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Hi!

Just a few quick questions in regards to the Fiancé(e) Visa application process.

I've been reading online about the whole process, in an attempt to get all of my paperwork in order so that Ed (from Huddersfield) and I (from Vancouver, Canada) can lodge the application together here in Vancouver, when he comes to visit me in July.

I know that his showing up with me to the appointment is a good thing, but I am wondering about how to answer the following question on the application "Where is your sponsor now?" Do I answer sensibly by stating "Working and residing in the U.K." or can I go the smarmy smart arsed route and say "Currently sitting beside me in interview room at the British High Commission in Vancouver" ?
I want the powers that be who will eventually process the application to know that Ed came out to be with me when I submitted the application, but they must also know that he is normally in London and his being with me at the application is just a visit.



Due to budgetary considerations and w*rk commitments, Ed and I have only been able to meet face to face every 12-16 weeks since we met (online) in September 2011. We informally got engaged in November 2011 and he made it formal when he presented me with a ring on January 1st. I've been in "wedding planning" mode since about January 5th.

Will the frequency of our meeting face to face help our application? After all, in the current world economy, trying to come up with £700 per trip on a monthly basis for airfare would be a huge strain on any budget, so we are trying our best to see each other as often as we can, and it's not like we're only seeing each other once or twice a year.



We chat every day via text message (we both have flat rate texting plans from our respective mobile carriers) and Skype. We also email each other as well.

We have access all of the paperw*rk requested in the application (his bank statements showing a tidy sum in savings and way more than £110/wk cash in hand after expenses, title showing that he owns the flat where we will live after the wedding, his w*rk contract, his P60, our passports etc). We're also going to try to include a short note from the Vicar of his parish church and a copy of the reception venue contract (that we've paid a deposit on) showing that we're serious about dropping a huge packet of money in the process of planning a November 3rd 2012 wedding.

What we don't readily have is much material proof that the relationship is genuine - we have 2 photos of us together and will get more in April and May when I go to see him. I've also sent him greeting cards, but given that he is blind, they are commercially available cards (think Hallmark cards) that have no handwriting by me on them whatsoever... I've taken the time and effort to braille out the message on each one as I've sent them to him and left them unsigned, as far as using pen and ink goes (I have brailled my name/his pet name on each card that he or any other braille literate person could verify). Due to his vision impairment and his inability to legibly write anything out with pen and paper, he has never sent me anything through traditional snail mail. Given the fact that it could very well be difficult for us to produce Skype/cell phone records, I was thinking that sending copies of our emails in with our application would help to establish that our relationship is genuine and that we have kept in regular contact since the very beginning.

Just how much email correspondence do we need to send in? A quick peek at my gmail account currently shows 84 individual message threads relating to the relationship (this includes airline itineraries and hotel reservations for the 3 times (to date) that we've been able to meet up)... the number separate email will very likely be over 100 by the time our application is submitted. In each of the threads there is currently anywhere between 1 to 15 individual messages in each.

Is it worth it to take the time to print out each thread (using double sided printing, ofcourse) and include it in the package, or can I get away with just submitting a selection of threads?

I thank you in advance for any and all assistance/input that you can offer me.
 

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I know that his showing up with me to the appointment is a good thing
I want the powers that be who will eventually process the application to know that Ed came out to be with me when I submitted the application
I'm no expert on the application process from Canada, but according to the UKBA website it looks like a visa application appointment merely consists of having your biometrics done and dropping off your completed application and supporting documents which are then forwarded on to the New York consulate. There is no interview. Based on that, I don't think it makes any difference if your fiance attends or not. No decision is going to be made.

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/countries/canada/applying/vac/?langname=UK English

or can I go the smarmy smart arsed route and say "Currently sitting beside me in interview room at the British High Commission in Vancouver" ?
I don't know what the right answer is, but this isn't it.

Will the frequency of our meeting face to face help our application?
They want to know that you've met in person, keep in contact and that your fiance has the means to support you. It looks like you've met 2 or 3 times, do keep in contact and he can support you.

Is it worth it to take the time to print out each thread (using double sided printing, ofcourse) and include it in the package, or can I get away with just submitting a selection of threads?
No. They don't want to see actual emails. They just want to see that you keep in contact. A few screen shots is sufficient.
 

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When I was putting together my supporting docs for the spouse visa from the US, I wondered about a lot of the same things, especially the emails to prove we had regular contact. I ended up printing one or two from each month from the first email in 2008 to the latest one in 2011 before sending in my application.

I got my visa in mid-June '11, and was on the plane 3 days later :D
 
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