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Hi,

I'm new to the forum - not sure if people usually write an introduction post or just kind of jump right in with their situation. Anyway, hi! And here's my situation (two birds one post, I guess)

I'm looking at applying for a fiancee visa (well, "proposed civil partner" but that's such a mouthful, and so unromantic, lol). My partner is currently in the process of divorcing from her ex-husband, which is why we figured it would be best to go down the fiancee visa route rather than civil partnership - because we can apply before the divorce is fully finalised. Ideally I would like to be in the UK as soon as possible (who wouldn't?) so it seemed to make more sense than waiting until we could marry (hold the civil ceremony...)

We met online and have spent plenty of time in person. She visited me twice in the US, and then I came to the UK to study. I ended up withdrawing from my course because I was miserable (for various reasons) and returned to the US. I have since returned as a visitor for 6 months. This leads me to one of my big questions.

When I came to visit in June, I did not tell them that she was my girlfriend. I was worried that I wouldn't be allowed in the country because they might think I wasn't planning to leave at the end of my 6 month period (I do have a plane ticket back for December 1 and plan to go back. But only until I can apply for/hopefully receive a visa to return). I was held at immigration and questioned rather extensively. I told them she is my best friend and we both have depression so I've come to stay with her and help support each other while her husband is deployed with the navy (this is all true, its just obviously not the whole story)

I've been worried that this might affect my application for a visa. I spoke to an immigration consultant this afternoon who told me that whatever I said at entry will absolutely not affect my application. I was just wondering if anyone else has had experience in that type of situation? Coming on a visitors visa and then applying for a fiance/spouse visa? What did you say on entry as a visitor? Did it have any effect on your application?

Also, would my withdrawal from uni have any effect? I did leave the country immediately after withdrawing, before even being given my notice to vacate.

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Hi, I was held at immigration (4 hours) because I was visiting my girl for 6 months. We needed to spend time together to see if our relationship would work and gather evidence. The questioning wasn't harsh, but it was thorough, and they wrote everything down. But basically the 6month tourist visa was issued. Which is the same in your case. I think the important thing is that you didn't overstay and you didn't work- that's why you get stopped and questioned.
I mentioned living with her for 6 months in my Proposed Civil Partnership visa application, which I'm sure you will mention also. The fact remains that you lived together like partners and that's the important thing.
We decided to apply for the Proposed Civil Partnership visa- it's the same form anyway. And arranging the Civil Ceremony is easy enough.

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Hi, I was held at immigration (4 hours) because I was visiting my girl for 6 months. We needed to spend time together to see if our relationship would work and gather evidence. The questioning wasn't harsh, but it was thorough, and they wrote everything down. But basically the 6month tourist visa was issued. Which is the same in your case. I think the important thing is that you didn't overstay and you didn't work- that's why you get stopped and questioned.
I mentioned living with her for 6 months in my Proposed Civil Partnership visa application, which I'm sure you will mention also. The fact remains that you lived together like partners and that's the important thing.
We decided to apply for the Proposed Civil Partnership visa- it's the same form anyway. And arranging the Civil Ceremony is easy enough.


Thanks popcorn, that's really helpful.

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The problem with that is you said you were visiting your best friend not your girlfriend and since you were questioned extensively those notes will be on your file. It can be viewed as deception.

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I do get that, and it's something that makes me nervous. But it was also a very complicated situation and the truth is for quite a while I didn't know if she was going to end up being my best friend and stick with her marriage or my girlfriend and move forward with planning a life together.

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