Hi I have been here since May 2006; came in on a student visa which I extended twice, I believe...
Why was I given? Maybe because I got married whilst on my student visa, though I had given up my last semester of my studies (for extenuating circumstances for which I earlier informed the Home Office).
The paragraph said:
'I am writing to inform you that, although you do not quality for leave to remain in the UK under the Immigration Rules, it has nonetheless been decided that discretion should be exercised in your favour. You have therefore been granted limited leave to remain in the UK in accordance with the principles set out in the Home Office Policy Instruction On Discretionary Leave'.
Another paragraph said:
'You applied for further leave to remain as the spouse of ..... but your application has been refused.
In view of the fact that you had Leave to remain as a student valid till 08/11/10 the Secretary of State is not satisfied that you have limited leave to remain in the UK. Furthermore, in view of the fact that you have provided a Diploma in *** pass certificate which does not meet the English Language requirement, the S of S is not satisfied that you have provided an original English Language test certificate in speaking and listening...
However you have been give Discretionary Leave outside the Immigration Rules until 15th March 2014 based on your family life with Sonia Okoruwa (my wife)
Many thanks for your reply. So far, so good.
I have just come off the phone with someone from the UKBA, who has stated that because my previous visa was not granted as a marriage basis, if I switched to a FLR(FP) or FLR(M), it would take me longer to qualify, so the best thing to do is apply for FLR(O) for another 3 years leading up to 2016 when I can apply for my Settlement; what's your take on this?