UK Fiance Visa

The Fiance visa allows individuals to enter and stay in the UK with their partner for over 6 months. It serves as a route to settle in the UK with your fiance or partner.

This visa application is complex, however, and there are many proposed changes to the requirements for this visa. It is advisable to stay aware of potential changes and seek out an immigration lawyer for assistance with the UK Fiance Visa. Contact us at Total Law for help now at +44 (0)333 305 9375.

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    UK Fiance Visa: An Introduction

    The UK Fiance Visa is a visa route for the Egyptian engaged partners of British or Irish citizens, or those settled or with pre-settled status in the UK, as well as Turkish Worker Visa holders or Turkish Businessperson Visa holders. This also applied to the engaged partners of refugees and those with humanitarian protection wishing to enter the UK.

    Those who apply for this visa will be planning on marrying within 6 months of their UK arrival.

    This visa must be applied for from outside of the UK.

    Be aware that this visa type is not a direct or fast route to settlement in the UK like the UK Spouse Visa is. However, the Fiance Visa is a path to settlement via marriage and the Spouse Visa. It may take longer than other visa routes but can lead to eventual UK settlement.

    A UK Spouse Visa can be a route to ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain) or settlement in the UK after five years.

    This visa is in place for non-EEA nationals who wish to marry or enter a civil partnership with a partner based in the UK and live together permanently in the country. The partner of the applicant must be a UK citizen or a person who has settled in the UK.

    These visas last for 6 months and are granted under the presumption of marriage during this period.

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    UK Fiance Visa Requirements & Eligibility Criteria

    For Egyptians to be considered eligible for a UK Fiance Visa, both the applicant and the partner of the applicant will need to meet specific conditions and requirements.

    The eligibility criteria as of June 2024 include the following:

    • Both partners must be at least 18 years of age.
    • The partners must be planning on marrying or entering a civil partnership within 6 months, therefore within the visa validity period.
    • The UK-based partner must be either a UK citizen or a UK person with settled status.
    • The applicant must intend on living with their UK-based partner once they are married or in a civil partnership.
    • The applicant and their partner will need to show that they have suitable accommodation ready for them to both live in, as well as for any dependents that may be applying.
    • Those who are from a non-English-speaking country will need to take a SELT-approved test to prove that they can communicate and understand English to the level of A1, set by CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
    • Applicants must be able to show that they have the means to financially support themselves as a couple and therefore will not become a financial burden on the state. This will require a combined income of at least £29,000 per year.

    Finance and Income Requirements

    Egyptian applicants for the UK Fiance Visa must provide evidence that can demonstrate they meet the minimum thresholds for income. Each applicant is required to prove to the Home Office that, as a couple, the applicant and their UK-based partner will have enough money to support themselves in the UK and any dependents.

    The combined annual income currently stands at £18,600, and then there is an additional fee of £3,800 for any child dependents. After this, each additional child dependent will require another £2,400.

    Be aware that the combined annual income is proposed to increase to £38,700 per couple in 2024. Keep an eye on this ruling from the UK Home Office to be aware of any updates.

    Applicants can prove their finances via any of the following routes:

    • A regular salary via employment.
    • Self-employment.
    • Savings.
    • Statutory sick pay, paternity, maternity, or adoption pay.
    • Pension payments.
    • Stocks and shares.
    • Financial gains from properties, such as a regular income from renting.

    It is critical to remember that applicants who acquire a Fiance Visa will not be classified as permanent residents, and therefore, they will not have access to public funds.

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      UK Fiance Visa Documents

      Egyptians applying for the Fiance Visa will need to provide information and provide valid documentation that provides proof that they are eligible for this visa route.

      They will need to provide information regarding themselves, their UK-based partner, and any dependents that they wish to add to their application.

      Some of the documents Egyptians should expect to have to provide include the following:

      • The applicant’s name and date of birth.
      • Copies of the photograph page of any old visas or passports.
      • The completed application and fee.
      • 2 passport-sized colour photos that meet the UK requirements.
      • Information regarding the relationship the applicant has with their partner, including how long they have been in a relationship, how they met, and how often they see each other.
      • Details of any person the applicant was previously married to or had children with.
      • Divorce certificates if this applies to you.
      • Details regarding any criminal convictions you may have.
      • Details of any of the countries outside of the UK in which the applicant has lived and visited.
      • The date of birth and nationality of the applicant’s parents if they are applying from outside of the UK.
      • Proof of UK accommodation.
      • Biometric information.

      English Language Requirements

      Those who are from a non-English-speaking country, including Egypt, will need to fulfil the requirement for English-speaking as a Fiance Visa applicant unless they are considered exempt from this.

      Applicants will need to demonstrate that their level of English in writing, reading, speaking, and listening is at an A1 level as set by CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

      The applicant will be required to pass a SELT test at a minimum of A1 level at an English language testing centre that is government-approved to prove their language ability.

      The certificate showing the applicant has passed this test will be required to be included in the portfolio of evidence submitted for this application.

      That being said, some individuals will be exempt from this in the event they meet one of the following criteria:

      • The applicant holds a degree or higher qualification taught in English at an educational institution recognised by NARIC.
      • The applicant is over 65 years of age.
      • The applicant is a recognised refugee.
      • The applicant is a victim of domestic abuse.
      • The applicant has a mental or physical condition that will prevent them from being able to sit the exam.

      The Relationship Genuineness Test

      One of the most important aspects of this visa is the genuine relationship requirement. This requirement means that applicants need to provide enough evidence to prove that their relationship with their UK-based partner is genuine.

      Applicants need to provide information, including:

      • Bank statements show joint accounts.
      • Documents that show details of the accommodation they lived in together.
      • Birth certificates if the couple has children together.
      • Divorce certificates, if required.
      • reference letters from friends, family, and professionals that can vouch for the relationship’s genuineness.
      • Information regarding the length of the relationship, how the couple met, and how often they see each other.

      Fiance Visa Application Costs & Fees

      The UK Home Office set the application fee for the UK Fiance Visa submitted from outside of the UK to be £1,523, or £1,048 to apply from inside the UK.

      It is worthwhile to be aware that applicants may face additional fees on top of the application fee. This includes:

      • TB test fees.
      • Translation of document fees.
      • English-language test fees.
      • ECCTIS fees.

      UK Fiance Visa Application Process: Step-By-Step

      Applicants can complete the application process for a UK Fiance Visa online via the Home Office website. The application steps for this visa are as follows:

      1. The applicant should first ensure that they are eligible for the Fiance Visa. If they are unsure, they should seek out an immigration law solicitor who can confirm or deny eligibility.
      2. Once the applicant knows that they are eligible for this visa, they should prepare their documentation to prove their eligibility.
      3. With all documentation prepared, the applicant should complete the online application form on the UK Home Office website.
      4. The applicant should then pay the application fee for this visa once they have completed their application.
      5. With the fee paid, applicants will need to ensure that they upload all of their supporting documents to support their application.
      6. Next, the applicant will need to arrange a biometrics appointment at their nearest Visa Application Centre to have their photograph and fingerprints taken.
      7. If the applicant is invited for an interview, it is critical to attend.
      8. Wait for the UK Fiance Visa application to be processed, granted, or rejected.

      Fiance Visa Application Processing Time

      The Home Office has a standard period for deciding on a Fiance Visa application outside the UK of 3 months (12 weeks). However, due to other visa types speeding up in recent times, some are being processed faster.

      It is advisable to ensure that you check what the anticipated current waiting times are at the time you apply for a UK visa.

      Applicants should also be aware that applications for a UK Fiance Visa can only be made from outside of the UK. An applicant can’t switch to the Fiance Visa from inside the UK.

      Applicants in 2022 would not have been able to apply for the Super Priority Service for a Fiance Visa to acquire a faster decision; however, now this is possible. There is an extra fee for using the priority service, and the applicant can expect to receive a decision on their application in 30 working days.

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        Extending/ Renewing UK Fiance Visa

        Should an applicant wish to extend their visa, it is possible to apply for an extension, which could be granted for an additional 6 months. Yet, the extension needs to be valid, and it needs to be demonstrated that there is a genuine reason for this.

        Extensions will not be automatically granted, and evidence will need to be provided.

        After the partners marry, the applicant can switch to a Spouse Visa which is a route for ILR (indefinite leave to remain).

        Fiance Visa Holders Rights And Benefits

        Fiance visas are quite limited, as they are only granted to enable the partners to marry or enter into a civil partnership. This means that there is not much that the applicant can do in the UK until after the marriage.

        Applicants will not be able to be employed in the UK, work, or volunteer. Applicants will also not be eligible for any state funding, and it is not advised that applicants study during this visa.

        There are no explicit rules on studying on a Fiance Visa; however, the Home Office may still view this as a breach of immigration rules.

        How Total Law Can Help

        Understanding eligibility and collecting all the necessary documents to apply for a Fiance Visa UK can be complex. The requirements for a UK Fiance Visa are also quite strict, and applicants need to ensure they qualify for a UK Fiance Visa before they apply.

        This is why it is best to seek out the help of one of our immigration lawyers at Total Law. We can help your UK fiance Visa process and can help you apply for a Spouse Visa after the marriage or civil partnership. If you need help proving your relationship is genuine, Fiance Visa financial eligibility, or applying for a UK Spouse Visa, call us today at +44 (0)333 305 9375 to get started.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  You can use many types of proof to prove you and your partner have genuine relationship status. This could include bank statements from joint accounts, utility bills, flight bookings, call logs, photographs, visits to each other’s countries, tenancy agreements, and so forth.

                  If one partner is a British citizen and the other is not, is from outside the EEA, or does not have ILR, they need to apply for a visa to get married and will need to give notice at a register office to do so.