UK Marriage Visa Guideline
A UK Marriage Visa will enable your husband, wife, fiancé or civil partner to apply for leave to enter, or leave to remain in Britain. The UK Marriage Visa is suitable if they are married to a person who is present and settled in Britain with no time limit on their stay.
Before travelling to Britain with a UK Marriage Visa, your spouse must apply for entry clearance. If you intend to bring your fiancé to join you, please refer to our section about UK Fiancé Visas.
Duration of a UK Marriage Visa
UK Marriage Visas are granted for an initial two year period and after this time you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in Britain and British nationality; this is permanent residency in the UK.
Benefits of a UK Marriage Visa
Once settled status in the UK is granted the person will be able to bring the spouse to join them in the country. They will be able to seek and take up employment in the United Kingdom as soon as the document is granted without the need to arrange a UK work permit. With a Marriage Visa there are no restrictions upon the type of work that can be undertaken.
UK Marriage Visa eligibility
Partners must fulfil the following requirements before a Marriage Visa can be issued:
- Parties must be legally married to each other
- Plan to live together
- Have met each other
- Be able to support themselves entirely without recourse to public funds
If the person has more than one husband, a Marriage Visa can only be granted for one of them to come to Britain.
Candidates must be at least 21 years of age or over before a Marriage Visa can be granted. The spouse with settled status in Britain must be 21 years of age or over.
Entry to the UK as dependents will be granted for children of the marriage who are under 18 years of age. Their application will be able to be made at the same time as the main applicant. UK Citizenship can be granted after three years in the country if the residency requirements have been met.