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In this article, we are going to tell you:
1. Where you can find the correct fiance visa UK application form; and
2. 29 things you need to know before submitting your fiancé visa UK application form in 2021.
#1 Where can I find the fiance visa UK application form in 2021?
In order to ensure that you use the most up-to-date fiance visa UK application form, follow the below steps:
- Click on this link to load the official gov.uk page.
- Scroll down to the sub-heading ‘How to apply’.
#2 Do I have to use the fiance visa UK online form or is there a paper form that I can use?
Unless you are applying from North Korea, you must use the fiancé(e) visa UK online application form (as instructed above).
#3 I have read about both the ACCESS UK and the Visa4uk website. Which one should I use?
The instructions above relate to the new application which is sometimes referred to as the ‘ACCESS UK‘ site.
The visa4uk website, on the other hand, is the old fiance visa online application form that has been discontinued.
You will no longer be able to apply for a UK fiancé(e) visa on the visa4uk website.
#4 Is the fiance visa UK online application form the same for other types of partner visa applications?
Yes. The same website is used for all out-of-country partner visa applications.
Therefore, the following types of visas will be made using the same online application website (as discussed above):
- Spouse visa UK (entry clearance as a married partner)
- UK Unmarried partner visa
- UK Civil partnership visa
- UK Proposed civil partner visa
The online application form for applications that are submitted from inside the UK are different to application forms that are being submitted from outside the UK.
#5 Is it possible to submit a fiancé(e) visa application without an immigration lawyer?
Yes. It is certainly possible to submit a fiancé(e) visa application without an immigration lawyer.
With this being said, if you do prepare and submit your application without an immigration lawyer, I really cannot stress how important it is to take the time to read the guidance as they relate to the fiance visa UK requirements in 2021.
This is because the starting position of submitting an application that does not meet one of the many requirements is that the application is to be refused.
Not only will you lose out on the Home Office fees (more information about this can be found in our fiance visa UK fees & costs for 2021 article), but this will also likely result in subsequent applications facing much more scrutiny.
We understand that many partners do not want to pay an immigration lawyer thousands in extra legal fees, which is why we offer a unique £285 DIY Application Pack Service which will provide you with:
- A tailored document checklist;
- Tailored letter templates; and
- General email support.
#6 How do I submit a ‘valid’ UK fiance visa application?
In order to submit a ‘valid‘ UK fiance visa application, there are several procedural requirements that must be met.
It is important to know what these requirements are because if you do not submit a valid application, the most likely outcome is that your application will be treated as if it was not submitted in the first place.
In order to make a valid fiancé(e) visa application, you must do the following:
- Submit the correct application forms;
- Complete all of the required sections in the application form;
- Pay the required Home Office fees;
- Submit an approved proof of identity;
- Provide biometric information when requested; and
- Sign the relevant sections where requested.
#7 Shall I fill in the Appendix 2 VAF4A Financial Requirements form for a UK fiance visa in 2021?
The Appendix 2 VAF4A financial requirements form is absolutely not required.
#8 How much will it cost us to submit the UK fiance visa application form in 2021?
The Home Office fee for a UK fiancé(e) visa is £1,523.
However, an Immigration Health Surcharge payment of £1,560 will be required when you make your FLR(M) visa application to extend the UK fiancé(e) visa, in addition to the Home Office fees.
More information about the costs associated with submitting a fiance visa application can be found in our article “8 HIDDEN Fiance Visa UK Fees & Costs in 2021“.
#9 When do I pay the Fiancé(e) Visa Home Office fee?
You will be required to pay the Home Office fee for the fiance visa application once you have completed all of the questions on the online application form.
Payment is made online using a credit or debit card.
#10 Will the Home Office fee be returned to me if the application is refused?
Unfortunately, the Home Office fee is non-refundable in the event that the application is refused.
#11 Can someone other than the applicant pay for the online application form fee?
Yes. Someone other than the applicant (the person applying) can pay the Home Office fees.
It is usually the case that the UK partner (aka. the ‘sponsor’) pays the Home Office fee.
However, it’s also fine for a family or friend to pay the fee on the applicant’s behalf.
With this being said, it is quite common for payments to be rejected on the Fiance Visa UK online application form, as the bank sometimes flags the payments as being potentially fraudulent.
In such a case, a quick phone call to the bank confirming that the payment is not fraudulent will allow payment to be made.
#12 Can someone complete the fiance visa UK application form on my behalf?
Absolutely. It is incredibly common for the UK partner to complete the fiance visa UK online application form on the applicant’s behalf.
In such a case, they normally answer the questions as if they were the applicant.
With this being said, it is still technically the applicant that is submitting the application.
“Why is it important to point out that technically it is still the applicant that is submitting the application?”
It is important because you have to know whether the application must be submitted from inside the UK or from outside the UK.
Whilst partners will generally prefer to submit the application from inside the UK, as the Home Office fees are generally cheaper, only applicants who are already in the UK on certain visas can submit an application from inside the UK.
The following visas will allow partners to submit an application from inside the UK:
- Tier 1 visas
- Tier 2 visas
- Tier 4 visas
- Tier 5 visas
- UK partner visas (including those in the UK on a fiancé(e) visa but are applying for a 30 month extension)
- UK parent visas
UK Fiancé(e) visa applications (i.e. the application that you are making to obtain a fiancé(e) visa) can generally only be submitted from outside the UK.
Furthermore, the method in which you submit the supporting documents does not change whether the application is made from inside or from outside the UK.
For instance, even if the UK partner submits the supporting documents at one of the UK walk-in centres for a UK fiancé(e) visa application, this will not change the fact that the application will still be considered to have been made from outside the UK.
#13 Will I receive a confirmation email after submitting the fiance visa UK online application form?
Unfortunately, whilst I am sure that it would be truly appreciated by most, a confirmation email is not always sent out.
#14 Can I follow up on the status of a UK fiance visa application?
If you have have waited longer than 8 weeks but have not yet heard back from the Home Office, you can try asking for an update using this link.
In some cases, the response will be helpful and your case will be escalated.
In the majority of cases, however, contacting the Home Office above will not result in anything meaningful.
“What if I have not waited longer than 8 weeks but still want an update on the application?”
Contacting the Home Office when they have not exceeded the service standard agreement (8 weeks for non-priority applications) is unlikely going to result in anything but you wasting your time.
However, if you have paid for a priority service and the stated timeframe has been exceeded, it will then be open for you to contact the Home Office to ask them to escalate the matter using this link.
#15 When should I start preparing to submit the fiance visa UK application form?
Submitting a fiance visa UK application unfortunately requires a lot more effort than:
- Completing the answers on the fiance visa UK online application form; and
- Submitting the documents requested on the automatically generated document checklist.
There are two reasons why it is strongly advised to start preparing for the fiance visa application as early as possible.
Reason 1 – It takes time to familiarise yourself with the fiance visa UK requirements
It is absolutely important that you know the requirements before you submit the application because not meeting just one of the many requirements will likely result in a refused application.
Reason 2 – It takes time to gather the required documentation
Once you learn the fiance visa UK requirements, the next step will be to start gathering the documents that the Immigration Rules require.
Here, it is important to understand that:
- Simply submitting the documents required in the automatically generated document checklist (in the online application form) absolutely does not guarantee a visa grant. The list is non-exhaustive (meaning you can submit all of the documents listed and then still be refused because you did not submit a required document).
- It can take some time to gather the required documents. For instance, some UK banks are really slow at providing Immigration Rules compliant bank statements.
- The Immigration Rules relating to certain documentation states certain requirements in relation to certain documentation. For example, in order to evidence cash savings, you must provide bank statements that show that the required amount of cash savings will have been held in the bank for 6 months or longer when the online application is submitted.
#16 When, technically, is the Fiance visa UK application form submitted?
The fiance visa UK application form is submitted when the Home Office fees are paid on the fiance visa UK online application form.
The date the payment is made is known as the ‘date of application‘.
“Why is it important to know when the application is submitted?”
The date of application for a UK fiancé(e) visa is particularly important to know because it is this date that the fiance visa requirements must be met.
In addition to this, the documents that you submit must comply with the requirements on this date.
For instance, a well known rule for partners who are relying on employment income in order to meet the financial requirement is that the bank statements that they submit must be no older than 28 days old.
Therefore, this 28 day period relates to the date the Home Office fees are paid rather than the date that the applicant attends the overseas visa centre.
#17 Can I create a second, new fiance visa UK application?
If you have not submitted the fiance visa application, it will be open for you to create a new account and start the online application process from scratch.
#18 I have made a mistake on the fiance visa UK online application form. What should I do?
It is first important to note that a mistake on the online application form can have disastrous consequences.
This is because your application may be refused if the Home Office caseworker thinks that you have provided ‘false information, representations or documents in relation to your application’.
This is even the case if such false information was an honest mistake.
So what should you do if you have realised that there has been a mistake?
There are two options.
The first option is to withdraw the application and then submit a new application.
Withdrawing the application will result in the Home Office fees being returned within a few weeks.
The second option is to address the mistake in your covering letter.
For example, you can include something along the lines of the following in your letter of support:
“You will note that in the online application form, I answered “5th July 1960” in response to the question “What is your father’s date of birth?”. Please note that this is not accurate and the answer should state 4th July 1960″.
Obviously, the safer bet here is option 1 – that is to withdraw the application and then submit a fresh application.
This, however, is massively inconvenient for some – especially those who do not have thousands of pounds sitting in the bank which will cover the fee for multiple fiance visa applications.
Because of this, if the online application form error relates to something small & insignificant (such as the applicant’s father’s date of birth), then you may wish to just use the covering letter to address the mistake.
On the other hand, if the mistake relates to something more significant, such as the source of income that is being relied on in order to satisfy the financial requirement, it will likely be the case that withdrawing the application and submitting a fresh one is the much safer bet.
#19 How long will we have to wait in order for the Home Office to process the fiance visa UK application form?
The majority of fiance visa applications are processed within 2-3 months.
If, however, you are willing to pay for the optional, additional service of priority processing, then you can shorten the amount of time that you will have to wait in order for the Home Office to process the visa.
For more information relating to the processing time (as well as the optional priority services), check out our fiance visa UK processing time in 2021 article.
#20 Should I write a cover letter for the fiance visa UK application?
You absolutely should write a cover letter for your fiancée visa application.
Writing a letter of support is the best way that you can easily and clearly provide a good overview of your application and how you meet the fiancée visa requirements.
In addition to this, a letter of support will provide you with the space to more comprehensively answer the questions in the fiance visa UK application form – after all, the character limit that the form provides you with is indeed quite limiting!
If you would like professionally written letter of support templates, these will be included as part of our Fiancée visa UK DIY Application Pack service.
#21 Does it matter what order that I submit the fiance visa supporting documents?
Unless this is said otherwise in the online application or via the official correspondence, the order that you provide the documents is not something that is generally important.
Rather, your full attention really should be put towards ensuring that you meet every fiance visa UK requirement.
For some overseas visa centres, a preferred order is referenced. In such cases, reference will normally be made to barcode dividers, a link of which, if required, will be provided to you in the online application process.
If there has been no mention of the barcode dividers, then this again is something that you should not worry about.
#22 How long will I have to submit the UK fiance visa supporting documents?
The general rule is that there is no specified time limit after the applicant attends the overseas visa appointment that you have to provide the supporting documents.
With this being said, we would not recommend leaving it too long – try to provide the supporting documentation within a week of attending the overseas visa appointment (if not on the same day as the overseas visa appointment).
Again, it is important to note that different visa centres from around the world handle things slightly differently and so this general rule may not always apply.
Reminder – The importance of the ‘date of application’
To remind you, the date of application is the date that the Home Office fees are paid on the online website.
Importantly, the date of application is the relevant date that the supporting documents must meet the Immigration Rules – not the date that you attend the overseas visa appointment.
#23 What will happen if I do not submit a required document?
If you do not submit a required document, the likely outcome is that your application is refused.
Remember, the document checklist that is automatically generated on the online application is non-exhaustive.
It is therefore absolutely possible (and in fact surprisingly common) that there are documents that MUST be submitted that are not on the automatically generated document checklist on the online application.
If your application is not refused because of the non-submission of the required document, there are two other outcomes.
Firstly, you may be contacted and asked to provide a specified document or documents.
Secondly, your application may be granted despite not submitting a specified, required document.
Both of these two options, however, are somewhat unlikely and you should do everything absolutely possible to ensure that the required documents have been submitted.
#24 So what are the requirements that I need to know before submitting the Fiance visa UK application form?
We discuss the fiance visa UK requirements in 2021 here.
In brief, you and your partner must:
- Have met each other
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Intend to live together permanently in the UK
- Evidence that the previous relationships of both you and your partner have permanently ended
- Evidence that you satisfy the financial requirement
- Evidence that you satisfy the adequate accommodation requirement
In addition to this, you will have to show that:
- You do not fall foul of suitability or general grounds of refusal
- Satisfy the English language requirement
Please note that adequately documenting how your sponsor’s income meets the financial requirement is by far the biggest cause for refused applications.
This is because the Immigration Rules are very specific about what documents must be provided.
If you would like to receive help from an immigration advisor without spending thousands in legal fees, our Fiancé(e) DIY Application Pack service will provide you with:
- A tailored document checklist
- A tailored set of letter templates that are relevant to your application
- General email support.
#25 Can I rely on the gov.uk website and Fiance visa online application form to tell me the requirements that I must meet?
Unfortunately, a big mistake that partners make is to assume that the gov.uk website and the Fiancé(e) visa UK online application form will inform you of all the requirements that you must meet.
The reality is that you really have to spend the time to fully familiarise yourself with Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.
This is because the online application form will only highlight general requirements.
#26 Will this visa allow me to work?
You will not be permitted to work on a fiancé(e)e visa.
However, you will be able to work once you have been granted a FLR(M) visa.
A FLR(M) visa is the application that is normally made before the expiry of the 6 month fiancé(e) visa, once the applicant and UK partner have married.
Jane was granted a UK fiancé(e) visa in 2020.
The UK fiancé(e) visa expiry date is January 5th 2021.
Therefore, as long as Jane is currently in the UK on a UK fiancé(e) visa, Jane cannot work in the UK.
However, as soon as the FLR(M) visa visa is issued, Jane will be able to work in the UK.
This will be seen in the FLR(M) visa Biometric Residence Permit which will state that work is permitted.
#27 Will I be able to extend this visa?
Unlike a UK marriage visitor visa, a UK fiancé(e) visa can be extended from inside the UK.
As long as the applicant and UK partner have married, this is done by submitting a FLR(M) visa application prior to the fiancé(e) visa’s 6 month expiration.
If the FLR(M) visa is granted, you will be allowed to remain for a further 30 months and be entitled to work or study in the UK.
After a total of 5 years residence in the UK, you may apply for settlement, otherwise known as Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
#28 What is the main difference between a fiancé(e)e visa and a marriage visitor visa?
The UK fiancé(e)e visa allows you to enter a marriage in the UK with a view to extending the visa and eventually applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
These applications must meet the requirements of Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.
The UK marriage visitor visa, on the other hand, is designed to enable your marriage or civil partnership ceremony to take place in the UK without having the intention to settle in the UK.
These applications must meet the requirements of Appendix V of the Immigration Rules.
It is this difference in intention is what separates a UK fiancé(e)e visa and a UK marriage visitor visa.
It is also important to note that a marriage visitor visa cannot generally be extended from within the UK.
#29 What is the biggest mistakes that UK Fiance visa applicants make?
By far the biggest cause of refusals is the financial requirement.
The financial requirement is something that requires many hours of familiarisation if you are going to submit the application without an immigration lawyer.
Not only are there dozens of rules that are specific to certain financial documentation, there are also several Immigration Rules which completely change the financial documents that are required.
It is for this reason why we would strongly recommend reading our article “Fiance visa UK Financial Requirements in 2021“.
How do I pay the fiancé visa UK Home Office fee?
You will have to pay the fiancé visa UK Home Office fee on the online application website.
Is the fiancé visa application form paper based or an online application?
Unless you are submitting the application from North Korea, it will be an online application form.
Do I need an immigration lawyer?
There is no legal requirement to have an immigration lawyer. You just need to absolutely make sure that you take the time to learn the relevant immigration rules.
What if I do not meet all of the requirements for a fiancé(e) visa?
Unfortunately, the most likely outcome is that your application will be refused.