URGENT - uk/indian marriage and uk visa

#1 Sep 9th, 2008, 16:55
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i am in trouble...

i came to india 16 mths ago to work and paraglide and strangely fell in love - y i have no idea!

now i am a uk male and the girls family (punjabi's) hate me despite never meeting me! it seems they dont want their daughter to be involved with a faurang.

anyway a lot of water has passed under the bridge in the last 16 mths and now her family are forcing her to marry someone else and move to the USA - ironic eh?

so the question is...

if we get married behind everyone's back here in delhi will the marriage be valid when we return to the uk?

will she be able to work in the uk as my wife?

how long does it take to get the neccessary paperwork etc for the marriage and the uk visa?

thanks in advance!

time is important here so any info would be gratefull.
#2 Sep 9th, 2008, 17:29
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Yes,if you can get married in a marriage court,it will be valid in UK too.

If you get married in an institution called "Arya Samaj" and then they will get you a certificate too,then you can get the certificate from marriage bureau on basis of the certificate issued by Arya Samaj.

Both ways you get the certificate of legal marriage.

Pick the one which suits you.

She would be able to work and live with you in UK very soon after you file the papers for her based on your marriage.
#3 Sep 9th, 2008, 17:57
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There is a big difference between a certificate of marriage issued by a court or register office, which is a government thing, and a temple or other religious organisation, unless it is specifically licensed to issue marriage certificates on behalf of the state (like the Church of England is in UK).

You can easily give 30 days notice and marry under the Special Marriage Act in India at a registry office where at least one of you has resided for 30 days, and collect the certificates a few days later. If you are both of legal age and fulfil all the other requirements; no problem.

On the other hand, you can marry her in UK, so long as you both fulfill the UK legal requirements. Please note that you must apply for a special visa that permits marriage, and/or for a settlement visa if you both plan to live there.

Do not rely on a certificate from a temple or other religious organisation. It's fine for someone who never wants to leave their home town; not so fine for people who want to travel, maybe even emigrate, in the future.

I don't think there is any guarantee to get a visa for your wife or fiance to enter UK. You must be aware, even from newspaper coverage, that the UK has been ever-tightening its visa and immigration rules for three or four decades. Once upon a time, marriage was enough to get a person British Citizenship; now it is not even enough to guarantee a visa.

On the other hand there is no reason they should refuse you, as long as you can show that you can support her and house her. The exact requirements are on the UK visas site. Do not rely on advice on this or other sites; study the UK Visa site very carefully. It is very comprehensive, not difficult to follow, and gives advice based on different situations.
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#4 Sep 9th, 2008, 18:53
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thanks guys. think we need to marry before we leave for the uk.

any idea what documents we need to get married?

need to marry, get all paperwrk, and fly to uk by october 17th at the latest....possible?
#5 Sep 9th, 2008, 19:20
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If I were you I would stop asking on here and look here http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/ instead
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#6 Sep 9th, 2008, 19:38
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need to marry, get all paperwrk, and fly to uk by october 17th at the latest....possible?
Register Office 'Special Marriage Act' wedding in India requires 30 days notice, and anther week or so to get your certificates.

The crone has the link for UK visas!

They may call you for interview and stuff for her visa. There is no saying how long that will take. A UK visit ("Non-settlement") visa used to take 24 hrs, now it takes longer.
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thanks for the link - lookin at it now.
#8 Sep 9th, 2008, 19:54
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Hi I am a UK citizen and married an Indian man in Goa. Luckily I did have the backing of his family. Anyway we had a religious ceremony but then went to the registry office to make it legal. Th registry offie took all of 5 minutes and they gave us the certificate straight away. That happened on 21st June we sent off the visa application for him straight away and got an interview in middle of the July was told on the day that he could have visa subject to medical check. The visa must have come through a week or 2 later cos he was in the UK by 10th August. For the visa interview is definately good of you attend as well. Also see if you can get a letter from a family member or friend back n UK who could write a letter saying they are willing to sponser your wife if needed in UK. To marry I had to get a letter stating that I was legally allowed to marry. I think I just typed it and got a solicitor to sign it? Can't quite remeber was a few years ago now.
Hope some of this is helpful. Good luck
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Her visa will state that she will not be entitled to any government funding.
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"No access to public funds", I think is the term they use.

They can ask for proof of your marital status. There is no such thing as a British "Not Married" Certificate, but the foreign office recognise that some countries require this and they do issue something. I made a Statutory Declaration (one step stronger than an affidavit) in UK, and brought it with me, but it wasn't wanted. An affidavit here in India might do. If divorced, you should produce the final divorce papers.
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If religion is not an issue for you, and time is, you can have a special affadavit witnessed by a Notary saying you are converting to hindu, and then you are eligible to marry under the Hindu Marriage Act... which does not have the 30 day waiting period. You need to have a Hindu marriage ceremony in a temple.. the priest will sign something (plus your 3 witnesses)... then you can get registered the same day for your certificate which should be legal in the UK. I know this is not the usual route at all.... but for people with little time and if the religion aspect is not an issue for you (it is not written on the marriage certificate etc).. it can be an option.
#12 Jun 10th, 2009, 07:27
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Originally Posted by sallynaik View Post Hi I am a UK citizen and married an Indian man in Goa. Luckily I did have the backing of his family. Anyway we had a religious ceremony but then went to the registry office to make it legal. Th registry offie took all of 5 minutes and they gave us the certificate straight away. That happened on 21st June we sent off the visa application for him straight away and got an interview in middle of the July was told on the day that he could have visa subject to medical check. The visa must have come through a week or 2 later cos he was in the UK by 10th August. For the visa interview is definately good of you attend as well. Also see if you can get a letter from a family member or friend back n UK who could write a letter saying they are willing to sponser your wife if needed in UK. To marry I had to get a letter stating that I was legally allowed to marry. I think I just typed it and got a solicitor to sign it? Can't quite remeber was a few years ago now.
Hope some of this is helpful. Good luck
Hi my name is debbie i have been going to goa for the last 8 years and am going to marry this year a guy that works in goa but lives in Karnataka but he is in goa for 8-9 months of the year i was just reading your story and it is exactly what i hope to happen with my fiance he wants to come and live her would be great to get in touch with u just to find out how hard or easy it was for u and just some information that would be great.
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#13 Jul 29th, 2009, 22:57
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post "No access to public funds", I think is the term they use.
No Recourse to Public funds.
#14 Jul 30th, 2009, 00:43
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Ahhh, yes... well corrected!
#15 Jul 30th, 2009, 01:02
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yes can get married in court. and its valid in uk.

cheers......
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