Many thanks for this. You have confirmed largely what I thought. She has not done this to date because the company which deals with this does not guarantee that she will get a visa, and if she does not, it appears that she does not get her money back. Also it means that she has to go to Paris (she lives in Nice) with her husband, who has to be there with her, and because they have a very young child, they will have to take him with them - all very expensive when added up to the cost of a 10 year visa. Is there any way round having to go to Paris with the entire family. You used to be able to go to Marseilles, but apparently that is no longer possible. Any further advice would be appreciated. What I cannot understand is that all manner of asylum seekers can get in without a visa, while she, who is married to a UK citizen, cannot!