The UK Marriage Visitor Visa can only be applied for within 3 months before the day you intend to land in the UK. Just to make sure, we paid extra to get the application fast tracked so there was no chance of it getting held up in the post! Once the visa has been granted, it is valid from the day you state you want to enter. We made sure to state that we wanted a multi entry visa as Jesse flew home between giving notice and the wedding day due to work commitments!
7/3/15 – filled in online application, paid fees, booked biometric appointment
13/3/15 – attended biometric appointment in the State capital (it was our choice to have the appointment this day, it could have been sooner)
17/3/15 – posted application and evidence to New York
26/3/15 – received passport back complete with visa! (We paid to fast track the process)
30/4/15 – Jesse lands in the UK
8/5/15 – Due to UK law, we had to wait 8 nights (7 FULL days) to be able to register to get married, we had our interview and were given the go ahead!
For a foreign national wanting to get married in the UK, the actual wedding ceremony HAS to be at least 28 days after giving notice. Jesse flew home and came back to the UK 4 months later…the visa is only valid for 6 months after the day you intent to first enter the country.
Evidence we included in our application:
- A timeline of our relationship including, photos of us together, screenshots of FaceTime calls, scans of passport entry stamps, messages and comments from our friends and family etc
- Exact details of what Jesse was planning to do while in the UK. We sent copies of all his flight details and my mum wrote a supporting letter stating that he was staying at our house for the length of his trip.
- 6 months of pay slips from his work to prove his income and that he was able to support himself.
- Copies of the confirmations of the ceremony booking, the reception booking and the appointment to give notice of marriage.
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