i am engaged to be married but my visa has expired. Can we still get married in the uk?
Province/Country relating to question : uk
HiThanks for your question. There is no longer a requirement for a visa national to apply for a Certificate of approval from the UKBA so that they can marry in the UK:-http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsfragments/43-abolition-of-coaTherefore it is technically at the discretion of the individual superintendent registrar the registry office where you propose to marry. They will usually marry you regardless of the fact that your leave to remain has expired. Of course, you will still have to go through the usual formalities of marriage. This means that you will have to prove your identities to the registrar, as well as your addresses. You will then have to give the appropriate notice of marriage up at the local registry office confirming that you shall marry. Once this has expired you will be free to marry:-Details about marriage formalities here, together with a link to search for your local registry office:-http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Registeringlifeevents/Marriagesandcivilpartnerships/DG_175717If this has been useful please kindly click accept so that I may be rewarded for my time. If you do not click accept your money stays with the site and I do not receive any credit for the time I have taken to answer your question. You will not be charged any further money for clicking accept.If you wish for me to provide you with further guidance (eg. Perhaps on whether you have any realistic prospect of securijng leave to remain without leaving the UK, or on what you need to do to secure leave to remain by making an out of country application) on any question you may have in the future then please submit a further question to the board requesting me either by my profile or by marking your question. “FAO Tom”. Kind regards,Tom
does that mean we can go to the registry with expired visa and still get married ? how then do i apply for an extention?
Hi, Yes, if you see a local registrar then they should marry you. Please click accept. I will continue to answer your follow up questions relating to this topic. Do you have any children in the UK? What nationality are they?What nationality is your fiance?Tom
i do not have children in the uk . my fiance is a british citizen.
Hi, In the circumstances then I would advise that they best thing to do would be for you to see a local solicitor about preparing your application for a spouse visa before you leave. That way you can take it with you back to your home country so that you can submit it to the Embassy there straight away upon return. In country applications by overstayers are generally only permitted where exceptional compassionate circumstances apply. This is usually because of health reasons where it would be prejudicial to the applicants health to leave the UK, or where the applicant has children in the UK that rely on the application for care and attention. Any attempt to make an application where compassionate circumstances do not apply is very, very uncertain, unlikely to succeed and it would probably be quicker to do it after returning home in any event. Please click accept. Kind regards,Tom
should i get the solicitor before we get married or after . i am as healthy as i can be and my children are over eighteen. cant i apply for a spouse visa here ?
Hi, Ideally you would see a solicitor before you get married to check you will have no difficulty meeting the eligibility criteria and whether there are any areas of your appcalition which require more attention that others. If your children are over 18 and not minors any more then the chances of your obtaining a spouse visa by making an application is very much reduced I'm afraid. Please kindly click accept. Kind regards,Tom
BA (Hons), PgDip, Practising Solicitor
I live in northampton. can you refer me to a good solicitor please .fao Tom
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