How long have you been in a relationship with your girlfriend for?
Thanks for your reply.
You need to have been living together as if you married for two years in order to be eligible for an unmarried partners visa, so I'm afraid she would not qualify for this visa.
If you were to intend to be married then you could apply for either a fiance visa so that you can marry here. You must both be over 21 years of age for this and have enough funds to support and house yourselves without the need to access public funds. You would then have to marry here and then she would have to apply for a spouses visa (the same criteria as to age and supporting/housing each other would still apply.
Alternatively you could marry in china and then apply directly for a spouses visa under the same criteria.
If she is not eligible to apply under the points based system for a workers visa (check here:- http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/) or as a student (check here:- http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/), then she is limited to coming for on a 6 months visitor's visa. She would have to leave at the end of the period, otherwise it may jeopardise any future application she would make.
I'm very sorry it could not be better news.
If this is useful please kindly click accept so that I may be rewarded for my time. It will be gratefully received and you will be free to ask follow up questions.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).