I am an EU (irish) citizen living in the UK. I have been in a same sex relationship with an American man for 5 years. We have done this long distance thing for long enough, and now that he is finally finished his studies, its time to bite the bullet and live together. We had always wanted to live together with him here on a work visa, however, no where seems willing to entertain that. It now seems that marriage is the best option, and we are happy to do that as it has been on the cards for quite some time, but we had planned on living together as a couple for a bit longer first. Anyway, thats the decision now and we are very happy with it.
I understand that we must marry within 6 months and he cant work while on it. Other paperwork needs doing before he can work anyway which will take time, such as checking his degree and getting his licence for his particular area of work so thats fine.
He is here now, but is returning to USA next week for a month, I will join him near DC for the last week. Am I being too optimistic that he can return in a month with the fiance visa? Immigration are getting more difficult on entry to the UK with their interrogating due to so many visits, so we want to have this all formally done before he returns.
I am finding it very hard to actually find the steps in the process I need to take and what exactly we have to do. Please can someone here assist me? I have had quite a browse through here but want to make sure I have it right and get going with it!
Also, I meet the financial requirement, I have payslips and letter of employment, I own my house, I can provide evidence of our relationship with years of photographs, whatsapp and skype and many plane tickets - is this what would need to prove it?
As I understand it:
We apply online through www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk
We book an appointment at an Application Support Centre (I believe there is one in DC)
We will go with www.vfsglobal.co.uk/to
pay for the highest premium package
But there is conflicting information all around, and on various dropdown menus I cant seem to find spouse or fiance visas.
Please can someone help as a matter of urgency?! I really appreciate the work you all do on here.
Ok so I did more research and the great people on here made a post on 'What are the steps for a UK Fiancé Visa?'
On here it says I need to send the documents to Sheffield - is there no option for the same day approval in person with the super premium fees?