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UK citizen with Mexican Fiancee - quickest/cost effective way to get married

Post by sam_y9 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:43 pm

Hi Everyone,

After a little bit of help/tips.

I'm a UK citizen and wish to get married to my Mexican girlfriend (fiancee).
We are looking at the quickest/cost effective way to do this.

1. The first idea we had was to get a Fiancee visa (which will take 2/3 months) and then when she is here get married immediately and apply for a Spouse visa so she can find a job and work as soon as possible. Obviously this means she won't be able to come here within the next 2/3 months and will cost a lot (Visa fees x 2 and Lawyer fees).

2. Then I thought, could she not just come here (visa free) for 6 months and get married within that time frame and then apply for a spouse visa. Is this possible?

3. Get married in Mexico in the next month or 2 and then both come back to the UK and apply for a spouse visa that way?

Any help greatly appreciated :) Also open to other suggestions?

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Re: UK citizen with Mexican Fiancee - quickest/cost effective way to get married

Post by seagul » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:55 pm

1. Yes but you can save the cost by marrying in Mexico and apply spouse visa straightaway.

2&3) spouse visa cannot be applied from within UK while on visitor visa/permission
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Re: UK citizen with Mexican Fiancee - quickest/cost effective way to get married

Post by sam_y9 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:20 pm

Thanks for your reply :)

So if we went ahead with marrying in Mexico. Would she be able to come back to the UK with me afterwards and apply for a Spouse visa from here?

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Re: UK citizen with Mexican Fiancee - quickest/cost effective way to get married

Post by seagul » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:28 pm

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Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:20 pm
Thanks for your reply :)

So if we went ahead with marrying in Mexico. Would she be able to come back to the UK with me afterwards and apply for a Spouse visa from here?
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Re: UK citizen with Mexican Fiancee - quickest/cost effective way to get married

Post by sam_y9 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:45 pm

Ok - can I ask what the process would be from that point after getting married in Mexico?

Thanks in advance

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Post by iwolga » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:56 pm

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Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:45 pm
Ok - can I ask what the process would be from that point after getting married in Mexico?

Thanks in advance
She will need to apply for spouse visa provided you qualify financially. The application is not possible in UK

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Post by seagul » Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:00 am

sam_y9 wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:45 pm
Ok - can I ask what the process would be from that point after getting married in Mexico?

Thanks in advance
https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/mx/es/how-to-apply
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Re: UK citizen with Mexican Fiancee - quickest/cost effective way to get married

Post by secret.simon » Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:04 pm

Essentially, whichever way you dice it (as either a fiancee visa or as a spouse visa), you will have to factor in
a) an application from overseas, and
b) a period of separation while that application is in progress.

As she is Mexican, there may be routes whereby she can acquire Spanish citizenship with reduced residency in Spain. So she could accompany you to Spain as the non-EEA family member of an EEA citizen before Brexit. You may want to look at that option.
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Marriage Visa - Tenancy Agreement help please!

Post by sam_y9 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:08 pm

Hi guys!

After some much needed help please.
Myself and Fiancee are just in the process of applying for a Marriage Visa.

I currently live in a 3 bedroom property that I rent off my mother (no tenancy agreement in place obviously).
I pay rent which is on my bank statements every month and I am the only person living at the property.

What do I need to provide here?
I'm aware I need to get the property surveyed, but will a letter from my mother be adequate or is there anything else I need to supply?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Marriage Visa - Tenancy Agreement help please!

Post by AmazonianX » Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:31 pm

sam_y9 wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:08 pm
Hi guys!

After some much needed help please.
Myself and Fiancee are just in the process of applying for a Marriage Visa.

I currently live in a 3 bedroom property that I rent off my mother (no tenancy agreement in place obviously).
I pay rent which is on my bank statements every month and I am the only person living at the property.

What do I need to provide here?
I'm aware I need to get the property surveyed, but will a letter from my mother be adequate or is there anything else I need to supply?

Thanks in advance!
You pay rent so still need that tenancy agreement.
Or what arrangement have you got in place with your mother to cover this noting that rent payments reflects on your bank statements monthly.

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Post by sam_y9 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:37 pm

Hi AmazonianX

Thanks for your quick reply.

My mother can provide a signed letter that states the amount I pay her monthy (taken with a direct debit out of my bank) if that's enough?

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Sam

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Re: Marriage Visa - Tenancy Agreement help please!

Post by seagul » Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:27 pm

sam_y9 wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:37 pm
Hi AmazonianX

Thanks for your quick reply.

My mother can provide a signed letter that states the amount I pay her monthy (taken with a direct debit out of my bank) if that's enough?

Thanks

Sam
You will need the permission from the landlord/estate agent.
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Re: Marriage Visa - Tenancy Agreement help please!

Post by sam_y9 » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:25 am

Hi Seagul

Thanks for your reply.

When you say permission, is a signed letter from my mother adequate?

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Applying for Spouse Visa outside the UK

Post by sam_y9 » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:39 am

Hi Guys

Sorry another question...
Myself and my fiancee (who is Mexican) will be getting married in Mexico City next month.

We nearly have the application ready, so that as soon as we have the marriage certificate translated after the wedding we can submit the application. My question is, as we will be submitting from over there do we do it online? If so, does this mean uploading all the documents on the gov website? Or do we have to go somewhere in Mexico City to hand them in?

Alternatively, would it make more sense for me to apply when I get back to the UK (a few weeks after the wedding?). I'm mainly thinking about speed, although we will be paying for the priority service.

Any help appreciated.

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Re: Applying for Spouse Visa outside the UK

Post by iwolga » Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:51 pm

sam_y9 wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:39 am
Hi Guys

Sorry another question...
Myself and my fiancee (who is Mexican) will be getting married in Mexico City next month.

We nearly have the application ready, so that as soon as we have the marriage certificate translated after the wedding we can submit the application. My question is, as we will be submitting from over there do we do it online? If so, does this mean uploading all the documents on the gov website? Or do we have to go somewhere in Mexico City to hand them in?

Alternatively, would it make more sense for me to apply when I get back to the UK (a few weeks after the wedding?). I'm mainly thinking about speed, although we will be paying for the priority service.

Any help appreciated.

Thanks
You can only apply (fill in application) online. You will then need to pay fees (visa and IHS) and then make bio appointment. This shall be done by applicant and the appointment shall be done in Mexico.

Now, there are ways to upload the supporting papers:
1) do it yourself
2) use VFS in Mexico
3) use another service provider in London

The quickest and most cost efficient way is to do it yourself. Note that everything shall be uploaded before the bio appointment date (if done yourself or in London) or on the day of appointment (if you use VFS services). I assume there's no sense waiting for you to come back to UK. This is not an easier or more straight forward way. All applications for spouse visas go the same route.

Note that some of the papers are only valid for 28 days (eg your paylsip\bank statements) counting to the date you finalise your application online, so factor this into your planning.

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Re: Applying for Spouse Visa outside the UK

Post by sam_y9 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:32 pm

Thanks for your reply Iwolga :)

Another question (sorry!)...

Once we have the marriage certificate we'll get it translated by an authorised translator in Mexico city. Once this is done, we can upload it to the application and submit?

We don't need to get it apostilled do we before submitting the application?

Also I believe we have to send the marriage certificate to the General Register Office. We can submit the application for the spouse visa before doing this?

Thanks

Sam

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Re: Applying for Spouse Visa outside the UK

Post by CR001 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:34 pm

1. Yea, provided it is submitted with all the other documents.

2. No


3. There is NO requirement to register a foreign marriage in the UK with any one.
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Re: Applying for Spouse Visa outside the UK

Post by sam_y9 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:19 pm

Thanks CR001 for your reply.

With regards to my bank statements (I am a director of a company so need to supply Business bank statements too):

1. My business bank statements I requested over the phone. So they are original but are not stamped or signed. I take it that this is ok?

2. My personal bank statements, part (6 months) was printed at the bank along with stamp and signature on each page. The previous (earlier 6 months) were requested over the phone so are original but not stamped or signed (and they look slightly different.

Is all the above ok?

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Re: Applying for Spouse Visa outside the UK

Post by seagul » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:57 pm

sam_y9 wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:19 pm

1. My business bank statements I requested over the phone. So they are original but are not stamped or signed. I take it that this is ok?

2. My personal bank statements, part (6 months) was printed at the bank along with stamp and signature on each page. The previous (earlier 6 months) were requested over the phone so are original but not stamped or signed (and they look slightly different.

Is all the above ok?

Thanks
1) & 2). These will be acceptable.
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Re: Applying for Spouse Visa outside the UK

Post by sam_y9 » Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:06 pm

Hi Guys

With regards to the application, we can upload all the documents ourselves rather than go to the VFS in Mexico city can't we? Is there anything important I need to know regarding this or would you advise going to the VFS and getting them to scan all the documents?

If we did go ahead with getting VFS to do this - can we only book an appointment once we have submitted the application online? It's quite confusing as when I click on the book an appointment on the link below it takes me to the Uk Gov application visa:

https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/mx/en/vacs/mexico-city

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