8 HIDDEN Fiance Visa UK Fees & Costs in 2021

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The fiance visa UK fee (cost) in 2021 is £1,523. This is the amount that you will have to pay in Home Office fees in order for the application to be processed. 

You should also know that there are going to be other (some unavoidable) costs in order to submit your UK fiancé(e) visa application, as shown in this table:

Fiance visa UK fee (cost) in 2021 £1,523
TB test certificate £65-110
Document translations £0-300+
Legal fees £285-£1,850+
English language test £150
Title deeds copy £3
Bank statements £0-80
Housing report £0-120
Priority visa services £573+

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We will now discuss which these costs applies to you.

HIDDEN COST #1

Getting a Tuberculosis (TB) test done

As we discuss in our free & detailed fiance visa UK 2021 guidance, depending on the country in which the applicant (the person applying for the fiancé(e) visa) is applying from, they may have to take a Tuberculosis test.

If required, this cost tends to be between £65 and £110.

The price varies depending on the specific test centre that you go to.

If you’d like to know a more specific figure, you can search ‘Tuberculosis’ on the gov.uk website and select the country from which you are applying.

tuberculosis test cost

However, it should be noted that for some unlucky applicants, getting the tuberculosis test done can be much more expensive than £110.

This is because your home office approved tuberculosis test centre may actually be rather far away.

In such a case, you may have to pay for expensive flights and hotel accommodation.

Total cost: £65-£900+

premium service fiance visaHIDDEN COST #2

Extra Visa Services

The fiance visa uk fee of £1,523 does not include some other services that you may want to consider.

Getting a faster decision on your fiancé(e) visa will cost you, on average, £573 and will make your application “at the front queue at every stage of the decision-making process”.

You may be thinking, how much faster will you hear back?

As we discuss in more detail in our fiance visa UK processing time in 2021, those who opt for the priority settlement visa service tend to hear back from the Home Office within six weeks, as opposed to the standard processing time of 2-3 months.

Please note that if you decide that you are willing to pay the extra amount of money in order to hear back from the Home Office sooner, you should ensure that you select the correct priority service.

There are normally two types of priority services, one for settlement and another a seemingly standard priority service.

It is the settlement priority service that you must choose.

This is because the standard priority visa service does not include fiance visa applications.

There are some people, however, that are generally advised to not use the priority visa service.

This includes those who have:

  • overstayed a period of leave in the UK;
  • been refused leave to enter the UK;
  • been refused leave to remain in the UK by the Home Office;
  • had leave to remain in the UK curtailed by the Home Office;
  • an unspent criminal conviction in any country;
  • committed a criminal offence in any country.
  • been deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK;
  • been refused a visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America, or the Schengen countries;
  • been interviewed, detained, or prosecuted by the police for any offence in the UK or elsewhere; and/or
  • been refused a visa for the UK.

The above points are explicitly made in the relevant sections of the VFS and TLS websites.

If any the above apply, they may not be able to guarantee that your application is processed quicker.

Total cost: £0 – £610+

document translations fiance visaHIDDEN COST #3

Translations of supporting documents

For most of the important documents that are not in English or Welsh, you must include a translation in the application.

Obviously, if translations have to be made by a qualified translator, this will cost money.

And unfortunately, no, you should not do this yourself in order to save money.

Well, how much will this cost you?

We have worked with many translation firms and the answer is, it depends on:

i) what language the document will need to be translated from;
ii) the amount of words that are on the document that needs to be translated; and
iii) the amount of documents you need translated.

The general rule is that documents that are important to a visa application will need to be translated.

Here is a list of the documents that require translating:

  • Marriage certificates
  • Divorce certificates
  • Death certificates
  • Birth certificates
  • Degree certificates

On average, to translate a one page document it will cost you approximately £60,

On the other hand, for a two-page document you are looking at approximately £85.

Total cost: £0-300+

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HIDDEN COST #4

Getting an English language certificate

Some people will not have to pay extra money in order to meet the English language requirement.

If you are a national of a majority English speaking country, then simply submitting your passport will satisfy the English language requirement.

Therefore, in such a case, there will be no additional costs for your application in order to meet the English language requirement.

“What are the majority English speaking countries?”

The following is a list of countries that the Home Office recognise to be majority English speaking:

  • Antigua and Barbuda;
  • Australia;
  • the Bahamas;
  • Barbados;
  • Belize;
  • Canada;
  • Dominica;
  • Grenada;
  • Guyana;
  • Jamaica;
  • Malta;
  • New Zealand;
  • St Kitts and Nevis;
  • St Lucia;
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines;
  • Trinidad and Tobago; or
  • the United States of America.

Unfortunately, the majority of people will be required to sit an English language test at A1 level.

Importantly, this test must be on the List of Home Office Approved Secure English language tests (SELT) in 2021.

Most commonly, applicants sit the IELTS Life Skills A1 test, which will cost £150.

If you do not pass this test, then you will have to pay another £150 fee for a second attempt.

“Can I sit a higher level English language test in order to save money?”

Absolutely.

If the applicant’s English language ability is good enough, we’d recommend taking the A2 or B1 English language test.

The reason for this is that the English language test will be able to be re-used if it meets the required level for subsequent applications.

To remind you, the following is the typical fiancé(e) visa route to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR):

UK Fiancé(e) visa (6 months) ->FLR M visa (30 months) -> FLR M visa (30 months) -> Indefinite Leave to Remain

If the applicant sits the minimum level at A1, they will normally be able to re-use this certificate for the first FLR M visa.

If the applicant sits the A2 level test, they will normally be able to re-use this exact same certificate all the way up until the second FLR M visa.

If the applicant sits the B1 level test, they will normally be able to re-use this exact same certificate all the way up until Indefinite Leave to Remain.

higher level english language test

Total cost: £0-150+

accommodation documentsHIDDEN COST #5

Getting documents to show adequate maintenance

As you will see in our free & detailed fiance visa UK guide, you will know that you will need to prove that you have ‘adequate’ accommodation in the UK.

The added cost will likely be zero if the accommodation is rented.

This is because your landlord or estate agent will probably be happy to write a letter for you for free.

However, you may incur extra costs associated with your fiance visa application, if the accommodation is owned.

This is because you may have to order a copy of the title register or deeds, of which can be obtained here for £3.

However, the largest cost for some will be those who choose to get a housing report done.

As we discuss in our article “Is a Housing Report or Property Inspection report required for a UK spouse visa or partner visa in 2021?“, a housing report is not something that is normally required but there are some situations in which it is advised to do so.

Total cost: £0-£90+

HIDDEN COST #6

Bank or building society fees

This cost may or may not apply to you, as some banks do not charge extra fees for providing bank statements.

One example is Coutts, who charge for original statements.

Another surprising example is Yorkshire bank, who ask for quite a lot of money in order to print out bank statements for a period exceeding 6 months.

One of our clients were recently charged £85 for the posting of 12 month’s worth of bank statements on request. They even refused to stamp and certify online bank printouts!

However, with this being said, most people shouldn’t have to incur this cost, as most banks are willing to send out statements at no additional cost.

Total cost: £0-85

fiance extra costsHIDDEN COST #7

FLR(M) visa fees

Fiancé(e) visa applicants have to renew their visa before their 6 month fiancé(e) visa expires.

Sure, you will not have to pay these fees at the time you submit your fiancé(e) visa application, but 6 months is not a long time at all and you probably should already start accounting for these costs. 

As we discuss in our FLR(M) & spouse visa extension fees and costs for 2021 article, the Home Office processing fee for the FLR(M) visa is £1,033.

You will also then have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge, which will be £1,560.

In addition to this, there will be a £19.20 biometrics cost.

In total, therefore, at the very minimum, this will be another £2,593.

Total cost: £2,593.

HIDDEN COST #8

Fiance visa solicitor or lawyer fees

Getting legal help will save you time and take the stress out of your visa experience… IF you get the right immigration lawyers.

Typically, applicants pay an immigration lawyer to provide full legal representation.

Full legal representation basically involves getting a lawyer to help with your case from start to finish.

We charge £1,850 for full legal representation, but you will be able to find other immigration advisors who offer this at a cheaper rate.

Our full legal representation service is provided by our Head of Immigration, Ed Lowe. Ed has worked for the Home Office for 20+ years, with many of those years being a Senior Home Office Executive.

However, what other immigration lawyers do not offer, is our £285 DIY Application Pack Service.

Feel free to check out this service by clicking the above link.

In short, we will customise a document checklist and provide you with tailored letter templates that have been created according to the information that you provide us.

We are always happy to help, whether you decide to give us your money or not.

This is why we have worked really hard on our free guides, our main fiancé(e) visa guide being available here.

Total cost: £285-£1,500+

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the fiancé visa UK fee paid?

You will have to pay the Home Office fee when you submit the online application. This date is technically known as the ‘date of application’.

Do I have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)?

Fiancé visa applicants do not have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge for their fiancé visa application. However, you will have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge when you extend the application.

Who can pay the Home Office fee?

It does not have to be the applicant that pays the Home Office fee. In most cases it is the sponsor (UK partner) or family/friends of the applicant and sponsor.

Will I lose the Home Office fee is my application is refused?

Unfortunately, the Home Office fee will not be refunded in the event that your application is refused. It is therefore incredibly important to take the time to read the fiancé visa requirements, which is discussed in this website!


SUMMARY

Sorry, getting your fiancé(e) visa is not going to be cheap.

Whilst some of these extra costs are unavoidable (i.e. getting a tuberculosis test done) some of these costs are optional.

In any event, it is always good to be prepared for the costs rather than being taken by surprise.

If you would like to save money and receive a custom tailored document checklist and letter templates, please feel free to check out our DIY Application Pack Service.

Alternatively, if you would like one of our immigration advisors to deal with your case from start to finish, we charge £1,850 for our Full Legal Representation Service.

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