The ‘visit for marriage’ visa category is available for those foreign nationals wishing to come to the UK to marry their British fiancée with no intention to settle in the UK after the marriage. This non-settlement immigration category can also be used by non-EEA couples who wish to get married or form a civil partnership in the UK.
The term ‘visit for marriage’ illustrates that the application will be treated as a visitor visa, as opposed to any longer term non-settlement or settlement visa application. Applicants will be subject to the normal, stringent immigration control and are obliged to hold a valid entry clearance with permission to enter into marriage or a civil partnership in the UK.
Non-EEA nationals, who wish to get married or register a civil partnership in the UK are required to have a valid visa or entry clearance for this purpose. The UK Border Agency (UKBA) officials may deny your entry unless you hold:
- a visit for marriage visa issued by a British Consulate overseas
- a visit for civil partnership visa issued by a British Consulate overseas
- a settlement fiancee issued by a British Consulate overseas (if you wish to settle in the UK after the marriage)
You must meet the following basic requirements in order to qualify for a “visit for marriage” visa:
- You are seeking a visa for the sole purpose of getting married or registering a civil partnership in the UK within six months of issuance of a visit for marriage visa;
- You have no intention to settle in the UK and will leave the UK at the end of your visit;
- You and your proposed spouse or civil partner must be legally free to marry;
- You have a bona fide relationship with your fiancee or partner;
- You must demonstrate that you have an adequate accommodation arranged and have sufficient funds to support yourself without requiring any disbursements of public funds;
- You will not engage in employment in the UK;
- You must demonstrate that your wedding arrangements are underway.
As any other general visitor visas, visit for marriage visas are typically granted within a few weeks.