I'm afraid that because of your lack of cohabitation you are not eligible to apply for an unmarried partner's visa to come here and work right away.
The only work visas that are available at the present time are those which require a licensed sponsor employer on the job in in shortage occupation list:-
You would have to have a job offer and degree though and meet the other points based criteria:-
Alternatively, you could apply for a student visa but would neet to meet the points based criteria and have an offer from a licensed college/university:-
You could apply for a fiance visa. These are for persons coming here to marry. Fiances are given 6 months leave to remain in which to marry. The criteria is as follows:-
- You plan to marry within 6 months of her arriving here (egg. statements from you and others, possibly a booking of a church/venue)
- You plan to live permanently together here (statements, correspondence)
- You have met each other before (eg. statements from you both and others, correspondence)
- You can support each other without the need for public funds (bank statements, evidence of income, evidence of jobs available that your husband could do)
- You have suitable accommodation which is owned or lived in only by you or your household and where you and your dependents can live without any help from public funds (tenancy agreement, land registry docs if you your own home)
- That neither of you are younger than 21 years of age. (birth certificates, passports)
You will see that I have put suggestions of documents you should submit with your application in brackets.
You would have to apply to the British Embassy/Consulate using form VAF4 which is available for download from the UKBA website.
You could come here on a visitor's visa for up to 6 months, during which time you could spend some time with your fiance, arrange the wedding and prepare your fiance visa application to submit when you return home. You cannot apply for it whilst you are here on a visitor's visa.
However, during any time on a visitor's visa or fiance visa you would not be permitted to work.
Once married you would then have to apply for a spouses visa which is granted for 27 months, after 24 months you can apply for indefinate leave to remain in the UK.
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