Entry clearance is the procedure used by Entry Clearance Officers (ECOs) at British missions overseas to check eligibility before a person is allowed to enter the UK, if that person qualifies under the Immigration Rules. In some cases particularly under the Immigration Rules entry clearance is mandatory. In all cases, the authority to admit someone to the UK ultimately rests with the Immigration Officer (IO) at the port of entry.
Applicants are also required to submit biometric information as part of the application process and pay the correct a fee which is listed on the Home Office website.
The UK’s immigration control is based on the Immigration Act 1971 amended by subsequent immigration and asylum acts, and the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (the Rules) provided for in Section 3 (2) of the 1971 Act.
Entry clearance for fiancée & proposed civil partners
Whether you are applying for settlement in the form of fiancée, spousal, civil partnership, or unmarried partner an application for entry clearance must be made. The applicant must be seeking entry to the UK to enable their marriage or civil partnership to take place within 6 months of arriving in the UK. The partner in the UK must either be a British Citizen settled status or have been granted humanitarian protection for example refugee status. So it is probable that Megan Markle applied to enter the UK on a fiancee visa before she entered the UK this time. It is clear she made the necessary long term changes at her former residence paving the way to settle in the UK. That would be the correct procedure under the Immigration Rules.
IS ENTRY CLEARANCE COMPULSORY FOR EVERYONE?
It is not compulsory for everybody; some people (non-visa nationals) USA is a non visa national, are able to travel to the UK and make their immigration application on arrival to a border force officer at the port of entry, provided their intended stay is for six months or less. But if an applicant knows that they are intending to get engaged in the UK and remain an application would need to be made before. Most immigration routes now require entry clearance regardless of the applicant’s nationality and some people for whom entry clearance is not compulsory still choose to apply for it.
WHERE CAN I MAKE AN APPLICATION FOR ENTRY CLEARANCE?
You will need to go online and create an account for Visa4UK and sign into that account. In almost all countries, applicants must apply online. The only exception is North Korea.
DOES IT MATTER WHAT LOCATION THE APPLICATION FOR ENTRY CLEARANCE IS MADE?
You cannot apply whilst you are physically within the UK. The application is made online. Arrangements will need to be made to ensure all documents are submitted to the relevant visa application center.
The application form must be printed online and the application submitted with their passport and supporting documents, this is usually when they attend the visa application center to give biometrics and, in many cases, although this happens less frequently to attend an interview. Most applicants pay the application fee online, but in some countries, they pay the fee when they attend the visa application center. Applicants usually select a date and time at which they would like to attend a visa application center as part of the online application process.
WILL MY PARTNER BE REQUIRED TO TAKE AN APPROVED ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST?
If they have an academic qualification, in English they will not need to take the test. Provided the qualification is recognized by UK Naric and equivalent to UK bachelor degree or higher. If not they will need to pass an approved English language test with at least a CEFR level A1 in speaking and listening. The test is not required by children or adults coming to the UK to be cared for by a relative.
HOW CAN FIRST PRECEDENT & VISA SERVICE HELP IN SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR A FIANCÉE/ CIVIL PARTNERSHIP?
We understand how difficult and stressful the immigration process can be for our clients, looking to make these types of application. This is why we manage these applications with care and sensitivity. Some clients may simply be overwhelmed by the sheer complexity of documents required. Some may have been refused in the past and not sure whether all the information is in place. It is fundamental to have a sound knowledge of the various appendix and immigration rules. Navigating the various appendixes is never easy. We have been doing this for years. Just one error or oversight may result in an application being refused, and loss of fees, which can prove costly.
We have helped numerous clients achieve a successful application. We do the legwork and research, online application and prepare supporting documents so you don’t have to. You can use the time to plan your wedding/ civil partnership. Just like Harry and Megan! Congrats by the way on their engagement.
Immigration law is constantly changing, as a result, Home Office refusals are sadly at an all time high in the UK, however, our success rate is unperturbed by the changes, we consistently achieve positive outcomes for our clients. Don’t leave your loved one’s application to chance. Leave it to the professionals. First Precedent & Visas Services offers a fully regulated service to level 3, the highest level in immigration services. Give us a call and let us know how we can help you.
If you have any queries about our Civil Partner or Spousal Visa application, or any other application process please call on (+44) 0208 7691750, or for out of office hours enquires please send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send a timely response the next working day.