I know this has been done many times before but I’m seeking advice on my situation.
I’m a professional British citizen living in Asia. I have been with my Filipino Girlfriend for around a decade. I provide for her financially. She has a small food and beverage business in the Philippines which is in her name. She has all the paperwork to prove this, including business permits etc. Unfortunately, as it’s basically a cash in hand business not much of the takings are deposited in a bank, although she does have an account.
She has a 14 year old Daughter from a previous relationship and we have an 18-month old Son together who has my surname and I am named on the birth certificate.
I would like to take my Girlfriend and Son to the UK for 2 weeks this year to visit my parents/my sons grandparents who are elderly and would find a long journey difficult. I have the following questions surrounding her being able to prove that she intends to return:
- Would the fact that her Daughter, who lives with her and is reliant on her, will be staying behind in the Philippines be enough to show she intends to return?
- Would the fact that she owns her own small business (and has all the documentation to prove this) be proof that she intends to return, despite not having accounts etc to show it is profitable?
Does the fact that I am my sons Father and I want him to see his elderly grandparents and meet his wider family members count for anything? Obviously an 18-month old baby is too young to spend 10 to 14 days away from his Mother.
For the record I will be sponsoring her trip/paying for flights/paying for private medical insurance for the both etc.
Edited to add from comments: My girlfriends mother will be taking care of the daughter and has provided a letter to state this. I can prove that I support my girlfriend, although I work and live in Singapore.