Marrying in the US
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I'm marrying a US citizen in the US in August of this year and we wish to return to the UK. I'm a UK citizen, live here full time and meet all the required financial terms I've seen. I've read the Government website and have kinda gone around in circles. Do we need a visa to return together or can we simply get married in the US and apply for her residency once we're back?
Many thanks for your enquiry to White Rose Visas.
US citizens are generally not required to hold a visa to enter the UK. However, as you are planning on marrying in the US and returning to the UK as a married couple, there is a high chance that your fiancé may be questioned at the border without a visa and may be refused entry into the UK. The border control may think that your fiancé intends to overstay without a valid visa in order to be with you. Further to this, your fiance would be unable to apply for a visitor visa to enter the UK and then switch to a spouse visa whilst in the UK.
For security and assurance, I would recommend you apply for a spouse visa (FLR(M)) in the USA and enter the UK with this. This will be granted for a period of 33 months.
In order to be eligible for a spouse visa you must meet the financial requirement of £18,600 annual income and you must show that you have a genuine relationship and that you intend to live permanently in the UK. An immigration health surcharge is also payable to the Home Office of £200 per year.
If you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.