I am a British citizen and my partner is an American. We have only taken part in a religious ceremony and have the certificate. She has just finished visiting me for 4 months. On a previous visit, she stayed in the UK for 1 month.
I have been told that, since I am on a fixed-term employment contract (FTC which started in April 2016 and concludes in November 2016), a spouse visa would most likely be declined even though I can show more than 6 months of payslips. What effect would being an FTC have on the application for a spouse visa; is there any chance that it would be accepted?
Also, my wife has literally just left the UK after her 4-month stay, entering the UK as a visitor. Could she or I apply for visitor visa again in a couple of months for her to come and stay for approximately 5 months (if the spouse visa is not viable)? Or will I have to wait a certain amount of time, since she has been here for 4 months (and 1 month before)?