Replies: 2 - Last Post: Oct 24, 2013 7:07 PM Last Post By: Nice_But__
Oct 14, 2013 2:35 AM
UK Visa'sGood Morning.
I'm really hoping I can find someone on here that has some knowledge and maybe experience with some questions I have. I have been looking on the UK immigration web site but if someone can help clarify a few things for me then that would be a great help.
I am a UK citizen. I have recently got back from 2 years abroad. The last year was spent in New Zealand. During my time there I was lucky enough to meet my girlfriend who is canadian. I have since come back to the UK with the plan of my girlfriend coming to stay with me on a working holiday visa so she can see and travel the UK with me and then we could travel europe.
I am now starting to find out that this does not appear to be as easy as I / we thought, in that to apply for a visa to come and work here can only be done by post and requires fingerprints and all sorts of requirements to be met for her visa to be granted.
This clearly poses a problem as she is still travelling New Zealand had has no fixed address to await a posted reply for her application.
I thought maybe she could come in the UK on a visitor visa and then transfer to a work visa as you can do this in some countries but when I rang to enquire about this I was told that it is not possible and in fact she could not get a visa unless she went back to canada and applied from there.
Does anyone know if this is correct? I got the feeling I was being fobbed off by immigration and that they weren't really prepared to share the information I needed. If anyone can give me the low down or has maybe had similar experience 's or situations and can help i would be most grateful.
Oct 19, 2013 7:27 AM
1The UKBA shares all the information you need on their website. Unfortunately it's not necessarily the information you want to hear.
Here's the official government guidance:
I think she can only apply from NZ if she's there on a visa issued for more than six months, but I don't know if it's possible to get round not having a residential address, although I'm inclined to doubt it. She definitely can't change to a YMS (what you're called a working holiday visas - the terminology has changed) if she enter this country on another visa. It would certainly be easiest for her to go back home and apply from there.
BTW, I expect you know that having a YMS here won't give her any special privileges elsewhere in Europe.
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