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Just a few more clarifications than I can rate you as excellent and leave a tip.
a) Any thoughts whatsoever on why she was only granted two years validity? This is quite disturbing after what you mentioned and I wonder then if we would be allowed to go for the two year route? Or because we applied just after 9 July 2012 she is forced to go for the 5 year ruote (even though they were supposed to give here as you say a 33 month visa).
b) If we do go for the two year route, can we still go for the one day expedited service, or is this only available for 5 year route?
c) What is the difference between "Application to extend stay in the UK as a partner" and "Apply to remain in the UK with family"
Can I ask that if we apply under the two year route (i.e. in the hope that she gets ILR as per the old rules) but it is rejected, are we:
a) barred from re-applying under the 5 year route?
b) if not barred though, do we have to re-pay the fee for application.
do you think it best to just apply and see what they give. I have gone through the form and nowhere does it ask what route you are applying under.
the only difference seems to be that for the 5 year route you need to show financial requirements