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If I want to renew my residency in the UK, what does it involve.

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If I want to renew my residency in the UK, what does it involve. i AM SOUTH African, married to an Ex South African who is a British Citizen . I have been out of the UK for the last few months due to personal circumstances. Do I have to go through the same paperwork as I did for the original spousal visa, and will I be penalized because I have been out of the country for the last few months. i have been married for two years.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Buachaill replied 10 months ago.
1. The first thing is that you won't be penalised on the renewal of a spousal visa for being out of the country for the last few months. However, you will have to go through the same paperwork you went through when you go your first spousal visa. However, the good news is that this will be the last time you have to do this, as after three years of marriage to a British citizen, provided you have been resident in the UK, you become eligible to apply for UK citizenship. So you should ensure you don't spend your time outside the UK as you will be able to apply for UK citizenship yourself in a year's time.
Expert:  Buachaill replied 10 months ago.
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