UK Fiance Visa Application Form 2024 [27 things you should know before submitting]

In this article, we are going to tell you:

1. Where you can find the correct UK fiance visa application form; and

2. 27 things you should know before submitting your UK fiancé(e) visa application form in 2024.

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#1 Where can I find the UK fiance visa application form in 2024?

To ensure that you use the current UK fiance visa application form in 2024, you can follow the following steps:

  • Click on this link to load the official gov.uk page.
  • Scroll down to the sub-heading ‘How to apply’.

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#2 Do I have to use the UK fiance visa online form, or is there a paper form I can use?

You must now use the fiancé(e) visa UK online application form (as discussed above).


#3 Is the UK fiance visa online application form the same as other partner visa applications?

Yes. The same online application form 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:

  • Spouse visa UK (entry clearance as a married partner)
  • UK Unmarried Partner visa (entry clearance as a married partner)
  • UK Civil partnership visa (entry clearance as a civil partner)
  • UK Proposed civil partner visa (entry clearance as a proposed civil partner)

Please note

The online application form for applications submitted from outside the UK is different from the application form to be used for applications made from inside the UK.

#4 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 prepare and submit your application without an immigration lawyer, you must ensure that you take the time to read the guidance as they relate to the UK fiance visa requirements in 2024.

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 the Home Office fees not be refunded (more information about this can be found in our UK fiance visa fees & costs for 2024 article), but in some cases, this will 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 £435 DIY Application Pack Service which will provide you with the following:

  • Tailored written guidance;
  • A tailored document checklist;
  • Tailored letter templates; and
  • General email support.

On the other hand, if you would like us to handle your application from start to finish, we offer a full legal representation service.

Our full legal representation service is provided by Ed Lowe, Matthew French and Wendy Foy – all of whom worked in the Home Office (the UK government department that will process your fiancé(e) visa application) for many years.

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#5 How do I submit a ‘valid’ UK fiance visa application?

To make a valid fiancé(e) visa application, you must do the following:

  • Submit the correct application form;
  • Complete all 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.

#6 Shall I fill in the Appendix 2 VAF4A Financial Requirements form for a UK fiance visa in 2024?

The Appendix 2 VAF4A financial requirements form is not required.


#7 How much will it cost us to submit the UK fiance visa application form in 2024?

The Home Office processing fee for a UK fiancé(e) visa in 2024 is £1,846.

Unlike an out-of-country UK spouse visa application, you will not have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) when you submit the fiancé(e) visa application.

With this being said, you should be aware that an Immigration Health Surcharge payment will be required when you make your FLR(M) visa application to extend the UK fiancé(e) visa, in addition to the £1,048 Home Office fee. 

More information about the fees and other costs associated with submitting a fiance visa application can be found in our article “8 HIDDEN UK Fiance Visa Fees & Costs in 2024“.

We discuss the costs associated with submitting an FLR(M) application form in our FLR(M) & Spouse Visa Extension Fees & Costs in 2024 article.


#8 When do I pay the Fiancé(e) visa Home Office fee?

Payment is made online using a credit or debit card as part of the online application process.

The date the fee is paid is significant as this is the date the application is submitted – it is known as the “date of application”.


#9 Will the Home Office fee be refunded if the application is refused?

Unfortunately, the Home Office fee will not be refunded if the application is refused. 


#10 Can someone other than the applicant pay 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 is also fine for a family or friend to pay the fee on the applicant’s behalf.

With this being said, it is rather common for payments to be rejected on the  online application form due to banks flagging payments as potentially fraudulent.

In such a case, a phone call to the bank confirming that the payment is not fraudulent will allow payment.

#11 Can someone complete the UK fiance visa application form on my behalf?

Yes. It is common for the sponsor/UK partner to complete the UK fiance visa online application form on the applicant’s behalf.

In such a case, they typically answer the questions as if they were the applicant.

With this being said, it is still technically the applicant that is applying. Therefore, where the online application form states “You”, this will generally refer to the applicant unless stated otherwise.

“Why is it important to point out that technically it is still the applicant applying?”

This is important because you have to know whether the application must be submitted from inside the UK or from outside the UK.

Whilst partners generally prefer to apply from inside the UK (due to Home Office fees being generally cheaper),  only applicants who are already in the UK on certain visas can apply from inside the UK.

The following visas will allow partners to submit a partner visa application from inside the UK:

  • Tier 1 visas
  • Tier 2/skilled worker visas
  • Tier 4/long-term student visas
  • Tier 5 visas (including a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme visa)
  • UK partner visas (including those in the UK on a fiancé(e) visa)
  • UK parent visas

UK fiancé(e) visa applications can generally only be submitted from outside the UK.

An exception to this are those in the UK on a fiancé(e) visa who have not been able to get married during the validity of the 6-month period.

Furthermore, the method by which you submit the supporting documents does not change whether the application is made from inside or 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.


#12 Will I receive a confirmation email after submitting the UK fiance visa online application form?

Unfortunately, a confirmation email is not always sent out.

Furthermore, when they are sent out, the following email tends to be sent out rather sporadically:

Thank you for your online application which has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre. Your application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer.

PLEASE NOTE: This email is to acknowledge receipt of your Settlement application, if you or your sponsor have not already submitted supporting documentation please ensure you follow the process listed below: UKVI is unable to consider your application without these documents.

Please ensure that your supporting documents are submitted within 5 working days of this email.

Because of this, partners often receive the above email days or weeks after submitting the online application.

If you submit the online application, upload the supporting documents and then receive the above email, there is nothing further that you need to do.


#13 Can I follow up on the status of a UK fiance visa application?

While it used to be the case that fiancé(e) visa applicants could follow up on an application if the standard service standard has been exceeded, partners have had very little success since the Home Office’s Ukraine response.

We elaborate more on this in our spouse visa UK processing time in 2024 article.

The processing time for fiancé(e) visas is identical to spouse visas. Due to the recent fast developments in the processing time, we keep the above article up to date.


#14 When should I start preparing to submit the UK fiance visa application form?

Submitting a UK fiance visa application, unfortunately, requires a lot more effort than:

  • Completing the answers on the UK fiance visa 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 earlier rather than later.

Reason 1  – It takes time to familiarise yourself with the UK fiance visa requirements.

It is essential that you fully understand the requirements before you apply.

Not meeting one of the many requirements can result in a refused application.

Reason 2  – It takes time to gather the required documentation.

Once you learn the UK fiance visa 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) does not guarantee a fiancé(e) visa grant. The list is non-exhaustive (meaning you can submit all the documents listed and still be refused because you did not submit a required document).
  • It can take some time to obtain the required documents.
  • The Immigration Rules relating to specific documentation state that certain requirements must be met concerning certain documentation – this is not discussed in the online application form.

#15 When, technically, is the UK fiance visa application form submitted?

The UK fiance visa application form is submitted when the Home Office fees are paid on the UK fiance visa 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 UK fiancé(e) visas is incredibly important because it is this date that you must show that the fiance visa requirements must be met.

In addition, the documents you submit must comply with the requirements on this date.

For instance, a well-known rule for partners relying on employment income to meet the financial requirement is that the bank statements 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 the applicant attends the overseas visa centre.


#16 Can I create a second, new UK fiance visa application? 

If you have not submitted the first fiancé(e) visa application, it will be open for you to create a new account and start the online application process from scratch. 


#17 How long will we have to wait for the Home Office to process the UK fiance visa application form? 

Most fiance visa applications take 3 months (on average) to process.

For more information about the processing time (as well as the optional priority services), check out our UK fiance visa processing time in 2024 article.


#18 Should I write a cover letter for the UK fiance visa application?

Yes. You should write a cover letter for your fiancé(e) visa application.

Writing a letter of support is the best way to easily provide a good overview of your application and how you satisfy the various fiancé(e) visa requirements.

Also, a letter of support will give you the space to more comprehensively answer the questions in the UK fiance visa application form – in some instances, the character limit that the form imposes is quite limiting.

If you want professionally written letter of support templates, these will be included as part of our UK Fiancé(e) visa DIY Application Pack service.


#19 Does it matter what order I submit the fiance visa supporting documents?

Unless this is stated otherwise in the online application or via official correspondence, the order that you provide the documents is not generally important.

Rather, your focus should be to ensure you satisfy each UK fiance visa requirement in 2024.

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.


#20 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 or two of attending the overseas visa appointment.

Again, it is important to note that different visa centres around the world handle things slightly differently, 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 satisfy the Immigration Rules – not the date that the applicant attends the overseas visa appointment.


#21 What will happen if I do not submit a required document?

If you do not submit a required document, a possible outcome is that your application is refused.

Remember, the document checklist automatically generated on the online application is non-exhaustive.

It is therefore absolutely possible (and 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.

In light of the significance of the application for you both,  you should do everything possible to ensure that the required documents have been submitted.

#22 What are the requirements I need to know before submitting the UK Fiance visa application form?

We discuss the UK fiance visa requirements in 2024 here.

Please note that adequately documenting how your sponsor’s income meets the financial requirement is the biggest cause for refused applications. We discuss several of the commonly made mistakes, as they relate to UK partner visas, in our free video series

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 on legal fees, our Fiancé(e) DIY Application Pack service will provide you with the following:

  • Detailed tailored written guidance
  • A tailored document checklist
  • A tailored set of letter templates that are relevant to your application
  • General email support.  

On the other hand, if you would like us to handle your application from start to finish, we offer a full legal representation service.

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#23 Can I rely on the gov.uk website and fiance visa online application form to tell me the requirements I must meet?

Unfortunately, a common 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 you must meet.

The reality is that you have to spend the time to thoroughly familiarise yourself with Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. 

This is because the online application form will only highlight general requirements.  


#24 Will this visa allow the applicant to work?

Applicants will not be permitted to work in the UK on a fiancé(e)e visa.

However, the applicant will be able to work once they have been granted an FLR(M) visa.

An FLR(M) visa is the application normally made before the expiry of the 6-month fiancé(e) visa, once the applicant and UK partner have married.

Example

Jane was granted a UK fiancé(e) visa.

The UK fiancé(e) visa expiry date is 5th June 2024.

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 is issued, Jane can work in the UK.

This will be seen in the FLR(M) visa Biometric Residence Permit which will state that work is permitted.


#25 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 an FLR(M) visa application before 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 of residence in the UK (not including the time spent on a UK fiancé(e) visa), if you have been granted partner visas on the 5-year route, you may apply for settlement (otherwise known as Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)).


#26 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.

On the other hand, the UK marriage visitor visa 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 which 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.


#27 What is the biggest mistake that UK Fiance visa applicants make? 

By far the biggest cause of refusals is the financial requirement.

The financial requirement requires many hours of familiarisation if you are going to apply without an immigration lawyer.

Not only are there dozens of rules that are specific to certain financial documentation, but there are also several Immigration Rules which completely change the financial documents that are required.

It is for this reason that we would strongly recommend reading our article “UK Fiance visa Financial Requirements in 2024“, as well as our free video series.

Want to know about the UK fiancé(e) visa process?

Our UK fiance visa timeline & process in 2024 article discusses this in depth.

This article includes a detailed video where we break down the process into 10 simple steps.

Want help?

As an OISC-regulated UK immigration law firm, we are especially well placed to help with UK fiancé(e) visas.

Not only do we specialise in UK fiancé(e) and partner visas, but many of our immigration advisors have worked in the Home Office (the UK government department which will process your fiancé(e) visa application).

Our full legal representation service is offered by Ed Lowe, Matthew French and Wendy Foy – all of whom worked for the Home Office. This is our most comprehensive service which involves us handling your application from start to finish.

Our DIY application pack service is for partners who want to prepare and submit the application themselves but would like additional tailor-made help for their UK fiancé(e) visa application.

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