I am female, as the additions to my initial question make clear. I am still in the same job, I still own the same 3 bedroom house with a very small mortgage of about £6000. I still have no children (and don't plan to have now as I am over 50). My fiance/spouse is a male from Afghanistan. He has two children in Afghanistan who do not want to come to the UK. We are the only occupants of the house.
I sucessfully submitted the VAF4 application but did not get all the paper-work back, so before I go throught the whole rigmarole again I want to know that there is no other way, as I can't believe the waste of time and money involved both on my part and that of the government.
I work processing and monitoring adult student registrations and deal with hundreds of EEU people here joining their spouse or boyfriend, putting a couple of children into schools, claiming benefits left right and centre because they have children, applying for as many FREE (because they get benefits) courses as they can, demanding them as their right in some cases, when I can't get anything as the hoops are much higher.
The immigration rules require that after being granted entry clearance as a fiancé following which if the couple marry then if the parties wish to reside and settle in the United Kingdom then they must make an applcation to seek leave on that basis - under form FLR (M). I appreciate your not happy with having to re-supply information which you did previously and consider that this a duplication of time and cost but the reasoning behind this is somewhat more complicated then might be at first sight and explaining it would really be outside the scope of this website or your question. Arguably you could have potentially avoided the original visa costs by travelling abroad and getting married in your partner's country of origin - albeit this too would incur costs and so on. Unfortunately, this is one of the pains of wanting to marry someone who is not present or a UK national - again debating this would be outside the scope of this website.
From what you say it seems you will have little difficulty in meeting the maintenance and accommodating criteria and if you can submit the relevent documentation with reference to the previous fiancé applcation as well as make reference to their being no change in your circumstances then this is likely to expedite any future decision and also more than likely ensure it is successful. So far, no one has challenged the fairness of Home Office processing fees which up until a few years ago were free of charge. I suppose a collective campaign and challenge is what might be needed.
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