I am a British citizen in Scotland and my girlfriend is from Russian; we plan to be together and marry. She has been here since Dec 19 on a visitor visa extended till the end of July 2020 (Covid-19). We have been together (her living with me) in total for around 9 months including a time last year on a visitor visa.
If we apply to get married and register to do so in Scotland as she is a foreign national the registrar will automatically inform the Home office. I imagine they may ask us to apply for a Fiance Visa but she is already here! Can there be a difference in what is required? My idea is that if we can get married soon we can go straight for a Spousal Visa? Maybe a long shot? It was suggested by the registrar that they (The Home Office) may only want evidence of genuine relationship to allow us to marry then we can apply for spousal visa. Can anyone help?