semi-permanent residency issues

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semi-permanent residency issues

Post by JohaN » Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:25 pm

hi all

not quite sure whta advice i'm looking for, or who i expect to receive it from.... but:

the gf (karlien) is currently looking rather seriously for funding etc to do her ph.d in either the uk or the usa, probably the year after next.
as she is an incredible scholar etc., i expect she'll have her pick

HOWEVER - ideally i should like to accompany her, but i'm not sure how that would work? (i mean, i don't think i'll be studying myself, or at the least, probably won't get funding to do so; i don't have much money saved anymore; i'll be turning 30 next year; i'm from a commonwealth, but not an EU country; we are not married, and don't intent to be - at least, not soon!).

Does anyone know what the chances/obstacles might be for me to:
a) get a visa to stay for, say 2 years, at all, as just a partner?
b) get work?

or does someone maybe have experience with this?

would it help to get married? etc.

any advice/info would be sincerely appreciated!
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Post by DimitraDaisy » Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:30 pm

I'm afraid I can't really help, but yay! Johan in the UK! I like this idea!
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Re: semi-permanent residency issues

Post by sarahluv » Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:10 pm

as far as i'm aware, in the UK you'd have to be married and your spouse would have to prove that they would be able to support you.

edit: lots of info here: http://www.ukcosa.org.uk/student/info_s ... family.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by JohaN » Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:13 pm

dimitra: hey! yes - i like the idea too!
i've been mulling it over for a while, and then last night i was listening to a deidres mp3, and i just suddenly thought - but OBVIOUSLY i need to go the uk and stay there a while.

i don't think that's going to wash on my visa application:
official: reason for visit?
me: oh, i've come to check out the underground indiepop scene, mostly
official: you are, of course aware that you're too late to see the deidres, don't you?
me: drat! <turns around, goes home>

we'll see how karlien's applications go, i suppose!

sarah: thanks! i suspected it might be something like that... we might have to pay a quick visit to a court, then... and hope karlien hits the bursary jackpot....
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Post by a layer of chips » Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:41 pm

Whereabouts in the UK is she applying, Johan? Or is that TOP SECRET?

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Post by DimitraDaisy » Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:43 pm

a layer of chips wrote:Whereabouts in the UK is she applying, Johan? Or is that TOP SECRET?
Yeah, I meant to ask that too. Also to say: remember, the South West is very, very, very nice! Despite what people might tell you!
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Re: semi-permanent residency issues

Post by aorta » Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:46 pm

For the US it would not make a difference if you are married unless your girlfriend is an American citizen or has family that lives in the United States.

Pretty much the only way you can (legally) stay in the US for more than 90 days is to have a student or employment visa, marry an American citizen, or have family that lives in the US. If you were under 18, I could petition to adopt you :)

http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

also the paperwork for any US visa would need to be started now if not sooner.
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Re: semi-permanent residency issues

Post by JohaN » Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:21 pm

well, she's got a friend at london uni, who seems to really like it there - then there's obviously, oxbridge etc...
but she hasn't really started yet - she's only gradutating with her master's early next year.

part of what we need tod ecide BEFORE she starts applying is what's going to happen to us if she can go - i.e. whether i can go etc.

which is why i'm starting to have a look already.

she'll probably only apply to start 2010... or something
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Re: semi-permanent residency issues

Post by Gordon » Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:44 pm

'London Uni' How DARE you....

(I'm joking, but the University of London is a federation of independent colleges, of varying degrees of cool...)

Commonwealth's going to have no bearing on visas, except letting you vote in the UK. If you want to move with someone, you need to be pretty much married or a student... Immigration's not easy... You don't have a British grandfather, do you?
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Post by stolenwine » Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:16 pm

you might be able to get a working holidaymaker visa if your country of residence has an agreement with the u.k. i know a few commonwealth countries have this agreement. if so, that visa will let you stay in the u.k for 2 years and work for half that time. i think there's an age cap on it though, 30 or 35 years old or something. good luck!
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Re: semi-permanent residency issues

Post by Martijn » Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:30 pm

Eee Johan, I'm with my other half here in that I can't really offer any practical help, especially since I don't see South-Africa joining the EU for the foreseeable future, but you coming to the UK sounds dead exciting. Useful fact: the campus of Exeter probably has the best views of the country.

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Post by DimitraDaisy » Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:38 pm

Martijn wrote:Useful fact: the campus of Exeter probably has the best views of the country.
That might be a slight exaggeration. Seeing as there are a lot of campuses in the country and Martijn has hardly been to any. Judging by his love and loyalty towards it, you'd think he was born in Exeter, you would.

But yeah, it's nice down here. And we need more popkids.
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