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Fiance Visa UK
The Fiance Visa is for immigrants who intend to get married or enter into a civil partnership in the UK with a British citizen or a person who is settled here, after which they will switch to a Spouse Visa.
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What is a Fiance Visa?
If you intend to relocate to the UK to begin a new life with your UK-based partner, you could be eligible for the UK Fiance Visa. The Fiance Visa is designed to enable non-EEA nationals to enter the UK to marry/enter into a civil partnership with their UK-based partner, and to begin a new life here. The applicant’s partner must be either a UK citizen or a person with settled status in the country.
Fiance Visas last for 6 months and they are granted under the assumption that you will marry your partner within the validity period of the visa.
You must apply for another immigration permission to remain in the UK after your Fiance Visa expires. The simplest is to switch from the UK Fiance visa to the Spouse Visa, which grants holders 30 months of residence in the UK. You can look for employment and study in the UK as a Spouse Visa holder, without any restrictions.
What are the income requirements for a Fiancé Visa?
In your Fiance Visa UK application, you will need to provide evidence which demonstrates that you meet certain minimum financial thresholds.
You need to prove to the Home Office that as a couple you have enough money to support yourselves whilst you are in the UK (as well as any dependents included in your application).
Your combined annual income must be at least £18,600. If you have any child dependents who will be joining you, this sum increases by £3,800 for your first child and £2,400 for each child after your first.
You can prove your finances through any of the following:
- Regular salary through employment
- Statutory sick pay, maternity, paternity or adoption pay
- Stocks and shares
- Pension payments
- Property financial gains, such as a regular income from rent
It is important to note that as a Fiance Visa holder, you will not be classed as a permanent resident and therefore, you will not have access to public funds.
What is the English language requirement?
If you are from a non-English-speaking country, you will need to fulfil an English language requirement as a Fiance Visa applicant, unless you are exempt (more below).
You need to demonstrate that your level of English in reading, writing, listening and speaking is at least to the level of A1 as set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
You will need to pass a SELT test at the level of at least A1 at an approved English language test centre to prove your English language ability.
Your pass certificate will need to be included in your portfolio of evidence to submit to the Home Office.
You will be exempt from the English language requirement if:
- You hold a degree or higher qualification taught in English at an educational institution recognised by NAIRC
- You are over 65
- You are a recognised refugee
- You are living in the UK as an orphan or widow
- You are a victim of domestic abuse
- You have a mental or physical condition which prevents you from sitting the exam
Who is eligible for a UK Fiancé Visa?
To be eligible for the Fiance Visa, both you and your partner must meet certain conditions and requirements.
The main eligibility criteria are as follows:
- Both you and your partner must be at least 18-years-old
- You must be planning to get married within the 6-month validity period of the Fiance Visa
- Your partner must be a UK citizen or a person with settled status
- You must intend to live with your partner in the UK once you are married/in a civil partnership
- You need to demonstrate that you have the means to financially support yourselves as a couple and won’t become a financial burden on the state. You must have a combined income of at least £18,600 annually
- You need to show that you have suitable accommodation to live in with your partner and your dependents
- If you are from a non-English-speaking country, you need to take an approved SELT test to prove that you can understand and communicate in English to the level of A1 as set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Documents required for a Fiancé Visa
If you want to apply for a Fiance Visa, you will need to provide certain information and documents which prove that you are eligible for the Fiance Visa.
You will need to provide information about yourself and your UK-based partner, as well as any dependents who you want to add to your application. Some of the information which you will need to provide includes:
- Your name and date of birth
- Copies of the photo page of any old passports and visas
- Information about the relationship you have with your partner. This includes how long you have been together, how you met and how often you see each other
- Details of anyone you previously married or had children with
- Divorce certificates (if applicable)
- Details of any criminal convictions
- Details of the countries outside the UK which you have lived in and visited
- The date of birth and nationality of your parents if you are applying from outside the UK
Here at the Immigration Advice Service, we can advise you on all the documentation and information which you will need to provide in your portfolio of evidence. We will help you to source, gather and compile all your documentation, whilst ensuring your evidence adheres to all necessary administrative standards.
How Do I Satisfy the Genuine Relationship Requirement?
One of the key UK Fiance Visa requirements is the genuine relationship requirement. You must provide sufficient evidence to prove that you are in a genuine relationship with your UK-based partner.
You will need to provide information such as:
- Bank statements of joint accounts
- Documents showing details of accommodation which you have lived in together
- Birth certificates, if you have had any children together
- Divorce certificates, if applicable
- Reference letters from family, friends and professional people who can vouch that you are in a genuine relationship
- Information on how long you have been together, how you met and how often you see each other
If you need any help with the genuine relationship requirement, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We will consider your case and advise you on all the information and documents which you will need to provide to prove your relationship is genuine.