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As the title suggests, a Fiance visa enables fiances to enter the UK in order to marry their sponsors.
It must be noted that a Fiance Visa is also usually referred to as Prospective Marriage Visa. It is however, different from other subcategories of Immigration Visas. For instance, to apply for a fiance visa, the couple do not need to provide evidence that they have lived together prior to submitting the application. This is a mandatory requirement for couples who are legally married or are in a civil partnership relation.
Initially, the Home Office will grants the applicant 6 month leave to enter, with restrictions on the right to work. The applicant would however, have the restrictions on the right to work lifted after the couple has gotten married or have entered a civil partnership agreement. After getting married, the applicant will have to apply for a Spouse Visa, which if successful will grant him/her the right to work; study or establish a business in the UK.
UK Home Office has provided sufficient information about the necessary requirements that applicant and the sponsor need to meet. The eligibility criteria include but are certainly not limited to the following points:
If you want your Fiance visa application to succeed it is important that you submit a carefully prepared and fool-proof application. Usually, applicants are not aware of salient, key requirements for obtaining a Fiance visa. Some couples would apply too late, sometimes after their wedding preparations are close to completion and thus risk being rejected for submitting a defective application. Visa processes are unpredictable and even a minor mistake can cause a delay of weeks or even months. This would potentially disrupt the couple’s plan to get married, which obviously would lead to a stressful situation for all those involved.
You can easily avoid all the visa-related complexities and delays if you consult a professional and a reliable team of lawyers. Harding Mitchell’s specialist team of Fiance visa lawyers in central London are the best choice in this regard. Our lawyers are not only well-versed with all the requirements of visa application but also are capable of providing up-to-date information about any modifications in the rules of Fiance visa. Furthermore, our immigration lawyers in central London will provide you apt, reliable and most appropriate advice after analysing your circumstances regarding the chances of visa application success or failure. In a majority of cases, such applications are approved and only those which contain errors or the evidence provided is not sufficient, then the Home Office denies entry to the UK.
Fiance visa is granted for 6 months. During this time, the couple is required to get married or register as civil partners. Once married, the couple will apply for Spouse Visa or Partner Visa.
Fiance Visa vs. Spouse Visa:
Many times, people get confused between Fiance visa and Spouse visa primarily because the rules and requirements for both are quite identical. The main difference between the two visas is that Fiance visa applicant needs to prove that the sole intention of entering the UK is marriage; and that they will get married within 6 months from the date of issuance of Fiance Visa. Conversely, the proof of cohabitation will not be required from Fiance visa applicants while this is necessary for those applying for a Spouse Visa.
There is every possibility that the applicant or sponsor has children who are under 18 years of age. It is possible for the applicant to make an application for his/her dependants at the same time. If the applicant is granted leave to enter, the dependants are normally granted leave to enter in line with the applicant.
It is a mandatory requirement for those seeking leave to enter the UK as partners, civil partners, spouses and fiances mandatory need to provide evidence that they have sufficient know how of written and spoken English. So applicants of Fiance visa would have to demonstrate their English language skills by passing a test from an accredited test provider.
In this regard our team of immigration lawyers in central London can assist you. We will inform you about all the relevant tests for almost every country across the globe and even make arrangements for your test. Do contact our UK immigration team of lawyers if you want to know more about Fiance Visa application and your eligibility status.