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I am on a tier 2 (general) visa valid till October 2017.
Yes. She was here for about 10 days prior to our wedding and for about 7 days post our wedding. Our wedding took place in India. So we travelled to India on the 20th of January 2015. We came back to the UK on the 2nd of Feb 2015 and my wife left for the US on the 7th of Feb 2015.
Thanks Tom. So just so that I am clear.
1) My wife (currently in the US) can apply for a dependent visa as long as she doesn't do so within the UK even if the visitor visa is still valid.
2) I think the visit visa she has is multiple entry but I will check with her once. If it is multiple entry, I assume she can travel to the UK before it's expiry.
We will mention the previous visit visa in the covering letter.
She has a F-1 student visa in the US as she is pursuing her PhD which is a long term visa.
We will not apply for the dependent visa from within the UK.
I just want to know if we can apply for dependent from outside the UK while the visitor visa is valid.
Should we let the visitor visa expire first before we apply for the dependent visa (from outside the UK) ?
Thanks a lot Tom. Just one final question.
Assuming my wife gets a dependent visa, can she travel often between the US and UK ? or she needs to reside with me for a long period ?
Would you recommend applying for a long term visitor visa instead of a dependent visa?
Thanks Tom. Really appreciate your help !!
Thanks for your message. Can you please share your thoughts on the following paragraph that I am putting in my cover letter ?
XXXX and I met in May 2013 in Austin, TX, USA. After dating each other for approx. 18 months, we got married in a traditional Hindu ceremony on the 29/1/2015 in Visakhapatnam, India. The wedding was graced by our parents and relatives. We registered our marriage on 30/1/2015 in my home town Visakhapatnam, India.
XXXX spent sometime in the UK prior to our wedding (9th January 2015 – 20th January 2015) and post our wedding (February 2nd 2015 – February 7th 2015) as well. During this period, she was on a visitor visa and stayed with me at the above mentioned address. As part of our honeymoon, we spent a few days in Edinburgh, Scotland. XXXX went back to the US on the 7th of February 2015 to continue her studies. Now, we would like to spend time together in the UK during her summer vacation. During her studies in the US, XXXX would often visit me in the UK and hence we would like to apply for a dependent visa.
Thanks a lot Tom !!