Need Advice On What Kind Of Visa To Get?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jun 13, 2012 2:05 PM Last Post By: charlton
Jun 10, 2012 9:03 PM
Need Advice On What Kind Of Visa To Get?Hello,
I lived in the UK in 2009/10 during my year abroad to study for 10 months (from the US). I had a visa for this. I was also in the UK from Nov 2011 to January 2012 just visiting with friends there. My girlfriend of 2 years currently lives and studies there.
I'm a USA resident, but I want to get a Visa in the UK for 1 year. I currently run a full-time internet advertising business, which enables me to work from anywhere that has an internet connection. I'd like to move to the UK for a year or so. What kind of visa do I apply for in this case? I've read over most of the UK Borden Agency website but can't figure it out because of my unique case.
Any info. or advice is much appreciated.
Jun 11, 2012 12:18 AM
1Two immigration questions in a row...
Asking the UK immigration authorities is the best solution. Asking on Lonely Planet gets you well meaning, but potentially totally incorrect, opinion.
Your situation is mildly unusual. If you could convince the UK Border Agency you were meaning to set up a subsidiary of your business in the UK, that might offer you an avenue.
You might also be able to come in simply as a tourist, provided you can show that you can support yourself without working (yes, I know you would be working, but you're hardly taking a job from a British person, are you?). This would give you 6 months. Whether you could leave the UK and then come back for another 6 months, I'm not sure. You'd probably need to have a fair amount of money in the bank.
Simply put, the UK doesn't offer many avenues for people to stay for long periods of time unless you meet specific criteria. You don't appear to meet those criteria very well, so your options are pretty limited.
Best bet may be to consult an immigration agent for advice, if you don't want to talk to UK authorities.
Jun 11, 2012 1:50 AM
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Jun 13, 2012 2:05 PM
5When coming as a visitor, you will not be allowed to do any work. Your web business does not appear on the surface to fit into any of the shortage occupations that would allow you to come as a highly skilled migrant under the points system, so again you cannot work.
If the main reason for you to come to the UK is to work, then the only option would be to apply as a student at an approved college offering degree level courses, which would allow you to work for 20 hours a week.
If on the other hand you are coming to be with your girlfriend, then give serious consideration to getting married and applying for an entry clearance for settlement as the spouse of a British citizen (if British) or EEA Family permit (if EU), either of which would givethe right to live and work here.
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