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How to Obtain A UK Marriage Visa

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UK Marriage Visa

A Marriage Visa must be obtained by any couple that will be living in the U.K. when only one of them is a permanent U.K. resident. Marriage Visas apply to both spouses and civil partners. If a couple have any dependent children they are also covered by Marriage Visas.



The requirements to receive a Marriage Visa in the U.K. are that the applicant must be legally married to the sponsor (the half of the couple that is a legal U.K. citizen.)

The couple has to have met and have a desire to live together in order to obtain a Visa.

Any applicant for a Marriage Visa must either be able to support themselves or be supported by the sponsor.

It must be proven that the applicant will not need to seek public assistance when living in the U.K.

Adequate accommodations must also be available for the couple to live in order to be eligible for a Marriage Visa.


Requirements for Engaged Couples

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A Marriage Visa can also be obtained by engaged couples. In order to do so, the couple must have plans to get married within six months of receiving the Visa.

They also must prove that once they are married they will definitely be living together.

It is necessary to prove that the couple has somewhere to live between the time they receive the visa and the time they get married.

The Marriage Visa does not give the applicant permission to work for up to their first six months living in the U.K.

After a couple is married they can apply for an extension that lasts one year. If they receive the extension the applicant is then permitted to work.

Under certain circumstances, Marriage Visas can also be obtained by couples who are only dating. For more details on marriage visas be sure to contact an immigration lawyer.


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