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If your girlfriend were to come here, how long roughly would it be before you married?
Sorry, I should have said assuming she would not be able to work during her time here before you are married.
Still 5-6 months or less?
When fiance visas are granted the fiance given 6 months leave to remain on their passport. They must marry within this time and submit their application for a spouses visa before it expires.
The criteria for a fiance visa is as follows:-
The difficulty in proving that you are to marry within 6 months is that you must provide evidence that you have booked a venue, sent invites and perhaps also produced correspondence between you both regaring the wedding. If you can do ths now economically then you should be fine in meeting this criteria.
She will need to apply for fiance/spouses visa using form VAF4 which is available for download from the UKBA website
She could obviously visit straighaway but she would not be able to work and would need to return to the US before making a fiance visa application.
Only sponsored workers with a uk job offer from a licensed sponsor doing a job on the shortage occupation list are permited in terms of work visas at the moment. They also have to have degrees. The reality is that she would have to find a job before making the application so I should have thought it would be quicker to apply for a fiance visa above.
You should consider instrucitng a immigration solicitor to prepare an applicaiton for you . You can find local solicitors via:-
It would cost around £800 + VAt for them to prepare the application for you.
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