Fiance Visa UK Processing Time in 2024 [FEBRUARY Update]

The fiance visa UK processing time in 2024 is currently 2 – 3 months (on average) if you submit a non-priority application and 30 working days if you purchase the priority service.

Fiance visa UK processing time in 2024

Standard (non-priority) applications

2 – 3 months
Priority applications

30 days

In this article, we will discuss the priority service and other frequently asked questions relating to the fiancé(e) visa UK processing time in 2024.

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General Fiance visa UK processing time in 2024 FAQs

Priority Fiance visa UK service FAQs


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General Fiance visa UK processing time in 2024 FAQs

“When does the fiance visa UK processing time begin and end?”

The fiance visa UK processing time will ordinarily begin when the applicant attends their biometric appointment at the visa centre.

In the United States (US), this is slightly different. If the applicant submits their biometrics at a Department of Homeland Security Office, the processing date technically begins when the applicant’s passport is received at the VFS scanning hub in New York.

In both instances, the processing time for fiance visa applications will end on the day that the Home Office makes a decision on your application.


“Can the applicant keep their passport when they apply for a UK fiance visa?”

The applicant’s physical passport is normally submitted when the applicant attends the visa centre.

An exception to this are applicants who have to attend a visa centre in another country due to their not being a visa centre in their country of residence.

Another exception are applications submitted from the US where the passport is normally posted to a specified address in New York after the visa centre appointment.

Most visa centres around the world, however, offer a “Keep My Passport” service for an additional cost.

If the applicant opt for the Keep My Passport service, they will retain possession of their passport until a decision is made, in which they will be notified to hand over their passport to the relevant visa centre.

This optional additional service is helpful for applicants who intend to travel between the period of submitting the online application and the application being decided, and can often be purchased on the VFS/TLS website (after you have submitted the online application by paying the Home Office fees).


“Do sponsors keep their original passport when a fiancé visa application is submitted?”

Yes – sponsor’s physical passport is not submitted as part of the standard UK fiancé(e) visa process.

Rather, a paper or digital copy of the sponsor’s passport is submitted (depending on the document-submitting procedure you choose).


“What will the start date of the fiance visa be?”

This largely depends on two things:

1) What you list as the ‘intended date of travel to the UK’ in the online application form; and

2) The decision date (the date that the Home Office caseworker processes the application).

If the decision date is before the ‘intended date of travel to the UK’ answer, the start date of the 6-month fiancé(e) visa will usually be the intended date of travel to the UK answer.

If the decision date is after the ‘intended date of travel to the UK’ answer, the start date of the 6-month fiancé(e) visa will usually be on or shortly after the decision date.

Please note, however, that Home Office caseworkers can normally only post-date the start date of the 6-month fiancé(e) visa by up to 3 months.


“We have recently submitted the UK fiance visa application by paying the Home Office fees, but we now want to withdraw the fiance visa application. Can I get a refund?”

It is normally the case that only applicants who have not attended the visa centre appointment can normally get a refund on the fiance visa UK fee in 2024.

All applicants (even those who have attended the visa centre appointment) can get a refund on the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) by withdrawing the application.


“How can I withdraw a UK fiance visa application?”

You can do this by logging into the fiance visa online application form.

Once you have logged in, you can click the ‘cancel your application’ link.

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“We submitted the fiancé(e) visa application weeks ago and received a confirmation email from the Home Office. Does this mean that our application will be delayed?”

Confirmation emails, such as the following, are sent out as standard:

Dear [APPLICANT’S NAME]

Regarding Visa Application: [GWF NUMBER]

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.

These emails are sent out rather sporadically.

Sometimes they are sent very shortly after submitting the online application, whilst other times, they are sent days, weeks or even months after applying.

When you receive such an email, please note the following:

1) If the supporting documents have already been submitted, this does not mean that the supporting documents were not received – please note that it states, “If you or your sponsor have not already submitted supporting documentation”.

So, if you have already submitted the supporting documentation, there is nothing else you need to do.

2) The date you receive this confirmation email does not affect the processing time of the fiance visa UK application.

For example, if you receive the above email two months after submitting the online application, this does not mean that the processing time will start once the email is received.


“If we do not submit a required document or if one of our documents does not satisfy the Immigration Rules, can this delay the processing of the application?”

In some cases, this will delay the processing of the application.

If you do not submit a required document or if one document does not satisfy the Immigration Rules, there is a chance that the Home Office caseworker may get in touch with you (normally via email) and request that the documentation is sent to them (rather than refusing the application).

This inevitably will delay the application’s processing to a certain extent (by a few days or weeks).

Please note: we have seen that some Home Office emails requesting additional documentation have gone into the applicant’s spam/junk folder (especially @hotmail or @outlook email addresses) so please check that regularly whilst the fiancé(e) visa application is being processed.

This is especially important as the Home Office email requesting additional documentation typically provides you with a relatively short deadline to provide these documents.


“What if our financial situation changes after we submit the fiance visa application?”

The relevant date that the fiance visa UK financial requirement in 2024 must be met is the date that the fiancé visa application is submitted.

The financial situation after this date is technically irrelevant to the Immigration Rules.

With the above being said, despite the above, we have seen that the financial situation changing just after the online application has been submitted has resulted in some complications.

Example of the financial situation changing just after the online application submission causing a complication

Hannah met the financial requirement alone via £62500 cash savings when the online application was submitted.

Two days after submitting the online application, the cash savings dropped below the £62,500 level.

Hannah’s application was unfortunately refused because she did not satisfy the English language requirement and therefore wants to submit a new fiancé(e) visa application after addressing this.

While satisfying the English language requirement can only take 2-3 weeks, she will have to wait until the required level of cash savings has been held for six months before she can submit another fiancé(e) visa application.


“We previously came across a gov.uk website which provides more specific UK fiance visa processing times for the country we are applying from. Where can I find this?”

The Home Office took down the website that provided more specific information about the processing time for particular countries.

This is because, whilst it used to be the case that the general processing time varies depending on the country where the application was submitted, this is generally no longer the case due to how the Home Office now processes applications.

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“When can we try following up on the application?”

If you opted for the priority service, you may decide to try following up on the application after 30 working days.

If you opted for a non-priority fiancé(e) visa application, you may decide to try following up on the application after 3 months.

Please note that, if you try to follow up on the application before the above timeframes, the application is likely only going to be expedited if there are exceptional/compelling circumstances, such as a family illness.


“How should we try following up on the application?”

First, you can use the Home Office contact form via this link.

Second, once you have exhausted the above, you may choose to contact your local UK MP and ask them if they will be able to assist regarding following up on the application.

If all else fails, you can also submit a complaint using this link.

The Home Office must respond within 20 working days if you submit a complaint.

Submitting a complaint should not reduce the likelihood of the visa being granted.

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Priority Fiance visa UK service FAQs

“What is the fiance visa UK priority service in 2024?”

The fiance visa UK priority service in 2024 is an additional service that will change the expected processing time from 2 – 3 months to 30 working days (on average).


“How much will the fiance visa UK priority service cost in 2024?”

The fiance visa UK priority service in 2024 will cost you an additional £500.

Therefore, you will have to pay the standard fiancé visa UK Home Office fee (£1,846) plus the fiance visa UK priority fee of £500, resulting in a total of £2,346 for each applicant.


“We have children who are also applying for a visa at the same time as their parent. Will we need to pay the UK fiance visa priority fee just once, or will this need to be paid for each of us?”

Unfortunately, if you opt for the priority service, you must pay the Home Office fee (£1,846) and the priority fee (£500) for each child applying.

Example

Jacob is applying for a UK fiancé(e) visa in 2023.

Jacob has two children who are also applying as part of the same fiancé(e) visa application.

Jacob will have to pay £5,538 for the fiance visa Home Office processing fee (£1,846 x 3) and an additional £1,500 (£500 x 3) if he opts for the priority service.


“At what stage do we purchase the priority service?”

After submitting the application by paying the Home Office fee, you will then be redirected to the TLS or VFS website (depending on where the application is being submitted from).

It is on the TLS or VFS website that you can purchase the priority service.

In some instances, the priority service can also be purchased when the applicant attends the visa centre appointment.


“Who is the fiance visa priority service not for?”

The VFS and TLS websites states if one of the following applies, it is more likely that the Home Office will not process the application within the standard priority service period:

  • The applicant has previously overstayed in the UK;
  • The applicant has previously been refused a visa for the UK, the US, New Zealand, Australia, Canada or any of the Schengen countries;
  • The applicant has committed a criminal offence (in the UK or elsewhere);
  • The applicant’s leave has previously been curtailed (cut short) by the Home Office;
  • The applicant has previously been interviewed, detained or prosecuted by the police for any offence (in the UK or elsewhere); and/or
  • The applicant has unspent criminal convictions (in the UK or elsewhere).

“Will there be a higher chance of our fiance visa application being granted if we pay for the priority service?”

No. Just because you paid for the priority service, it does not mean that there will be a higher chance of the application being granted.


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.

Want help?

As an OISC-regulated immigration law firm specialising in UK fiancé(e) and partner visas, we are exceptionally well-placed to help. This is particularly the case since many of our advisors have worked for the Home Office – the UK government department that will process your fiancé(e) visa application.

If you’d like detailed written guidance, a detailed document checklist and a set of letter templates that have all been tailored to your circumstances, feel free to check out our DIY Application Pack Service.

On the other hand, if you want us to help you with your application from start to finish, you may be interested in our full legal representation service. 

Our full legal representation service is offered by Ed Lowe, Wendy Foy and Matthew French – all of whom worked for the Home Office for many years.

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