In order to demonstrate that you can be properly maintained in the UK without resorting to government funds, you will need to meet the financial requirements for a fiancée visa.
The financial requirements for applying for a UK fiancée visa state that, unless there is an exception, you will need to demonstrate that your fiancée (or both of you together if you are in the UK with a valid residence permit) has a gross annual income of at least:
£3,800 for the first child (who is non-British, has indefinite leave to remain in the UK, has provisional or permanent residence status, or is an EEA national with a right to live in the UK); plus
£2,400 for each additional child (who is not British, has indefinite leave to remain in the UK, has prior or permanent residence status, or is an EEA citizen with the right of residence in the UK).
Other considerations will apply if your fiancé receives certain government benefits or entitlements when the financial requirement for a British Bridal Visa is that the sponsor can “adequately support and accommodate” the sponsored family member to enter or remain in the UK.
You will need to fulfill the financial requirements when you first apply to enter the UK as a bride, when you apply to extend your stay as a spouse, and when you apply for indefinite leave to remain as a spouse.
Immigration rules regarding the financial requirements for the fiancée visa are complex and include mandatory documentary proof requirements. Applicants have the responsibility to demonstrate that the financial requirements are met. One of the most common reasons for being denied a fiancée visa is the lack of required financial evidence.
How to meet the financial requirements of a British bride visa
The financial requirements for a British bride visa can be met in a variety of ways, including using:
Income from your fiancé’s (and/or you, if you are in the UK with a work permit) paid or unpaid employment;
Non-employment income, such as income from rental property or dividends from shares;
Savings of your partner and/or yourself in excess of £16,000 which have been held by your fiancé and/or you for at least 6 months and under their/your control;
Public (British or foreign), occupational or private pension of your fiancé and/or yourself;
Self-employment income and income as a director or employee of a particular UK limited company, of your fiancé (and/or yourself if you are in the UK with a work permit).
In some circumstances, you can rely on a combination of the above income sources to meet your financial needs.
As mentioned above, other considerations will apply if your fiancé receives certain government benefits or rights .
In addition, fiancée visa applicants relying on cash savings to meet the financial requirements for a fiancée visa may keep in mind that the level of cash savings required to apply for an entry and renewal permit is different from that required when applying for indefinite leave to remain as a spouse .
In exceptional circumstances, where a refusal of a fiancée visa may violate Article 8 of the ECHR, other credible and reliable sources of income, financial support or means available to the couple may be taken into account.