I am engaged to a Scottish national, and am planning on eventually moving to the UK. I came over in August to meet her family and spend time with them. When we finish our current project I plan on going back to school, and would stay at the families house.
Her mother thought that we ought to get married now, and then do the originally planned ceremony a few years from now, or after I go back to university. I am currently in the United Kingdom and wanted to make sure I wasn't wrong about a few things.
I did not come over on a fiance's visa, but on a tourist visa. I have read in a few places that I can get married here, but then would need to return to the States to apply for my spousal visa. That works perfectly well with me, but her family would like me to stay indefinitely. I was wondering if there was a way to do this. I have read a lot of things ranging from 2009-2014, and the answers have varied. I have just shy of 5 1/2 months left on my tourist visa, and am able to sustain my living here without public funds.
Would I be able to 1) Get married, as long as I find a registrar that will marry us? 2) Is there a circumstance that I can then, apply for the proper visa's from within the UK? 3) Are there any risks that intending on returning to university in the year after this current will pose to my status? And lastly 4) Is my ability to not require public funds only applicable to my or my fiance's savings? The project we are working on is bankrolled by her family and they have been covering our expenses, and intended on doing so up until I stop working on the project and return to university.
Thank you in advance to anyone who has any advice or insight, I have had a difficult time making sense of everything required, considering how I am currently in the UK, and did not on arrival intend on getting married.