genuine visitor.

You can do this by providing evidence that:

  • you're coming to do a permitted activity
  • you'll leave the UK at the end of your visit
  • you're able to support yourself and any dependants for the duration of your trip
  • you're able to pay for your return or onward journey and any other costs relating to your visit

All documents, apart from passports, can be originals, scans or photocopies.

If you submit a document that is not in English or Welsh, it must be accompanied by a full translation that can be independently verified by the Home Office. Each translation must contain:

  • confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
  • the date of translation
  • the translator's full name and signature
  • the translator’s contact details

You do not need to provide multiple copies of the same documents if you're applying as a family or group at the same time.

What is UK Marriage Visitor visa processing time?

The general processing time for a UK Marriage Visitor visa application is 3 weeks, once you've applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents.

Sometimes it may take longer for the Home Office to decide your application due to the complexity of the matter or if there are further enquiries to be made.

How can we help with your UK visa application?

As part of our immigration services for your immigration application, our expert immigration lawyer will:

  • assess your eligibility for the relevant visa type by fully considering your circumstances;
  • advise you on the required supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
  • assess all the documents to ensure that the documents you provide are as per the requirements of the Immigration Rules;
  • advise you on strengths and potential weaknesses in your visa application and how you can overcome such weaknesses if any;
  • complete the online immigration draft application form to share it with you for cross-checking;
  • submit your application online and schedule your biometrics appointments with the relevant commercial partner of the UKVI;
  • prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application explaining in detail how you are meeting all the requirements of the Immigration Rules so that you have the maximum chances of succeeding in your visa application;
  • upload all the supporting documents online in support of the immigration application in their correct format and order;
  • dealing and responding to any caseworker enquiries or correspondence from the Home Office caseworker for any further documents or information concerning your pending immigration application;
  • do all the follow-up work on your immigration application until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI.

Our fee for Marriage Visitor visa application

Our UK visitor visa lawyer can provide legal assistance with your marriage visitor visa applications by assessing your eligibility for visitor visa and advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of the marriage visitor visa application.

Our fixed fee

We charge a fixed fee starting from £1000 for our professional legal services in relation to your UK marriage visitor 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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