Well, question is pretty much entirely in the title. We will probably hire a lawyer later on, but I want to figure out as much as possible before everything else on my own.
The situation and plan is as follows - we are in a long distance relationship for 2 years as of now. I've finished my studies in Russia and have nothing keeping me here, he is already working and living on his own. With this, we now want to meet face to face in the UK and see if we are both fine with each other and living together in real life. After a month or so, if everything is fine, we want to enter a civil partnership and just keep living normally.
As of now we have our eyes on visitor and family visas. However, family visa statements are very confusing. It says I can switch to a family visa to stay with spouse and partner if I came to the UK on a different visa. Then, under the "When you can not get a family visa" it says that i can't get family visa if i'm a visitor. But then it also states that i can switch to a family visa if I have 6-months family visa as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner. This bureaucratic hell is both confusing to me and my BF.
- Did I understand it correctly - are family visa and 6-month family visa considered to be separate entities and the last sentence just simply mentions that "marriage before 6 months" rule of a family visa again?
- If my understanding was actually incorrect - Is it, then, possible to switch visitor visa to 6-month family visa without me leaving the UK?
- It would not be ideal, but, is it possible to use 6-months family visa as a substitue for a visitor visa for our plans on simply seeing each other before entering civil partnership or a marriage? Would my boyfriend face any consequences in the worst case scenario where we end up not wanting to live with each other IRL and i end up leaving within 6 months?
- Are there any exemptions for gay people when it comes to visas for a marriage? Entirety of our problems stems from the fact that we are incredibly afraid of me staying and doing anything related to our gay marriage while i'm in Russia, that is why ideal scenario would be to come to UK as a visitor, and, without leaving, settiling marriage stuff right there.