In February of 2016, I applied for my UK Spouse visa, however this was not our original intention. When Chris and I first started discussing our visa options, it seemed as though the Fiancé visa was the obvious choice. This would have allowed me to come to the UK for 6 months while we planned our wedding. Then, after the wedding – I would have applied for the 2.5 year FLR(M) visa (twice) before being able to finally qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
But, after some very careful consideration – we decided that the Fiancé visa might not be the best route for us. Chris was planning to visit the US at the end of 2015 for the holiday season. We thought that this would provide the perfect opportunity to get married (see our ‘secret’ visa wedding). By doing this, we would be able to apply directly for the Spouse visa – as we did!
Why We Chose the Spouse Visa
Choosing the Spouse visa was not an easy decision. We had already started planning our wedding in the UK and we certainly didn’t want to cancel that. We didn’t want to detract from the day – as we still wanted it to be special. But, ultimately – the Fiancé visa route was significantly more expensive. In our situation, it would have been tough (to say the least) to be able to afford it. In the end, being together meant more to us than using the ‘traditional’ visa route.
Watch the video below to find out more about our visa journey. We discuss why we chose the Spouse visa and how we coped with the stressful application.
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What Was Your UK Visa Experience?
Have you applied for a UK visa before? It doesn’t matter if it was a student, work or family visa – we want to hear from you. Each visa story is unique. We know from firsthand experience that everyone has different coping mechanisms to deal with the stressful process.
For us, the most difficult part was waiting. We got through this by talking to each other every day & trying to keep our minds distracted from what was going on. Which aspects of the application did you find most difficult? How did you cope? Let us know in the comments below and join the conversation.