Marriage & Fiancé Visas for the UK
Marriage Visas and Fiance Visas fall under the Spouse Visa category in UK immigration. These visa types allow you to live with your partner in the UK on a temporary basis. It is not the same as a Spouse Visa, which allows you to live in the UK with a partner for over 6 months, however a Fiance Visa can lead to a UK Spouse Visa.
You must apply for a Marriage Visitor visa if:
- You want to get married or register a civil partnership in the UK.
- You want to give notice of a marriage or civil partnership in the UK.
- You’re not planning to stay or settle in the UK after your marriage or civil partnership
Although there is a degree of similarities which can be drawn up from a Fiancé Visa application and a Marriage Visa application, there are some key differences between the two, with the main difference being that the Fiancé Visa application does not require a marriage certificate.
As a top UK immigration law firm, our marriage and fiancé visa lawyers will advise on partners who wish to join their sponsors in the UK. This page provides information on Fiance Visas and Marriage Visas if you are applying from within the UK.
Get in touch with our team in London today to find out how we can assist you with gaining your UK marriage visa. We understand that keeping your family together in the UK is extremely important, and we’re here to assist you every step of the way. Call our office on 020 3820 1346 or get in touch through our website to discuss your case today.
What are the UK Marriage Visa requirements?
There are a number of UK Marriage Visa requirements which you must meet as part of the application process. Our team of immigration lawyers in London can assist you in meeting these requirements and presenting the necessary evidence of them in your application:
- The sponsor and the applicant must be at least 18 years old at the time of submission.
- The sponsor and the applicant must have physically met with each other, but please note that arranged marriages where the couple have met is also acceptable.
- The couple intend to marry within the 6 month fiancé visa granted whilst in the UK.
- The couple intend to live together permanently after getting married.
- The couple need to demonstrate that there is adequate accommodation for them to live in.
- The couple and any non-UK dependents (usually children) can be supported without recourse to public funds.
- All fiancé visa applications must be made from the applicant’s home country and once they enter the UK and get married, they can apply to stay in the country via the spouse visa route.
You will need to be able to provide proof that you meet the above requirements as part of your application for a UK Marriage Visa. Gathering this evidence is often the most difficult aspect of the visa application, and should be done with much care.
“When I decided to apply for a UK spouse visa, I had no idea where to start. Then I found Westkin Associates. Not only did they walk me effortlessly through a very complicated process — they did it with warmth and patience and humor. And they were always there for me when I needed them. The application was successful and painless and now I think of Westkin as a kind of extended family. If you have any UK immigration issues, you can do no better than to let them be your guides!”
At Westkin, we have a team of Marriage Visa lawyers with an impressive track record of assisting individuals in securing their Marriage and Fiance Visas. Our team knows what the UK Home Office looks for in Marriage Visa applications, and we make the process easier for you by helping you to compile the necessary evidence, including bank statements, call logs and records of social media exchanges, which can help to prove your marriage as genuine.
Our team’s expertise helps to take the stress off of you and your family, so you can begin planning for your life in the UK. Please get in touch today to find out how we can assist you with your Marriage or Fiance Visa application.
Marriage and Fiance Visa UK Frequently Asked Questions
Can you work in the UK on the Fiance Visa?
As the fiancé visa is a temporary visa category, it is not possible to work during the 6 month duration of the visa. Migrants will obtain the full right of work as soon as they have married and their application to vary their status to a Spouse visa has been granted.
How long is a Fiance visa?
A fiancé visa is granted for a period of 6 months. This visa then allows you to enter the UK to marry your partner. Once you are married then you can apply to switch your visa to a Spouse visa. The spouse visa is then granted for 2.5 years.
What is the difference between a Marriage Visa and a Fiance Visa?
A Marriage visitor visa is for persons who would like to marry in the UK, but is then planning to leave the UK within 6 months. A fiancé visa is for persons who wish to marry in the UK and then remain in the UK afterwards by applying for a Spouse visa.
How do I apply for a Fiance visa UK?
To obtain a fiancé visa you must plan to marry a British national or person with ILR. Your partner must have an income of at least £18,600 (this will increase if you have non-British kids applying with you). You also need to have a place to stay in the UK and prove your English ability.
How long does a Fiance visa take?
Visa processing times vary depending on the country you’re applying from, when you are applying, and the complexity of your case. On average, fiancé visas can take between 4 to 12 weeks. It is always best to check with an Immigration lawyer as to the current estimated processing times.
How much does a marriage visa cost in the uk?
The UK government fee for applying for a marriage visa is £95.
At Westkin, we don’t offer a fixed fee for all our services, and this is because we know that every immigration case is different. Instead, we like to have a cost-free, commitment-free chat with each of our clients before we start working with them. This allows us to get to know your case and work out a fee dependent on how much work we’ll need to complete. It also gives you a chance to decide if you want to work with us.
One of our six unbreakable promises at Westkin is that we’ll never surprise you with any hidden fees. We’re always extremely upfront about the costing for your case.
Can you travel on a UK Fiance visa?
The initial UK fiance visa is valid for multiple entries up until the point of marriage. You must not leave the country after the wedding as the minute you marry your loved one in the UK, your fiance visa technically becomes invalid for reentry.
Why choose Westkin for assistance with your Marriage Visa or Fiance Visa
Our immigration lawyers have over 16 years of experience in dealing with fiancé visa applications made from outside the United Kingdom, so choosing a lawyer from Westkin Associates means choosing the right person to help you obtain your fiancé visa. We pride ourselves on our thorough and detailed approach to handling each individual case. We carefully assess each individual’s application and case and offer tailored advice that is based around our core values of transparency, efficiency and honesty.
Any immigration application can be a stressful and worrying affair. We understand that both Marriage Visa applications and Fiance Visa applications are an emotional and financial commitment. Our immigration team aims to always go above and beyond our clients’ expectations by supporting them from the beginning to the end of the application process, and assisting them in securing their visa. When you contact Westkin Associates, we match your particular case to the lawyer whose area of expertise relates to your query. By matching the right lawyer to the right case, we can increase the likelihood of your application being successful and you obtaining your Marriage or Fiance Visa.
“I was fortunate to have an extremely knowledgeable professional handle my wife’s and my own immigration matters. My lawyer made the application process so easy right from the start to the end where we received a successful outcome. I am sincerely grateful for their ownership of our applications. My lawyer was very passionate and dedicated to our case whilst overseeing our immigration matters.”
Get in touch today to find out how our team can assist you in gaining your Marriage Visa or Fiance Visa today. Let us make the process easier for you so you can enjoy your time with your partner in the UK. Call our office on 020 3820 1346 or reach out through our website.
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