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#1 traceycaroline

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:03 PM

I recieved my Tier 1 General visa for validity upto 13-04-2013.

I did go out of the country last year on the 29-11-2012 and have since stayed out of the country.

I intend to visit UK for a short span of 10 to 15 days so I can meet up with friends and colleagues during the christmas period.

Do I need to reapply for a visitor visa or will my current visa which is valid for the next 6 months be enough.

Look forward to all your help and suggestions.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:38 PM

You can enter the UK with that visa. You should also consider extending at the appropriate time as you will not get another Tier 1 General visa if you let this one lapse.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:39 PM

Do you ever intend to live and work in the UK again?

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:22 AM

No I dont intend to stay or work again in the UK atleast for the next 2 years since I have taken up a new project here and which is why I will not be able to come back.

So I could just book my ticket and hop onto the plane right.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:34 AM

No. You should apply for a visit visa (if you are from a visa national country).

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:42 AM

I don't necessarily agree with that Victoia.

I have had a large number of Clients come to the UK purely for the purpose of extending their Tier 1 General visa. The vast majority have either never come to the UK with that visa or have been out of the country for at least one year - many only came here, registered with the police and then left. It's not surprising really given the global economic situation. Of all of these applicants (all at PEO), only one has been asked to confirm that he does now intend to come to live and work in the UK and he simply had to give a verbal 'yes'. It happened to be the case that this was his intention, which was handy, although a stated intention is of course not the same as a binding agreement to do so.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:46 PM

If the OP's answer about coming back in the future was a 'yes' or a 'maybe' then I'd agree with you. But if she emphatically won't come back to work then I'd go with the visit visa.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:03 PM

I know what you mean BUT just because someone does not intend to return does not mean that they might not wish to do so at some point and thus that the option should not be retained if at all possible - let the option lapse and the option disappears. I always try to keep this option open for Clients wherever possible - you never know what the future might hold and it is good to have options.





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