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Can anyone help. I am a British lady who wishes to marry her Filipino fiancee.
We both work offshore.

I wonder if anyone can help with the following:

How long does it take for a fiance visa application to take from the philipines for the UK.
My partner is a seaman and comes off his ship mid July. I want him to come to the UK asap after this on a finace visa so we can marry when he is in UK. He needs his passport to travel and ofcourse he is working overseas and he cannot release his passport until he is back in Manila due to travel work commitments.

Can my finacee lodge his application before he gets his Passport back so that we have the application being processed and when he gets home to manila he can take the paperwork to the UK embassy?

Once we are married to we have to buy another visa???? e.g a spouse visa?

Would it be easier for me to go to Manilla and get married there and come back to UK as married - would that be cheaper i.e only one visa application?

Is the process simple or is it so hard that you need to employ a company to process?? Are there many trust worthy companies doing this?

All help would be gratefully received.

Many thanks

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Old 20th June 2012, 11:07 AM
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Can anyone help. I am a British lady who wishes to marry her Filipino fiancee.
We both work offshore.

I wonder if anyone can help with the following:

How long does it take for a fiance visa application to take from the philipines for the UK.
Check 'processing time' under country/philippines on UKBA site. I'm on London red bus at the moment crossing Westminster Bridge!

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My partner is a seaman and comes off his ship mid July. I want him to come to the UK asap after this on a finace visa so we can marry when he is in UK. He needs his passport to travel and ofcourse he is working overseas and he cannot release his passport until he is back in Manila due to travel work commitments.

Can my finacee lodge his application before he gets his Passport back so that we have the application being processed and when he gets home to manila he can take the paperwork to the UK embassy?
Without his passport they wont issue his visa and may not even look at his application. After online application, you normally have 30 days to send in supporting docs incl passport, but in some countries you have to hand them in at biometric appointment. Check as above on UKBA site.

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Once we are married to we have to buy another visa???? e.g a spouse visa?
Yes. That's the disadvantage of marrying in UK.

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Would it be easier for me to go to Manilla and get married there and come back to UK as married - would that be cheaper i.e only one visa application?

Is the process simple or is it so hard that you need to employ a company to process?? Are there many trust worthy companies doing this?
Yes, that will be cheaper. No you don't need a lawyer for most straightforward applications. I'd only consider employing one if I had very bad immigration record like failed asylum and deportations.

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Many thanks Joppa,

You are very kind and very helpful. Its all a bit of a new nightmare for me. I didnt go out looking to find love from so far away but that is life - especially as I am a seafarer myself.

What a kind fellow you are. Many thanks - enjoy your bus trip and thanks for the speedy response. I am very grateful. Salamat!(thanks)

So I can do an on line application without sending the passport in immediately - that looks like a good idea.

Does anyone know about how to marry in the philipines? Do you have to stay there for a certain length of time to marry?? I only have a month and a half off work before I am off to work in Greenland for 5 weeks in september. I want to get all of this out of the way so we are free to travel to each others countries and start our lives together.

So really I should think of marrying in the Philipines and then do a visa app if I wanted to keep the cost down.

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There may be a residential qualification to get married. Best source of info is your consulate in Manila.
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There may be a residential qualification to get married. Best source of info is your consulate in Manila.
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Bless you Joppa, you are once again most kind.

I own my own house (only 30k to go on the mortgage) and earn over the 's they expect nowadays. So I hope this enough for them.

Funny I dont do MacD myself, but I have been known to take advantage of their coffee! I am sipping Japanese Green tea staring out at sea on the bridge of a very large and top of the range oil exploration boat -looking for Marine Mammals of which there are currently none! Its quiet in the North Sea off Holland.

I think I will go for the online application next week as my boy is off to Manila after 20th July and I want him over here asap. So application in now would give me the 30 days and then he can present papers and passport then.

I am prepared to travel over there to help the app if I have to. My love for this man means more to me than petty beaurocracy from my own govt. I do feel that us honest ones are losing out thanks to the fraudsters. I never thought I would be in this situation and love comes when you least expect it I suppose. So I will have to pay the price of love to Her Majesty and her officials twice once we are married. The cost of that visa is crazy. I cannot believe it.

All the best

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