I am a UK citizen and my wife and son are Canadian citizens. I was living in Canada for the past five years and have recently moved back for work and obviously, I would want my wife and son to join me in the UK ASAP. I am two months away from achieving the six-month requirement to be able to sponsor them to live in the UK and they have been staying with me for the past few months on visitor visas.
As I understand, they will need to leave the UK in order to apply for a spousal visa (let me know if this isn't the case). My question is whether they can leave, apply, and return to the UK on a visitor visa while we wait for a decision on our spousal application. Ideally, they could leave for a weekend, apply and come back- I really don't want to live apart for them again for another three months. Do they need to return to Canada or could we take a holiday to Europe and apply? That would be much cheaper.
I also understand that as I am a British Citizen 'not of descent', ie that I was born here, my parents were born here etc. my son may already have British citizenship- is this the case and if so how can we have that legally recognized? Can he be issued a UK passport or dual citizenship?
Thanks in advance for your help.