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. The applicant’s partner must be either British citizen or a person with settled status.
In order to qualify for a UK Fiance visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:
- Your partner is British, holds indefinite leave to remain or settled status;
- You are both over the age of 18;
- You have met in person;
- You are both free to marry;
- Your relationship is genuine and you intend to live together permanently in the UK;
- You intend to marry within six months of your arrival in the UK;
- Any previous relationships have broken down permanently;
- You will be adequately maintained in the UK without recourse to public funds. This means you need to demonstrate an income of at least £18,600.
- There is adequate accommodation for you and any dependents;
- You speak and understand English to the required level.
Fiance visa validity period
If your application for a UK Fiance visa is successful, your visa will be valid for 6 months initially.
After your wedding has taken place, you will then be eligible to apply to switch into the Spouse visa category without having to leave the UK.
If your application for further leave to remain in the UK as a Spouse is successful then you will be granted further leave to remain for a period of 30 months. You will need to extend your Spouse leave for a further 30 months before it expires.
After spending 5 years in the UK as the Spouse of a British citizen or settled person, you will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain.
What if I do not get married within 6 months?
If your marriage does not take place before your Fiance visa expires, you can apply to extend your stay for a further 6 months in order to allow the ceremony to take place, provided that there is a good reason why it has not done so to date and there is evidence that a ceremony will take place within the next 6 months.