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Are you engaged to a British citizen or settled person and looking to join them in the UK? The UK Fiance visa could be the perfect solution for you.

Applying for a UK Fiance visa can be a complex process, but with the right information and guidance, you can navigate through it smoothly.

Our team at Moeen & Co. Solicitors is well-versed in immigration law and has extensive experience in handling UK Fiance visa applications. We are committed to providing personalised support and ensuring a higher chance of success in your application.

If you require legal advice or assistance in obtaining a UK Fiance Visa, do not hesitate to contact our UK fiance visa lawyers. We are here to help you every step of the way. Call us today at 0203 959 7755 or fill in our online contact form to discuss your case.

Table of Contents

  1. What is a UK Fiance visa?
  2. Who is eligible for a UK Fiance visa?
  3. UK Fiance visa requirements
  4. What are the financial requirements for a UK Fiance visa?
  5. English language requirement for a UK Fiance visa
  6. What documents are needed for a UK Fiance visa application?
  7. UK Fiance visa application process
  8. How long does it take to process a UK Fiance visa?
  9. How can our immigration solicitors help with your UK visa applications?
  10. How much does an immigration solicitor charge for a UK visa application?
  11. How to contact a fiance visa lawyer?
  12. Frequently asked questions

What is a UK Fiance visa?

The UK Fiance visa is a type of family visa that allows non-UK nationals to come to the UK to marry their partner who is a British citizen or settled person.

A "settled person" refers to an individual who is lawfully residing in the UK with the right to live and work there indefinitely, often known as having "indefinite leave to remain" (ILR) or settled status.

One of the key benefits of the UK Fiance visa is that it offers flexibility in terms of the duration of stay. Upon approval, you can enter the UK and stay for a period of 6 months, during which you should plan your wedding. Once you are married, you can then apply for further leave to remain in the UK as a spouse.

However, it is important to note that the UK Fiance visa also has certain limitations. Unlike a Spouse visa, the Fiance visa only provides a temporary stay in the UK. You will need to convert your Fiance visa into a Spouse visa within the initial 6-month period to continue living in the UK.

Who is eligible for a UK Fiance visa?

To be eligible to apply for a Fiance visa, you must intend to marry a British citizen or settled person in the UK within six months of your arrival. You must also meet financial, accommodation, and relationship requirements set by the UK Home Office.

UK Fiance visa requirements

To be considered for a UK Fiance Visa, there are several key eligibility criteria that applicants must meet. These requirements ensure that the visa is granted to genuine couples who intend to get married and start their life together in the United Kingdom.

  • Age Requirement: The applicant must be at least 18 years old to be eligible for the UK Fiance Visa.
  • Genuine Relationship: The applicant must be in a genuine and long-term relationship with their British partner or settled person.
  • Intent to Marry: Applicants must provide evidence of their intention to marry their British partner or settled person within six months of entering the UK.
  • Financial Requirements: Applicants must also meet specific financial requirements to prove that they can support themselves without relying on public funds.
  • Adequate Accommodation: Applicants must prove they have suitable living arrangements in the UK.
  • English Language: Applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language.

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

What are the financial requirements for a UK Fiance visa?

When applying for a UK Fiance visa, it is crucial to meet the financial requirements set by the government. These requirements aim to ensure that you can support yourself and your partner during your stay in the UK. In this section, we will provide a detailed overview of the financial obligations and options available to meet them.

Minimum Income Threshold

The UK government has set a minimum income threshold that sponsors must meet to be eligible for the Fiance Visa. From Spring 2024, the minimum income requirement will be £29,000 gross per year. However, the amount may vary if you have dependent children who are not British citizens or if you are applying to include children in your application.

Acceptable Sources of Income

When demonstrating your income, certain sources are considered acceptable by the UK government. These can include:

  • Salary from employment
  • Income from self-employment or as a director of a company
  • Pension income
  • Income from property rental or investments
  • Savings over a certain threshold

It is important to provide evidence of a consistent and sustainable income source to meet the financial requirements.

It's important to note that the financial requirements for a UK Fiance visa are subject to change, so applicants should consult the latest guidance from the UK Home Office or seek advice from an immigration lawyer to ensure compliance with current regulations.

English language requirement for a UK Fiance visa

Applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language by passing an approved English language test or providing evidence of an exemption.

You must prove you can read, write, speak and understand English to at least level A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale.

What documents are needed for a UK Fiance visa application?

When applying for a UK Fiance visa, it is important to have all the necessary documents in order. Missing or incomplete paperwork can result in delays or even a rejected application.

Document checklist for the UK fiance visa:

  • Valid Passport: Your valid passport with at least six months' validity remaining.
  • Application Form: A completed and signed UK Fiance Visa application form.
  • Photographs: Two passport-sized colour photographs that meet the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) requirements.
  • Evidence of Relationship: Documents proving your genuine relationship with your partner, such as photographs together, travel itineraries, joint bank statements, letters of support from family and friends, and any other relevant evidence.
  • Proof of Intention to Marry: Documentation demonstrating your intention to marry within six months of arriving in the UK, such as an engagement ring receipt, wedding venue booking, or conversations regarding wedding arrangements.
  • English Language Requirement: Evidence of meeting the English language requirement, such as an approved English language test certificate or proof of exemption.
  • Financial Documents: Proof of meeting the financial requirement, which may include your partner's employment contract, payslips, bank statements, or self-employment records.
  • Accommodation Details: Documentation showing suitable accommodation arrangements for you and your partner in the UK.
  • Criminal Records Certificate: If applicable, a criminal records certificate from each country you have lived in for more than 12 months over the past ten years.

Remember, the document checklist provided above is not exhaustive, and additional documents may be required based on your personal circumstances. Properly preparing your documentation is key to the success of your application. Contact us today to get a comprehensive list of supporting documents.

UK Fiance visa application process

Applying for a UK Fiance visa involves several steps that must be followed diligently. We have outlined the process below to help you navigate through it successfully. Remember, attention to detail and timely submission of documents are crucial for a smooth application process.

Step Description
Gather Your Documents Collect all the necessary documents required for the UK Fiance visa application.
Complete the Online Application Form Fill out the online application form accurately on the official UK government website.
Pay the Visa Application Fee Submit your fiance visa application and pay the fiance visa application fee.
Book and Attend the Visa Appointment Schedule an appointment at a Visa Application Centre to provide biometric information.
Wait for the Decision Wait for the UK government to process your visa application.

How long does it take to process a UK Fiance visa?

Generally, it takes around 12 weeks (3 months) for a decision to be made on a Fiance visa application. However, it may take longer depending on the country where you're applying from and the complexity of the case.

The processing time for a UK visa application can vary depending on several factors, including the type of visa application, the country from which you are applying, and the volume of applications being processed by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

All the applicants are advised to check the latest information about UK visa application processing time on the official UK government website.

How can our immigration solicitors help with your UK visa applications?

Navigating the UK visa application process can be complex and stressful, especially if English is not your first language or if you are unfamiliar with UK immigration laws. Hiring an immigration solicitor provides peace of mind, knowing that you have professional support to guide you through every step of the process.

Here are some ways in which our team of highly experienced UK immigration solicitors can assist:

  • Legal Expertise: Our immigration solicitors have in-depth knowledge of UK immigration laws, policies, and procedures. We can assess your eligibility for different types of visas, advise you on the most suitable visa option, and ensure that your application complies with all relevant legal requirements.
  • Consultation and Advice: If you are uncertain about the visa type that best suits your needs or require guidance on the application process, we offer consultations to answer your questions.
  • Application Preparation: Our immigration solicitors will fill in your UK visa application forms accurately and submit them.
  • Supporting Documents: We will advise you on the required documents to be submitted in support of your visa application and ensure that they meet the specific requirements of the visa category you are applying for.
  • Legal Representation: We can represent you in communications with the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department, embassy, or consulate handling your application. We can correspond with immigration authorities on your behalf, respond to requests for additional information, and address any concerns or queries raised during the processing of your application.
  • Appeals and Administrative Reviews: If your visa application is refused, our immigration solicitors can help you explore options for appealing the decision or requesting an administrative review. We can prepare and submit appeal or review applications, gather additional evidence to support your case and represent you at appeal hearings or review proceedings.

If you have any questions or want assistance with your UK visa application, please call our expert immigration solicitors based in London at 0203 959 7755. Alternatively, fill in our online contact form, and one of our UK immigration experts will get back in touch with you soon!

How much does an immigration solicitor charge for a UK visa application?

At Moeen & Co. Solicitors, our immigration solicitors in London charge an affordable fixed fee for complete legal services for your UK visa application. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the type of visa application and the complexity of the matter. Learn more about our legal fees.

How to contact a fiance visa lawyer?

If you have questions or need help with your UK Fiance visa application, you can contact our team of fiance visa solicitors in London by calling 0203 959 7755. Alternatively, you can fill in our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

No, as a Fiance visa holder, you're not allowed to work in the UK. However, after marriage, you can apply for a Spouse visa that will allow you to work full-time in the UK.

No, you're not allowed to study in the UK while on a Fiance visa. However, after marriage, you can apply to switch from a Fiance visa to a Spouse visa. A Spouse visa allows you to work and study in the UK.

No, a Fiance visa cannot be extended. However, after marriage, you can apply for further leave to remain in the UK under a different category, such as a Spouse visa.

If your application is refused, you might have the right to appeal the decision or reapply with additional supporting documents. It's essential to seek legal advice from experienced immigration solicitors to understand the reasons for refusal and address them effectively in any subsequent applications.

Hiring a Fiance visa lawyer can significantly increase your chances of a successful application. They have expertise in navigating the complexities of UK immigration law, ensuring that your application is complete, accurate, and meets all eligibility requirements.

Contact Immigration Solicitors in London

If you need immigration advice or help with any type of UK visa application, British citizenship application or sponsorship licence application, contact our team of immigration solicitors in London on 0203 959 7755 or fill in our enquiry form to get reliable & confidential advice and help you need.

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