Hi... I could really do with some help please.
Background: Im a UK born citizen... Married my wife in India Jun06 - wife came to UK on 2 year spouse visa for settlement on DEC06... All above board no problems so far, time to settle down and live a normal life.
Unfortunately DEC08 I lost my job at HSBC Bank due to volatile climate and from JAN09 applied for Jobseekers, Housing benefit, CTC, Council tax benefit.
Now that my wife was over the 3 year stay in UK this year I thought Id apply for her to get British Citizenship and Ultimately UK passport. I now know this is all wrong and Im in a right mess...
The questions to be answered and advice I need are as follows:
1) Because my wife is a so called overstayer, will she be deported?
2) Do I apply on form FLR M?
3) Im still on benefits and claim all of the above, does this reliance on benefits mean my wife will be refused extended stay? All the benefits were applied in my name and only had joint applications as and when required for applying sake.
4) We had a baby girl DEC07, is she a UK citizen?
This is a very honest mistake and a proper case of never knew any better and never been told any better. I was always under the impression that after a certain time spent in the UK she would automatically be granted UK status.
I look forward to any help and advice so that I can resolve this very unfortunate situation. I am planning a trip to India Late NOV10, is this too optimistic in regards to timescales to sort this mess out?