UK settlement (marriage and fiancee) visa application process
Initial consultation and eligibility assessment
This preliminary step involves the collection of information and analysis of the basic facts of your specific case to determine whether you, as a sponsor, and your foreign fiancee, partner or spouse, as an applicant, meet the basic eligibility requirements to qualify for a UK fiancee visa or UK marriage visa. Our immigration consultants will make a determination on your eligibility to sponsor a foreign national for a settlement visa within 24 hours of receipt of your enquiry. All initial consultations with our immigration specialists are provided at no cost to you.
Retaining our services
If we determine that your fiancee or partner is eligible to apply for a visa, we will send you further information explaining how to engage our services. You will receive our start-up material, along with information about our fees and acceptable methods of payment.We will not agree to represent you or ask you to pay a fee unless we are confident that you and your loved one meet the basic requirements to apply for a UK settlement visa.
Receiving detailed instructions from us
Once you become a client, we will send you our detailed instructions via e-mail or by express mail, if you do not have Internet access. Included in these instructions will be an outline of the documents required for the visa application process, and your personal login name and password to access ouronline case management system, which is designed to keep you updated on the current status of your case around the clock, regardless of your location or time zone. At this point, we will contact your fiancee or spouse to inform them of any information or documentation that may be required from their end. We will call your loved one and answer his or her questions in English, Spanish, Chinese, Thai, Tagalog, or Russian.
You and your fiancee, partner or spouse will need to gather all the required documents and send them to us for processing. In the interest of expediting the submission of your application, you can send us your paperwork by fax or via e-mail, or to upload your documents using our online case management system. This reflects our “we do not waste a day” policy.
Once we have received all of your documents, we will prepare your actual UKBA visa application forms in accordance with the highest professional standards. All applications are prepared by our senior immigration consultants on the same day we receive the requested paperwork.
Signing the forms
To reduce waiting times, we will e-mail your visa application forms to you and your fiancee, or you may download them from our online case management system. If you do not have Internet access, we will deliver your application forms to you by express mail. We use DHL, UPS, or TNT courier services.
In most countries, a settlement fiancee, partner or spousal visa application must be submitted in person. However, the filing procedures for UK family applications vary, depending on the specific Consulate or Embassy and the country in which the applicant resides. We will schedule an appointment for your fiancee or partner to submit their application at their local Visa Application Centre (VAC), or the appropriate British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission that has jurisdiction over their place of normal residence. We will courier a complete settlement application package to your loved one in a 'ready for signature and submission' condition. We will make every possible effort to ensure that your visa application forms and any supporting documentation are complete, accurate and easy to review, encouraging the UKBA officials to approve your application as quickly as possible.
Continued monitoring and correspondence with British Embassy
Once submitted, we will provide you with regular updates about the status of your case. This includes informing you when the Embassy confirms receipt of your case, advising you of any requests for you or your fiancee to appear for an initial interview, and providing any other information that is relevant to your application. We will handle all telephone, e-mail, fax and mail correspondence with the British Embassy on your behalf.
Full pre-interview preparation
The interview is the most crucial part of the settlement visa process. Our immigration consultants will ensure your spouse or fiancee is fully prepared for this important event. This includes ensuring your loved one brings all the required supporting documents to the interview, and that she or he is relaxed and mentally prepared for what the interview entails. By arranging to speak with your loved one over the phone, or meeting in person a few days prior to the interview, we will make certain she or he is as relaxed and confident as possible.
We will inform you when and where your fiancee’s or partner's interview will take place. On the day of the interview, your case representative will be available via mobile phone outside of normal business hours to answer any last minute questions.
We will inform you as soon as we receive an official electronic confirmation of your visa approval from the UK Border Agency (click here to see a sample approval notice).
Additional services after the fiancee visa is granted
If you loved one enters the UK on a settlement fiancee visa, they will need to apply for further leave to remain or FLRmafter the marriage, commonly known as a spousal or marriage visa, to stay in the UK. We have successfully completed a tremendous number of spousal visa cases, and are proud to say that most of our former clients choose us as their exclusive representative after the initial fiancee visa process is complete.
Applications are dealt with by a senior immigration consultant with over 10 years of professional immigration experience handling fiancee, partner and marriage visas. Contact our UK visa departmenttoday!