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#1 yoshimac

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:15 AM

I have a Tier 5 visa, i leave on monday 7 September.

I am currently married but will be filing for divorce in the UK.

I have met someone who i am now going to the UK to be with.

Tier 5 visa was chosen by me so we could build 2 years of relationship together to satisfy the requirements for either Fiance or Spousal or even Unmarried Partner visa.

We have been chatting and phoning every night for 4 hours to each other for the last 7 months.

I have recently been to the UK on holiday to see her and everything went fantastic so i am now going to do a 2 year working visa so that we can see how we go.

My questions are.

What visa would you change to while your on the tier 5.

How would you go about it.

And also could someone explain to me what a (COA) is?

Apparently it is possible for me to change from a YMS visa to a Fiance or Spousal from inside the country, i have not been able to find out any information regarding this procedure though.

Any help would be greatly appreciated because we are a genuine couple and really would have a lot on the line.

Thank You Kindly



#2 yoshimac

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:23 AM

I have a Tier 5 visa, i leave on monday 7 September.

I am currently married but will be filing for divorce in the UK.

I have met someone who i am now going to the UK to be with.

Tier 5 visa was chosen by me so we could build 2 years of relationship together to satisfy the requirements for either Fiance or Spousal or even Unmarried Partner visa.

We have been chatting and phoning every night for 4 hours to each other for the last 7 months.

I have recently been to the UK on holiday to see her and everything went fantastic so i am now going to do a 2 year working visa so that we can see how we go.

My questions are.

What visa would you change to while your on the tier 5.

How would you go about it.

And also could someone explain to me what a (COA) is? Ahhhhhhh Certificate Of Approval got it :)

Apparently it is possible for me to change from a YMS visa to a Fiance or Spousal from inside the country, i have not been able to find out any information regarding this procedure though.

Any help would be greatly appreciated because we are a genuine couple and really would have a lot on the line.

Thank You Kindly



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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:39 AM

Are you sure you can divorce in the UK while on a YMS visa? I would doubt that. Where did the marriage take place?
Unlike the old Working Holiday Visa, with the new YMS visa you are unable to switch to spouse or fiance from within the UK. If you were granted a COA, you would have to return to your home country to apply from there. In any event, a fiance visa is applied for outside of the UK, for marriage within 6 months of entry.
I'm assuming you're both over 21?

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:46 AM

Are you sure you can divorce in the UK while on a YMS visa? I would doubt that. Where did the marriage take place?
Unlike the old Working Holiday Visa, with the new YMS visa you are unable to switch to spouse or fiance from within the UK. If you were granted a COA, you would have to return to your home country to apply from there. In any event, a fiance visa is applied for outside of the UK, for marriage within 6 months of entry.
I'm assuming you're both over 21?


My previous marriage took place in the Czech Republic.

We are both over 21

And apparently you can be divorced regardless of where in the world you are.

And as for switching status apparently you can do it because they are not points based visa's, they tell you YMS cannot change to another points based visa or visitor status.

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 12:16 PM

No, you cannot switch from YMS to any sort of visa in the UK. You would need to return to your home country in order to change your visa status.

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 12:39 PM

I believe that YMS holders are able to switch after marriage.



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Posted 06 October 2009 - 12:42 PM

They can switch now...as long it's not to another points based or visitor category.

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 03:34 PM

Thanks Susi & Vinny, it seems I need to read up on any new changes :)

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 03:50 PM

Don't feel bad Danny...I got caught out on this one and Vinny corrected me. Posted Image

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 07:39 PM

So just to double check, we CAN switch from a YMS to a Spouse visa then? :)

And does it have to be OVER 21 or is it 21 AND over? Thanks!




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