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!