How Can I Bring My Mexican Wife or Girlfriend to the UK?

Bringing Your Mexican Wife Or Girlfriend To The UK

Are you from the UK and have a Mexican partner? You might be wondering about how to bring them to live with you. UK immigration rules can be complex, but don’t worry! With the proper steps, you can make it happen.

This guide will help you understand how to bring your Mexican partner to the UK. It covers the visa options and who can apply for each. Let’s make this journey together!

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The Fiance Visa Route

The Fiance Visa UK has gained popularity among the British populace and those who are settled in the UK, aiming to wed their significant others on British soil. Once granted, this visa allows a six-month stay for the fiance, during which time the betrothed couple is expected to marry. Subsequent to the union, your Mexican partner can apply for a UK Spouse Visa, enabling them to continue living in the United Kingdom.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for a Fiance Visa, both the sponsor and the applicant will be required to meet specific requirements:

a. Relationship status

To be considered suitable for the Fiance Visa, it is mandatory that the betrothed couple is genuinely engaged and has the intention to be wed within six months of obtaining the visa. Furthermore, it is a prerequisite that neither party is currently married or in a civil partnership with another individual.

b. Age requirement

Both partners must have reached the age of 18 at the time of filing to be considered.

c. Financial requirements

The current financial requirement for UK Spouse Visas is £29,000 as of April 11th 2024. This is set to change to £34,500 later in the year, after which it will rise further to £38,700 by early 2025. This threshold is subject to regular modifications by the UK government. For the most recent information on how to fulfil these financial requirements through income, savings, pensions and investments, we encourage you to read our page on family visa financial requirements or get in touch with us.

d. Wedding plan

Prospective applicants for the Fiance Visa are obligated to provide details concerning their planned marriage, along with any evidence of expenses that have already been incurred. This may comprise confirmation of a reserved venue or other preparations that have been made for the ceremony.

e. English language requirement

To qualify for the Fiance Visa, it is required that the applicant demonstrate their proficiency in the English language at a basic level, usually by successfully passing an authorised English language test at the A1 level.

f. Accommodation requirement

The UK-based sponsor must arrange for adequate accommodation for their partner in the UK that meets the required standards and is not overcrowded.

g. Return plan

Applicants must not have plans to overstay the Fiance Visa and stay in the UK for more than six months. The applicant must have a return plan and be able to afford their travel expenses out of the UK. The Visa is not intended for individuals who plan to make the UK their permanent residence.

Processing Time and Decision

The Visa processing time for a Fiance Visa application may vary, but the majority of applications are typically concluded within 2-3 months. Once the Home Office makes a decision, the applicant will be duly notified, and if the visa is granted, they can make the necessary preparations to join their partner in the UK.

Once in the UK, the pair must tie the knot within six months. Following this six-month period, the applicant can apply for a Spouse Visa (if they have gotten married) or a Civil Partnership Visa in order to continue their stay in the UK. It is important to note that the Fiance Visa does not allow the visa holder to claim public funds or work in the UK.

It is also worth noting that once the Mexican partner has completed five years of habitation in the UK via the spouse visa route, they will be qualified to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

For expert help and guidance on the UK Fiance visa route, call our legal advisors or message us.

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The Spouse Visa Route

The UK Spouse Visa is one of the best options for bringing your Mexican partner to the UK if you are already married to him/her. This visa allows the applicant to stay with their partner in the UK for an initial period of 2.5 years, with the option to extend further.

The applicant can live, employ, and study in the Kingdom during this period. After completing five years of lawful residence, they can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and British nationality if qualified.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a Spouse Visa, both the applicant and their sponsor must fulfil specific prerequisites:

a. Sponsor’s status

The sponsor must be a British citizen, have permanent leave to remain in the UK, have settled status, be a permanent resident of the UK, or have refugee or protected status in the UK.

b. Relationship status

The pair must be legally married or in a civil partnership recognised by the UK and have lived together for at least two years. They must provide evidence of their marriage or civil partnership and plan to reside permanently with their partner in the UK.

c. Age requirement

Both partners must be at least 18 years old at the time of the application.

d. Financial requirement

The income threshold for all UK family visas is £29,000 as of April 11th 2024. It will rise again to £34,500 later in the year, after which it will rise to £38,700 by early 2025. Changes to these financial requirements are a common practice by the UK government. Read our page on family visa financial requirements for current and detailed advice on complying with these financial criteria and how you can meet them through income, savings, investments, pensions and more. Or contact us directly for a consultation.

e. English language requirement

To prove their English proficiency, the candidate needs to either pass a recognised A1 level English language test or possess a degree that was taught in English.

Processing Time and Decision

The processing time for a Spouse Visa varies but typically takes around 3 months. Once a decision is made, the applicant will be notified, and if the visa is granted, they can make arrangements to join their partner in the UK.

After arrival, the applicant will be permitted to live, study, and work without any restrictions. If the applicant remains in the UK for five years under the Spouse Visa, they may become competent to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), which grants permanent residency rights. Afterwards, they may also become qualified to apply for British nationality.

For expert help and guidance on the UK Fiance visa route, call our legal advisors or message us.

The Civil Partnership Route

The UK Civil Partnership Visa is a suitable option for individuals in a civil partnership with their Indian partners if either of them has a qualifying status in the UK. This visa enables the civil partner to live, work, and study in the UK for an initial period of 30 to 33 months, which can be extended up to 5 years.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Visa, both the applicant and their sponsor must meet specific requirements:

a. Sponsor’s status

If your partner possesses any of the following statuses, they are considered eligible to act as a sponsor: British or Irish citizenship, settled status in the UK, pre-settled status, a Turkish Businessperson or Turkish Worker visa, or refugee status/humanitarian protection.

b. Relationship status

To be eligible for a Civil Partner Visa, you and your partner must have a legally recognised civil partnership in the UK that is not prohibited by any laws, and you must have met in person before. Your relationship must be genuine and ongoing, and you should plan to reside together permanently in the UK. Any prior relationships must have permanently ended.

c. Age requirement

Both partners must be at least 18 years old at the time of the application.

d. Financial requirement

The financial requirement for all family visas in the UK is £29,000 as of April 11th 2024. This will once again rise to £34,500 later in 2024, after which it will rise once again to £38,700 by early 2025. The UK government often revises these financial thresholds. To stay informed about the latest criteria and how to meet them through income, savings, investments or pensions, read our page on family visa financial requirements, or please get in touch with us directly.

e. English language requirement

To meet the requirements, the candidate needs to exhibit English proficiency by either passing an authorised English language examination at the A1 level or possessing a degree that was taught in English.

Processing Time and Decision

The processing time for a Spouse Visa varies but typically takes around 3 months. Once a decision is made, the applicant will be notified, and if the visa is granted, they can make arrangements to join their partner in the UK.

After arrival, the applicant will be permitted to live, study, and work without any restrictions. If the applicant remains in the UK for five years under the Spouse Visa, they may become suitable to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), which grants permanent residency rights. Afterwards, they may also become qualified to apply for British nationality.

For expert help and guidance on the civil partnership visa, call us or message us.

How Can I Demonstrate the Authenticity of the Relationship?

You must provide proof of relationship to verify that you and your partner are committed and long-lasting. It’s worth noting that these supporting documents should not be older than four years. Examples of evidence may include, but are not limited to:

  • A marriage or civil partnership certificate to demonstrate your legal union.
  • Joint finances, such as shared bank accounts, property ownership, or other financial investments made together.
  • Shared responsibilities, such as bills, lease agreements, or other official documents showing both of your names and a shared address.
  • Travel records, such as passport stamps, boarding passes, and travel itineraries for trips taken together or to visit each other.
  • Medical or dental correspondence, such as letters from your doctor, dentist, or hospital that confirm your joint address, providing additional evidence of cohabitation.

The Spouse Visa is often considered the most complex of the three options, but once your partner’s application is approved, they will be allowed to work and study in the UK. Additionally, they can include any dependent children from their home country in their application, which could be a decisive factor in their decision to relocate to the UK. 

Ultimately, if your partner intends to move permanently to the UK, the Spouse Visa is the preferred route for their visit.

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FAQs About UK Visas For Mexican Wives or Girlfriends

While the process of bringing your Mexican wife to the UK can be lengthy and may require multiple steps, it is possible. You will need to apply for the correct visa, meet the financial requirements, and prove the legitimacy of your relationship, among other requirements.

Marrying your foreign girlfriend in the UK is possible. For this, she will be required to apply for a Fiance Visa, granting her entry into the UK with the intention of marrying within a six-month period. Following the wedding, you can submit an application for a Spouse Visa, allowing her to continue residing in the UK.

The financial criteria for all family visas in the UK is £29,000 as of April 11th 2024. Later in the year, it will rise once again to £34,500 later in the year and then to £38,700, as anticipated by early 2025. The UK government frequently updates these requirements. For the latest information and guidance on meeting these financial standards through income, savings, pensions, investments and more, read our dedicated page, or please contact us directly.

The required documents for the visa application vary based on the variation of visa and personal circumstances. Generally, you will need to provide evidence of your relationship, financial stability, identity and nationality, as well as other supporting documents such as a medical certificate. Check out the Home Office website, as well as consult with your immigration lawyer for more information.

The initial UK Spouse Visa is valid for 2.5 (30 months). After this duration, you can apply for an elongation, which is also valid for 2.5 years or 30 months. After five years of continuous residency in the UK, your wife or girlfriend can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and eventually British citizenship.

How Can We Help?

We at Spouse Visa Lawyers understand that bringing your partner from Mexico to the UK is tough. So, we’re here to help. We provide full support for the visa process, making sure your partner’s application gets the best care.

We’ll help you understand the visa rules and what documents you need. Our team will give you personalised support to make your application strong and increase your chances of success.

We’re committed to helping you from start to finish. We’ll guide you through the visa application and beyond, working hard to make the process smooth and successful for you and your loved one.

Let us help you bring your partner from Mexico to the UK and start your dream life together. Contact us today to learn more about your options!

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Disclaimer

The information provided in our articles is intended solely for guidance and should not be considered legal advice. We do not assume responsibility for any liabilities arising from the information in written articles and recommend that all readers seek professional advice before taking any action. For those wishing to discuss their case with a professional, please feel free to contact us directly.

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