9 HIDDEN UK Fiance Visa Fees & Costs in 2024

The UK fiance visa fee (cost) in 2024 is £1,846. This is the amount that you will have to pay for the Home Office to process your UK fiance visa application. 

With this being said, you should be aware of some other costs associated with submitting a fiancé(e) visa application.

Some costs mandatory whilst others are optional.

The table below provides an overview of some of the costs we will discuss in this article.

Fiance visa UK fee (cost) in 2024 £1,846
TB test certificate £45-110
Document translations £0-300+
Legal fees £435-£3,000+
English language test £150
Title deeds copy £3
Housing report £0-120
Priority visa services £500+

uk spouse visa full legal representationWe will now discuss which of these costs apply to you.

HIDDEN COST #1

Tuberculosis (TB) tests

As we discuss in our free & detailed fiance visa UK 2024 guidance, the applicant may be required to obtain a Tuberculosis certificate.

As discussed on this gov.uk page, this largely depends on the country where the applicant (the person applying for the fiancé(e) visa) lives (or has lived in the 6 months before submitting the application).

This would be an excellent time to remind applicants that fiancé(e) visa applications must typically be made from outside the UK. The exception to this are applicants who have already been issued a fiancé(e) visa and are seeking to extend that visa as they were unable to get married within the fiancé(e) visa’s 6 month validity period.

If the sponsor (the “UK partner”) helps the applicant complete the online application form submit the supporting documents from inside the UK, this will not affect whether the application is being made from outside or inside the UK. Instead, the application will still be considered to have been submitted from outside the UK.

If a TB test is required, the fee tends to range between £45 and £110, depending on the particular test centre the applicant attends.

The TB test fee will be cheaper for applying children below 11 years of age.

If you’d like to know a more specific figure about the cost, you can just search ‘Tuberculosis [COUNTRY]’ on the gov.uk website and select the country from which the applicant is applying.

tuberculosis test cost

It should be noted that for some applicants, however, getting the tuberculosis test done can cost much more than the listed fee.

This is because, in some instances, the applicant’s nearest home office approved tuberculosis test centre may be far away. In some cases, applicants will be required to fly to another country to take the test. In such a case, you will also have to consider the costs associated with transportation and accommodation.

Total cost: £45-£900+

premium service fiance visaHIDDEN COST #2

Priority & Premium Visa Services

The fiance visa UK fee of £1,846 does not include some other services you may wish to consider.

If you opt for the priority service, this will cost you, on average, £500 and will make your application “at the front queue at every stage of the decision-making process”.

Please note that this £500 is the cost per applicant. Therefore, if you are applying with dependant children, you will also have to pay the priority service for them, too.

As we discuss in more detail in our fiance visa UK processing time in 2024 article, those who opt for the priority settlement visa service (when available) tend to hear back from the Home Office within 30 working days, as opposed to the standard processing time of 3 months.

If you decide to pay for the priority service, you should ensure that you select the correct priority service.

There are usually two types of priority services, one for settlement/migration and another for non-settlement/migration applications.

You must choose the settlement priority service as you will not benefit from the other service.

It should be noted that some people are generally advised by TLS and VFS (the commercial partners the Home Office uses to help with visa centre appointments) not to 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.

Total cost: £0 – £500+

document translations fiance visaHIDDEN COST #3

Translations of supporting documents

For certain important documents that are not in English or Welsh, the Immigration Rules state that you must include a translation and the original untranslated document as supporting documentation.

We elaborate on what documents should be translated in part 3 of our free video series.

We have worked with numerous translation firms and the fees that they charge vary, mainly depending on the following:

  • The number of words/pages that are on the document that needs to be translated;
  • The language the document will need to be translated from; and
  • The number of different documents you need translated.

Documents that typically require translating include:

  • The applicant and sponsor’s marriage certificate;
  • Divorce certificates relating to the applicant and/or sponsor’s previous marriage(s);
  • Mandatory financial documentation; and
  • Degree certificates (if the applicant relies on the degree certificate to satisfy the English Language requirement).

On average, translating a one-page document 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 applicants will not have to pay extra money to meet the English language requirement.

If the applicant is a national of a majority English-speaking country, then simply submitting a copy of their passport showing this nationality will satisfy the English language requirement.

Furthermore, applicants who have obtained a UK Bachelor’s degree or above from a UK educational institution will generally be able to provide that certificate to satisfy the English language requirement.

So, in the above two instances, there won’t be any additional costs involved with your application to satisfy 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;
  • The British Overseas Territories;
  • 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, many UK fiancé(e) visa applicants will be required to sit an English language test at A1 level (at a minimum).

Importantly, as we discuss in part 1 of our free video series, this test must be on the List of Home Office Approved Secure English language tests (SELT) in 2024.

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

If the applicant does not pass the test on their first attempt, you will have to pay another £150 fee for the second attempt.

“Can I take a higher-level English language test to save money?”

Yes. Applicants can sit a higher level English language test to save money as they proceed through the partner visa route to Indefinite Leave to Remain and British citizenship.

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 can be re-used if it satisfies 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 visa) ->FLR M visa (30 months visa/leave) -> FLR M visa (30 months visa/leave) -> Indefinite Leave to Remain

If the applicant sits a test at the minimum level of 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 same certificate until the second FLR M visa.

If the applicant sits the B1 level test, they will typically be able to re-use this same certificate 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, which can be obtained here for £3.

As we discuss in our article “Is a Housing Report or Property Inspection report required for a UK spouse visa or partner visa in 2024?“, as well as in part 1 of our free video series, a housing report is not something that is normally required, but there are some very limited situations in which it is advised to do so.

Total cost: £0-£90+

dependant childrenHIDDEN COST #6

Applying dependant children’s applications

If you are applying with an applying dependant child, you will also have to pay the Home Office fee for the applying dependant child.

Furthermore, if you decide to take advantage of other additional optional services (such as the document scanning service), you will also need to pay additional fees in relation to those other additional optional services – if your application includes an applying child.

Therefore, if the main adult fiancé(e) visa applicant is also applying with one dependant child, the application will cost twice as much.

It is essential to emphasise the word “applying”. If you have children who are British or Irish citizens, you will not incur additional fees, as British and Irish citizens do not have to apply for UK visas.

fiance extra costsHIDDEN COST #7

FLR(M) visa fees

In addition to considering the costs associated with the UK fiancé(e) visa, you should also remember that you will soon have to submit another application once you have married or entered into a civil partnership.

This is because fiancé(e) visa applicants are expected to extend their visa in the UK before their 6-month fiancé(e) visa expires.

Sure, you will not have to pay these fees when you submit your fiancé(e) visa application, but the 6-month period tends to fly by, and you would probably benefit by keeping the costs associated with the FLR(M) visa application in mind.

As discussed in our FLR(M) & spouse visa extension fees and costs for 2024 article, the Home Office processing fee for the FLR(M) visa is currently £1,048.

Furthermore, you will also then have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (which is not required for the UK fiancée visa).

The current IHS cost is £2,587.50.

Therefore, at the very minimum, the FLR(M) cost will be another £3,635.50 (including the current £1,048 FLR(M) Home Office fee).

Total cost: £3,635.50+.

HIDDEN COST #8

Fiance visa solicitor/lawyer fees

Getting professional legal help will save you time and take the stress out of your visa experience – if you get the right immigration lawyer who specialises in UK partner visas.

Typically, partners pay an immigration lawyer to provide full legal representation, which involves helping you with your application from start to finish (although you should ask what their service involves before engaging them as this will vary).

We charge £2,250 for full legal representation.

Our full legal representation service, which is our most comprehensive & bespoke service tailored to your needs, is offered by our Head of Practice, Ed Lowe, who has worked for the Home Office for 20+ years, with many of those years as a Senior Home Office Manager. Ed works alongside Matthew French and Wendy Foy – both of whom have also worked in the Home Office for many years.

We also offer a rather unique £435 DIY Application Pack Service, which essentially involves providing you with detailed written guidance, a customised set of document checklist(s) and letter templates that are created according to the information that you provide us.

We do appreciate, however, that not everyone has the means to pay an immigration advisor but is willing to spend a substantial amount of time learning the relevant Immigration Rules and then submitting their own application.

This is why we have written numerous detailed articles and guides, including our detailed fiancé(e) visa guide here.

Total cost: £435-£3,000+


HIDDEN COST #9

Conversion rates

The £1,846 Home Office fee is paid as part of the online application process.

This fee is normally not paid in British Pounds.

The conversion rates used on the online application form often takes partners by surprise. This is because the conversion rates used can vary by up to 5% from the conversion figure you will obtain from Google or other currency exchange platforms.

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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 if my application is refused?

Unfortunately, the Home Office fee will not be refunded if your application is refused. It is therefore essential to take the time to read the fiancé visa requirements, which are discussed on this website.


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

We discuss this in detail in our fiance visa timeline & process in 2024 article.

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

SUMMARY

Unfortunately, the costs associated with submitting a fiancé(e) visa (& shortly after, the subsequent FLR(M) visa) can add up.

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

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

If you want to save money by preparing and submitting your own application, but would like to save time whilst ensuring that you put the best application forward, please feel free to check out our DIY Application Pack Service.

Alternatively, if you would like us to deal with your application from start to finish, you may be interested in our Full Legal Representation Service.

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