Marriage Visitor Visa

Apply for a UK Marriage Visitor Visa if you are looking to get married in the UK and subsequently leave the UK. This visa is valid for 6 months and cannot extend into any other category of visa.

What is the UK Marriage Visitor Visa?

A UK Marriage Visitor Visa will allow you to marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK. The ceremony must take place at a licensed venue within 6 months of arrival. You can also travel through the UK in transit to another country.

With a Marriage Visitor Visa, you must not intend to live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or undertake any prohibited activities such as work or study. You will also not be allowed to work, access public funds, or study for more than 30 days.

If you plan on joining your partner in the UK and live and work in the UK, you will need to apply for a UK Fiance Visa.

What are the requirements of the UK Marriage Visitor Visa?

In order to qualify for a Marriage Visitor visa you will need to show that: 

  • You are over 18 years old
  • You are free to give notice of marriage and to marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within six months of your arrival 
  • You are in a genuine relationship
  • You will visit the UK for less than six months and will then leave the UK 
  • You have sufficient funds available to you to cover the costs of your visit and your return journey without needing to rely on public funds.

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What documents are required in the UK Marriage Visitor Visa application?

When applying for a Marriage Visitor Visa you will be required to submit a number of documents, some of the information and documents include the following:

  • Your original and current passport or other valid travel identification.
  • Documents to prove that you can support yourself during the entirety of your visit, for example, bank statements or payslips.
  • Details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans.
  • Details of the arrangements for notification of the marriage or civil partnership, such as a letter from the registry office.
  • Details of the arrangements that have been made or are being made for your wedding or civil partnership to take place in the UK during your visit. 
  • Documentary evidence of your future plans for your relationship, including where you intend to live once you have married or entered into a civil partnership.

What is the cost of a UK Marriage Visitor visa?

The application fee for a Marriage Visitor visa is £95.00.

What is the processing time for a Marriage Visitor visa? 

You should get a decision on your UK Marriage Visitor visa application within 3 weeks of attending your visa appointment. Depending on which Visa Centre you visit, you may be able to opt for priority services to quicken the processing time. A well prepare application will quicken the processing time.

How do I apply for a Marriage Visitor Visa?

The application form is required to be submitted online on the website. You will be required to explain, amongst other things, the purpose of your intended visit, together with details of your fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner and your future plans together. You will also have to pay the relevant application fee.

You will also need to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre outside the UK.

What does it mean to ‘give notice’ of marriage or civil partnership? 

To ‘give notice’ of marriage or civil partnership, you and your partner must sign a statement at your local register office to say that you intend to get married or form a civil partnership. You must have lived in the registration district for the past 7 days before you can give notice.  

If you or your partner are non-EEA nationals, you will need to give notice together at a designated register office. 

The notice period is 28 clear days – therefore you must wait at least 29 days before your wedding ceremony can take place. During this waiting period, there is no need to remain in the UK. 

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