USA and the UK
If you are a US citizen considering getting married in the UK, you may need to apply for a Marriage Visitor Visa. You will need a Marriage Visitor Visa UK if your partner is not a British citizen or if the two of you are intending to live in the US after your wedding.
The Marriage Visitor Visa UK is part of the Standard Visitor Visa route. It can be granted for up to six months and requires a great deal of evidence. Recently, the Home Office has been strict in granting Visitor Visas, stating that not enough evidence has been given. You will need to give evidence of your wedding plans and prove that you intend to leave the country once your visa expires.
How can IAS help you?
We at IAS understand that your wedding is one of the most special times in your life. Our lawyers are dedicated to taking as much stress out of your application as possible. As part of our application package, we will provide you with a list of documents you can use for your application. They will be used to prove to the Home Office that you meet the tough requirements for the Marriage Visitor Visa UK. We will also complete your application forms in for you, making sure that you do not fall into the common pitfalls of this type of application.
Call us now on+1844 290 6312 or use our online inquiry form to speak to a lawyer about having your special day in the UK.
Last modified on June 17th, 2023 at 8:03 am
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Anybody from outside of the EEA needs to apply for a Marriage Visitor Visa before having their wedding in the UK. Meeting the requirements for any type of Standard Visitor Visa can be difficult.
You will need to give evidence of your wedding plans in the UK as well as proving that you have strong reason to return to your country of origin. You will also be required to show that you can afford your travel and can support yourself while in the country.
You will only be able to extend a Visit Visa if the initial visa was not granted for six months. A Visitor Visa can only be extended up to the full six-month limit.
There may be some circumstances where you will be able to extend this visa, usually on compassionate grounds. This is known as Further Leave to Remain.
You cannot switch to a different visa type if you are in the UK on a Marriage Visitor Visa UK. If you are marrying a British citizen and decide that you would both like to live in the UK after your marriage, you will need to leave the country and apply for a Spouse Visa from your country of origin.
If you and your partner have already decided to live in the UK after your marriage, the Fiancé Visa route will be a more relevant route. The Fiancé Visa can last up to six months and will allow you to switch to a Spouse Visa from within the UK after your marriage.
Find out more about UK Fiancé Visas.
Our lawyers have helped countless couples enter the UK to get married. Your lawyer will help you find the right route for you both and advise you on the best course of action to take.
As part of our services, we will:
- Arrange a meeting wherever you are: in person, over the phone or via Skype;
- Assess your eligibility for the Marriage Visit Visa UK and suggest alternatives if necessary;
- Perform a full document check to ensure that your evidence meets Home Office standards;
- Complete your application forms for you to a professional standard;
- Include a Letter of Representation which argues why your visa should be granted;
- Liaise with the Home Office until a decision is reached.
Call us today on +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online to find out more or to start the application process.