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Can you confirm that you hold a UK passport?
Please also state how old you both are?
Whilst I do hold a UK pasport, it has now expired. I presume that there is no reason as to why I could not obtain a new one if needed.
I am aged 68 and she is aged 25
I look forward to your kind reply, in the meantime I will be very happy to answer any more questions
Thanks for you reply.
In order to enter the UK to get married she will require a Fiance Visa which she will have to apply for by submitting Form VAF4 to the British Embassy in the Philippines.
You will have to show that:-
Provided you can prove the above by submitting sufficient documentation she should receive a Visa to come here and marry. She will be allowed to stay in the UK for six months but without permission to work. When you are married or have registered a civil partnership, she can apply to the UK Border Agency for a two-year extension to your visa.
In order to give yourself the best possibly chance of a successful application and avoiding an need to appeal I would probably her get a immigration solicitor to either prepare or check the application before you send it off. You can find immigration solicitor using this Law Society search engine:-
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I do not know how we can arrange our marriage until she is here: we intend to ask the local Vicar at our local church on the first sunday after she has arrived here
We plan to live together permanently in my existing home here in the UK. In actual fact, we will be living together as soon as she arrives here.
We will both be able to live entirely on my income.
You say: "you have met each other before (statements, evidence of correspondence between you both)"
We met on the internet through a dating site, we have spent a lot of time chatting to each other, sometimes as much as an hour in a day. We have exchanged many photographs and in addition discovered that we both have the same moral beliefs, i.e. marriage is for life, and more like that.
Having said that, we have yet to meet physically, and I am concerned that that could cause a problem. Having said that, in this day and age of modern communications, meeting on the net is virtually identical to a physical meeting.
Not being able to book the wedding is not a problem, your statements and possibly a couple of further ones from persons that know you will suffice.
Physically not having met is going to be a problem, I would not advise making a spouse application without having met - it is highly likely that it will be rejected.
Your options are the following:-
1. She comes here on a visitor's visa so that you can meet. She then returns home and makes the fiance visa application from home. She cannot make it here if she is a visitor, she must return home I'm afraid.
2. You go out there to meet. She then makes an application for a fiance visa as she will then meet the criteria which is problematic at the moment.
3. You go out there and you marry. She then makes an application for a spouses visa by using form VAF4 (available for download from the UKBA's visa website). In reality this would be the cheapest and probably the quickest way forward as only one application would have to be made. With the fiance visa it's two applications; one for the fiance visa and then a further application for a spouses visa once actually married.
Sorry it could not be simpler, it's a fairly common lament of people wishing to make immigration applications.
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Thank you very kindly
you have been most helpful in an area where I effectively knew nothing
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