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Marriage Visitor visa

Overview

You must apply for a Marriage Visitor visa if:

  • you want to get married or register a civil partnership in the UK
  • you want to give notice of a marriage or civil partnership in UK
  • you’re not planning to stay or settle in the UK after your marriage or civil partnership
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements

You do not need a Marriage Visitor visa to convert your civil partnership into a marriage – you can apply for a Standard Visitor visa.

You cannot apply if you qualify for British citizenship – including if you can have dual nationality. You must apply for British citizenship instead.

How long it takes to get a visa

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.

Example You can apply from 16 March if you plan to travel on 15 June.

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

Find out about paying for a faster decision.

Fees

It costs £95 to apply.

How long you can stay

You can use this visa to visit the UK for up to 6 months.

What you can and cannot do

You can:

  • marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of your arrival – you must use a venue licensed for this purpose
  • pass through the UK in transit (on your way to another country)

You cannot:

  • get public funds
  • bring in family members (‘dependants’) – they must apply separately
  • live in the UK for extended periods through frequent visits
  • extend your visa or switch to another visa
  • work – except for permitted activities related to your work or business overseas, such as attending meetings
  • study for more than 30 days – studying cannot be the main reason for your visit

Eligibility

You must prove that you’re:

    • 18 or over
    • free to give notice of marriage, to marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of your arrival
    • in a genuine relationship
    • visiting the UK for less than 6 months
    • leaving the UK at the end of your visit
    • able to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or that you can be supported and housed by relatives or friends
    • able to meet the cost of the return or onward journey

Documents you must provide

When you apply you’ll need to provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • proof that you can support yourself during your trip, for example bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months
  • proof of your future plans for the relationship, for example documents to show where you’ll live
  • details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans – you should not pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa

You can also supply the following to support your application:

  • details of the marriage or civil partnership and proof that you’ve paid money for some of its costs
  • proof that you’re planning to get married in the UK, for example a booking confirmation or emails between you and the venue

If you’ve been married before, you’ll need to show proof that you’re free to marry or enter into a civil partnership again, for example a:

You’ll need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.

Read the guide for a full list of documents you can provide.

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.

Apply

Apply outside the UK

You must apply online for a Marriage Visitor visa.

You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a visa application centre as part of your application.

Find out how to get your visa decision faster – this depends on what country you’re in. Check if your visa application centre offers faster decisions and other services.

North Korea

You must apply by post if you’re living in North Korea.

To apply from North Korea you must:

Data Source: https://www.gov.uk/marriage-visa