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See this thread.heisenberg wrote:Does this mean that it's possible for my wife to get ILR 'as soon as we arrive'? I'm hoping that her 'visa history' will help with this.
Means she can apply for ILE (as against ILR) but before that's granted she'll have needed to pass the KOL (Knowledge of Life) test, bit of a catch-22 as you can only do that in the UK. Options are:heisenberg wrote:thanks for the very quick reply! I guess it doesn't look good then...
So your saying that she could still try and apply as returning resident, if this fails then we'll go the spouse visa route.
I also noticed that is says this on the site:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/partn ... lpartners/
"We may be able to give you permission to live permanently in the UK as soon as you arrive, if:
* you and your partner married or formed a civil partnership at least four years ago;
* you have spent those four years living together outside the UK;
* you are both coming to the UK to settle here together; and
* you have sufficient knowledge of the English language and life in the UK. (You do not need to meet this last requirement if you are aged 65 or over.)"
Does this mean that it's possible for my wife to get ILR 'as soon as we arrive'? I'm hoping that her 'visa history' will help with this.
It will still be a spouse visa (FLR) bit upon passing the KOL test, ILR will be immediate.heisenberg wrote:Thanks for the advice so far. I have completed a fair amount of research and I think she will go for option 2 and apply for ILE.
Now the next step is how to do this.
As we are based in Japan, I assume we will apply via the British Embassy in Tokyo. They outsource all their visa applications to an organisation known a VFS Global in the Philippines.
I had a look at the visa application forms that were listed
and I assume that she will complete the VAF4A- Settlement visa application form.
I also assume that once they have received the form she will get an FLR visa granted (hopefully), or will they give her a spouse visa again?
Any thoughts on the matter would be much appreciated.
Download/buy the Life in UK book, it's online on P2P, or pay the 30 quid or so, more ripoff from UKBA...heisenberg wrote:thanks again for the very prompt reply. I've had a look at the costs and you are right in that it is very pricey! Time for a discussion with the wife. We may well be going on holiday to the UK for a couple of weeks over the summer so she'll probably take the test then.