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Firstly, I got the deportation date wrong. It was Dec 2012 so she had been here for 2 years.
To answer your questions:
No, this was paid for by Border Agency.
Possibly student as she wishes to continue her study of English but frankly, would be pleased with a tourist visa for now
Yes, I met her in london in 2012 though did not know of her status. Wehave a distanced though genuine relationship and my eyes are wide open
Yes, this is a possibility but long term i.e. 1 or 2 years hence as i really want us to live together and make sure all good.
Without her being able to travel here, this makes it almost impossible other than jaunts to Brazil or Europe together
Very helpful so thank you.
I will take on board.
Should I see any immigration lawyer re this or is there someone in London you would recommend?