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Offline Dlovess

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California to UK
« on: May 11, 2017, 09:10:41 PM »
Hello everyone!
I'm 26 years old born and raised in California. I met my bf(32yrs old) last November(he's from Manchester, UK.) I've gone to visit him 3 times and he's came twice to see me. We've been talking about moving together and realistically since he's a homeowner and has his own business it would make more sense for me to move with him(i live at home with my parents.) I really love everything about The UK and can really picture myself moving there. However, I wouldn't know what kind of VISA I'd have to apply for or how the process works. Looking at the different visas there is, it's down to the Fiance visa, or try and shoot for the work visa. I'm looking for some guidance as to what would help me make this process smooth?  :)

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Re: California to UK
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2017, 09:17:44 PM »
Hello everyone!
I'm 26 years old born and raised in California. I met my bf(32yrs old) last November(he's from Manchester, UK.) I've gone to visit him 3 times and he's came twice to see me. We've been talking about moving together and realistically since he's a homeowner and has his own business it would make more sense for me to move with him(i live at home with my parents.) I really love everything about The UK and can really picture myself moving there. However, I wouldn't know what kind of VISA I'd have to apply for or how the process works. Looking at the different visas there is, it's down to the Fiance visa, or try and shoot for the work visa. I'm looking for some guidance as to what would help me make this process smooth?  :)

Hi Dlovess, welcome!  ;D

Work visas are very hard to come by so if you are in a position to apply for one of the partner visas, that would be the way to go.

Easier and cheaper (because there is one less visa application involved) would be for you to marry in the US and apply directly for the spouse visa.  :)
March 29th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).

Offline Dlovess

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Re: California to UK
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 09:31:41 PM »
Hi Dlovess, welcome!  ;D

Work visas are very hard to come by so if you are in a position to apply for one of the partner visas, that would be the way to go.

Easier and cheaper (because there is one less visa application involved) would be for you to marry in the US and apply directly for the spouse visa.  :)

Thanks for the response! That makes sense. I see. How soon after we get married could I apply for the partner visa? We wanted to move in together by September, but we may have to change that if we will need to get married.

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Re: California to UK
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 09:46:14 PM »
Thanks for the response! That makes sense. I see. How soon after we get married could I apply for the partner visa? We wanted to move in together by September, but we may have to change that if we will need to get married.

Assuming your boyfriend meets the financial requirements, you can apply straight away, as soon as you have your marriage certificate.

Of course, if you prefer, you could apply for the fiance visa and get married in the UK within 6 months (during which you would not be permitted to work or use the NHS for free) and then apply for further leave to remain.

It sounds like he may be self employed though? It is quite a bit trickier applying using self employment.

Take a look at these which explain the requirements in detail.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/525708/Appendix_FM_1_7_Financial_Requirement.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-fm-se-family-members-specified-evidence
« Last Edit: May 11, 2017, 09:48:51 PM by larrabee »
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: California to UK
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2017, 01:32:58 PM »
Hi Dlovess, welcome to the forum!

Best of luck to you and your boyfriend. You've come to the right place for advice - as you can see already!  ;)

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Re: California to UK
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2017, 08:27:57 PM »
Thanks for the response! That makes sense. I see. How soon after we get married could I apply for the partner visa? We wanted to move in together by September, but we may have to change that if we will need to get married.

You could apply immediately as long as he qualified with all of the other paperwork. Crucial would be proving he met the financial minimum for the previous 6 or 12 months, depending on which category he is (self-employment, in our case, was category F and required 12 months of financial paperwork).
Met my wife in January of 2015
Engaged February 10, 2017
Married March 3, 2017
Online application submitted April 5, 2017
Biometrics & shipping to UK April 17, 2017
Email confirmation from Sheffield April 24, 2017
Submitted ToR May 12, 2017
Hoping to move to the UK in late spring or early summer of 2017!

Offline hayleeonfire

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Re: California to UK
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2017, 04:46:22 PM »
Hey, I'm from California too!

I applied to join my husband in the UK and am waiting for a decision.

What part of CA are you in?!
California, USA
Met: January 2014
Relationship started: October 2014
Engaged: September 2016
Married: December 23, 2016
Priority visa application: March 31, 2017
Biometrics: April 13, 2017
Document confirmation: April 18, 2017
STILL WAITING!