Marriage and Civil Partnership visitors
Those looking to come to the UK to marry or enter into a civil partnership can apply for a marriage or civil partnership visit visa. Applications in this category must be made from outside of the UK.
In order to enter the UK as a marriage or civil partnership visitor, an applicant must demonstrate that:
- they intend to leave the UK at the end of their visit;
- they have sufficient funds for their visit;
- they intend to give notice of marriage or civil partnership; or
- they intend to marry or form a civil partnership; and
- the relationship is genuine.
Length and conditions of stay in the UK
Applicants can apply to come to the UK for a period of up to six months and are required to leave the UK at the end of this time. There is no option to extend this visa from within the UK.
Applicants should not intend to live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits under this route or to make the UK their main home. Applications can be refused if an immigration officer believes that this is the case.
During their stay in the UK as a marriage or civil partnership visitor the applicant will be unable to work and study is restricted to 30 days.
Marriage and Civil Partnership Visit visa applications: How we can help
The Home Office will carefully scrutinise an application for a marriage or civil partnership visit visa. If it considers that the applicant does not intend to leave the UK at the end of their stay or if it considers that any of the other requirements have not been met, the application will fall for refusal. It is therefore essential that the application is prepared thoroughly and carefully.
We are experienced in preparing visa applications for marriage and civil partnership visitors to ensure a successful outcome and will provide expert guidance and assistance to you throughout the process.
If you require legal assistance or would just like to discuss your situation with one of our experts on a no-obligation basis, please contact us.