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Help! Need advice on obtaining a visit for marriage visa.

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Help! Need advice on obtaining a visit for marriage visa.

Our plan to get married in Scotland in the first couple days in October has run into a snag: non-EEA nationals apparently need a visit for marriage visa. (We are citizens of and reside in the US.) I have searched several sites and can find info on visas for marrying a UK resident/national, but not much on the visa required for two foreigners traveling to Scotland to get married.

Does someone have experience getting a UK visit for marriage visa? Is this where you went to apply? http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/applyonline/ When you went to the visa application center to obtain your biometrics, did you mail your biometrics (electronic fingerprints and digital photograph) to the entry clearance staff? What was the timeframe in getting the visa back so that you could send in the marriage notice form?

Many thanks!

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1. Re: Help! Need advice on obtaining a visit for marriage visa.

gro-scotland.gov.uk/regscot/getting-married-…

gro-scotland.gov.uk/files1/…rm1text.pdf

Perhaps there is info in the above?

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2. Re: Help! Need advice on obtaining a visit for marriage visa.

Note especially, "For those applying to marry in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where it is possible to give notice of marriage or civil partnership by post, the marriage / civil partnership visit visa must be valid at the time of giving notice."

ukvisas.gov.uk/en/…vistortransitvisa13

A restriction on a General Visit visa is that

"(x) does not, during his visit, intend to marry or form a civil partnership, or to give notice of marriage or civil partnership; and"

To get married you need to use the Business or Special Visitor visa application.

…homeoffice.gov.uk/visitingtheuk/…

and

…homeoffice.gov.uk/visitingtheuk/…

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3. Re: Help! Need advice on obtaining a visit for marriage visa.

And in case it's not absolutely clear, "civil partnership" refers to same-sex couples, not secular marriage in a registrar office.

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4. Re: Help! Need advice on obtaining a visit for marriage visa.

I've found the most helpful link to be this: ukvisas.gov.uk/en/…8743631. However, there are still some mechanics involved of which I am unsure. Particularly the time it takes from one's appointment for biometrics gathering to having the visa sticker in-hand. (Personal experiences with the other aspects of obtaining the visit for marriage visa are welcome as well!)

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5. Re: Help! Need advice on obtaining a visit for marriage visa.

I take back my earlier advice...maybe it IS worth getting in touch with someone who has been down this road before.

Like a wedding organiser, or the registrar in the place you are planning to get married.

You're less than a month away from the date, and it's hit or miss if anyone on here comes up with authoratative and correct answers.

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6. Re: Help! Need advice on obtaining a visit for marriage visa.

Why not simply give the consulate a call and ask?

British Consulate Philadelphia

33rd Floor, 1818 Market St

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Telephone: (00) (1) (215) 557 7665

Facsimile: (00) (1) (215) 557 6608

it's only a honorary consulate, but they can point you in the right direction/and or might be able to expediate things for you

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7. Re: Help! Need advice on obtaining a visit for marriage visa.

According to

ukvisas.gov.uk/en/…2990885

You've got about a 97% chance of getting a visa within 15 days - remember you've got to have that visa BEFORE you can put the required notice in for the marriage. Although AIUI the minimum notice is 15 days Registrars usually suggest at least 4-6 weeks; longer might be better as you are coming from overseas (is suggested anyway if either you or your fiance have been married before). Also note if you are submitting after 21st September the M10 form is changing and you need to use the new version available on GROS website on 21st Sept.

The only thing you can do is start the online application process, send in your documents, make an appointment for biometrics, etc.

Can I ask where are you getting married in Scotland? Some districts have more Registrars and registrars' offices than others and so have less of a waiting list for ceremonies.

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8. Re: Help! Need advice on obtaining a visit for marriage visa.

Thanks, all. We think we may just go to city hall at home before we fly out. It appears that the only way we can be fairly sure of things getting processed and in on time is to use an expediting service, which puts the total for the legal process at close to $1,000, plus we'd need to sit in the lobby of the biometrics place for a couple days, hoping for cancellations. A little less romantic than making it legal at Inverness, but way less trouble.

For anyone else looking into the process, here is a summary*:

1. Apply for a visa on-line at http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/ApplyNow.aspx. People in the US must apply online. $114/person

2. On your online application, you make an appointment to go to a visa application support center to have biometrics (fingerprints and photo) taken. There is no separate charge for this. Your appointment will likely be within one or two weeks. Send your application packet (biometrics, proof of your intent to marry in Scotland, passport, and application) to the appropriate processing center.

3. In approximately 5 working days from receipt of your application (no earlier; perhaps a bit later), a decision will be made. A sticker is provided, which you affix to your passport. Expediting services can be called in to hand-deliver your packet to the processing center. Because they proofread your materials before they are submitted, applications from the expediting services tend to be approved the same day. The fee for this service is $175/application.

4. Send the following to the General Register for the place where you will be married:

-original birth certificate for each party to the marriage

-signed Form M-10 for each party to the marriage

-photocopies of the first page of your passport (the page bearing your photograph) and the page of your passport with the visa (the sticker)

-fees paid in British pounds sterling: 115 pounds

-Witness Details form

This must be received by the General Register no later than 15 days prior to the date of marriage. (As has been mentioned by other posters, 4-6 weeks prior is recommended.)

5. There is no residency requirement, but you must retrieve your Marriage Schedule from the General Register prior to your ceremony (civil or religious). Only the parties to the marriage may pick up this document. They may not send an agent to do so for them.

So to do this without the help of an expediting service and without having to pay to overnight everything, I would start the process at least 2 months in advance.

Sources: gro-scotland.gov.uk/regscot/getting-married-…

www.ukvisas.gov.uk

*The above information applies to US citizens residing in the US wishing to travel to Scotland to marry, but not settle. Postage costs are not included in estimates. The above is for informational purposes only, is not being monitored or updated, and should not be construed as legal advice.

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