I am a British citizen, born and raised or something fancy like that, my lovely fiancée is a fine upstanding American (also born and raised or something fancy like that).
So this is a very brief run down of what we think the process involves:
Apply online for the VAF4 Settlement (fiancée) visa,
Fiancée enters UK, marry,
Apply for right to stay.
It seems very simple having written it down like that, which worries me and which is why I have come here to make sure we actually understand the process.
Questions also, when my fiancée is approved the initial visa, does the 6 months right to stay in the UK begin the date it is issued or from the date she enters the UK? If the latter how long does she have to enter the UK?
Certificate of Approval, the UK Border Agency website states;
Your fiance, fiancee or proposed civil partner may need to apply for a certificate of approval of marriage from the Home Office and give notice to a registrar of your intention to marry or register your civil partnership.
Will this be needed? Would it be safer to get one anyway? Would it annoy people if we got one without needing it?
And finally after marriage, I can't find what the "right to stay" process is for this, the Border Agency website just says "After marriage, you may apply for right to stay in the UK" which doesn't offer any help to which how this is achieved.
I apologise if this is long, badly formatted, misinformed or a mixture of all three, and I thank you in advance for any advice, help, support and encouragement