Navy Net - Royal Navy Community

Register a free account today to become a member! Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!

Marriage visa For US citizen to come to UK


My wife is an american citizen and i am a british citizen serving in the royal navy. Need some help on how to get a marriage visa for my wife and son to come to the UK.

Everyone i have spoken to in the UK don't have a clue and when i have found someone who knows about the visa in america tells me both of us have to be 21 and when i try to explain to them that you dont (UK Border Agency | Changes to the Immigration Rules - minimum age for armed forces marriage visas) as shown in that link they dont want to listen because they have assured themselves they are correct. If i was to just fill out the paperwork online there is no option to say i am in the Royal Navy therefore they will just send the paperwork back and say sorry your not 21. Why dont the people who issue the visas KNOW these laws.

Any help much appreciated
Why dont you do it the old fashioned way and send it by post?

That way you can print off the ammendment to the minimum age rules for the armed forces and also send a letter explaining your circumstance. May take a little longer but at least you'll get somewhere.


War Hero
Applications for a UK Visa from the US have to be done online now and are then dealt with by the UKBA Office in New York.

In which part of the States does your wife live? It might be worth seeking guidance from the nearest Consulate.

Have you looked at the online form to verify that there is no scope for indicating that you are serving?
Contact your MP and make the lazy twister do something for their enormous, undeserved stipend and ask them to contact the Home Office minister responsible as a matter of urgency. If you email them at the House of Commons, be sure to copy your email to various daily publications. From experience, I can tell you it's a great motivator because they will know that the rags will be extremely curious as to how it's dealt with.
Official obduracy based on ignorance is the most infuriating experience, I know. Like a myriad of people, I have suffered it myself and having been ignored by my AM (Welsh Assembly) I employed just such a course of action which resulted in a miraculously sudden and concerned interest in my particular problem.
But first, have you tried enlisting the help of your CO or are things so bad in the Andrew these days that it's not an option? The skippers I served under in boats would have had no hesitation in helping, even the one bad bastard of my aquaintance.
As a last resort, you could get a friend/relative to write a letter to the Daily Jackboot without your knowledge or permission, they love that sort of thing.:-D
Headline: Hero's wife and child unjustly denied residence in UK due to incompetence of immigration officials.:pr:
In a constipated and semi redundant system enquiries from the media to erring government agencies act like a really strong laxative and really get things moving.
Last edited:


War Hero
I know a couple of lads who have struggled to get visas for their wives, the Borders Agency don't seem to be well disposed towards matelots bringing in foreign women.
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
MoD_RSS Operation to tackle FGM and forced marriage honoured at awards MoD News 0
MoD_RSS UN Human Rights Council 41: explaination of vote on child marriage MoD News 0
S Marriage quarters Finance & Pensions 28
PotentialCT Officer, ratings & all things marriage Joining the Royal Navy 2
MoD_RSS Press release: Marriage Allowance promoted on Valentine's Day MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Speech: Policy for progress: ending FGM and forced marriage MoD News 0
MoD_RSS News story: Home Secretary opens conference to tackle FGM and forced marriage MoD News 0
R Marriage insurance and duty taps The Quarterdeck 6
Mitchell1995 Marriage in the navy. Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 14
S Marriage benefits? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 29
E Notice of marriage help!!! Nearest & Dearest 1
K Marriage Nearest & Dearest 21
sgtpepperband Daily Mail: "Pensioner scammed for 56 YEARS that cost her £200,000 and marriage" Diamond Lil's 6
ToonPatriot Marriage Entitlements and ways around it. The Quarterdeck 38
janner Marriage Miscellaneous 1
J Marriage quarters help The Quarterdeck 4
finknottle Homosexual and Lesbian Marriage Current Affairs 57
rod-gearing Marriage break up Diamond Lil's 12
L The Joy of Marriage Miscellaneous 3
trelawney126 Marriage on the Quick. Divorce Machine Follows Diamond Lil's 0
W Navy Marriage? The Gash Barge 74
P How a marriage works! Miscellaneous 0
dixie_gooner Marriage Miscellaneous 0
S Marriage Miscellaneous 0
Y move out after marriage breakdown. Nearest & Dearest 17
finknottle More ludicrous statements from the Con/Lib marriage Current Affairs 2
M Marriage guidance in civvy street Nearest & Dearest 10
L marriage Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 19
K marriage guidance for senior officers.... Current Affairs 18
Tas-ape Marriage councillor The Quarterdeck 0
M Marriage The Corps 22
TwistedFireStarter Twins get marriage annulled Diamond Lil's 12
sgtpepperband Support Gay Marriage Diamond Lil's 38
HarryBosch Lesbians Pound Bush for Marriage Diamond Lil's 18
A Charles & Camilla - marriage may be legally challenged.. Diamond Lil's 18
MoD_RSS Changes to the UK Visa Application Process in Sudan MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Thousands more health workers to benefit from visa extensions MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Deal between Visa and Plaid given the go-ahead MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Home Secretary announces details of the Hong Kong BN(O) visa MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Government launches Health and Care Visa to ensure UK health and care services have access to the best global talent MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Further visa extensions for those unable to return home due to coronavirus MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Home Secretary announces visa extensions for frontline health and care workers MoD News 0
MoD_RSS COVID-19 IMPACT: UK Visa Application Centre in Accra Closure MoD News 0
MoD_RSS UK offers visa relief for foreign nationals MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Inspection report published: An inspection of the Home Office’s Network Consolidation Programme and the “onshoring” of visa processing and decision ma MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Apply for a UK visa in Bishkek via Teleperformance Ltd in 2020 MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Boost for UK science with unlimited visa offer to world's brightest and best MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Addition of card and online payment for Bangladesh visa customers MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Shengen visa application company wound up in court MoD News 0
MoD_RSS UK announces 2-year post-study work visa for international students MoD News 0
Similar threads