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Eligibility for a UK Fiancé Visa:
To qualify for a Fiancé Visa, both you and your partner must meet specific conditions. The key eligibility criteria in 2022 are as follows:
- Both you and your partner must be a minimum of 18 years old.
- You should have plans to marry within the Fiancé Visa’s 6-month validity period.
- Your partner must be a UK citizen or have settled status.
- You must have the intention to reside with your partner in the UK once you are married or in a civil partnership.
- You need to demonstrate your financial self-sufficiency as a couple, with a combined income of at least £18,600 annually.
- Proof of suitable accommodation for you, your partner, and any dependents is required.
- If you come from a non-English-speaking country, you must take an approved SELT (Secure English Language Test) to confirm your English language proficiency at the A1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
What is the English language requirement?
If you are from a non-English-speaking country, you will need to fulfil an English language requirement as a Fiance Visa applicant, unless you are exempt (more below).
You need to demonstrate that your level of English in reading, writing, listening and speaking is at least to the level of A1 as set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
You will need to pass a SELT test at the level of at least A1 at an approved English language test centre to prove your English language ability.
Your pass certificate will need to be included in your portfolio of evidence to submit to the Home Office.
You will be exempt from the English language requirement if:
- You hold a degree or higher qualification taught in English at an educational institution recognised by NAIRC
- You are over 65
- You are a recognised refugee
- You are living in the UK as an orphan or widow
- You are a victim of domestic abuse
- You have a mental or physical condition which prevents you from sitting the exam
Income Requirements for a Fiancé Visa:
When applying for a Fiancé Visa UK, you must present evidence demonstrating your ability to meet specific financial thresholds.
To satisfy the Home Office, you must showcase that, as a couple, you possess adequate financial resources to support yourselves during your stay in the UK, including any dependent individuals on your application.
Your combined annual income should be a minimum of £18,600. If you have child dependents accompanying you, this threshold increases by £3,800 for the first child and £2,400 for each subsequent child.
You can substantiate your financial means through:
- Regular employment income.
- Statutory payments like sick pay, maternity pay, paternity pay, or adoption pay.
- Investments in stocks and shares.
- Pension payments.
- Income generated from properties, such as rental income.
It’s essential to note that as a Fiancé Visa holder, you won’t be considered a permanent resident and therefore won’t have access to public funds.
Satisfying the Genuine Relationship Requirement for a UK Fiancé Visa:
To meet the crucial UK Fiancé Visa requirement of demonstrating a genuine relationship, you must furnish compelling evidence of your authentic partnership with your UK-based partner. Required information includes:
- Joint bank account statements.
- Documentation indicating shared accommodation.
- Birth certificates of any children you have together.
- Divorce certificates if applicable.
- Reference letters from family, friends, and professionals affirming the legitimacy of your relationship.
- Details about the duration of your relationship, how you met, and the frequency of your interactions.
Should you require assistance with the genuine relationship requirement, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will assess your case and provide guidance on the necessary information and documents to substantiate the authenticity of your relationship.
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