Marriage Visitor Visa

Marriage Visitor Visa

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 (see below)

You can’t 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

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
You can check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.

It costs £85 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 can’t do

You can use this visa to marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK:

  • within 6 months of your arrival
  • in any location licensed for this purpose

You can’t:

  • 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, eg attending meetings
  • do a course of study – except for 30 days of incidental study

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
  • not in transit to a country outside the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands

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