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 are 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.
 

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
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