With the introduction of the new rules, those who have entered the UK on a General Visitor visa are not eligible to marry in the UK.
Special visas – Marriage Visitor visas – have been introduced for this category of visitor, which allow the applicant to come to the UK to have a marriage ceremony or to formally arrange a civil partnership without further stay.
For example, if a couple wants to get married in one of Scotland’s ancient castles, this visa is just right for them. However, both partners must leave the UK at the end of the visa period.
The processing of a Marriage Visitor visa is a time-consuming and laborious process. You need to be very careful about collecting the necessary documents, so we recommend that you seek help from immigration experts.
Please note that if you intend to marry or enter into a partnership with a British citizen or resident, this category is not applicable: you would have to apply under a completely different immigration category of Fiancee Visa or Spouse Visa.
UK fiancee visa Cost
Legal assistance to prepare and apply for a visa £750.
UK fiancee visa Requirements
To be granted a Marriage Visitor Visa, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
Demonstrate the intention to marry, enter into a partnership or be engaged to be married in the UK during the period applied for;
intend to leave the UK at the end of the visa period;
have sufficient funds to support themselves for the duration of their stay in the UK.
UK fiancee visa Restrictions
The Marriage Visitor applicant may not work, study or set up a business in the UK, seek medical treatment at a private hospital or engage in any activity not covered by this category of visa.
The visa is issued for a period of 6 months during which the applicant may travel to the UK on a number of occasions.
The holder of a Marriage Visitor visa may not change to another category while in the UK.
The Marriage Visitor visa holder is not allowed to bring family members as dependents.
All those invited to the ceremony must apply for a General Visitor.
UK fiancee visa Documents required
Proof of the applicant’s intention to enter into a marriage/partnership specifically while in the UK.
Proof of a genuine relationship with the future spouse/partner.
If employed, a letter from their employer confirming that they are releasing the applicant for a specified period. The letter must state the duties, position, salary of the applicant and the date on which the leave ends.
If the applicant is self-employed, he/she must provide business documents, accounting statements and prove his/her creditworthiness.
Proof of close ties to his country: ownership of property, family ties.
Program of travel, ticket and hotel reservation confirmation.
Bank statements for last 3 – 6 months.
Proof of additional savings.
Entitlement to appeal.
Marriage Visitor applicants have no right of appeal and, if refused, will have to make a new application. We strongly recommend that you seek specialist help in this case.