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Stay in the UK after getting married and switch directly to a spouse visa. With just a marriage visitor visa your wife would have to leave and apply for a spouse visa from India, which can take several months to process. The marriage visitor visa is not intended for those planning to settle in the UK.
If you apply for the fiance visa (costs £1523), which is a 6 month visa (can't work or use the NHS) to get married, once married you can then switch within the UK to a spouse visa. Spouse visa costs £1033 plus £1000 IHS fee. You have the option of 8 week standard service for a decision or Super Priority (costs £800 extra) for a 24 hour decision.beaver545 wrote: ↑Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:18 pmMany thanks for the quick reply! Can you give more detail when you say 'switch directly to a spouse visa'?
Will this mean that after getting married, you then can switch onto the spouse visa with no fees/waiting time?
Or does it just allow you to apply for the visa from within the UK and hence 8 weeks instead of the 12 weeks from outside the UK?
For the Spouse visa, is it possible to fast-track this from India? My partner has done some investigation in India, and this seems to be the case, but I wanted to double check?
This is very useful, and thanks for the insight, is it possible to link to the thread for me to read through?THO wrote: ↑Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:31 pmWell, I can speak from personal experience here. My wife and I did exactly the same thing as you are considering with the MVV, although she is from Vietnam. We applied for the MVV since it was supposed to take only 3 weeks to get, but were refused (I won't go into the reasons, there is a thread, but suffice to say it was entirely the H/O's fault), and I had to fight them to get decision overturned and that took months, so lost that advantage over the Spouse Visa.
May I ask what was the reason for failure? What bits and pieces should we look out for?
I assume this is the MVV? when you say upfront, do you mean to give them our full intentions of her going back to India before me and my family go there to have a celebration and then apply for her spouse visa? My worry with this route is that if everything goes to plan, will it look dodgy that she's coming over here to marry and then return to India in a month or two? It would be great to have her in the UK over Xmas though to spend with my family! It makes you wonder whether it's easier to apply for a visit visa and then we do the full wedding ceremony out in India! My thinking was that if we were to marry in the UK then that would make validating the marriage easier for the HO.
There is a priority option but a quick decision is not guaranteed and many members who paid for priority are still waiting after 60 days.For the Spouse visa, is it possible to fast-track this from India? My partner has done some investigation in India, and this seems to be the case, but I wanted to double check?