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#1 daddyyluv


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Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:17 PM

First I will like to thank the following people(Vinny, Victoria, SkillClear as well as my friend who introduced me to the forum Onyin) on this forum for their advice and expertise in immigration matter. Your advise has helped me restored my immigration status in the UK and I cannot thank you guys enough. God bless you all.

*Now my story*
I have been in the UK as a student since 2004 and graduated from my undergrad in 2008(and met my wife the same year). Applied for PSW in December 2008 but was refused in January 2009 for maintainance. I appealed but the appeal was dismissed because I did not take my recent bank Statement with me (the solicitor I used did not ask me to bring it along). During this period, I was a key witness to a case for the Crime Persecution Service(CPS) and I told them about my application and was told not to worry that they were going to inform the home office about my situation. I couldn't work so I decided to go for my masters. In Sept 2009 I started my masters and the university helped to make an in country application to the home office but it was refused then they sent another application which was again refused. I spoke to the CPS and they said I could continue my studies that the home office knew about my case. My wife and I then decided to get married but we were not allowed to leave the country until the case was over. The judge told me I was free to leave and thanked me for my help in October 2010 so I contacted the CPS because I was scared of getting detained when I go to beckette house to pick up my passport for voluntary return and they told me I would be fine. I booked my ticket and an appointment with Beckette house to pick my passport. Getting there, I was interviewed and I explained everything to them, they did their checks and came back saying I was not illegal at anytime and I can go back home to reapply without any problem. I thanked them and we (my wife and i)went home got married (27th of Oct 2010) within 3weeks my spouse visa was approved (28th Nov 2010)without any question (as i wrote a detailed letter of all that happened which i explained above) and I returned to the UK (28th Dec 2010) because I couldn't get an available sit on Virgin Atlantic. 10th of December 2012, I applied for ILR through the PEO and it was approved without any question asked.

*Now my questions are:
1) when can I apply for British citizenship? (My wife is a BC)
2) will the period I was a witness count against me as I didn't have the permit stamped on my passport but they said I was not illegal at anytime.
3) what is the maximum amount of time I can be out of the UK within the qualifying period that won't affect my application? I am asking because I went home(Nigeria) 25th of Jan 2012 and returned 19th of April 2012 because of the death of my uncles(paternal and maternal) and then my grand mum(paternal) died while I was there.

Finally for those reading through this forum, please always have faith and pray hard as God comes first in all you do and will never let you down (I am a living testimony). At some point, the solicitor I used asked me where is the God I serve and why the God hasn't helped me now but today if I meet him on the street I guess he won't know what to say. If you are going to use an expert for your case, I recommend you contact those I named above as they will only give you the right advice and won't lie to you just to get your money.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

It's discretionary. You need to speak to an advisor. I'd be happy to help.

#3 daddyyluv


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Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:30 PM

Ok. Thanks. I will email you now

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