Where are you currently? If you are in the UK please also state your immigration status?
I am in South Africa and my fiance is in the UK
Do you wish to reside in the UK permanently once your ch lid is born?
Yes Tom, we intend settling there and will I be able to get a job once the child is born? Will the child be automatically a British Citizen and can she have dual citizenship?
If you are planning on getting married in the UK then you will need to apply to the British Embassy in SA for a fiance visa.
This will give you permission to come to the UK to marry. You must show that:-
It would be best for a UK immigration solicitor to prepare your applicant for you. It can be prepared in the UK and sent to you to submit. You can find Uk immigration solicitors through the following Law Society Website search engine:-
You will need to apply for settlement (ie. fiance visa) by using VAF4 Settlement, available for download from UKBA's website.
You will also have to pass the english language test to show that she has a basic command of english listening and spoken language. Everyday expressions and basic phrases and she will have to contact the Embassy before submitting to find out about approved test providers in SA.
Even if your daughter is born in SA she will be eligible to for a UK passport because citizenship can descend from the father to one generation below.
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The UKBA/HO aims to try and reach decisions on applications no later than two months after submission, but this is very much a moveable feast and it depends on how much they have on their plate at the time and how easy to reach a decision it is in each particular application.
Good luck with your marriage/pregnancy and application. Busy time!
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