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I was never good at introducing myself succinctly..

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by qwewew, Jul 14, 2019 at 11:09 AM.

  1. qwewew
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    qwewew New Member

    Hi, my name is Richard. I'm 31 and live in Wales. I've been lurking on this interesting forum for a little time and am about to ask for some help so thought it might be polite to introduce myself first.

    After not having much success in the UK dating scene (didn't really enjoy the shallow experience of Tinder and the like) I had all but given up before going on a trip to the Philippines last year. Despite not looking for anyone (my friends like to joke but the main purpose of the trip had always been to see the coral and explore Palawan on a motorbike) I ended up randomly meeting a lovely Filipino woman who opened my eyes to the idea of a relationship with someone from the Philippines.

    Unfortunately things with this first woman didn't work out for various reasons, but after a few months I decided to try again and met another (even more) lovely person. We spent some time talking online before I visited her for the first time last month.

    We're now at the point where I'd like her to visit me here in the UK to see if this relationship is something that could work long term. I'm not ready to marry yet and I'm currently a bit confused about the whole tourist/visitor visa sponsorship process which has led me to your fine forum. My girlfriend works, but gets paid cash in hand so has no real evidence of any income. So far I've been able to find the sponsorship financial requirements as they are pretty clearly stated on this page and also in this very useful thread. But I haven't managed to find anything equivalent about financial requirements to sponsor someone on a tourist visa...

    I hope I can make a positive contribution in the future, even if I'm pretty ignorant at the moment!
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  2. bigmac
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    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    hi--welcome to the forum. vistor visas are difficult to get. the applicant needs to show evidence of being able to support themseves while they are here--accommodation and food costs--spending money etc. so needs savings in a bank a/c.--and an explanation as to the source of savings. also need to prove strong ties at home to go back to--a job--a home--bank a.c etc.

    so--in fact a sponsor isnt essential--and on some ways just complicates it.
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  3. aposhark
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    aposhark Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    Hello and :welcome: here, qwewew. [/QUOTE]

    If I was you, I would visit her another time or two to see if your romance blossoms further and to build up trust between both of you.

    Visit visas are very problematic. I would just wait until you are ready to marry, and in the meantime enjoy the company of your new lady and also get to know more about the Philippines.

    When I met the Filipina who became my wife, I printed out so many pages about life over there so I could understand more about the customs, traditions and ways of life there so I could prepare for our life as a couple.
    I fell head-over-heals when I met her and still do to this day.

    BTW, we married in the Philippines and I would do everything the same if I was in the same position again.

    Filipinas are very faithful and devoted to their men and make excellent wives in my opinion.
    They are also very hard working and marriages survive through the occasional hiccups that happen in life.
    Marriages regularly fail in the UK and other "Western" countries.
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  4. Druk1
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    Druk1 Active Member

    I knew a lady from manila got 2 or 3 tourist visas for the UK, her boyfriend, now her husband, worked for the government, don't know if that helped her a little but she had no property or employment in pinas, her boyfriend was on a fair old wedge however.
  5. Mattecube
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    Mattecube I have no need Trusted Member

    Welcome
    I would say try for a visit visa it will give the girl an insight into the UK and your life here after all you have seen her country!
    This will help grow your relationship.
    We have had success with my wife's eldest daughter getting visit visas and although they can be hit and miss to get it can be done.
    Wife's daughter has no house no job and only money we send her.
    When she has applied we have given commitment to fully finance the travel accomadation and spending money.
    My wife and her youngest daughter are at various stages of the visa journey and we comment that we would not jeopardise these by allowing the older one to overstay although this bit might not help you, you could trailer the comment to suit your future plans!
    Good luck

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