The UK Visitor Visa for Marriage/Civil Partnership and the implications of the recent Statement of Changes

19 Jan 2024, 00 mins ago

Embarking on the journey of marriage or civil partnership? If you are planning to host your ceremony in the UK, understanding the intricacies of the Marriage/Civil Partnership Visitor visa is crucial.

The Marriage/Civil Partnership Visitor visa allows a stay in the UK of up to 6 months. This grants sufficient time for wedding preparations, ceremonies, or even a honeymoon period to spend in the UK and explore many picturesque locations with your partner.

To apply, ensure that you meet the criteria. The Marriage Visitor visa is for those seeking to marry or register a civil partnership, give notice of the same and engage in permitted activities outlined in Appendix Visitor. The visa is tailored for those who are not planning to settle in the UK post-celebration.

Whilst the visa opens doors to a wide range of activities, it is important to note the restrictions in place on public funds, on bringing in dependants separately or pursuing an extended stay. The visa clearly forbids work, except for specific engagements related to your overseas business.

The Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, issued on 7 December 2023, explicitly prohibits those on a Marriage visitor visa from studying in the UK as described in PA 17, and engaging in permitted paid engagements as stated in PA 19. However, this visa does offer a level of flexibility, as besides PA 17 and PA 19, individuals on this visa are permitted to take part in all the other permitted activities that can be located in Appendix Visitor. This includes a wide range of activities, from business engagements (granted that it is related to your work or business overseas, such as attending meetings) to cultural pursuits.

If you are someone that is interested in the Marriage/Civil Partnership Visitor visa, understanding the legal nuances is crucial in order to ensure that the union with your partner is not only heartfelt, but also compliant with UK immigration regulations.

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