Thanks for your question.
If the aim is for you to marry in HK within your wife to then subsequently to return to the UK in order to settle permanently here as your wife then she will have to apply for a spouses visa (settlement) to the UK embassy in HK once you are married.
The eligibility criteria is as follows:-
You will have to show:-
- 1. That you are legally married to eachother (marriage certificate)
- 2. You have met before (statements, correspondence)
- 3. You are not in breach of the immigration rules (your visa)
- 4. Your decision to marry was not due to you potentially being deported)
- 5. Your wifeis present and settled in the UK (eg. Passport, proof of accommodation)
- 6. You intend to live permanently together here in the UK as husband and wife (statements, evidence of her (statements, correspondence(
- 7. You can support each other withoutthe need for public funds (bank statements, evidence of income)
- 8. You have suitableaccomodation 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 (tenancy agreement, land registry docs if you your own home)
- 9. That neither of you are younger than 21 years of age. (birth certificates, passports)
Suggested documents to submit with the application in brackets. If you are in doubt as to whether to submit a document it is generally best to submit it.
There is no fixed amount of money that you have to show, instead the criteria is that you must show enough assets/income (you can include income of the jobs your wife could potentially do - eg job adverts etc) to cover the costs of housing and supporting yourselef in the area in which you are to live without the need to access public funds.
You will need to apply for settlement (ie. spouses visa) by using form VAF4 Settlement, available for download from UKBA's website. It would be best for either a solicitor in the UK to prepare it in consultation with both you and your wife before submitting it. The fee is presently £750 but you should check just prior to submitting your application.
You can find Uk immigration solicitors through the following Law Society Website search engine:-
A solicitor would prepare the application for you for around £800-1, 200.00 + Vat.
If you are unsuccessful on application you will be able to appeal to an immigration tribunal where the evidence gets a much fairer hearing and you are able to submit further evidence. Your solicitor will be able to provide you with an indication of the chance of success before you submit your applicaiton.
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