The application for a UK fiancé(e) visa is made online by filling out an online form. The completed online form is sent online, the UK visa fee is paid online, and all the supporting documents for the fiancé(e) visa application are also uploaded online. Once the supporting documents have been uploaded successfully online, you can make an appointment with the UK visa Application Centre to enrol your biometrics and hand over your passport so that your fiancé(e) visa application can be processed.
Requirements for fiancé(e) visa entry clearance UK
For a UK fiancé(e) visa, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Suitability Requirements in accordance to the Appendix FM of Immigration Rules;
- Must have met in person;
- Must plan to live together in the UK permanently;
- Both the person applying and the person sponsoring must be free to get married;
- The applicant and the sponsor must have made plans and arrangements to get married in the UK;
- The applicant’s sponsor in the UK must make at least £18,600 gross per year or have savings of £62,500 if the sponsor has no income from work, self-employment, or other sources.
- Adequate housing for the applicant and the UK sponsor to live in the UK without using public money;
- As required by the UK Immigration Rules, the applicant must be able to speak English at the CEFR level A1 level.
Financial Requirement For Fiancé(e) Visa Entry Clearance UK
One of the most important requirements for a fiancé(e) visa entry clearance UK is that you have enough money.
Calculating how much money is needed
The applicant must show proof that the sponsor’s annual gross income is at least:
- Partner with no children: £18,600;
- Partner with one child: £22,400;
- Partner with two children: £24,800;
- Partner with three children: £27,200; and an extra £2,400 for each additional child.
Even if the child turns 18 before then, the higher financial requirement for applicants with children will still be in place until the applicant partner meets the requirements for settlement. But the 18-year-old or older person’s income and savings can be used to meet the financial requirement.
Meeting the financial requirements for the fiancé(e) visa?
Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules says that the applicant must meet the following:
- the level of the financial requirement that applies to their application;
- as well as the requirements for: (a) the allowed sources of income and savings; (b) the time periods and allowed combinations of sources for each allowed source relied on; and (c) the proof that is needed for each allowed source relied on. The applicant, their partner, or both must have their own income and cash savings. But once the applicant’s dependent child turns 18, the child’s income and cash savings can also be included.
All employment or self-employment income must come from working legally. All income and savings must be lawfully derived and must be consistently available in the bank account approved by the UKVI.
What are the different ways to get the money that’s needed?
If the applicant needs to make a certain amount of money, they can usually do so in one of the five ways below:
- Income from the partner’s (or the applicant’s, if they have permission to work in the UK) salary or non-salary job. Depending on the job history, this is called either Category A or Category B.
- Income from sources other than work, such as rent from a property or dividends from stocks. This is what is called “Category C.”
- Cash savings of the applicant’s partner and/or the applicant that are worth more than £16,000 and have been under the control of the partner and/or the applicant for at least 6 months. This is called Category D.
- State (UK or foreign), occupational, or private pension of the applicant, the applicant’s partner, or both. This is called Category E.
- Income from self-employment and income as a director or employee of a certain limited company in the UK for the partner (and/or the applicant if they have permission to work in the UK). This is called either Category F or Category G, depending on which financial year (or years) are being used as a reference.
Flexibility of the Evidence
In paragraph D of Appendix FM-SE, you can find out about the flexibility of the evidence. Under Appendix FM-SE, decision-makers have the option to put an application on hold until missing evidence or the right version of the evidence is submitted within a reasonable time frame. Decision-makers won’t have to put off making a decision if they don’t think that fixing the mistake or missing information will lead to a grant.
Decision-makers can also approve an application even if there are small problems with the evidence (but not where specified evidence is missing entirely). Decision-makers can also use their own judgement when evidence can’t be given because it wasn’t made in a certain country or has been lost for good. Before making a decision, people in charge have the freedom to ask for more information or proof.
Exemption From Financial Requirement For Fiancé(e) Visa Entry Clearance UK (Adequate Maintenance)
If the applicant’s partner is getting any of the following benefits or allowances in the UK, the applicant can meet the financial requirement at the time of application by showing proof of “adequate maintenance” instead of having an income of at least £18,600.
- Pay for caregivers.
- Allowance for living with a disability.
- Bad Disability Allowance.
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
- Allowance for Attendance.
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
- Armed Forces Compensation Scheme’s Armed Forces Independence Payment or Guaranteed Income Payment.
- Under the War Pensions Scheme, people could get a Constant Attendance Allowance, a Mobility Supplement, or a War
- Disablement Pension.
- Injury pay for police.
- If the applicant’s partner gets one of the above benefits or allowances for their child, the applicant can meet the financial requirement by providing “adequate maintenance.” In Appendix FM-SE, it says what proof is needed to show that the applicant’s partner is getting a certain benefit or allowance.
English Language Requirement for Fiancé(e) Visa Entry Clearance in the UK
The applicant must show certain proof that he or she:
- is a citizen of a country where English is the main language; or
- has passed an English language test in speaking and listening at a minimum of level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages with a provider approved by the Home Office, UKVI; or
- has an academic qualification recognised by UK NARIC to be equivalent to the standard of a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD in the UK, which was taught in English; or
- is exempt from the English language requirement.
How long does it take to get an entry clearance for a fiancé(e) visa?
The fiancé(e) visa entry clearance UK is usually processed within 12 weeks if the application is made using standard service and within 6 to 8 weeks if the application is made using priority service. But at the time of this writing the Home Office website stated that it would take them at least 24 weeks to make a decision for applications outside the UK.
What can we do?
Our team of expert fiancé(e) visa lawyers are experts in applications for entry clearance for fiancé(e) visas. If you request us to represent you in your application for fiancé(e) visa entry clearance, we will do all the work on your application until the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) makes a decision on your application for fiancé(e) visa entry clearance. Our expert team of fiancé(e) visa lawyers will work on immigration cases that include the following:
- figuring out if you can get a fiancé(e) visa by looking at all of your personal circumstances;
- letting you know what your fiancé(e) visa application has going for it and what it doesn’t;
- letting you know what documents you need to submit with your fiancé(e) visa application for entry clearance;
- Taking a look at your documents to make sure they meet the requirements of the Home Office UKVI immigration rules;
- getting all the necessary information from you and your partner to fill out and submit the online application form for a fiancé(e) visa to the UK;
- helping you pay the fee for the application for a fiancé(e) visa;
- if necessary, preparing a detailed witness statement from the applicant and/or the sponsor that explains how they met and other important details about the fiancé(e) visa application;
- putting together a detailed cover letter to introduce and back up your fiancé(e) visa application;
- putting all of your supporting documents online and making an appointment to bring your passport and get your biometrics recorded at the right visa application centre;
- coordinating with the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to get a quick answer on your fiancé(e) visa application for entry clearance.
Professional Fee range: £1,500 – £2,500
The agreed-upon fixed fee will depend on how hard it is to get an entry clearance for a fiancé(e) visa and how much work is involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for fiancé(e) visa entry clearance, the applicant must also pay the Home office UKVI fees for the UK visa entry clearance application.