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Do you plan to marry in the UK or where she is?
If you are to marry in Scotland and settle here afterwards then she will have to apply for a fiance visa. This is a visa which permits her to travel here for the purpose of marrying within 6 months of the date of the grant of the visa.
If you wish to apply for a fiance visa so that you can marry here you must show that:-
She will also have to pass an English language test to demonstrate that she has very basic command of listening and spoken English. She can find out the location of approved test providers in Osaka from the UK embassy, Info here:-
You will see that I have put suggestions of supporting documents that you should submit with his applications in brackets. You should instruct a UK solicitor to prepare the application for you to give you the best possibly chance of success without the need to appeal. IT should cost in the region of £800-1000 +VAT for them to prepare the application for you. Don't be afraid to shop around though and make sure you pin them down on acting for you on a fixed fee basis.
You can find UK based immigration solicitors near you by using the following search engine, entering your postcode and selecting "immigration law" from the area of law drop down menu:-
She will have to apply using form VAF4, which is available for download from the UKBA's visa services website. The UKBA aims to reach a decision on these applications within 6-8 weeks of submission but they frequently overrun. If they reject the application then you will be free to appeal to an immigration tribunal in front of a judge. You get a fairer hearing here than you do with a mere immigration official of the UKBA and you are permitted to adduce new evidence and supporting documentation.
Once married she will have to apply for a spouses visa. This is granted for a period of two years. She can then apply for indefinite leave to remain. Twelve months after receiving ILR she can apply to be naturalised as a UK citizen and then apply for a UK passport.
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