The Fiance Visa is designed to enable individuals to enter the UK to marry or enter into a civil partnership with their UK-based partner.
Eligibility Criteria for Fiance Visa
The applicant and their partner both need to be 18 or over.
To apply as a fiance or fiancee, the applicant’s partner must satisfy one of the following:
- be a British or Irish citizen;
- have settled in the UK;
- be from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein;
- have a Turkish Businessperson visa or Turkish Worker Visa;
- have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK.
Other Requirements for Fiance visa
Applicants also must prove that they:
- will marry their partner within the validity period of the visa, which is 6 months;
- have ended any previous marriages and civil partnerships if applicable;
- know English at level A1 or above;
- can financially support themselves.
There are exceptions to these requirements, which can be discussed in detail with our immigration team.
Conditions of Stay
Successful applicants will be able to stay in the UK for 6 months initially. Fiance Visa holders are not permitted to work in the UK and access public funds.
After the Fiance Visa expires, individuals can apply for the Spouse Visa. A Spouse Visa allows holders to work and study in the UK without any restrictions.
How to Apply for Fiance visa and Fees
Applications must be made online. The decision is usually made within 12 weeks if the application was made from outside the UK and 8 weeks if made from inside the UK.
It costs £1,523 to apply from outside the UK and £1,033 from inside the UK. The healthcare surcharge must be paid separately, which currently stands at £624 per year.
If a civil ceremony or wedding has been delayed because of COVID-19, holders of this visa might be able to request an extension or apply to extend their stay.
How Can We Help?
The application process for a Fiancé Visa can be intricate and overwhelming. Seeking the guidance of immigration experts who specialize in visa applications can significantly enhance the chances of success. Sterling Law professionals are well-versed in the legalities and documentation required, ensuring that your application is well-prepared and stands the best chance of approval.