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Marrying a UK Citizen

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 11 Dec 2019 | comments*Discuss
 
Marrying A Uk Citizen

Marrying a UK citizen will generally entitle a foreign national to live and work in the UK. However, this entitlement is not automatic and there is certainly no immediate entitlement to citizenship for a foreign spouse.

Marriage Visitor Visas

If you want to get married or register a civil partnership in the UK, you can apply for a Marriage Visitor Visa. However, you will not be permitted to stay or settle in the UK after your marriage or civil partnership longer than the permitted six months. Any individual coming to the UK to marry must be 18 or over, be in a genuine relationship and plan to enter into a civil partnership in the UK within six months of arrival. Once the person leaves the UK at the end of the term, if they wish to apply to live in the UK they will need to apply for a new visa.

Family of a Settled Person Visa ('Spouse' Visa )

You’ll need a Family of a Settled Person Visa if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and you want to come to the UK to live with your spouse, civil partner or partner, who is legally permanently resident in the UK. There are strict financial and other eligibility requirements attached to this visa and you have to ensure both you and your spouse fully meet these in order to be able to apply. With this visa you will be able to work and/or study, but you will not be entitled to apply for public funds.

If you come to the UK with this visa, then if you continue to meet the requirements of your stay, you can apply to extend your existing ‘family of a settled person’ visa to 'remain with family' in the UK.

New restrictions have been imposed because some foreign nationals marry British citizens, or residents, purely so that they will be granted leave to remain in the UK and subsequently be in a position to apply for citizenship. To reduce the incidence of foreign nationals marrying UK citizens to obtain leave to remain, people who are subject to immigration control are strictly scrutinised by the UKVI.

Forced Marriages Involving British Citizens

In recent years growing concerns have been voiced on the subject of foreign nationals marrying UK citizens in forced marriages. Typically these involve male British citizens going abroad and marrying a foreign national who he may not previously have met and then bringing her back to live in the UK. In many cases at least one member of the couple will not have been aware that they were to be married. Girls may be plucked out of a village, unable to speak English and with absolutely no knowledge of UK life, and brought to live in a foreign country with a complete stranger.

The British government has made it a stated intention, through its Forced Marriage Unit, to reduce the number of forced marriages involving British citizens. Further new rules for foreign nationals marrying UK citizens will include requiring the foreign national to agree, before they come to the UK and to learn English after they arrive. If it is discovered that a foreign national has misused the marriage visa system their leave to remain in the UK may be removed. The UKVI has been given greater powers to deal with those who abuse the system and more guidance in spotting possible victims of forced marriages. Forcing someone to marry can result in a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

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Am David Ohene from Ghana i want to marry inUK am single
Chairman - 1-Dec-19 @ 4:15 PM
Hi!I love in Canada and my boyfriend lives in the UK. He is a retired RAF pilot suffering from PTSD. We are planning on getting married in the UK while I am there for six months. What and how is the best way to gain UK citizenship to be able to look after my soon to be new husband? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated more than you know. Thank you, Mel
Kat - 28-Nov-19 @ 12:41 PM
I'm in a 2 year long distance relationship with a woman in the USA. We have spent time together 4 times (twice a year). We are engaged with the eventual aim of living together in the UK. What is the best way to go about this? Getting married then applying for a marriage visa or bringing her here to study then marrying later? Or some other route?
Aine - 28-Nov-19 @ 1:08 AM
I'm an Indian and fell in love with a British guy who born and bred over there.It's been a year now and now we decided to get married so i just simply wanted to know what is the procedure we should follow to live with him permanently.
Sam - 26-Nov-19 @ 5:05 AM
My Kenyan wife was granted leave to return in 2006 and we were married in 2016 and have a four year old son, my wife has worked and paid taxes here in the uk but still has a Kenyan passport . She has attempted the life in the uk test several times but even I failed it and I’m born and bred English and know nothing about Diwali or Ramadan or how long winston Churchill’s cigar was .is it possible that my wife can just simply apply for a UK passport?
RICHARD - 25-Nov-19 @ 10:29 AM
My friend took her UK tourist/visit visa in Dubai. She live/work in Dubai for 10yrs now this is her 3rd UK tourist visa. initially she got 6mons. last 2016 then she applied and got her 2nd UK/tourist visa last 2017 for 2yrs and then she got new for the 3rd time again for 2yrs. She visited UK every year since 2016. Now before the year ends she wants to visit to the UKbut her residence/working visa got expired and both parties refused to renew as she would like to apply for another job but is she allowed to visit the UK? when her residence visa in Dubai just cancelled yet she have still remaining 18mons running UK tourist/visa? she wants to know if she can enter the UK without her residence visa in Dubai?
aika - 21-Nov-19 @ 10:41 AM
I'm A Filipino citizen but working with residence visa in Dubai for 12yrs now. I met a British Citizen whos working in the UK but came in Dubai for a work meeting he visit me again after that and we continue to communicate for very close to one year now. we planned to get married here in Dubai. what would be the procedure/ process for us to do so I can come/live with him and stay/work in the UK together as couple/family?
aika - 21-Nov-19 @ 10:18 AM
I want marriage UK ???? grili am from India I am 24 years old
ansari - 16-Nov-19 @ 1:21 AM
I have met my partner who is indonesian Christian. We are extremely happy, I was just enquiring how one would bring partner to uk to live with me here? We are engaged but I dont know the process that much
zac - 10-Nov-19 @ 2:49 AM
I'm a US citizen and I have fallen in love with a man in the UK. What is the best way for me to be able to move there and be with him? I also have children who will be going with me. I do plan on being in my own place until I find out if it will work between him and I?
BeckyB - 7-Nov-19 @ 3:43 AM
I divorced my husband and i am a British citizen, can i marry a Filipino citizen in UK who is legally separated in Philippines.
My - 5-Nov-19 @ 6:59 PM
I plan to marry my Russian girlfriend that I have been meeting overseas for over a year. We plan to live in the UK. I am a UK citizen. What would be the best/ fastest procedure to achieve this? Does it matter if we marry in Russia or in the UK? Thanks.
handsomepedro - 2-Nov-19 @ 1:44 PM
I am a Nigerian citizen met my husband in 2011, we got married in Nigeria since2012, we have a daughter in 2015, we have been living together in Nigeria but he decided to move back to the U.K in 2018, I been the wife is on a 5 years visiting u.k visa and we intend getting married next month in the u.k and my daughter is already schooling in the u.k. my visiting u.k visa is expiring in 2021 but I intend changing it to a settlement visa while am in the u.k before expiry,what are my chances?
Dupsy - 31-Oct-19 @ 12:43 PM
I want to marry to England women from 30 to 40 years old i'm 45 years old i'am in sharm elshiek .. egypt Muslim
Abo Omar - 26-Oct-19 @ 3:15 PM
I'm married to a British and I'm Kenyan. My husband stayed in Kenya with me for 5 years now we want to relocate and my husband has not worked for 5 years in the UK. What process shall we use. He has a family house and family businesses.
Bhavi - 24-Oct-19 @ 5:58 PM
My son wants to marry his Japanese girl friend of two years. She works here in Britain and would like to spend married life here. What will they need to do
Wendyt - 23-Oct-19 @ 9:38 PM
My situation is similar to Bdub..My Boyfriendis in Jamaica and I live in the U.k. We want to get married and not sure how to go about it .what procedure do we need to follow ? Do we try to get married in England or Jamaica ? I have been to Jamaica 5 times now and My boyfriend tried for a visiting U.K. visa this summer but it got refused. We are going to try for the visiting U.K. visa again so he can come for Christmas. Also Should we do the fiancé one first and then apply for the spouse visa ?
Cabbiieee - 9-Oct-19 @ 6:03 PM
I am a UK citizen wishing to marry an Indian citizen. Will he be able to come and live and work in UK?
Chaz - 29-Sep-19 @ 12:43 PM
Hey, I am a uk citizen, was born here and lived here all my life (Scotland) my boyfriend is an international student studying here just now on a tier4 student visa which expires early 2021. We wanna get married sometime next year, will he be able to stay with me here in the uk while we apply for spouse Visa even if we haven’t heard back when his student Visa expires ?
Sasha1605 - 13-Sep-19 @ 6:22 PM
I am a Uk citizen my boyfriend is an international student from Nigeria, studying here in Scotland just now. We plan to marry sometime next year while he’s still on his tear 4 student Visa. His Visa expires early 2021. Can he stay in the uk with me while we apply for spouse visa?
Sasha1605 - 13-Sep-19 @ 6:07 PM
My girlfriend is in the UK and I live in Jamaica and wewant to get married and not sure how to go about it .what procedure do we need to follow ? Do we try to get married in England or jamaica? We want to live together and travel so any advice ?
Bdub - 10-Sep-19 @ 2:15 PM
I want to marry a girl who a student visa experd can we get married and apply for indefinite
Sahil - 10-Sep-19 @ 12:56 AM
I want to marry a student she from abroad but her visa expired can we get married and aplay for indefinite
Sahil - 10-Sep-19 @ 12:54 AM
I've been in a long distance relationship for the last 3 years and we finally decided to get married. I was wondering should i go to their country get married and come back to the UK or should i bring them up on a fiance visa and get married in the 6 months. I'm just not sure which way to go about things as we do want to genuinely start a family and move on and build our life together in the UK. Just curious as i will be going to their country for the next 5 weeks and we thought if I'm there get married and look at bringing them back on a spouse or which ever visa is best.
RuF - 29-Aug-19 @ 10:13 PM
I am a British citizen. My wife just received her indefinite Visa. Does she have to wait for 12 months to apply for naturalization or she can apply straight away. She had got her indefinite on a ten year route Thanks
Haroon - 29-Aug-19 @ 12:00 PM
My son is planning to marry a Japanese girl he has been seeing for sometime.They want to marry in Japan and come back here to live.He lived in Japan for some years but came home for family reasons.Is this possible?He is a British national.
Concerned mother - 16-Aug-19 @ 1:34 PM
I lived in UK nearly my whole life. I left when my mum died 10 years ago. I was a permanent resident. My whole life. I've even got an NHS number and UK bank account still. I applied for a UK passport, they denied me after 6 months, and kept my money, said cos I was born before 1983!! My mum and grandmother where UK born and raised as was my son. I'm treated like crap. I wonder if I went over if they'd know?
Zaura - 23-Jul-19 @ 9:13 PM
If you are studing in the UK and want your spouse to be in the UK so should you leave your studies and start to work or your spouse can come without that.
Sam - 21-Jul-19 @ 3:13 PM
@Nadia - If you are on a spouse visa then you are entitled to work or study immediately. However to be considered a Home student, you need to have lived in the EU for the last 3 years.
TJ. - 9-Jul-19 @ 5:09 PM
Hi, i am married with a British citizen and i wold like to know after being settled in UK, when can i start my study/work there and would i be count as a home student?
Nadia - 7-Jul-19 @ 10:37 AM
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