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 Post subject: Settlement visa - VAF4a
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 8:18 am 
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My latest news is that we obtained our CP visit visa and registered our partnership at the Birmingham Register Office last week. Since then we have come back to Jordan to resume our work. On Wednesday we submitted our application for the settlement visa using the VAF4a form along with all the evidence required.

My partner picked up his passport yesterday and was given a note by Worldbridge saying that they will start seaches about the sponsor. I've searched the forums and not found much information regarding this. What do they look for? It also states that my partner might be required for an interview. What sort of questions are they likely to ask him if they are doing a search on me? I hope it's not like the Australian way where they put partners in different rooms and ask them the same questions and see what the answers are!!!

On a different note and for information, as of the beginning of this month Worldbridge do not now allow anyone to accompany the applicant into the centre. I had to wait outside for an hour while the application was submitted by my partner alone.


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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 10:05 am 
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Congratulations on your civil partnership.

Regarding the searches, they are probably going to check their databases to see if you appear anywhere – to see if you have sponsored anybody in the past for example – and they may even check with your employer that they do actually employ you. You shouldn’t have anything to worry about. It would be unusual for you to be interviewed, but if they interview your partner they will ask questions based on what you put in the application to check that he gives the same answer. If I remember rightly, the form asks how many brothers and sisters he has, and my partner was asked about them in his interview. They also asked if his family knew he was gay, to which he said no and he didn’t want them to know. After the interview they did call one of his brothers to verify what he had said, and they did ask him why my partner was not married yet. They should not be telling anybody what sort of visa your partner is applying for.

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 1:32 pm 
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Thanks Martyn, much appreciated. On the point of sponsoring someone before, I actually did sponsor a Pakistani friend who was working in Dubai to come and stay on a visit visa around Christmas 2006. His application was rejected for financial reasons. I hope they don't hold that against me.

Regarding enquiries about the family, I hope they don't anything like that because of being gay is strictly against the Muslim beliefs.


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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 2:07 pm 
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That was only a visit visa, and 3 years ago. They would be interested to know if you had sponsored a partnership visa of some kind.

If they do interview him then it will be conducted by British consular staff and if his English is good then he can tell them he doesn’t need an interpreter present. He should make it clear his family don’t know and that he doesn’t want them to find out, but there is no guarantee they won’t contact some family member. Remember that consular staff are sensitive to local cultural values and norms and shouldn’t act inappropriately. You can justifiably complain if they do, and they know that.

However, it would be a good idea for him to think in advance about what he will say to his family if somebody from the embassy calls and asks to confirm some detail or other. As far as my partner’s family were concerned he had somebody who sponsored him for a job in the UK. I don’t know if they actually believed that, but his brother told the man from the embassy that it was his own business whether he got married or not.

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 2:45 pm 
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No it was just a visit visa and I haven't sponsored anyone for a settlement visa before.

He has requested on the form to conduct any interview in English. Regarding his family he hasn't given out any contact details about them as he lives with me. So the Consulate only have my landline and his mobile number. However he has put down his work number as it's asked for on the form. I would be horrified if they started asking difficult questions to his employer who happens to be a reletive. But I will warn him if and when the time comes for an interview. Life is very difficult for gay people in the Muslim world.

Incidentally I've been using the tracking system which works very well here in Jordan, but the responsility of Worldbridge ends when they give you back the passport. The Embassy then get in touch with you in due course which has nothing to do with the tracking system for a settlement visa.

I have certainly learnt a lot about immigration on this forum for which I'm indebited to you and the team. Thanks a million everyone!!


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