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Offline brenzie

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Hello from Glasgow (success!)
« on: May 04, 2017, 07:35:28 PM »
Hi all. I've been a long time lurker but never created an account until today. I found the forum while working on my fiancee visa application; the now-husband and I were super stressed by the whole process. It was - thankfully - successful, and we're now married and I'm living with him in Glasgow. Since we're done with the quick trip back to the US for a wedding reception, I'm starting the process to convert to a spousal visa.

Anyway, thanks to all of you who've provided advice on everything. It's been super useful! I'm looking forward to being able to add in my experience.  ;D Plus since I can't work yet, I need some sort of social outlet!

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Re: Hello from Glasgow (success!)
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2017, 08:07:34 PM »
Hi all. I've been a long time lurker but never created an account until today. I found the forum while working on my fiancee visa application; the now-husband and I were super stressed by the whole process. It was - thankfully - successful, and we're now married and I'm living with him in Glasgow. Since we're done with the quick trip back to the US for a wedding reception, I'm starting the process to convert to a spousal visa.

Anyway, thanks to all of you who've provided advice on everything. It's been super useful! I'm looking forward to being able to add in my experience.  ;D Plus since I can't work yet, I need some sort of social outlet!

Hi brenzie! Congratulations on the visa success and the wedding!  :)

Just to clarify, did you travel to the US before or after getting married in the UK and before applying for FLR?
March 29th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).

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Re: Hello from Glasgow (success!)
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2017, 08:11:22 PM »
Just to clarify, did you travel to the US before or after getting married in the UK and before applying for FLR?

I arrived in the UK on my fiancee visa. Then we got married. Then (a week later) we went to the US - still on the fiancee visa as I couldn't send my passport in to convert to a spousal visa and still get to the US on time. They didn't give me any grief about it.

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Re: Hello from Glasgow (success!)
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2017, 08:15:30 PM »
I arrived in the UK on my fiancee visa. Then we got married. Then (a week later) we went to the US - still on the fiancee visa as I couldn't send my passport in to convert to a spousal visa and still get to the US on time. They didn't give me any grief about it.

Thanks for clarifying brenzie.

What I'm afraid of is that once you were married, you were no longer a fiance so you would not be able to enter the country on that visa. Were you stamped in as a visitor?
March 29th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).

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Re: Hello from Glasgow (success!)
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2017, 09:11:00 PM »
What I'm afraid of is that once you were married, you were no longer a fiance so you would not be able to enter the country on that visa. Were you stamped in as a visitor?

No, the agent at the desk just looked at the visa and my thumbprint and apparently decided everything was in order. As far as I understood, actually getting married didn't invalidate the visa. It also says on it that it is good for unlimited entries before its expiration date. (I don't know all the correct terms yet, but it's not a visa that allows marriage on a VISIT, it was a settlement visa as a fiancee intending to marry in Britain.)

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Re: Hello from Glasgow (success!)
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2017, 09:29:54 PM »
It's a marriage visa for settlement.

When I came for a visit after my visa denial the guy at the border was insistent that I use the term marriage visa. Haha. Here on the forum we call it a fiance visa.
« Last Edit: May 04, 2017, 09:44:17 PM by lyonaria »
The usual. American girl meets British guy. They fall into like, then into love. Then there was the big decision. The American traveled across the pond to join the Brit. And life was never the same again.

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Re: Hello from Glasgow (success!)
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2017, 09:36:43 PM »
No, the agent at the desk just looked at the visa and my thumbprint and apparently decided everything was in order. As far as I understood, actually getting married didn't invalidate the visa. It also says on it that it is good for unlimited entries before its expiration date. (I don't know all the correct terms yet, but it's not a visa that allows marriage on a VISIT, it was a settlement visa as a fiancee intending to marry in Britain.)

So he didn't stamp your passport? Did you tell him you were married already?
March 29th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).

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Re: Hello from Glasgow (success!)
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2017, 09:41:53 PM »
No, the agent at the desk just looked at the visa and my thumbprint and apparently decided everything was in order. As far as I understood, actually getting married didn't invalidate the visa. It also says on it that it is good for unlimited entries before its expiration date. (I don't know all the correct terms yet, but it's not a visa that allows marriage on a VISIT, it was a settlement visa as a fiancee intending to marry in Britain.)

There's always been some debate as to whether you will be allowed to re-enter on a fiance/marriage visa after you are married, since you no longer meet the requirements to enter as a fiance.

So, because of that (and because people have had issues in the past), we recommend not leaving the UK until you have switched to the FLR(M) spousal visa, in case you have trouble at the border when you come back.

However, it sounds like they were okay with you coming back into the UK even though you were no longer a fiance... so it may just depend on the immigration officer at the desk on the day you enter.

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Re: Hello from Glasgow (success!)
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2017, 09:09:33 PM »
Congrats! (and welcome officially!) I absolutely LOVE Scotland so you're a lucky ducky getting to live there! :D

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Re: Hello from Glasgow (success!)
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2017, 10:49:40 AM »
Congrats! (and welcome officially!) I absolutely LOVE Scotland so you're a lucky ducky getting to live there! :D

Thank you! I quite like it a lot too, which is good because otherwise my husband would be in trouble.  ;D  He's been really good about taking me around to a lot of places, too, so I can see various parts of the country.

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Re: Hello from Glasgow (success!)
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2017, 11:23:17 AM »
haha yeah you gotta get the obligatory road trips/day trips to see the country!

Next time I head up to Glasgow, the spot  I really want to go to is Super Bario!