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I have been with my American boyfriend for 7 yrs, we fell in love over the internet and met for the 1st time in october 2010 where he travelled to the Uk. we decided before his return our next step would be marriage and to live in UK. tragedy struck in November 2010 and i lost my son in a car accident. He returned to be with me in January 2011 on a 6 mth visitor visa to help me through this. After being here just days we decided we couldnt be apart so numerous calls to immigration we were advised we could marry whilst on his visitors visa in a church of england. this will take place in May then we will return to the states to apply for a spouses visa. Firstly i need to know where in the states we go to get this done as quickly as possible and telephone numbers and also all documents we will need. He is from Georgia , what iis the quickest way to do this ? i can only stay with him on his return for 3 weeks due to work, is it possible to get this visa fast tracked and if so how, and the cost too ? it would have been far better for us to go down the finace visa route however i cannot be without him after loosing my son.. any advise regards this would be welcomed.

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I have been with my American boyfriend for 7 yrs, we fell in love over the internet and met for the 1st time in october 2010 where he travelled to the Uk. we decided before his return our next step would be marriage and to live in UK. tragedy struck in November 2010 and i lost my son in a car accident. He returned to be with me in January 2011 on a 6 mth visitor visa to help me through this. After being here just days we decided we couldnt be apart so numerous calls to immigration we were advised we could marry whilst on his visitors visa in a church of england. this will take place in May then we will return to the states to apply for a spouses visa. Firstly i need to know where in the states we go to get this done as quickly as possible and telephone numbers and also all documents we will need. He is from Georgia , what iis the quickest way to do this ? i can only stay with him on his return for 3 weeks due to work, is it possible to get this visa fast tracked and if so how, and the cost too ? it would have been far better for us to go down the finace visa route however i cannot be without him after loosing my son.. any advise regards this would be welcomed.
Sorry to hear about your son's death. You have my deepest sympathy.
There are four steps involved in applying for a spouse visa (settlement) in US. First you make an online application through a link provided in WorldBridge at https://www.visainfoservices.com/Pag...wDoIApply_PAGE.
You pay online for your visa fees.
You make an appointment for your biometric data to be taken - fingerprint scan and digital photo.
Then finally you take or fedex your supporting documents within 2 weeks to the British Consulate in New York (for residents of Georgia).
For documentation required, see Supporting documents and the link for Settlement Visa.
Also see specific requirements about funds and accommodation at Maintenance & Accommodation (MAA)
The visa costs $1200, and if you pay $300 extra for priority service, it will be processed within 10 working days. Non-priority wait time can be up to 10 to 12 weeks.

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thanyou so very much this is most helpful
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thanyou so very much this is most helpful
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do we have to do it online from UK or can we arrange an appointment in new york and do it in person, also my partner is contemplating giving up his home n havin his brothers clear it out so he doesnt have to leave me until we return together to apply 4 visas would this impact if he doesnt have his rented property still in georgia when we go back

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do we have to do it online from UK or can we arrange an appointment in new york and do it in person, also my partner is contemplating giving up his home n havin his brothers clear it out so he doesnt have to leave me until we return together to apply 4 visas would this impact if he doesnt have his rented property still in georgia when we go back
Nope, they've stopped personal application and everything has to be done online, followed by biometrics and submitting documents.
What is important is how much money he has saved up and availability of suitable accommodation in UK. He needs an address in US to receive his passport back with the visa. If he will be no longer living at a rented property in Georgia, he must give a temporary address in US (it can be his relative's).

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thankyou, i can support him here in uk and haave my own house, so i guess he could temp live with his family, youve been very helpful thanku

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Hi, I am not sure if I should of posted this here but, I just need some information and any is greatly appreciated. I am a US citizen and I am visiting my boyfriend here in the UK on a visitor visa, he is a UK citizen by birth. What I wanted to know was can we marry while I am on a visitor visa? I am confused from all the answers and even went to a centre for help and the guy changed his answer so I am not sure again. I want to know. 1. If we can get married on a visitor visa or do I need a Certificate of approval because the sites say I need to be visiting for more than six months to qualify but I did not see a visitor visa for longer than that. Is there a way we could get married without a COA? Oh also I do have more than three months on my visa right now. 2. If we can get married here do I need to go to the US for a spouse visa to live with him in the UK or can I apply to live here with him right after we get married? So many answers I am getting frustrated and I just want a clear answer which I thought I would get from the centre but clearly did not get one.

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Hi, I am not sure if I should of posted this here but, I just need some information and any is greatly appreciated. I am a US citizen and I am visiting my boyfriend here in the UK on a visitor visa, he is a UK citizen by birth. What I wanted to know was can we marry while I am on a visitor visa? I am confused from all the answers and even went to a centre for help and the guy changed his answer so I am not sure again. I want to know. 1. If we can get married on a visitor visa or do I need a Certificate of approval because the sites say I need to be visiting for more than six months to qualify but I did not see a visitor visa for longer than that. Is there a way we could get married without a COA? Oh also I do have more than three months on my visa right now. 2. If we can get married here do I need to go to the US for a spouse visa to live with him in the UK or can I apply to live here with him right after we get married? So many answers I am getting frustrated and I just want a clear answer which I thought I would get from the centre but clearly did not get one.
The only way to marry withour COA (there is often a lengthy wait for it) is to marry in an Anglican church in England or Wales. Vicars have been advised to scrutinise marriages involving foreign nationals, as there are a lot of sham marriages and visa scams, so the fact that you are here only as a tourist may make them suspicious and refuse to marry, but you have to try to find out.
You can always get married in US, and your British boyfriend only needs to enter on visa-waiver (no special visa required). Find out from your courthouse etc what documents if any they require.
Yes, after marriage, you have to return to US to apply for your spouse settlement visa. Details are in Settlement - visa application guide and WorldBridge site for applicants in US: https://www.visainfoservices.com/Pag...g=Welcome_Page

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Thanks so much for your help it's very much appreciated.

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Nice to get a clear answer for once


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