Hello. I've tried asking this question (and others) on the UK immigration website, but they never seem to actually answer my questions - extremely vague. The posts here have been much more helpful, but I just want to double-check what I think I've learned.
Background: I'm a US citizen and will be marrying my UK fiance in January when he comes to the US to visit. I have sold my home and will be moving out just a few days after he goes back to Orkney, after which I will be homeless/visiting relatives until my visa is approved. Obviously, I want to hurry the process as much as possible. I'm planning to pay for expedited service.
I want to use my husband's name in the UK - don't really care about what it is the US, since I'll only be here for visits, not returning to live. But for now I'm more interested in just getting over there. My major concern is not messing up something important regarding my visa application and subsequent travel to the UK.
If I go through all the trouble to change my name on my passport, etc. just after we get married, it's going to slow down my application process, and I want to get back to my husband as soon as I can. (Also, I'll have nowhere to live!)
So I guess my questions are: Can I apply for the settlement visa in my maiden name (which would match my current passport) even though I want to use my married name later? And how difficult is it to change names on bank accounts/credit cards after I go over? Would it be worth the extra time cooling my heels in the US, or is it actually unimportant what name I use for now, as long as I apply for my visa in the name on my passport? Also, can I use my married name on my marriage license even if I don't change it on everything else right away?
Whew! Thank you for any suggestions.