UK Fiancé Visa Processing Time [2023] July update

UK Fiancé Visa Processing Time

[2023] July update

Are you planning to get married in the UK? If your partner is a UK citizen or settled person, you may need a UK fiancé visa. This visa allows you to enter the UK and get married. But how long does it take to process a UK fiancé visa? This guide will help you with this UK fiancé visa processing time.

What is a UK Fiancé Visa?

A UK fiancé visa is for people who want to come to the UK to get married or become civil partners. This visa is only for people who plan to live in the UK after they get married.

Who Can Apply for a UK Fiancé Visa?

To apply for a UK fiancé visa, you must be engaged to someone who lives in the UK. This person must be either a UK citizen or have settled status. You must also plan to get married in the UK within 6 months of arriving.

Applying for a UK fiancé Visa

Applying for a UK fiancé visa involves several steps:

  • Fill out the online application form.
  • Pay the visa fee (usually around £1,523).
  • Pay the healthcare surcharge.
  • Attend an appointment at a visa application centre. Here, you will provide your biometric information (fingerprints and photo). It is from after this point that the processing time starts.
  • Provide supporting documents. This includes proof of your relationship and future marriage plans.

There will also be other fees that you need to be aware of.

UK fiancé Visa Processing Time

The processing time for a UK fiancé visa, after you apply for your UK fiancé visa, is usually around 12 weeks for a decision. This is about 3 months. But, remember, this is an average time. Sometimes, it can take longer. If your case is complex, it will likely take more time.

Also, note that processing times can change. They can be affected by things like the time of year and how busy the Home Office is.

There is also an option for priority service. This costs extra but it means you could get a decision within a few weeks. Priority decisions for existing UK fiancé visa applications can take 15 working days and for new UK fiancé visa applications can take 30 working days. Not everyone will be eligible to apply for the priority service.

What Can Affect the Processing Time?

Several factors can affect how long it takes to process your visa:

Quality of Application

Make sure your application is complete and clear. If information is missing or hard to understand, this could slow things down.

Supporting Documents

You need to provide several documents with your application. This includes proof of your relationship and plans to marry. If these documents are not correct or missing, this will likely delay your visa.

Criminal Record

If you have a criminal record, this could affect your application. It could take longer to process.

Immigration History

If you have been refused a visa in the past, this could affect your application. It could take longer to process.

Can You Speed Up the Process?

Yes, you can use the priority service to get a faster decision. This costs extra, but it can cut down the waiting time to a few weeks.

Summary

The average processing time for a UK fiancé visa is 12 weeks. This can change based on many factors. To help your application go smoothly, make sure all your information is clear and complete. We can help. We can guide you through the process. We can complete the application form for you. We can ensure that your application has the greatest chances of success before it is submitted.

We wish you the best of luck with your UK fiancé visa application and your future marriage in the UK.

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