Fiance Visa UK Frequently Asked Questions

This post will cover most of the question you may have to apply for a fiance visa application.

how much does a UK fiance visa cost in 2024?

The UK fiance visa fee (cost) in 2024 is £1,846.

How long does it take to get a fiancee visa in the UK?

As per the Home Office published visa processing times, the fiancée visa processing can take up to 24 weeks.

Who is eligible for the Fiancé Visa?

The Fiance Visa is for immigrants who intend to get married or enter into a civil partnership in the UK with a British citizen or a person who is settled here, after which they will switch to a Spouse Visa.

Both you and your partner must be at least 18-years-old. You must be planning to get married within the 6-month validity period of the Fiance Visa. Your partner must be a UK citizen or a person with settled status. You must intend to live with your partner in the UK once you are married/in a civil partnership.

How Long is a Fiancé Visa Valid For?

The first fiancé visa in the UK is for six months if your application is successful.

After marriage, you can apply to switch to the financial visa category without leaving the UK.

Can I bring my unmarried partner to the UK?

In order to bring your unmarried partner, you need to apply for a fiancee visa or prove that you have been in a relationship for over 2 years which is similar to marriage.

Can I stay in the UK if I marry my girlfriend?

Yes, depending on if you meet all the requirements. You may be able to make an application under Appendix FM of the immigration rules.

What is the difference between a fiancee visa and a spouse visa?

There are several differences between the UK Fiance Visa and the UK Spouse Visa, as follows:

  • The Fiance visa is for eligible couples who are planning to get married or enter into a civil partnership before applying for a Spouse visa.
  • A Spouse visa is for couples who are already married, in a civil partnership or have already been living together in a relationship for at least 2 years when they apply.
  • A Fiance visa only allows a holder to stay for an initial period of 6 months.
  • A Spouse visa allows a holder to stay for up to 33 months (this is 30 months if switching from a Fiance visa) initially, and this can be further extended for 30 months.

What is the English language requirement for fiancee visa?

If you are from a non-English-speaking country, you will need to pass a SELT test at the level of at least A1 at an approved English language test centre to prove your English language ability.

How Can I Get Married in the UK?

If you wish to travel to the UK to get married then there are two main immigration routes available: the Marriage Visit visa and the Fiance visa.

The Marriage Visit visa is designed for individuals who wish to visit the UK to marry, or give notice of a marriage, in the UK.

The Fiance visa is for engaged partners of British citizens, persons with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, refugee leave or humanitarian protection or limited leave to remain under Appendix EU or Appendix ECAA, who wish to enter the UK and marry within 6 months of their arrival.

What is the difference between UK Marriage Visitor Visa and Fiance Visa?

The Fiance Visa allows holders the option to settle in the UK, while the UK Marriage Visitor visa does not.

Marriage visitor visa holders will have to return to their home country to apply for a spouse visa, while Fiance visa holders have the option to stay in the UK and apply for a spouse visa within the UK.

Where Can I Apply for A UK Fiance Visa?

An application for a UK Fiance Visa must be made from outside the UK. You should apply in the country where you are resident (otherwise than as a visitor).

What if I Do Not Get Married Within 6 Months?

If your marriage has not occurred before your Fiance Visa expires, you have the option to apply for a 6-month extension to allow the ceremony to take place. However, you must provide a valid reason for the delay and provide evidence that the ceremony will occur within the extended timeframe.

UK Fiance visa Documents

For the foreign national applying at the Fiancee the following documents are needed to apply for a UK Fiance visa:

  • Two passport photos and your passport
  • Proof of your age and also your British partner’s age
  • Evidence that you plan on marrying each other or registering your partnership within six months
  • Proof that you both have met and know each other and your relationship is genuine
  • Proof that you both are going to live together permanently after you have married
  • Proof of your English language ability
  • Proof that you meet the financial requirement

What is the ‘Genuine Relationship Test’?

The UK Fiancee Visa applicant needs to be able to prove they are in a genuine relationship, such as a civil partnership, with their British citizen partner. There are lots of different types of evidence you can send to the Home Office, such as:

  • A joint mortgage or tenancy agreement, either in the UK or outside the UK
  • Evidence of any children you have together, such as a birth certificate
  • Photographs that show you have spent time together frequently
  • A shared bank account or savings
  • Text messages or social media chat logs
  • Travel documents that prove you’ve visited each other at least once before you got married
  • Any documents which prove that you intend to live together in the UK

The New UK Fiancé Visa Financial Requirements 2024

As of April 11th, 2024, the minimum income threshold required to sponsor a fiancé will is £29,000 annually. This will then be raised again later in 2024 to £34,500 after which will be increased to £38,700 in early 2025.

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