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Old 12th May 2015, 03:02 PM
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I have a problem to get a visa for marriage, I really really need help. I am seriously stressed about it a lot so hopefully anyone here can help me.

Basically, I am not British and holding a UK student visa (Tier 4) and it expires in Aug.
My boyfriend (who is British) and I are in relationship for about 1 year and 8 months and we have been living together for more than a year now. We already booked and paid deposits for the venue for feb 2016, a photographer and a registrar because we thought we could make it by feb next year.
The major problem is that my boyfriend can't make the financial requirement yet. He is going to get a new job probably soon which will pay him at least £2000 per month but the thing is we don't know when he is going to get the job exactly as he needs to pass a test to get the job first. I am expecting him to start the job in beginning of july. At the moment, he is earning about £800 per month on average which means that I can't apply for a fiance visa in my country in Sep and come back to the UK for my wedding as it's not £18,600 yet but I think that he will be able to make the financial requirement about December time.

I actually have looked all the options we may be able to have but it seems like there is no option will work for us and I don't want to leave our wedding for later.

The options I thought

1. Going home in Aug, Coming back in Oct to prepare for my wedding, going back home again in Dec, getting a fiance visa and coming back to get married in feb but this costs a lot about £2500 ish only for this process with flights, visa fee etc.

2. As I am holding a student visa now, I know that I can give a notice to the register office now but the lady in the register office kind of scared me by saying that the home office may investigate me more since I give a notice on the student visa, not the fiance visa.
However, I think it is worth to try even if they end up extending the notice dates for 70 days. If it works, I can go back home, come back again in Oct and get married in feb without any visa. (I don't need any visa to travel in the UK for 6 months due to my nationality)
Then, I will go back to my country and apply for a spouse visa there. (I heard that some people get married in the UK, go back to their countries and apply for the spouse visa there and come back again) Unless, there is such a rule stating that I must have a visa to apply or switch to the spouse visa whether I apply for the visa in the UK or not.

I think I will give a notice before my visa expires no matter what I am going to do. Even if I need to get the fiance visa at the end and the lady has scared me, I will still give a notice now, just in case no one knows what's going to happen.

3. I thought about a marriage visitor visa but I just found that I will need to have an appropriate and strong ties to go back home which I don't as I graduate uni soon and will have no chance to get a job in that short period of time. Therefore, i don't think this visa will work.

4. Getting married in register office asap without ceremony before my student visa expires, going back home after marriage, coming back to the UK without visa for 6 months, having ceremony in Feb, going back home again and applying for the spouse visa there. I don't think I can apply for the spouse visa in the UK. (I think I heard that there is limited time to apply for the spouse visa after getting married like the visa should be applied within 2 months after marriage but my friend just told me there isn't any rule like that so this option just came up in my head)

I really want to avoid the first option as it costs too much and takes time for only staying 3 months until I switch it to the spouse visa but then I honestly don't think all three options aren't brilliant.
I don't want to cancel or leave my wedding to another day as we already paid deposits for major things and dont want to lose it.
Also, I need to stay in the UK between Oct and Feb to prepare for my wedding so can't really stay in my country for long. I am quite lost now and don't know what to do.. There is really no way to get a visa and married in time for us.

Can anyone advise me what to do or any other better options please?

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1. There's no guarantee they'd let you back in for the Oct-Dec period, each entry is at the discretion of the border agent. Also, applying for your fiancé visa in December, it's not for sure you'd have a visa in time to be married in February.
2. You can't get married on a visitor visa (which is what you'd have), so this wouldn't work.
3. Your ties to your country can be that you need to return to apply for your spouse visa, family, etc. A job to return to is better of course.
4. Once again, they may not let you in for six months after just leaving from your student visa and marrying just before you leave. You really should have your spousal visa before trying to return.

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Thanks for you reply.
I thought I should really have an appropriate reason to go back home for the marriage visitor visa. It seems like many people got rejected in this forum because they didn't provide strong ties to go back to their countries. Also, I didn't know that a spouse visa can be an excuse as there is a fiance visa existent. If I can use my family as an excuse, can I say like I have family issues or something?

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I was in the same situation as you last year. Was on a student visa when I met my now husband. He earned 16,515 so we decided to use category A(salary) and category F(savings), his parents were kind enough to give us the money required to make up the required savings of about 22000. We had the option of getting married at the registrar before my student visa expired but wanted a proper wedding with a pastor and at any rate needed to wait for the savings to be in the account for 6 months.

Is there any way you can make up the required savings just in case your boyfriend doesn't get the job? It would be good to put the money in a savings account now so that the 6 months elapse by November.

You could get married now on your student visa, have a few friends attend, take photos and go out for a nice dinner. Then return to SK in August and wait out the required 6 months to elapse for either your bf to be employed at his new higher paying job for 6 months or for the savings to mature for 6 months. Then apply for a settlement/spouse visa. And then have a reception and possibly a blessing in February as planned, basically a full wedding without the legal part as you will already have done that.

I think it would be hard to get visitor visas to jump in and out of the country like that, and although you'll be apart for a few months I think its best to start sorting out the financials as that is your biggest problem at the moment.

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