A Fiancé(e) of a British citizen or settled person can apply for entry clearance as a Fiancé(e) to come to get married. The Fiancé(e) visa is normally granted for 6 months to enable you to get married to the UK sponsor within the permitted 6 months period. After the marriage, the applicant is able to switch from a Fiancé(e) visa to a spouse visa from inside the UK.

The requirements to meet the criteria are pretty much the same as the entry clearance application of a spouse visa under the 5-year route. You cannot be granted entry clearance if you are not meeting the requirements listed in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

The UK Fiancé(e) visa application is made online by completing an online application form. Following the submission of the application, the applicant is required to book an appointment with the relevant UK Visa Application Centre. The supporting documents in relation to the entry clearance application as a Fiancé(e) can either be uploaded online before the enrolment of biometrics or an assisted service can be purchased at the application centre to get your documents scanned.

You should also note that you can still get married in the UK on a standard visitor visa however the difference between a visitor visa and the Fiancé(e) visa is that you are able to switch your status to a spouse visa from inside the UK whereas, on a visitor visa, you cannot do that under the rules.

What are the requirements to apply for a Fiancé(e) visa?

The applicant applying for UK Fiancé(e) visa must meet the following requirements:

  • Suitability criteria as set out in Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules;
  • Must have met each other;
  • Must have the intention to live together permanently in the UK;
  • Both the applicant and the sponsor must be free to marry each other;
  • The applicant and the sponsor must have made appropriate arrangements and plans to get married in the UK;
  • Financial requirement whereby the UK sponsor of the applicant must be earning at least £18,600 gross per year or savings of £62,500 if the UK sponsor of the applicant has no earnings from employment, self-employment or other means of income;
  • Adequate accommodation for the applicant and the UK sponsor to be accommodated in the UK without recourse to public funds;
  • English language requirement to show that the applicant has English proficiency at CEFR level A1 as required by the UK Immigration Rules.

You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements. Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.