Hello there . I sincerely hope someone can advise me. My husband who is a British citizen are planning on returning to uk at the end of May next year. We intend to spend a month in Greece before the uk so would be leaving Australia at the end of April . We meet all the requirements including the financial requirements. A good friend who runs a building business has guaranteed work for him on our return. So all was going well until we discovered that I need to hand over my passport and will be without a passport for the time it takes to process the application. I'm assuming that this could be up to or more than 3 minutes months. So we would need to apply for the visa the end of January. BUT I have already paid to attend a 5 day conference and training course in the UK from February 26. What on earth can I do? If we wait til I return from the course in early March and apply I may not have my passport back in time for Greece. Could we apply for the visa in November assuming it will be back for February? Then would I be able to enter the uk on the visa ( my husband will not be travelling with me) attend the conference, return to Australia in early march and then enter the uk again at the end of May with my husband? If that is not viable I understand that I can pay a whopping extra amount of plus £500 for priority processing if we lodge in early March allowing two months for processing but still no guarantee? I really would appreciate advice from someone who knows a bit more about entry clearance requirements, time frames etc. Many thanks .