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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 paper work 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 as mine.

I would like to take my Girlfriend and Son to the UK for 2 weeks this year to visit my parents/my sons grand parents 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, also show her intention to return?

The fact that I am my sons Father and I want him to see his elderly grand parents 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.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

  • How soon do you want to travel? Having your girlfriend pass all her business takings through her bank account for a few months will help demonstrate her finances. Who will be caring for the daughter? Document the arrangement so that the ECO isn't tempted either to assume she's being abandoned or that the arrangement is permanent. – user90371 Apr 21 at 5:05
  • Thanks for the reply - we are kind of flexible but we were thinking of this summer maybe July. The problem is it’s a kind of cash in hand kind of business so there’s not much in the way of profit – Oris72 Apr 21 at 5:07
  • Also my girlfriends mum will be taking care of her Daughter for the two weeks. My girlfriends mum has said she will provide a letter stating this – Oris72 Apr 21 at 5:11
  • "Obviously an 18-month old baby is too young to spend 10 to 14 days away from his mother": that argument is essentially useless. Babies that age (and younger) spend as long (or longer) away from their mothers all the time. And the Home Office is notorious for suggesting that parents and children maintain their relationships in the long term via videoconferencing. In that context, a couple of weeks' separation is nothing. – phoog Apr 21 at 6:56
  • I think two key aspects that would influence a successful application are whether you live together in the Philippines and if you can prove that you support her financially. Assuming you have a job or business ties there, your situation could be more favourable than the scenario where the relationship is long distance with the British citizen in the UK. This may help you draft your cover letter travel.stackexchange.com/questions/71874/… – Traveller Apr 21 at 7:07

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