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I am a British citizen and my fiancee is a Malaysian citizen. We want to apply for a marriage visitor visa (MVV), she will return back to Malaysia as she is settled there with work, accommodation, and she has eye appointments (she recently had eye surgery done). But in the future we do plan for her to apply for a spouse visa to join me in the UK.

Should we include in her cover letter for the MVV that in the future she will apply for a spouse visa when she is more suitable to?

We want to get married in the UK as it is more convenient as I wont have enough annual leave to satisfy all the requirements in Malaysia.

  • Why state something you can’t be 100% sure of doing, that isn’t relevant to a visitor visa application, and could harm the chances of approval if UKVI interpret it as signalling intentions to overstay? – Traveller Mar 20 at 10:03
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    it says what are the future plans of the relationship. The plan is, after we get married, she will go back to malaysia, i will go and visit her in malaysia and then once her commitments finish in malaysia we will apply for a spouse visa. – user93838 Mar 20 at 10:14
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One of the conditions of the UK Marriage Visitor Visa is:

  • you’re not planning to stay or settle in the UK after your marriage or civil partnership

Stating that you plan to settle in the UK after your marriage will cause your Marriage Visitor Visa to be rejected.

It's not on topic for this site, but I'm also fairly sure that if you apply for a Marriage Visitor visa (implying that you will not settle in the UK) then a future application for residence in the UK is likely to be rejected.

The right way to do this is to apply for a spousal visa, which incudes:

you are a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner and will marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of arriving

  • i see. thanks for this. To clarify. she wont stay or settle immediately after our marriage. she has to go back to malaysia as she has work contract, tenancy agrrement and very important eye appointments. she will look to apply for a spouse visa april 2020 once she finishes her commitments in malaysia. – user93838 Mar 20 at 14:52
  • There is obviously some amount of time where, if you apply for residence after a Marriage Visitor visa, you can reasonably say "We changed our minds". You might want to talk to a lawyer. – DJClayworth Mar 20 at 15:00
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    @user93838 This answer is incorrect. The criteria on the public information page are lacking an implied "on this visit." There is nothing in the actual Immigration Rules that requires a lack of intent ever to settle in the UK. Even the next page on the public information site, Eligibility, states more sensibly that "you must prove that you're...visiting the UK for less than 6 months [and] leaving the UK at the end of your visit...." – phoog Mar 20 at 15:14
  • @phoog Happy for you to write another answer. – DJClayworth Mar 20 at 15:17
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    It's not on topic for this site, but I'm also fairly sure that if you apply for a Marriage Visitor visa (implying that you will not settle in the UK) then a future application for residence in the UK is likely to be rejected. This is completely baseless. – MJeffryes Mar 20 at 15:22

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