To whom it might concern
I studied for a 16 months in the UK a masters degree 2009-2011, then I moved back to my country two years ago. On 2012 I met an english man and we started a relationship. I’ve visited him twice in the UK, he visited me once in my non EU country (Chile) and we have travelled together to two other countries spending in total about 4 months living together in a year.
We'd like to try live together and in this case I should move to the UK due to his lack of interest of living in my country or elsewhere. I`m an Architect and would like to know which would be the most convenient way of getting a work permit for me? I’d love to live with him but cannot be sitting at home waiting for him to come back from work. I need to have a work permit in order to plan a life together.
Should I apply to a work visa finding a sponsor?
How long would that take? and if it is at all possible for me to get a work visa due to statistics? I’ve read there’s a limited amount of work visas issued for foreigners. I expect to earn between 30.000GBP to 40.000GBP in my field.
If we got married...
We have considered getting married. I don’t know if I am allowed to work in the UK if we did.
How long would that take? Which would be my obligations? I’ve been told that you can’t work for two years when you get married to a British citizen. Is this so?. I plan to visit him for chirstmas, Im currently in Chile. If we did get married in the UK, do I need a special entry visa?
I’d like to speak with a lawyer to understand if its even a remote possibility for me to be accepted in the UK or we should think of planning a future together elsewhere.