Thanks for your reply.
You can either marry in Iran and then apply directly for a spouses visa. Once application, one application fee.
Alternatively, you can apply for a fiance visa so that she can come here specifically for the purpose of marrying you. Once married she would then have to apply for a spouses visa (settlement). Two applications, two application fees.
The eligibility criteria is largely similar for both applications.The advantage is that if your fiance visa is refused then you are not married. If you marry and you spouses visa application is refused initially and then on appeal then you are stuck being married but in different countries.
Here is the criteria you would need to fulfill for a fiance visa, as I say the criteria is largely the same for a spouses visa. If you meet this you will almost certainly not be refused a spouses visa:-
- You plan to marry within 6 months of her arriving here
- You plan to live permanently together here
- You have met each other before
- You can support each other without the need for public
- 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
A basic list of the documents required to be submitted with the application is here:-
The above list is for a spouse visa but you will also have to submit evidence of your intention to marry (eg. Booking of venue, invitations etc) if you are to apply for fiancé visa).
You will need to apply for fiance/spouses visa using form VAF4 which is available for download from the UKBA website
You should consider instrucitng a immigration solicitor to prepare an applicaiton for you (whichever way you decide to do it). You can find local solicitors via:-
If she comes on a fiancé visa then she will be granted leave to remain for 6 months within which she must marry you and then apply for Further Leave To Remain (ie. Spouse visa). She would be grante two years under the spouse visa. At the end of this she can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain so stay here permanently. 12 months after she has obtained ILR she can apply to naturalise as a UK citizen if she so wishes so she can get a UK passport
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