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 Post subject: Passports held by UKBA to expire soon
PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:51 pm 
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Hi.

My partner and I got very helpful advice from Martyn, Rob and Barry at the partnerships advice meeting on January 15th, so thank you for that.

We have now sent off our CoA form and received confirmation from UKBA that they have received our application earlier this week. However, noting the significant delays people are experiencing hearing from UKBA (and getting COAs approved) I have a query. I am British and my partner is Chilean - and both our passports, which we have sent on to UKBA - are due to expire fairly soon. My passport expires in mid-April and my partner's passport expires in early May. However, we are concerned about time, with my partner's student visa due to expire in June. This means we want the CoA process to come to an end as quickly as possible. If the process takes up to 14 weeks, the average period to wait, that takes us into the territory of our passports both expiring and of course we could also be up against it in terms of applying for FLR (M).

Will the fact our passports are set to expire count against us or make the CoA application process trickier? Should we be looking to get in touch with UKBA in around a couple of weeks time explaining our passports are set to expire. I wouldn't want to do anything to prejudice our application procedure.

Many thanks,
Andrew


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 Post subject: Re: Passports held by UKBA to expire soon
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 2:03 pm 
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Will the fact our passports are set to expire count against us or make the CoA application process trickier?
No.

It could be tight with the timings if they do take 14 weeks, but in 14 weeks time you may not even need a COA! Not sure how quickly he can get his passport renewed, but I reckon it would be more important for him to apply for FLR(M) before his student visa expired because they will stamp FLR(M) visas in expired passports if you have a good explanation.

I know the waiting is nerve wracking but I don’t think it is time to start worrying yet. For the moment get all your ducks in a row so when it does come through you can renew his passport, register your CP and then apply for FLR(M) in short order.

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 Post subject: Re: Passports held by UKBA to expire soon
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:12 pm 
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Thank you Martyn for your advice. That's very helpful.

One more query if I may...

My partner is limited to 10 working hrs a week on his student visa. We're particularly keen to comply with this rule because we don't want to get everything else right (the language test, proof of relationship, spend £800 for face-to-face application when we submit FLR (M) in Croydon) and then find we fall at the last hurdle because of the permitted working hrs rule.

My partner is starting to keep his pay slips, hoping that this provides useful evidence of his funds. However, he informs me that as a student, UKBA rules permit him to have a certain amount of holiday assuming he stays with one language school. He would like to work full-time during the next holiday (in March) so we can raise money for our FLR (M) application. Again, my understanding is that UKBA rules permit a student to work full-time during a holiday. Would an irregular pay slip for one month - showing earnings greater than would be gained through 10hrs work a week - cause any complications? Or would a simple explanation to the UKBA decision-maker suffice?

Many thanks again for your help,
Andrew


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 Post subject: Re: Passports held by UKBA to expire soon
PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:17 pm 
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Again, my understanding is that UKBA rules permit a student to work full-time during a holiday.
That is my understanding too, and the person processing your application should be aware of this. However, it won’t hurt to explain that in your covering letter.

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