A UK marriage visa grants foreign-born spouses of UK citizens or those with a settled status in the UK the right to enter or leave to remain in the UK, based upon their marriage to a UK citizen or resident who is settled in the UK. But are you eligible to apply for a UK marriage visa?
From 27 November 2008, all UK marriage visa applicants will have to be at least 21 years of age or older and their spouse who has settled status as a UK citizen or resident must also be at least 21 before they can submit the petition for their foreign-born spouse for a UK marriage visa.
Both parties must be legally married to one another, have firm plans to live together in the UK and prove that they have met each other before a UK marriage visa can be issued to the couple. UK law does not allow for the issuance of multiple marriage visas in the case of those who have more than one living spouse at the time of their application. Only one lawful spouse can be issued a UK marriage visa. Couples must also show that they have the financial means to support themselves without recourse to public funds and have accommodation already lined up where they will live together.
Dependent children of the marriage who are under the age of 18 are granted entry to the UK as dependents. Minors will be able to apply at the same time as their parent does. Dependents, who spend three years in the UK and meet the general residence requirements, may then apply for British naturalisation.
A UK marriage visa is a privilege accorded to lawful spouses of UK citizens or those with settled status as permanent residents in the country. Both parties must be at least 21 years of age at the time of their application for a UK marriage visa and prove that they have met, plan to live together and that they have the necessary financial funds to support themselves. Dependent children under the age of 18 are granted entry at the same time as their parent.
British Embassy Washington, New English language criteria for migrants marrying UK citizens.
GlobalVisas, Marriage Visa.