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Offline ksand24

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Re: When should/can we start the application process?
« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2018, 03:06:39 PM »
It looks as if in Vegas there are no visa requirements, you just need a license which you can obtain on the day from the license bureau and then you're free to marry in any of the hundreds of licensed chapels, which is amazing.

There are no visa requirements to marry as a visitor anywhere in the US. 

What determines whether you need a visa or not is:
- if you want to marry as a tourist and then return to your life in the U.K. (no visa needed)
- if you want to live in the US with your wife after the wedding (fiancé visa needed, can take up to 10 months to be granted)

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Next question is, what is the spousal visa process? If we're legally married in the US, is getting her over to the U.K an easy process?

It’s the same as the fiancé visa process :).

This is my general timeline for Spousal visa applications:

1) Research the visa requirements and documents needed (many will need to come from you in the U.K.)

2) Gather all the documents. Check and double-check you have everything to meet all of the requirements , making sure everything is in date and meets the formatting requirements

3) Print and fill out VAF4a Appendix 2 - this is the second half of the application form and contains all the questions relevant to applying for a spousal visa.

4) Start to complete the online application (which is generic information about you and doesn't actually ask any questions about how you qualify for the visa), but do not submit it until you are completely ready to mail all the documents to Sheffield for processing.

5) When ready to mail everything, submit the online application. You will be prompted to pay for the visa, pay the IHS surcharge and book a biometrics appointment at one of the 129 USCIS Application Support Centers across the US... DO NOT book at a premium centre as they cannot process your biometrics there unless you are purchasing the $1,700 Settlement Gold Premium Service (which is a waste of money).

6) Print the online application and the biometrics confirmation sheet

7) Purchase settlement priority processing for $793 (if you are paying for priority) and shipping labels from VFS Global.

8 ) Print the priority receipt and shipping labels

9) Attend the biometrics appointment with US immigration (at the USCIS center), taking with you your passport and biometrics confirmation sheet. They will stamp the confirmation sheet, then take your fingerprints and photo and send you home... shouldn't take more than 5-10 minutes

10) Place your passport and stamped biometrics confirmation with your documents in the package

11) Place the return shipping label in the package, with your Priority Processing receipt on the very top

12) Write 'Settlement Priority Service' in very large letters on the outermost packaging

13) Mail documents to Sheffield for processing... this must be done within 5 days of biometrics

14) Wait for visa to be processed and mailed back to you in the US

15) Book your flight to the UK and move within the 30 days allowed on your visa vignette in your passport

16) Within 10 days of arriving in the UK, pick up your BRP card (your actual visa) from a designated Post Office



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Offline SamT

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Re: When should/can we start the application process?
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2018, 05:11:30 PM »
The fact that you've taken the time to explain that to someone you don't know on the internet is genuinely kind. Thank you very much.


I've actually just applied for the marriage license in Las Vegas and now will be marrying my awesome American fiancée in just over 2 weeks time.

Funny, how this morning I woke up panicking about starting the visa application process and now I'm saving a couple of thousand dollars and hopefully making the process a lot less stressful.

Thanks so much for everyone's help on this.  :)

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Re: When should/can we start the application process?
« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2018, 06:47:11 PM »
The fact that you've taken the time to explain that to someone you don't know on the internet is genuinely kind. Thank you very much.


I've actually just applied for the marriage license in Las Vegas and now will be marrying my awesome American fiancée in just over 2 weeks time.

Funny, how this morning I woke up panicking about starting the visa application process and now I'm saving a couple of thousand dollars and hopefully making the process a lot less stressful.

Thanks so much for everyone's help on this.  :)

Heee heee heeee.  I think your new plan sounds fabulous.  We will need a photo.  I’m hoping you get married by Elvis!

Offline SamT

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Re: When should/can we start the application process?
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2018, 07:34:32 PM »
HaHa!

Sadly I couldn't get that idea past her. She's not keen on fancy dress either...No idea why. ???


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Re: When should/can we start the application process?
« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2018, 07:36:41 PM »
HaHa!

Sadly I couldn't get that idea past her. She's not keen on fancy dress either...No idea why. ???

Shame!

We eloped.  Five years and two kids later, I have to say it was the best choice I’ve ever made!   :D