6008735rd 0 Posted February 3, 2011 Share Posted February 3, 2011 I have a Thai girlfriend, who I have been with for 8 months after meeting her during the summer. I have since been back to Thailand to visit her two times. It has now reached the point where it is impractical to keep doing this, both for emotional & financial reasons. Having looked at the visa options for her, I have a few questions that I would be extremely grateful if those in the know could answer. I'll give you the background first. She has no savings to speak of, no job, no property, but some land in the North of Thailand, worth about £4000-5000. There has been no recent activity in her bank account. She also has a son and family who live in the North, and she is currently living in Bangkok. We speak all day every day (work, sleep & friends permitting), have photos of each visit (including the first one), and hundreds of emails as proof of our relationship. I also have emails from Western Union showing that I have sent her money. When she comes, I would be able to get my parents to be her sponsor. I realise that from the info above it appears that I am being taken for a mug, but all I can say is please do not judge. The questions I have: What would be the best visa for her to apply for? The ones that I have narrowed it down to are; Visitor/Tourist or visiting friends, or an unmarried/Fiancée visa. Obviously the Visitor one would be the best, but as they require the visitor to have strong ties to their country of origin (e.g. a job, or property), I'm not sure that she would meet their criteria. Perhaps her son and land she owns would be enough? are the fiancée visa and unmarried partner visa the same thing? I understand that she has to meet this a1 English test, which I hope wouldn't be much of a problem, as she can hold a good conversation, only struggling when there are words used that she hasn't heard. What other requirements are there to gain this type of visa? also, how long does a fiancée visa last, and if it reaches the end and we were not married, can you then extend it, or renew it at a later date. I guess what I really want to know, is what visa we should press on and apply for, and whether my concerns about her not meeting the requirements for the Tourist/Visitor visa are justified. One final thing, after applying, how long is it likely to take to be approved, and once it is approved, can she travel here straight away? I know there is a lot in there, so I really would appreciate any advice or answers that people could give me. Rob Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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