How to switch from fiancé visa to spouse visa UK
A question we get a lot is how to switch from a fiancé visa to spouse visa in the UK. Let’s break it down into simple steps.
Step 1: Get Married
The first step is simple: get married! The fiancé visa allows you to come to the UK to get married. Once you’re married, you can apply to switch to a spouse visa.
Step 2: Meet the Requirements
To switch to a fiancé visa to spouse visa, there are certain requirements that you must meet:
Relationship: You and your partner must be married and plan to live together in the UK.
- Finance: You or your partner need to earn at least £18,600 a year. If you have children, this amount increases.
English: You need to prove your knowledge of the English language.
Accommodation: You need to have a suitable place to live in the UK.
Valid visa: You must apply before your fiancé visa expires.
You must not be in breach of the immigration rules.
You must be of good character.
Your partner must also meet certain requirements.
Step 3: Gather Your Documents
Next, you need to gather documents to prove you meet these requirements. You will need to provide marriage certificates, bank statements, English language test results, and other evidence.
Step 4: Apply Online
Once you have all your documents, you can apply online to switch to a fiancé visa to spouse visa. There’s a fee to pay, which is currently £1,048.
Step 5: Attend a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) Appointment
After applying online, you’ll be asked to attend an appointment at a UKVCAS centre. You will need to provide your biometric information (fingerprints and photo) and submit your documents.
Step 6: Wait for a Decision
The last step is to wait for a decision. This can take a few months. If your application is successful, you’ll get a spouse visa which is valid for 2.5 years.
If the switch from a fiancé visa to spouse visa is refused, we can help with an administrative review and/or making an appeal to the Immigration Tribunal.
How can expert Birmingham immigration solicitors help?
Switching from a fiancé visa to spouse visa can be complicated. That’s where we can help.
We have substantial experience in immigration law. We can guide you through the whole process. We can check your documents. We can give advice. We can make the application for you (called full representation). We can represent you at any Immigration Tribunal appeal hearing.
We also understand that this can be a stressful time. That’s why we promise to give you the best service we can. We will keep you updated about your case and answer any questions you have.
How can I contact expert immigration solicitors?
We are friendly and approachable. We understand how important it is for you to stay in the UK. If you choose us, we will do everything we can to get the results you need.
Can I change from fiancé visa to spouse visa in the UK?
Yes, so long as the application to change from a fiancé visa to a spouse visa is made before your fiancé visa runs out.
Is it better to get a fiancé visa or spouse visa UK?
The answer to this depends on your priorities. If you wish to marry in the UK then it is better to get a fiancé visa. If saving time and money is your priority in getting married then getting a spouse visa will be the better option.
Can you switch visa types while in UK?
Yes, it depends on the visa that you are on and whether you can switch from it. If you can switch, there may be restrictions on what you can switch into.
Can I apply for a UK spouse visa while in the UK?
It is possible to apply for a UK spouse visa while overseas or while in the UK.