I am an Indian and I have been in a relationship with a British citizen for the past two years. We have never met but we are very serious about getting married by the end of this December.
I want things to be done legally, from getting married to moving to the UK to live permanently. I haven't applied for any visa at the moment, because my partner and I do not want to rush things and make mistakes in our visa applications. What would be the best route to follow to get things done?
As per my research I found out:
- I should make a visit first and meet her. She loves India and wants to come back with me and stay with my family for some time. (the condition of the couple having met each other is completed here or no?)
- We can get married in India and she can go back to the UK and apply for a spouse visa for me.
That's the regular procedure I think, right? Please advise and confirm.
What are other ways of getting legally married in the UK? I want to get married to her in the UK rather than in India. I know that I cannot enter by a fiance visa because I haven't met her yet. And I have read in a great answer on this website that, applying through MVV is an abuse of that visa and ECOs get really upset by it.
What path should I take if I want to marry my beloved legally in her own country? How can I prove that I am engaged to her, is there a particular document they look for? Because on our side, engagements are not usually recorded in a document.
Assuming that I have met her on a visitor visa and then I go back and apply for a fiance visa and enter the UK to marry her...will that work? It doesn't sound easy though and I would certainly appreciate any form of advice.