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mbeast 11th April 2018 08:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Asian Spirit (Post 14294370)
Congratulations for sure. Yes it will take time but usually not too bad. Visit with your immigration office there where you live and they should be able to give you a time frame.

In the US, a fiancee visa usually takes between 3 and 5 months to get done. In the US they look at the previous two years of income and makes no difference how long you have known each other. Mostly through letters, emails, photos together, receipts from expenses here they just want to be sure you have a true working relationship.
You might decide to move over here and stay also. Cost of living here is much lower than your home country and none of that cold fog all the time.

Again, visit or call your immigration service there to get accurate requirements and other information.

best of luck for sure..

thank you.

I guess I will have to visit or call the UK immigration services soon but hoping someone from the UK might be on here to give me a idea, as a bus driver i spend most of the day working.
I did email the UK philippines embassy for some information but still not had a reply.

If cash wasn't a problem then I think I could live in the Philippines easier than getting my lady to the UK but i could only last around a year until funds ran out and i don't have a clue what i could do to make a living etc there.

Simon1983 11th April 2018 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by mbeast (Post 14294458)
thank you.

I guess I will have to visit or call the UK immigration services soon but hoping someone from the UK might be on here to give me a idea, as a bus driver i spend most of the day working.
I did email the UK philippines embassy for some information but still not had a reply.

If cash wasn't a problem then I think I could live in the Philippines easier than getting my lady to the UK but i could only last around a year until funds ran out and i don't have a clue what i could do to make a living etc there.

Here are the UK government website spouse visa requirements:
https://www.gov.uk/uk-family-visa/partner-spouse

I'm sure there are other requirements such as having somewhere to live, earning enough money to support your partner, proving your relationship is genuine, but you would need to speak directly to the UK embassy or other government agency or an immigration lawyer.

Many of the expats I know here spend a couple of months here and then back to their home country to work. They do this for a few years until eventually settling/retiring.
It sounds like you need to keep working in the UK but maybe you can visit often.

As to making a living here, don't try. Unless you have been living here several years you will lose a lot of money, fast.

bigpearl 11th April 2018 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by mbeast (Post 14294458)
thank you.

I guess I will have to visit or call the UK immigration services soon but hoping someone from the UK might be on here to give me a idea, as a bus driver i spend most of the day working.
I did email the UK philippines embassy for some information but still not had a reply.

If cash wasn't a problem then I think I could live in the Philippines easier than getting my lady to the UK but i could only last around a year until funds ran out and i don't have a clue what i could do to make a living etc there.

Glad you had a good trip and things are looking well for you and your lovely lady.
Can I firstly suggest that your partner applies for and secures her passport, she can do this by herself and will take 4 to 6 weeks from memory.

We all see your dilemma and I certainly sympathise as we went through the same thing but different country. Initially I looked into applying for a partnership visa myself, studied and studied more the requirements to be fulfilled and for me it became too confusing and convoluted to say the least, perhaps I am not educated enough when it comes to bureaucracy.
So we searched out what we thought to be good and reliable migration attorney and it was the best thing we did on our journey to be together, our attorney laid out our options and gave us hope. Now understand that we still had to do a lot of legwork, supporting documents etc. but the attorney made it easy to follow and did all of the applications and correspondence with immigration, we applied offshore (in the Philippines) as we were living in Manila through this process.

The attorney we met with did not charge us for the initial meeting as he said if our case was hopeless there would be no point applying and wasting his or our time,,,,, he vetted us because he has and maintains a very high success rate with visa applications. BTW he only does partnership/spousal visas and if he considers the application meets the requirements then also applies for a 12 month multi entry tourist visa for my better half to come to Australia. Once all the paperwork was received by immi he was granted the tourist visa, this took about 4 weeks. It took a further 11 months for temp residency to be granted and this meant Benjie had to go back to PH for about a month to complete the rest of the requirements etc etc.

Sorry for the long winded post but just a bit of an idea that things are possible.
The attorney charged about AU $2,500.00 and there was about 3.5k for visa application.
now I think it's over 7K but not sure of the fees in your home country.

Others here have advised your success highly unlikely and I can understand their points of view but if you are serious about this lady then you probably should research a good immigration specialist and see what your options are.

Good luck and we hope you find some positive answers.

Cheers, Steve.

Asian Spirit 11th April 2018 11:14 PM

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Originally Posted by mbeast (Post 14294458)
thank you.

I guess I will have to visit or call the UK immigration services soon but hoping someone from the UK might be on here to give me a idea, as a bus driver i spend most of the day working.
I did email the UK philippines embassy for some information but still not had a reply.

If cash wasn't a problem then I think I could live in the Philippines easier than getting my lady to the UK but i could only last around a year until funds ran out and i don't have a clue what i could do to make a living etc there.

These forums are good for getting "ideas" but where legal issues are involved going immigration agency and consulate is the best bet.
Emailing any Philippine agency is likely a lost cause as they usually don't reply.

You're driving bus? City or charter bus? I drove the Los Angeles city transit (RTD) for years as well as charter bus and 18 wheelers. Hard to give up and stay off the road-but sure glad to be retired here in the islands.

Hey_Joe 11th April 2018 11:31 PM

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Originally Posted by mbeast (Post 14294122)
back from a lovely few weeks in the philippines.
i'm more sure than i was my ex wife that this is the women i hope to spend the rest of my life with :)

now the pain in the A$$ part....
passport and visa to the UK sure seems hard for her to get any time soon :(

looks like it would be easier for me to fly over and then keep extending my visa every 2 months but surely there has to be a limit to this and I really don't know how long to expect it to take to get her passport sorted and then apply for a tourist visa to start with.

Getting a Philippine Passport not difficult. Requirements are here: At her appointment, she can pay an additional Fee to Expedite the passport.
https://consular.dfa.gov.ph/passport...ents-new-adult

Is she hesitating to get a passport? Why I ask is I know an Expat from my area who moved here a few years ago from Thailand. He hooked up with a girl, she moved in with him. He kept asking her to get her passport because he wanted to take her to Thailand for a vacation. He finally got wise and hired a private investigator who after a few days found out she was married and he immediately evicted her.

Had she got her passport, it would have revealed her married name versus her birth record name.

Asian Spirit 11th April 2018 11:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Hey_Joe (Post 14294761)
Getting a Philippine Passport not difficult. Requirements are here: At her appointment, she can pay an additional Fee to Expedite the passport.
https://consular.dfa.gov.ph/passport...ents-new-adult

Is she hesitating to get a passport? Why I ask is I know an Expat from my area who moved here a few years ago from Thailand. He hooked up with a girl, she moved in with him. He kept asking her to get her passport because he wanted to take her to Thailand for a vacation. He finally got wise and hired a private investigator who after a few days found out she was married and he immediately evicted her.

Had she got her passport, it would have revealed her married name versus her birth record name.

Yep,,,, that type of thing does happen here more than you would think. Pays to really take is slow. You can't be too careful.

pigeonpete 12th April 2018 06:12 AM

It is wise to know what her exspectations are after you get married. You will be expected to look after her family in the philippines and may be asked to also help family members to also join you in england, Most philippino families are expected to all help each other, it is not easy being married to a girl from another country, the cultures are different. I speak from experience. I do wish you all the best.

bigpearl 12th April 2018 06:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Hey_Joe (Post 14294761)
Getting a Philippine Passport not difficult. Requirements are here: At her appointment, she can pay an additional Fee to Expedite the passport.
https://consular.dfa.gov.ph/passport...ents-new-adult

Is she hesitating to get a passport? Why I ask is I know an Expat from my area who moved here a few years ago from Thailand. He hooked up with a girl, she moved in with him. He kept asking her to get her passport because he wanted to take her to Thailand for a vacation. He finally got wise and hired a private investigator who after a few days found out she was married and he immediately evicted her.

Had she got her passport, it would have revealed her married name versus her birth record name.

Good info Joe, interesting story also.....busted.
You can also find out if your lady or man is married without going through the hassle of engaging an investigator.
But you need to have the following info set out here:

https://psa.gov.ph/civilregistration...cument/cenomar

Then the application and fee of PHP 415.00 here: Click on CENOMAR not marriage.

https://m.nsohelpline.ph/order/type

Cheers, Steve.

bigpearl 12th April 2018 06:55 AM

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Originally Posted by pigeonpete (Post 14296153)
It is wise to know what her exspectations are after you get married. You will be expected to look after her family in the philippines and may be asked to also help family members to also join you in england, Most philippino families are expected to all help each other, it is not easy being married to a girl from another country, the cultures are different. I speak from experience. I do wish you all the best.

Yep, those can be true words or no. Really depends on your partners views, your views and striking an agreed balance from very early in the relationship, be a hard ass like me, we do help mum and dad but to a limit set 5 years ago, we have helped others as well but not for years.
We were back with family visiting for a month recently, staying in our own accommodation as their house is too small. The day we arrived the first thing discussed and brochures produced on A/C units, this one is 40K that one is 34K,,,,,,,, and? Well as we are getting older we are feeling the heat, yep sure I understand that but I pointed out to them that installing an A/C unit also costs money to run, say 1K per month, can you afford that? Never heard boo after that.
Today Ben and I were talking about businesses in PH. He mentioned that his mother had asked him a few times, son why are you not buying tricycles and licenses and contract them out? The figures look good, about 15% return and still holding the bulk capitol for the license. He simply told his mum that yes while we make good money in Oz it is also very expensive to live there and we don't have that kind of money to risk when we are not there in control. The family knows we have a few dollars but also now understand that we are not stupid and wish to maintain our lifestyle when we move to PH. and realise now that we are not the cash cow. One just has to draw the line/set the boundaries that you are both comfortable with and don't waver.
Building a trusting and loving relationship takes time, lots of patience on both sides and the willingness to be humble when needed but also strong are prerequisites to say the least. Trust and honesty first or you will sabotage any chance of life long partnership.
Sorry for the rant and hope it's not really off topic.

Cheers, Steve.

Gary D 12th April 2018 07:11 AM

The Uk applications for spouce and fiance are all done on line now and handled by an agency on behalf of UK gov. You need to earn something like 18000 per year now to sponsor a spouce. You shouldn't need an immigration advisor but if you think you need the help I could pm you the name of one in the UK both partner of which are married to filipinas. Immigration advisors don't have any better success than a personal application, they don't get any preferable treatment. What they can do is make sure your application is all in order.


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