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Sophia Gandhi on Fiancee Visas

Scenario: Trina, an American national, is engaged to be married to Herbert, a British national. The couple wish to settle in the UK. As Trina has always aspired to a wedding in the heart of the English countryside, the couple embark on their journey into wedding preparation whilst simultaneously preparing an application for a Fiancée visa for Trina.

We know first-hand from our clients that obtaining a Fiancée/proposed Civil Partnership visa can sometimes be more stressful than the Spouse/Civil Partnership (for same-sex partners) visa itself. I am often asked “How can I show we have a wedding planned? How long have I got to get married once in the UK?”. Don’t worry, it’s not a sprint from the runway at Heathrow airport to your nearest Registry Office. The Immigration Rules allow an Applicant and their Sponsor six months to marry from the date of arrival.

Wedding planning can be the most exciting yet stressful time in a couple’s relationship. We know from the applications that we have made on behalf of our clients that the Home Office simply want to see that there are arrangements in place for a marriage to take place within the proscribed six months. I choose my words carefully as it is not necessary to show all intricacies of the wedding day have been detailed in your application. It is worthy of note at this stage that the Home Office’s own Guidance does state that it is not acceptable to simply show a Registry booking. As such, I would advise clients (and indeed potential clients) to evidence their application with documents showing reception venue booking, flowers, dresses, etc. For our own clients, we prepare a checklist of appropriate documents that you can submit with the application after discussing this with you.

After you have married, you must make an application to Switch into the Spouse visa. We offer our clients one of two options: a same-day service or postal application. Please note that this is subject to us being able to secure an appointment with the Home Office in Croydon. It is therefore recommended that you make this request of us at least four weeks prior to switching.

If you are interested in any of these issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Our team of expert lawyers and solicitors and Westkin are on hand to help you with your case, no matter how complex. Our team have worked across a wealth of cases, from simple and straight forward application processes, to more complicated claims. We are on hand to assist you with your needs, whatever those may be. We make a promise to our clients that we will offer them with a fast, honest and reliable service and we endeavour to offer this in all that we do. If you are interested in discussing your immigration queries with a member of our team, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to assist you. You can email us, give us a call or use the contact form at the top of the page to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sophia Gandhi

Westkin Associates


5th Floor, Maddox House,
1 Maddox Street
United Kingdom
0207 118 4546

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