Does this count as overstaying my visa?

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Does this count as overstaying my visa?


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Hi I'm new to the forum but could use some advice.

I am a US citizen who is marrying my British fiance at the end of August in America. We are planning to apply for a spousal visa and settle in the UK.

In January of 2012 I came to the UK on a visitors permit to take a course in London. I was advised not to get a student visa as US citizens can stay up to 6 months with the stamp. I ended up staying about 7 months, but exited the country on two separate occasions, getting new stamps for granting me 6 months in the UK.

Does this count as over staying my visa? Will the UKBA look poorly on this?

Also, I am getting a new passport prior to applying as I am changing my name and would like to use my married name. Will they have access to my travel history?

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Hi I'm new to the forum but could use some advice.

I am a US citizen who is marrying my British fiance at the end of August in America. We are planning to apply for a spousal visa and settle in the UK.

In January of 2012 I came to the UK on a visitors permit to take a course in London. I was advised not to get a student visa as US citizens can stay up to 6 months with the stamp. I ended up staying about 7 months, but exited the country on two separate occasions, getting new stamps for granting me 6 months in the UK.

Does this count as over staying my visa? Will the UKBA look poorly on this?

Also, I am getting a new passport prior to applying as I am changing my name and would like to use my married name. Will they have access to my travel history?

you will have to provide your old passport as well !! not just the new one

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You were misinformed and your bigger problem is taking a course whilst on a visit visa. You violated the terms of your visit visa if you undertook a course of study.

Your travel history follows you regardless of name changes and renewals and as part of any application for a visa in the UK you will have to provide previous passports anyway.

You will need to be truthful on your application and disclose your mistake.


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Thanks for the reply. While it does not make me feel better, it is good to know.

Will it matter to the UKBA if it was not an official course? I was invited as a "programme attachment" to a well respected mental health clinic in London to learn from their psychoanalysts.

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