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#7 You must intend to live with your UK partner permanently in the UK.

This is one of the two main things that differentiates a UK fiancé visa from a UK marriage visitor visa.

The first difference is that, unlike a UK fiancé visa, it is perfectly fine for a partner who is applying for a marriage visitor visa to not want to settle in the UK.

The second difference is that a UK fiancé(e) visa will allow you to extend the application from inside the UK by submitting an FLR(M) visa application (once you and your partner have married).

If you intend to apply for anFLR(M) application after having been issued a UK fiancé(e) visa, the FLR(M) application must be submitted before the 6-month fiancé(e) visa expires.

#8 You must persuade the Home Office that your relationship with your UK partner is ‘genuine’ and ‘subsisting’.

Whether a relationship is genuine and subsisting, at first thought, is something difficult to prove.

After all, unlike many of the otherfiance visa UK requirements in 2022, this will involve the Home Office caseworker making a subjective assessment of two people who they have never personally met and who will most likely never meet.

In any event, to persuade the Home Office caseworker that your relationship is genuine and subsisting, you should do two things.

  1. In your supporting letters, you should discuss the development of your relationship in detail.
  2. You should submit various pieces of relationship evidence.

Although this may seem rather intrusive, in light of the significance of the visa for both you and your partner, this requirement should not be underestimated.

#9 You must evidence that any previous relationships of the applicant or sponsor must have broken down permanently

This is unless the relationship(s) fall within one of the few (& rarely relied on) exceptions.

The required documentation depends on the type of previous relationship.

For instance, if one partner was previously married, you must provide a decree absolute (or overseas equivalent) to show that the relationship has broken down permanently.

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Fiance visa English language requirement

The second fiancé visa requirement is that the applicant must prove that they have the required A1 level of English.

There are numerous ways that you can do this.

#1 The most common way to satisfy the English language requirement is to submit an A1 English language test certificate.

First of all, the English language test that you rely on (which is not the only way of satisfying the English language requirement, as we will discuss below), must be on the List of Home Office Approved Secure English language tests (SELT) in 2022.

As we discuss in part 1 of our free video series, the test must also be taken at a Home Office approved test centre.

The vast majority of those who rely on an English language test will sit an IELTS Life Skills A1 test.

“If I pass the IELTS Life Skills A1 test, how long will this be valid for?”

The IELTS Life Skills A1 test will be valid for 2 years.

You will also be able to rely on the same English language test certificatewhen you extend the fiancé visa by submitting an FLR(M) visa application before the 6-month fiancé visa’s expiry date.

However, if the applicant’s English language ability is at ‘intermediate’ level or above, it will be open for the applicant to sit an English language test at A2 or B1 level.

“What are the advantages of sitting an A2 English language test for a fiancé visa?

If the applicant sits the A2 English language test (as opposed to the A1 test), they will be able to re-use this when the second FLR(M) application is submitted.

To remind you, the following is the fiancé(e) visa route to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

UK fiancé visa (6 months) -> FLR(M) visa (30 months) -> FLR(M) visa (30 months) -> Indefinite Leave to Remain Application.

“What are the advantages of sitting a B1 English language test for a fiancé visa?

If the applicant sits the B1 English language test, they will normally be able to re-use this same test certificate when they apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

#2 If you have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or a PhD that was taught in English, you may not have to take the A1 English language test.

If your English-taught degree was taught inside the UK, this can be submitted to satisfy the English language requirement.

If, however, your degree was taught outside the UK, you should include the degree certificate and certification from Ecctis (previously named UK NARIC)that confirms that the qualification meets or exceeds the recognised standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD in the UK.

Furthermore, if the qualification was not awarded from a majority English speaking country (not including Canada), then you will also have to obtain documentation from Ecctis that the qualification wastaught or researched in English to CEFR level A1.

#3If you (the “applicant”) are a national of one of the following countries, you do not have to pass the A1 English language test:

  • Antigua and Barbuda;
  • Australia;
  • the Bahamas;
  • Barbados;
  • Belize;
  • Canada;
  • Dominica;
  • Grenada;
  • Guyana;
  • Jamaica;
  • Malta;
  • New Zealand;
  • St Kitts and Nevis;
  • St Lucia;
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines;
  • Trinidad and Tobago; or
  • the United States of America.

This is not only because the test will be far too easy for you, but because you will be deemed as a “majority English-speaking national”.

In this case, to satisfy the English language requirement, the only document that you will be required to submit regarding the English language requirement is the applicant’s passport which shows that they are a majority English speaking national.

#4 Finally, you may be exempt from having to take the test if one of these applies:

  • You’re aged 65 or overwhen you apply;OR
  • You’re unable to take the test because of a physical or mental condition that stops you from being able to sit the test; OR
  • You have ‘exceptional circumstances’ that prevent you from meeting the English language requirement.

If you have a physical or mental condition that stops you from taking the test, you must submit evidence from a medical professional that proves this.

Please note that, like other areas of UK immigration law, ‘exceptional circumstances’ is a rather high threshold – simple inconvenience will not suffice.

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Is a Tuberculosis (TB) required for a Fiance visa?

Depending on the country in which the applicant is applying, a Tuberculosis (TB) test may be required.If the applicant is resident of one of the following countries, then a Tuberculosis test will generally be required:

  • Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
  • Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi,
  • Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Cameroon, China, Congo, Congo Democratic Republic, Côte d’Ivoire,
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominican Republic,
  • Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia,
  • Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana,
  • Haiti, Hong Kong or Macau,
  • India, Indonesia, Iraq,
  • Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Kyrgyzstan,
  • Laos, Lesotho, Liberia,
  • Madagascar,Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique,
  • Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria,
  • Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines,
  • Russian Federation, Rwanda,
  • Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland,
  • Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Togo, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu,
  • Uganda, Ukraine, Uzkekistan,
  • Vanuatu, Vietnam,
  • Zambia, Zimbabwe

An up-to-date list of countries (as this periodically changes) can be found here.

If you are required to take a Tuberculosis (TB) test, then please note that this test must be taken at a Home Office approved clinic.

You can clickthis linkto find an approved Tuberculosis (TB) test centre near you.

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If you are not a resident of one of the above countries, then lucky you, as getting a tuberculosis certificate can be a hassle for some.

Tuberculosis (TB) certificates, once issued, will be valid for 6 months.

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Accommodation requirement

You will be expected to show that there will be adequate accommodation for both you and your partner once you arrive in the UK.

Unlike that of a UK spouse visa, the accommodation for when you arrive in the UK does not have to be permanent but can be temporary.

Therefore, it is fine if you want to live separately until the wedding.

In such a case, staying at a family or friend’s accommodationwill be perfectly OK.

However, it is important to understandyou will need to show thatthere will be adequate permanent accommodation for when the marriage or civil partnership has taken place.

Furthermore, this accommodation must be ‘owned or occupied exclusively’ by your family and must be what the Home Office deems as ‘adequate’.

Please also note that accommodation will not be adequate if it is either overcrowded or if it contravenes health and safety regulations.

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Fiance visa financial requirement in 2022

The fiance visa UK financial requirements in 2022 are identical to thoseapplying as a married spouse from outside the UK.

Our detailed and comprehensive fiance visa UK financial requirements in 2022guidance discusses this in great detail.

We also discuss some commonly made financial mistakes that partner visa applicants make in our free video series. Watching this should hopefully prevent you from making these mistakes.

Please note

If the sponsor receives a permitted benefit, the adequate maintenance test will apply in place of the standard minimum income threshold of £18,600.

For a detailed account of the adequate maintenance test, check out our adequate maintenance test guidance for 2022 article.

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Applicant & UK partner supporting letters

Both you and the UK partner should write a supporting letter.

Honestly, it is one of the best things you can do when preparing the application.

As long as the letters are well structured, writing a cover letter can make it clear to the Home Office worker how you satisfy the relevant requirements.

You should write about the following things in your supporting letter:

  • How the UK partner meets the financial requirement;
  • Theaccommodationthat will be available to you and your UK partner for when you arrive in the UK;
  • Information about your relationship, including your intention to marry & wedding plans.

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Check that you meet the suitability requirements

We decided to leave these requirements later on in this because these do not apply to the majority of partners.

It is important to check that you do not fall foul of these requirements.

It is important because if you do not satisfy one of these requirements, then your application may be refused.

You WILL be refused if any of the following apply:

#1 You have been informed by the UK government that you are NOT allowed in the UK.

#2Your previous behaviour has made it undesirable to grant you afiancé(e)visa.

#3 You failed to comply with one of the following requirements without a reasonable excuse:

  • Attend an interview
  • Provide physical data
  • Provide information
  • Take a medical examination or provide a medical report.

#4You have been notified of a deportation order in your name.

#5 You have been sentenced to jail for a significant amount of time because of an offence you committed.

See S-EC.1.4. of Appendix FM for more information on this.

#6 You have a medical reason which makes it undesirable to grant you a fiance visa.

#7 You are considered to be a risk to your partner or parent.

#8 You left or were removed from the UK as a condition of a caution that was given to you under section 22 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 less than 5 years ago.

You MAY be refused if any of the following apply:

#1You have previously included false information, representations or documents, or did not include important facts in a previous UK visa application.

#2You have not paid NHS charges that are owed that are greater than £500.

#3You have a bad criminal history.

#4You have failed to pay litigation costs that have been awarded to the Home Office.

#5A maintenance and accommodation undertaking has not been provided when requested.

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Should you complete the Appendix 2 VAF4A Form?

Whilst we used to recommend that partners complete the Appendix 2 VAF4A form, ever since the introduction of the current online application form, this is something that is no longer required.

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Fiance Visa Document Checklist 2022

As we will discuss below, when you complete the fiance visa UK application form in 2022, you will be provided with a fiancé(e) visa document checklist that the website will automatically generate.

With this being said, as we discuss in our free video series,the most common mistake that partners make is relying on this checklist without sufficiently reading two important sources of information, Appendix FM 1.7. and Appendix FM-SE.

“Why should I take the time to read Appendix FM 1.7. and Appendix FM-SE?”

There are two main reasons.

Reason #1 – The document checklist given to you by the online application website does not point out the strict rules regarding certain documentation

Reason #2 – The document checklist given to you by the online application website does not always tell you what documents you have to (or should) submit

The document checklist generated by the online application website is misleading as some partners think that the documents listed are the only documents that are required.

This is unfortunatelywrong as the document checklist you will be given is not an exhaustive list (meaning, in many cases, there will be other documents that you should submit).

Since this visa is incredibly important for you and your partner, you want to make sure that you submit the strongest application possible, right?

Despite this, the most common mistake that partners make is to assume that simply including these documents guarantees a successful fiancé(e) visa application.


“How are Migrate’s document checklists better than the one that I will get from the ACCESS UK website?”

Our document checklists (which are part of our DIY Application pack service) help you with both of these issues as it:

  • Identifies common mistakes that fiancé(e) visa applicants make
  • Discusses the Immigration Rules regarding specific documents
  • Discusses the general Immigration Rules regarding all fiancé(e) visa documents
  • Identifies documents that would strengthen your application that are not listed on the automatically generated ACCESS UK document checklist; and
  • Points out the particular sections of the Immigration Rules that are relevant to your application.

“What are the benefits of Migrate’sDIY application pack service?”

  • Save time – it will provide you with the relevant Immigration Rules more centred in one place;
  • Save money – At £385, this is a fraction of the price if you were to pay for full legal representation;
  • Give you peace of mind – Our application pack will help you ensure that you do not miss out on any documentation or overlook important requirements;
  • 100% money-back guarantee – We are that confident based on our customer’s success.

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Familiarise yourself with the fiancé(e) visa application process

We know that the fiancé(e) visa application process can be incredibly stressful for partners.

Familiarising yourself with the process (rather than dealing with it as it arises), however, should make the application process less stressful for you and your partner.

The first thing to note is that the application process varies from country to country and in some cases, from visa centre to visa centre.

To get a better understanding of the visa process, you should check the VFS website or the TLS website as the vast majority of countries are covered by these two companies.

The VFS website

This website looks like this:

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The VFS website covers more countries than the TLS website. If your country is not listed here, then the next step would be to check the TLS website.

The VFS website is useful for two reasons.

Firstly, it provides partners with an idea of the added value services that are available (such as the priority service).

Secondly, it provides partners with an overview of the application submitting procedure.

The TLS website

The TLS website will look like this:

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Just like the VFS website, the TLS website is helpful for two reasons.

Firstly, it provides partners with an overview of the different added value services that you may decide to take advantage of.

By the way, other than the priority service, most of the added value services are pretty useless so I wouldn’t personally pay too much attention to them.

It is important to note that, even though it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the application submitting procedure early on in your preparations, what matters is what you are told as you progress through the online website.

The reason for this is the VFS and TLS websites are not always up-to-date.

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Familiarise yourself with the different options that are available to you regarding the submission of documents

It is worth repeating that, whilst it is a good idea to get a good idea beforehand, what matters is what you are told as you progress through the online website.

The following is a summary of the various document submitting procedures.

Option #1 – The walk-in service at one of the UK centres

The walk-in service, from our experience, tends to allow partners to submit documents in a relativelyconvenientmanner.

If you were to take advantage of this option,this would cost you an additional £75 (which can be paid via cash or a credit & debit card).

There are several visa centres in the UK where this can be done, the locations of which are normally disclosed to you once you have submitted the online application.

This service will require the sponsor (or agent of the applicant and sponsor) to attend the visa centre in person to submit the documents. The documents, via this method, cannot be posted in the mail.

No appointment will be required – you can simply walk in at your convenience.

The following documents should be brought with the sponsor if this method is used:

  • The document checklist which is automatically generated by the Access UK website; and
  • All supporting documents, including copies of the applicant and sponsor’s passports.

The above documentation will be scanned at the visa centre during your visit.

Fortunately, all documents will be handed back to you. Therefore, the Home Office will not need to keep any original documentation.

Whilst it is normally OK to provide copies of original documents to be scanned (as long as they are legible copies, preferably in colour), it is important to make sure that you read the official instructions given to you regarding whether original documents must be brought (which is rather rare).

“Which documents cannot be scanned?”

Laminated documents cannot be scanned – please do not bring any.

If you are relying on documents that have deteriorated in condition (i.e. are heavily creased, crumped or torn), these should be photocopied before you attend the appointment as these documents normally are not able to be scanned.

“When do I have to attend one of these centres?”

You should attend one of these centres after you have submitted and paid for the online application.

Although there are no strict timelines regarding the date between the time the online application is submitted and paid for, I’d recommend not leaving this too long and aim to attend the UK visa centre within a week of submitting the online application.

Option #2 – Sending the documents by courier to a specified UK address

It is normally made clear as you near the end of the online application process (after you have paid the Home Office fees) whether this option is available to you.

It is important that, if you take advantage of this service, you should only post your documents to the address that you are specifically told of.

Like many aspects of fiancé(e) visas, the application process is something that is continually changing as the Home Office try to refine the new online application website.

Partners are normally given the option of two different levels of services for this application submitting method.

Like the walk-in service at one of the UK visa centres, the standard service will cost £75 plus VAT for each application.

This standard service normally states that documents will be scanned within 5 working days of receiving the documents.

For £25 extra, you can pay for the priority service (the total cost being £100 plus VAT for each application).

The priority service states that documents will normally be scanned within 24 hours of receiving the documents.

Option #3 – Getting the documents scanned at the overseas visa application centre

This is normally labelled the ‘Document Scanning Assistance Service’ and simply involves the applicant taking the supporting documents with them to their visa appointment, where the documents will be scanned.

Generally speaking, overseas visa centres will offer two options.

First, you can pay a small fee for a member of staff to scan the documents at the overseas visa centre.

Second, there are sometimes self-service machines where the applicant can scan and upload the documents themselves.

Option #4 – Uploading the documents to the website

Whilst we used to outright recommend against this in the past, the VFS and TLS uploading portals have both improved significantly in the previous year.

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Uploading the documents is now what we generally recommend out of all of the options available.

With this being said, like the other document submitting procedures, this method still has its downsides – most notably documents taking a long time to upload & documents not being viewable once they’ve been uploaded.

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Start completing the fiancé(e) visa online application form

#1 Make sure that you select the correct online application.

We discuss the UK fiancé(e) visa application form in 2022 here.

#2 Choose ‘Appendix FM Partner”.

Appendix FM Partner” is for fiancé(e)s who are applying for a UK fiancé(e) visa.

#3 Choose the country where biometrics will be provided.

In the vast majority of cases, this will be the applicant’s country of residence.

#4 Complete ‘Application’ (section 2) and ‘Finances’ (section 3).

Where you find the questions asked in the online form ambiguous or unclear, answer them to the best of your ability and then provide clarification in your letter of supports.

#5 Section 4 will then give you an automatically generated document checklist.

As we discussed in the fiancé(e) visa document checklist section, the document checklist that is provided by the official ACCESS UK website is a good starting point.

It does not, however, eliminate the need to familiarise yourself with Appendix FM-SE and Appendix FM 1.7.

#6 Declare that the contents of your fiancé(e) visa application form are correct in ‘section 5’ of the online application.

#7 Choose whether you would like to have the ‘standard’ or ‘priority’ service.

The difference between the ‘standard’ service and the ‘priority’ service is the time it will take for the Home Office to decide on your fiancé(e) visa application.

As we discussed in our fiance visa UK processing time in 2022 article, the processing time for the standard service is 6 months (on average) whilst the priority service has been suspended due to the Home Office’s Ukraine response.

#8 Select your appointment at the visa application centre.

“Is it a problem that my financial documents will be more than 28 days old when I attend the visa appointment?”

Not necessarily.

What matters here is that your documents meet the Immigration Rules when you submit and pay for the online application.


Sarah knows that her bank statements must be no older than 28 days when she applies.

Since her bank has to post her statements to her to meet the Immigration Rules, she is wondering whether she will have to request another set of statements because her bank statements are 25 days old.

As long as Sarah submits and pays for the online application before the bank statements are older than 28 days old, it does not matter if her bank statements are 40 days old (as a random example) by the time the applicant attends the appointment.

#9 Pay the Home Office fee.

As discussed in our fiancé(e) visa UK fees and costs in 2022 article, the Home Office fee for the fiancé(e) visa will cost £1,538 (this may vary according to the exchange rate).

You will not have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of your fiancé(e) visa application.

You will, however, be required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge when you submit the FLR(M)visa application.

During your time in the UK under the fiancé visa, you will be expected to pay for NHS treatment at the point of use where such costs are payable.

It’s absolutely fine for the UK partner (or a friend/family member) to pay the online fees using their credit or debit card, although in some cases the bank will suspect that this is a fraudulent payment (in which case all that is normally required is phoning the bank to confirm that the payment is not fraudulent).

The date that the £1,538 Home Office fee is paid is known as the ‘date of application’.

#10 You will then be sent to the VFS or TLS website, depending on the country in which you are making the application.

Shortly after the Home Office fee is paid, you will be issued a GWF number.

Make a note of this number as you will need it when you register for the VFS or TLS website.

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Submit the supporting documents for your fiancé(e) visa application

It is once you have made payment for the Home Office fee that you will have a better idea of how you can submit your supporting documentation.

There is no strict time limit regarding when you have to do this.

Remember, the relevant date that you must meet the fiancé(e) visa requirements is the ‘date of application’, which is the date that you pay the Home Office fee on the online website.

With this being said, it is best not to delay submitting the documents too much – submitting them within one week is ideal.

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The visa application centre appointment

“What will happen when I attend the appointment at the visa application centre?”

First of all, please try not to worry too much about this appointment.

It is easy for me to say, I know, as I sit here behind my laptop, but most partners over-estimate how stressful the appointment is.

The appointment is only an administrative process – the workers at the visa centre should have no impact on the decision making of the application.

To help give you a better understanding of what to expect, I would suggest checking the VFS or TLS website (after selecting the country where you are making the application), as they normally will provide you with an overview of what happens at the appointment.

Click here to see an example of the VFS page for fiancé(e)s who are making their application in China.

The following will generally take place at your appointment:

1 – The submission of your documents (if you choose to submit your documents this way)

We discussed several possible ways that documents can be submitted earlier in this guide.

You (the applicant) should bring your passport (that is valid & has at least one page that is blank on both sides) or travel document with you, regardless of whether you choose to submit your supporting documents at the overseas visa centre or not.

Another document that you will likely be instructed to bring is the document checklist that was provided to you on the new Access UK website.

2 – Your fingerprints and photograph will be taken

This is known as ‘recording your biometric data’.

Your fingerprints will normally be taken using a digital finger scanner.

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Fortunately, since the finger scanner is digital, it will not mark your skin with any chemicals, liquids or inks.

Standard rules regarding the taking of the photograph apply. Don’t worry about this as these will be made clear to you at your appointment.

“Will I be interviewed about my relationship with my fiancé(e)?”


The staff at the VFS/TLS visa centre should have no involvement in the decision making process.

Their job is solely to assist with the taking of the biometrics where required and to help submit the supporting documents (if you opt for their assisted document scanning service).

In some instances, however, you may be contacted after the application has been submitted to arrange an interview where the Home Office caseworker will ask you questions about your circumstances and/or application.

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What will happen after the appointment at the visa application centre?

After submitting the supporting documentation, all you really can do is wait.

The wait is going to be agonising, I know, but there are no two ways about it.

“How will I know when the Home Office have decided on my application?”

It is normally the case that you will be emailed, simply stating that a decision has been made about your application (and not whether your fiancé(e) visa has been granted or refused).

“How will the applicant’s passport be returned?”

This depends on the visa application centre but there are three ways that this is normally done.

More information on this can sometimes be found on the relevant VFS or TLS page.

Firstly, you are sometimes provided with the option of collecting your documents in person.

Secondly, your passport may be returned to you by courier.

Thirdly, in some cases, you can send a representative to pick up the applicant’s passport on the applicant’s behalf.

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Fiancé(e) visa Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which fiancé visa UK requirement normally causes the most difficulties?

The fiancé visa UK financial requirement is by far the biggest cause of fiancé visa refusals. Because of this, you need to ensure that you are aware of all of the relevant financial requirements depending on the sources of income that you want to include.

Is original documentation required for fiancé visas?

No. The fiancé visa process has changed recently and other than the applicant’s passport, copies of supporting documentation are perfectly fine.

Is an immigration lawyer required?

No. As long as you read the relevant fiancé visa requirements, you will be able to submit your own fiancé visa application just like thousands of other partners who process their own visas. Be warned – there is quite a lot that you need to know!

How can I submit the supporting documents?

This is something that varies depending on the visa centre that you submit your application. Normally, you are provided with the option of uploading the documents or submitting the documents at either the overseas visa centre or a visa centre in the UK.

Will I be able to work?

You will not be allowed to work whilst in the UK on a fiancé(e) visa.

If you are caught working, this may have a very serious impact on your current and any future visas.

You may also be convicted in a criminal court.

You can, however, work when you extend your visa using the FLR M form.

Will I be able to claim Public funds?

You will not be allowed to claim public funds (most UK benefits) during your time in the UK.

Just like being caught working when not allowed, getting caught claiming public funds is a criminal offence and things will not look good for your stay in the UK or any future UK visa applications.

What if we create little humans?

Children born in the UK to a mother or father who is British or has Indefinite Leave to Remain will be born British.

They will not have to apply with you on any future FLR M and settlement applications.

Instead, all you have to do is apply for a British passport on your child’s behalf.

What if my partner and I split up?

Your relationship permanently breaking down will mean that you no longer satisfy the partner visa requirements.

This means that you will fail to meet the requirements for extending your visa using an FLR M form with your current partner.

It also means that the Home Office can cut short your current visa and you may be asked to return to your home country sooner than expected.

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In this free video series, we discuss:

  • The financial requirement
  • The online application form
  • Document translations
  • The adequate accommodation requirement
  • The English language requirement
  • Dependent children requirement
  • The unmarried partner visa requirement
  • Other partner visa requirements

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How long does it take for a fiancé visa to be approved 2022 UK? ›

You should get a decision within 24 weeks once you attend your appointment at the visa application centre, if you are applying to settle in the UK as the spouse, partner or family member of someone who has British citizenship or is settled in the UK.

How long does it take for a fiancé visa to be approved 2022? ›

After filing Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé, it may take approximately 10 to 14 months to obtain a K-1 visa. It may be shorter for some and longer for others. As explained, the K-1 processing time can vary based on the agencies that adjudicate the many steps.

What are the fiancé visa requirements UK? ›

You and your partner must be aged 18 and over. You must intend to marry within 6 months of coming to the UK. Your visa must be sponsored by your partner who must also be a British citizen or a settled person in the UK. Your 'Sponsor' must earn a minimum of £18,600 or meet the financial requirement by other means.

What is the income requirement for K-1 visa 2022? ›

K-1 Visa Income Requirements: Poverty Guideline Chart

The minimum fiancé(e) income requirement is $22,887 in 2022, which is for a household of 2. However, there is a lot more to know about the income requirement.

Why fiance visa can be denied UK? ›

Insufficient Evidence of Relationship

If you are trying to secure a spouse visa, the most common reason for denial is insufficient evidence of your relationship. You must prove to the Home Office that your relationship is genuine and subsisting.

How can I speed up my fiance visa UK? ›

To get a decision within 5 working days

If you're eligible you can choose the 'priority service' when you apply. It costs £500 in addition to the application fee. You'll get a decision within 5 working days.

What is the fastest way to get a fiancé visa? ›

The fastest way to apply for a fiancé visa if your fiancé is overseas and you want to marry in the United States. This is called the K-1 visa and lets your fiancé enter the United States for 90 days so that your marriage ceremony can take place in the United States.

How long is the fiancé visa process UK? ›

UK Fiance Visa Processing & Decision Waiting Times

The Home Office service standard for deciding a Fiance Visa application submitted outside the UK is 12 weeks (3 months).

Why do fiancé visas get denied? ›

You may have your visa denied if either of you does not meet the requirements to be legally married in the US. This is common when one or both of you is still in another marriage. If you were in a previous marriage, ensure that you end it before the K-1 visa application.

Is there an interview for UK fiancé visa? ›

As part of your UK Spouse visa application, you may be contacted by UK Visas and Immigration to attend an interview.

How much bank balance is required for UK visa? ›

You must submit 6 months of bank statements that clearly show your monthly salary and financial commitments. There must not be any large deposits of cash other than your salary. Total savings must be at least twice your proposed UK trip expenses.

Does the UK have a 90 day fiancé visa? ›

A fiance visa grants you entry to the UK for a period of six months during which time you are required to marry your fiance in the UK. Once you are married you can apply for a spouse visa from within the UK. The spouse visa enables you to work in the UK and will initially be granted for a period of 30 months.

What percentage of fiancé visas are approved? ›

According to the USCIS Reports, statistically, 90% of the I-130 petitions are approved, but this number includes more than just spouses. Or, as the same statistics show, about 75% of the I-129F are approved.

What proof do you need for a fiancé visa? ›

You should submit proof of a valid fiancé/fiancée relationship with the petitioner. It is often helpful to bring documents such as letters, photographs, or other evidence of your engagement. If you are applying for a K3 visa, please bring your original marriage certificate or a copy certified by the issuing authority.

Can you apply for fiancé visa without meeting? ›

You Must Meet Two-Year Meeting Requirement Prior to Filing Fiancé(e) Visa Application. During the two years before you file the Form I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), you must meet your fiancé(e) in person.

How often do fiancé visas get denied? ›

Having Your Fiancé(e) Visa Denied is Common

More than 15% of all K-1 category visa applicants had their applications rejected in 2021. This amounts to over 4,000 rejected visas. However, this K-1 visa denial rate is not surprising. This is because it is a visa category that is at high risk of fraud.

Can I sponsor my fiancé to UK? ›

Applying from outside the UK

You can apply for a family visa to live with your: spouse or partner. fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner.

Can I bring my fiancé to UK to get married? ›

You must apply for a Marriage Visitor visa if: you want to get married or register a civil partnership in the UK. you want to give notice of a marriage or civil partnership in UK. you're not planning to stay or settle in the UK after your marriage or civil partnership.

How long does it take to get a response after Biometrics UK 2022? ›

If you apply for a biometric residence permit (BRP) to replace conditions (or wet ink stamp) in your passport or UK travel document, you should usually get decision: within 8 weeks of applying online if it's a visa. within 6 months of applying online if it's for settlement (also called 'indefinite leave to remain')

Which visa is faster fiancé or spouse? ›

Application Process and Timeline for Fiancé(e) and Spousal Visa. If your main goal is to get to the U.S. as quickly as possible, then the K-1 fiancé(e) visa is likely the fastest option. But if your goal is to get an actual green card as soon as possible, then a marriage-based visa will be quicker.

How much does fiancé visa cost UK? ›

The fiance visa UK fee (cost) in 2022 is £1,538.

Is fiancé visa difficult? ›

While the K1 visa application may be difficult, the overall process and approval can be made faster and easier with the assistance of a capable legal representative.

How much income do I need to sponsor my fiancé? ›

The most common minimum annual income required to sponsor a spouse or family member for a green card is $22,887. This assumes that the sponsor — the U.S. citizen or current green card holder — is not in active military duty and is sponsoring only one relative.

Is it better to get a fiancé visa or spouse visa UK? ›

The fiance visa is only granted for a period of 6 months. Whereas the marriage visa also referred to as the spouse visa is granted for a period of 30 months. The conditions of the 2 visas are different. Another important difference between a fiance visa vs spouse visa is that the fiance visa does not permit employment.

Can I leave the country on UK fiance visa? ›

However, there is no absence limit for Spouse Visa holders. Those in the UK on a family visa are exempt from the 180 day absence period rule, this includes the spouse, fiance or proposed civil partner of a British citizen as well other types of family members that qualify for this category.

How do I prove my relationship is real for a fiancé visa? ›

Couples can provide a written statement detailing the relationship and this can be accompanied by various evidence such as statements from friends and family detailing your relationship.
  1. Photographs and communications. ...
  2. Travel. ...
  3. Shared children. ...
  4. Joint financial commitments.

What happens after fiancé visa is approved UK? ›

What happens if my Fiance Visa application is successful? If your visa request is approved, you will be allowed to enter the UK and remain for up to six months, provided that you and your partner get married within this timeframe. Once married, you can apply to change your status and get a Spouse Visa.

What is the average wait time for a fiancé visa? ›

The processing time for a K-1 fiancé visa application currently averages 6 months. Note this does not include the time from when your application is approved to your interview date, which differs based on the country you're applying from.

What questions do they ask in a fiancé visa interview? ›

K1 Visa Interview Questions
  • What are your name and birthday?
  • Where were you born?
  • What is your nationality?
  • Have you ever visited the United States before? ...
  • Were you ever involved in marriage before?
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Can I get UK visa without interview? ›

Hence, the majority of the students applying to the UK are not required to appear for the UK Visa Interview. However, in case there is a discrepancy in your online UK visa application or your documents are not in order, you will be required to attend the UK Visa Interview.

How many months bank statement do I need for UK visa? ›

You must show the funds have been held for 28 days, unless you are relying on a student loan or official financial sponsorship. The bank statement(s) or evidence you use to show funds have been held for 28 days must be from the 31 days before you submit your application.

Can UK embassy check your bank account? ›

Overseas bank statements

This is the same tool that UKVI use when checking your visa application. If you use an overseas (non-UK) bank account to show your funds, UKVI will make additional checks. These will include checks that the financial institution is regulated and uses electronic record keeping.

What is the minimum salary for UK visa? ›

You can be paid between 70% and 90% of the usual going rate for your job if your salary is at least £20,480 per year and you meet one of the following criteria: your job is in a shortage occupation. you're under 26, studying or a recent graduate, or in professional training.

How long is fiancé visa interview? ›

All immigrant visa applicants, including children, are required to visit the Embassy in person for a formal visa interview. You can expect to be at the Embassy for approximately 1.5 hours.

How do you show proof of relationship? ›

Proof of relationship is required, such as a birth certificate or marriage certificate.

Is there interview for fiancé visa? ›

During the visa interview, applicants will be required to present evidence to the consular officer that they are not likely to become a public charge in the United States. You may present evidence that you are able to financially support yourself or that your U.S. citizen fiancé(e) is able to provide support.

How long is the fiance visa process UK? ›

UK Fiance Visa Processing & Decision Waiting Times

The Home Office service standard for deciding a Fiance Visa application submitted outside the UK is 12 weeks (3 months).

Why is my UK visa being delayed 2022? ›

Processing times have recently been affected by COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine. For example, partner visa applications from outside the UK, which usually take 12 weeks to process, are currently taking up to 24 weeks to process from the date of biometric enrolment at a visa application centre.

Why is my UK fiance visa taking so long? ›

The Home Office changed its guidance on 11 May 2022 to state that out-of-country UK fiance visas may take “up to 24 weeks to receive a decision for those applying to join family in the UK”. The following email has also been sent to out-of-country partner visa applicants: Thank you for applying for a UK visa.

How long does it usually take to get a fiance visa approved? ›

The processing time for a K-1 fiancé visa application currently averages 6 months. Note this does not include the time from when your application is approved to your interview date, which differs based on the country you're applying from.

How hard is it to get a UK fiance visa? ›

To qualify for a fiance visa you must satisfy the following criteria: You and your future spouse must be at least 18 years of age. You and your future spouse must have met each other. You and your future spouse must intend to live together on a permanent basis once married.

Does the UK have a 90 day fiance visa? ›

The Fiance Visa is specifically designed to enable individuals from outside the UK to marry or enter into a civil partnership with their UK partner, and to remain in the country afterwards. Their partner must be either a British citizen or a person with settled status in the UK.

What percentage of fiance visas are approved? ›

According to the USCIS Reports, statistically, 90% of the I-130 petitions are approved, but this number includes more than just spouses. Or, as the same statistics show, about 75% of the I-129F are approved.

Can visa processing time 2022? ›

Canada is experiencing a large volume of LMIA applications in 2022, which can result in longer processing times and possible delays, especially seen in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Depending on which LMIA you apply for, it can take anywhere from 8-29 business days to process your application.

How do I know if my UK visa is approved 2022? ›

How will you know if your visa is approved? You will receive a communication from UK Visas and Immigration regarding whether your visa has been approved or denied, typically in the form of a letter, a text message, and/or email.

How can I speed up my fiance visa? ›

You can generally request expedited processing by calling the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833) or by asking Emma after you have obtained a receipt notice. (You can access Emma by clicking on the Ask Emma icon on the top right of this page).

What happens after fiance visa is approved UK? ›

What happens if my Fiance Visa application is successful? If your visa request is approved, you will be allowed to enter the UK and remain for up to six months, provided that you and your partner get married within this timeframe. Once married, you can apply to change your status and get a Spouse Visa.


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