This route is designed to allow a person who is abroad and outside the EU to enter the UK to marry or enter in a civil partnership their partner who is settled in the UK or is a British Citizen.
A person admitted to the UK is issued a visa valid for 6 months. You are required to demonstrate that:
You are not allowed to work in the UK during the initial period of six months unless you apply for an extension of your leave following your marriage.
The typical processing time is 2-3 months.
Once you are married your partner, you can apply to switch to a Spouse/Civil Partnership Visa which allows you to remain in the UK for a period of two years with your partner. Once your visa is granted, you have the right to take up employment in the UK. Prior to the expiry of this visa, you can apply to extend your leave for a further period of two and a half years.
Once you have been in the UK for over five years, you can apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain in the UK). To qualify for settlement you must demonstrate that:
A year after the grant of your settlement, you can opt to apply for British Citizenship and subsequently apply for a British Passport.