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Experience:  UK Lawyer holding practising certficate for England & Wales.
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I wish to marry my Phillipino girlfriend. She lives in Dubai

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I wish to marry my Phillipino girlfriend. She lives in Dubai and i live in uk. My salary is £24k per annum. We have been in a relationship for almost 3 years with me visiting her in Dubai at least 8 times now. We plan to marry in Manila in February next year, unless we can get married in UK. What advice can you offer me?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 5 years ago.

Thanks for your question.

The best advice I can offer you as a solicitor is that you should certainly instruct a solicitor to prepare the application for a spouse visa (is. Settlement) on her behalf.

If you marry in manila in the way that is legal in the philippines and you have an annual salary above £18,600 then she is eligible to apply want you are married. However the evidential threshold in terms of the amount of documents you must keep submit the application in order to prove her eligibility is very high.

A solicitor will help prepare and collect this documentation and insure that the application is laid out in the way preferred by the united kingdom border agency case workers. This will mean that the application will get approved in the quickest possible time. If there is documentation missing then you will find that the application will be rejected and you will be forced to appeal. Appeals can take a very very long time. He may find yourself waiting for the appeal 4 between 6 months and 1 year for example.

Asolicitor which charge in the region of £800-1000 to prepare the application on your wife's behalf.

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