UK Fiancé(e) Visa Requirements 2021: All You Need to Know
This guidance relates to UK fiancé(e) visa requirements under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. Accordingly, covers the details of UK fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner entry clearance, extension, dependant child, application fee, processing time, ILR (settlement) and refusal reasons.
UK Fiancé(e) Visa Requirements
The UK fiancé(e) visa is a temporary arrangement, with the purpose of getting married or entering a civil partnership. However, only a person with a settled status in the UK can sponsor a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner. Therefore, unlike UK spouse visa, the duration of fiancé(e) visa is six (6) months. However, after the marriage or civil partnership in the UK a migrant can apply for leave to remain as a spouse or civil partner.
Please note, a proposed civil partner is a person who wishes to legally register a civil partnership with another person of the same sex.
UK Fiancé(e) Visa Requirements
To get a UK fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner visa, an applicant needs to meet all the following requirements:
- The sponsor and the applicant must intend to get married within a six-month period
- The applicant and the perspective civil partner must have met each other
- Both the individuals after marriage (or civil partnership) intend to live together on a permanent basis
- Both the applicant and the prospective spouse or partner must be at least 18 years of age
- The previous relationship has broken down permanently
- UK sponsor or fiancé(e) must be earning a minimum of £18,600 per annum or have the requisite savings. Nevertheless, the level of this financial requirement will increase if the applicant is also sponsoring dependant children
- The applicant or the UK sponsor can support without public funds
- There must be adequate accommodation in the place for the couple after marriage or civil partnership
For further details please refer to Paragraph ECP.2.1. to 4.2 of Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules.
*What happens next?
Multilingual qualified London based immigration specialists will get back to you, usually within 2-3 working days. If you have not attached any documents, then the UK based Law firm may ask for the relevant Case-Specific Document(s) such as Refusal Letters, Deportation Orders, Application Forms etc. Moreover, after reviewing the papers and information, the legal advisor may advise a course of action and quote the fees for processing the application.
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How much is UK Fiancé(e) Visa Fees?
The UK visa application fee for the fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner under Appendix FM is £1,538, which is the same as that for a spouse visa. Moreover, the UK fiancé(e) visa processing time is usually within sixty working days or 12 weeks and thirty working days with priority service.
What is the Duration of Fiancé(e) Visa?
If an applicant meets the requirements of paragraph D-ECP.1.1 or ECP.1.2 then gets a UK fiancé(e) visa for a period not exceeding 6 months and subject to a condition of no recourse to public funds and to a prohibition on employment in the UK. Moreover, the person will be eligible to apply for a leave to remain in the United Kingdom as a partner/spouse once the marriage or civil partnership takes place in the UK.
Can I Work in the UK on Fiancé(e) Visa?
A person cannot work on a fiancé(e) visa. However, a person on a spouse visa can do work in the UK. Therefore, a person on a fiancé(e) visa cannot do work in the UK, until and unless they receive a decision of successful conversion of a fiancé(e) to spouse/partner visa in the UK. For further details please refer to in terms of paragraph D-ECP.1.1 of Appendix FM.
Can I Re-enter the UK on Fiancé(e) Visa?
A spouse or civil partner can re-enter the UK following a honeymoon abroad during the remaining validity of their entry clearance on a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner visa if they can satisfy the Immigration Officer, in the light of the change in their marital or civil partnership status, which they should evidence with a copy of the marriage or civil partnership certificate of their intention to regularise status as a spouse or civil partner.
Is it possible to extend the Fiancé(e) Visa UK?
If for some reason the marriage or civil partnership could not happen within the initial six months, then a fiancé(e) can apply for an extension of six months for leave to remain in the UK. Only if there is a good reason and evidence that the proposed marriage or civil partnership will take in the next six months. Therefore, in terms of paragraph D-LTRP.1.1. or D-LTRP.1.2, if paragraph E-LTRP.1.11 applies (extension as a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner), an applicant can get leave to remain for a period not exceeding 6 months, subject to a condition of no recourse to public funds and prohibition on employment.
Why UK Fiancé(e) Visa Refused?
UK fiancé(e) visa refusal reasons are due to relationship, financial and language requirements. Accordingly, an applicant may usually get UK fiancé(e) visa if is able to meet the previously mentioned requirements. However, the refusal letter usually indicates the refusal reasons in the light of the relevant immigration rules. Nevertheless, the decision-maker also considers a UK fiancé(e)visa for exceptional circumstances.
In fact, most of the applicant doesn’t get the UK fiancé(e) visa due to their inability to establish a genuine relationship. Therefore, an applicant should only apply for a fiancé(e) visa if the genuine relationship exists. It is easy to meet financial and language requirements. However, to establish a genuine relationship is quite subjective. Therefore, even if a genuine relationship exists then at times, it is difficult to clearly explain the existence of the relationship.
Does Time on Fiancé Visa count towards ILR?
No, any period of entry clearance or limited leave as a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner does not count towards the continuous period of leave needed to qualify for settlement as a partner under Appendix FM. Accordingly, an applicant on a 5-year route as a partner will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) after a continuous period of 60 months (5 years) in the UK with limited leave under that route (and excluding any period of leave granted as a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner).