Factors that the Home Office may consider in determining whether a relationship is genuine and ongoing
Factors that the Home Office may consider in determining whether your relationship is genuine and ongoing include:
Whether you and your fiancé are in an ongoing, long-term relationship;
Whether you and your fiancé have lived together or are currently living together;
Whether you and your fiancé have children in common (biological, adopted, or stepchildren) and shared responsibility for them;
Whether you and your fiancé share financial responsibility, such as a joint mortgage or lease agreement, joint bank account, savings, utility bills in both your names;
Whether you and your fiancé have visited each other’s home country and family;
Whether you and your fiancé have definite plans regarding the practical aspects of living together in the UK.
If the Home Office has doubts about the authenticity and duration of your relationship, they can conduct additional checks, interview you and your fiancé, or arrange a home visit.
Documents Required to Demonstrate a Genuine and Existing Relationship
No required documentation is required to demonstrate that the relationship is “genuine and existing.” Nevertheless, the Home Office expects to see substantial evidence of regular contact, signs of affection and friendship, emotional support, and an abiding interest in each other’s well-being and well-being.
The Home Office generally expects to see evidence of cohabitation. Official documents such as from government agencies, banks, landlords, utility providers, or health care providers are preferred.
The documents should be dated within the last few years and come from a number of sources. Ideally, the documents should be for you and your fiancé together. Alternatively, you can rely on documents addressed to both of you individually at the same address.
If there is no way to provide solely official documents, other documentation of cohabitation, such as receipts or bills for orders addressed to one or both partners in their shared property, can also be submitted.
If you and your fiancé did not live together or lived together briefly, it is also possible to provide unofficial evidence of the relationship. This can be photos taken during your relationship and evidence of things you enjoyed doing together, vacations together, time spent with family and friends, notes of communication with each other, or important moments in your relationship.
As mentioned above, the Department of the Interior expects to see substantial evidence of a genuine and existing relationship. If the Department of the Interior has doubts about the authenticity and duration of your relationship, it can conduct additional checks, interview you and your fiancé, or arrange a home visit. If you have reasonable cause to doubt that your relationship is genuine or existing, your application for a fiancée visa will be denied.
Our immigration attorneys regularly advise fiancée visa applicants on the documentary evidence that the Department of Interior expects to see to ensure that their relationship is real, based on genuine affection and shared values, and that it is ongoing at the time. applications. We do not rely on boilerplate lists of documents and always advise our clients only on the documents necessary to prove a genuine and existing relationship based on their personal circumstances.