We are are a team of highly qualified, very experienced, specialist solicitors who are market-leaders in all areas of UK immigration law. We are committed to supporting family values and appreciate the challenges that people face in ensuring their fiancé is able to come to the UK.
Would it be easier if we were married/in a civil partnership?
We always advise that already being married or in a civil partnership does not give any automatic right to gaining a visa, so rushing into it will not make the process of getting a visa necessarily “easier.” It is possible to get a visa as an engaged couple, but it is important that you meet all the eligibility criteria outlined by the UKVI.
Your partner or family member must have one of the following: • British citizenship; • settlement in the UK; • asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK.
You must also prove that:
• you’re 18 or over, unless you’re applying as a child; • you intend to continue living with your family member or partner in the UK after you apply; • you have an adequate place to live in the UK; • you have a good knowledge of English if you’re 18 or over – unless you’re applying as an adult dependent relative.
Your application might be refused if, for example, you’ve:
• got a criminal record in the UK or in another country; • provided false or incomplete information to the Home Office. Joining your partner if you are engaged to be married or become civil partners: You must prove that you and your partner are 18 or over and in a genuine relationship. You must prove that any previous relationships you or your partner had are permanently broken down. • You must prove that you plan to marry or become civil partners within 6 months of arriving in the UK. • You will NOT be able to work during your engagement.
You must also meet the financial requirement of:
• £18,600 per year if you’re applying only for yourself; • £22,400 per year for you and one child; • £2,400 per year for each additional child. You won’t need to prove you have this money if you or your partner get certain disability benefits or Carer’s Allowance, but you’ll need to adequately accommodate and support yourselves and any dependants. We can advise you on your financial eligibility in much greater detail as there are additional complex calculations that can be made if you do not meet the income threshold. Call us now to find out more about this issue.
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