This guide was created on at 15th September 2011 and is based upon the new UKBA website and information as announced on the 4th September 2011 Please be sure to check for any updates and changes that may happen from time to time. We all share the same basic desires. We want to love, to be loved, to be together and to live 'happily-ever-after'. But the 'fairy tale' can be more complicated when you're in love and half a world apart in different countries, with immigration rules. Some important decisions have to be made. So what's it to be, a Fiance(e) Visa and UK wedding, or a wedding in The Philippines followed by a Spouse Visa? If you decide on the Fiance(e) Visa route to UK then hopefully the following guide might help:- The Fiance(e) visa is granted to those applicants who intend to marry (or to form a civil partnership) with British citizens and lawful permanent residents of the UK, and who want to settle permanently in the UK after the marriage or civil partnership. If you only want to come to UK to get married, or to register a civil partnership here, and then you will then leave the UK, you should apply as a special visitor for marriage or civil partnership. Being granted a Fiance(e) visa allows you entry to the UK for a period of 6 months. During which time you will be expected to actually get married and to subsequently make application for Further Leave to Remain (FLR), which allows conditional permanent resident status and allows the spouse to remain in the UK for a further two years. This period is not exactly a relaxing time, there is still plenty to do. Do remember, that until the marriage is concluded the visa is still counting down to expiry when, at that time, your fiancé(e) will need to return to their home country. Remember also that until FLR is granted by UKBA, the fiance(e) is neither allowed to work nor to access any public funds. The UKBA page specifically for Fiance(e)'s and proposed civil partners is here It's well worth taking a look and checking out the links provided. By its very nature this guidance is generic. It may not apply to any given set of conditions. Additionally you may find the ECO interpretations of compliance do vary. Some consulates are more rigorous than others, and some applicant profiles invite more scrutiny than others. Accordingly, this guide should not be taken as authoritative. Whenever posting documents to the Philippines use a secure delivery service such as DHL etc. Yes it costs a bit, but it’ll cost a lot more in time and money if the normal postal service loses them whether they are signed for or not, as the Philippine postal service is not secure. Finally, the UKBA recommend that you read their Information Guide. They suggest it can "help you decide which documents may be useful in supporting the statements that you have made on your visa application form (VAF)." And of course it makes a handy checklist. Due to size limitations within the forum set-up the guide has been split into 2 Chapters:- How To Apply For A UK Fiance(e) Visa - Chapter One This covers the Key issues in the eligibility Details of the documents you MUST include with your application, and Detailed information on Financial Requirements How To Apply For A UK Fiance(e) Visa - Chapter Two This covers detailed information on Accommodation Requirements, and Answers to FAQ's Here's wishing all you new applicants and sponsors sincere congratulations on your engagement, good luck to with your Visa Applications, and best wishes for your wedding plans and your new life together in the UK.