Provisional visa now or indefinite leave to remain later?
December 2, 2010 9:27 AM Subscribe
YANMImmigrationL: Should I apply for UK provisional visa as a spouse now OR apply for indefinite leave to remain in 8 months based on residency? With the new immigration caps coming into effect next year I'm not sure what is the best choice. Snowflakey details inside.
posted by like_neon to Law & Government (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am currently living in the UK under a work permit. I will hit my 5 year residency next September, in which case in August 2011 I can qualify to apply for indefinite leave to remain.
I married a UK citizen a few months ago so I can also apply now for a spousal visa, which will give me a provisional extension of 2 years. After the 2 years I could apply for the indefinite leave to remain or British citizenship.
The info on the immigration cap
next year is not clear about how it applies to people who already live/work in the UK. If it will impact me, then it seems like a no brainer that I apply for a spousal visa asap.
I do not have a pressing desire to work elsewhere, so 8 months on my current work visa is manageable, but am I taking a risk by delaying my application to next fall when the cap comes into affect?
I cannot apply for provisional now and "change tracks" in 8 months.