If you are a British citizen or are settled in the United Kingdom and want to bring your fiancé here to get married, you should apply for the Fiance Visa UK. This visa category is designed to grant prospective spouses entry in the UK for six months. However, it is essential that you and your partner meet all the requirements laid out by the Home Office to qualify for the Fiance Visa. At Milestone Solicitors, our immigration lawyers are skilled and experienced and can provide you with reliable legal advice and guidance throughout the application process.
The Requirements for the Fiance Visa UK
The requirements for the Fiancé Visa UK are quite identical to the Spouse Visa. The main difference is that the former requires you to provide additional evidence to establish that you intend to get married within 6 months of the arrival of your prospective spouse.
The following requirements must be met to qualify for the Fiance Visa UK:
- You and your fiance must be 18 or older
- You and your fiance will have to demonstrate that you have the acceptable level of proficiency in the English language
- You must establish that you intend to live with your prospective spouse in the UK permanently after the marriage
- Both of you must have met in person, and should be able to establish that your relationship is subsisting and genuine
- You must establish that you are able to financially support yourself and your fiancé, without having to rely on public funds
You need to make sure that a carefully prepared application is submitted along with all the required documents. It is imperative because, in a majority of cases, people begin with the wedding preparations prior to the acceptance of the Fiance Visa UK application. Rejection of the visa request or delays in the process may lead to disruption in wedding plans and cause a lot of stress to applicants in such circumstances.
What happens when the 6-month Period Expires?
If your partner has acquired the Fiance Visa UK, you should get married within this period to avoid any unnecessary problems. After the marriage, your partner will be eligible to apply for the Spouse Visa that will extend their stay in the UK for 30 months. This will also grant them the right to work at any lawful employment. However, to get the Spouse Visa, your partner should meet all the above requirements.
After the 30-month period is about to be expired, your spouse can apply for an extension, after which they will be granted another 30 months to stay in the UK if they meet all the Home Office requirements. Once your spouse has successfully completed 60 months, they will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) to acquire permanent residency.
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