Immigration Application – Fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner
If you intend to marry a British citizen, or someone who is settled in the UK, the Immigration Rules enable you to apply for a fiancé visa to the UK for a period not exceeding 6 months. During the 6 month period, you must register your marriage in the UK in order to then apply for a further period of leave to remain on the basis of your relationship with your spouse.
As with many of the other applications under Appendix FM of the immigration rules, there is stringent criteria that must be satisfied and extensive documentary evidence must be provided. You must be able to prove that you have a genuine relationship with your proposed partner and a real intention to marry. You must also prove an intention to live together in the UK, and proof that your sponsor will be able to support you financially so that you will not have recourse to public funds.
Article 8 European Convention of Human rights
In every application we must consider the Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The right to respect for private and family life. This is a qualified right, proportionate with the need to maintain an effective immigration and border control.
Our solicitors, in every fiancé or proposed civil partner application, emphasise the need for a proper assessment of Article 8 to be made, showing how the requirements of the Rules are met. We also specialise in making applications for “post flight”, future spouses. When a refugee wishes to bring his or her future partner to the UK, the application will be made under the Immigration Rules and of course it is very important to make these applications for those who cannot travel back to their country of origin or to have a family life in another country.
The benefit of making a fiancé or proposed civil partner application, is that the applicant who enters the civil partnership or marries in the UK can settle permanently in the UK. After the marriage or civil partnership the applicant is free to undertake employment without restrictions and the visa serves as a route to settlement in the United Kingdom and ultimately naturalisation as a British citizen.
Danielle is an experienced Immigration Lawyer, and together with her London team of Immigration Solicitors, she will be able to make the process as clear and straightforward as possible. If you would like Danielle and her team to assist with your application, or you have a general query please do not hesitate to call us on 020 7267 4133.