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Hi guys,

I am in a problematic situation and don't know what to do, I need help. I am Ukrainian, did Master's degree in Finance, graduated in 2010. I have Tier 1 Post Study visa that expires on 30th December 2012. I work in a small financial company, I am on a rolling contract, and I am employed through employment agency. After the firm where I work said that they can't sponsor me for Tier 2 General visa (Work Permit) because they don't have license, I started to think how to continue to stay and work in UK. There are few options that I came to and that I would like to clarify.

-1) Umbrella company (there is one firm that offered to sponsor me but they want 1000pounds fee + 25% of my salary). I am not sure about this firm, as it's registered in Bournemouth and they don't even have office. After doing a bit of research, I am also not sure if it's a legal way to get Work permit.

2) Get married - but here I have a few questions:
- if my partner lives in Manchester, and I live in London because I am on a contract job, can this be a potential problem for immigration officer as he might think that the marriage is not genuine?
- Is it necessary to get certificate of marriage 3 months before my visa expires?
- I also heard that I should be earning more than 18600pounds for the last 6 months. As I changed job in June, my current salary is 25000, (my previous salary was 17500) which means that I don't qualify. right? Or is it also necessary for my spouse to prove that his income is more than this amount?

3) Find a new job in a company willing to sponsor. I am applying for new positions now, but as I know and as I was told by employment agents - companies prefer people who don't require sponsorship and can turn me down because of that.

Are there any other options that I can try? Please help.


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Hi guys,

I am in a problematic situation and don't know what to do, I need help. I am Ukrainian, did Master's degree in Finance, graduated in 2010. I have Tier 1 Post Study visa that expires on 30th December 2012. I work in a small financial company, I am on a rolling contract, and I am employed through employment agency. After the firm where I work said that they can't sponsor me for Tier 2 General visa (Work Permit) because they don't have license, I started to think how to continue to stay and work in UK. There are few options that I came to and that I would like to clarify.

-1) Umbrella company (there is one firm that offered to sponsor me but they want 1000pounds fee + 25% of my salary). I am not sure about this firm, as it's registered in Bournemouth and they don't even have office. After doing a bit of research, I am also not sure if it's a legal way to get Work permit.
Sounds fishy. Could be a scam. Avoid.

2) Get married - but here I have a few questions:
- if my partner lives in Manchester, and I live in London because I am on a contract job, can this be a potential problem for immigration officer as he might think that the marriage is not genuine?
Possibly, but you must have married accommodation somewhere, and you can show your marriage is legit by explaining you will be a weekly commuter, spending weekends with your husband, though not ideal.

- Is it necessary to get certificate of marriage 3 months before my visa expires?
No. You just need to apply for your spouse visa before your current visa expires. Book a same-day appointment.

- I also heard that I should be earning more than 18600pounds for the last 6 months. As I changed job in June, my current salary is 25000, (my previous salary was 17500) which means that I don't qualify. right? Or is it also necessary for my spouse to prove that his income is more than this amount?
As you are legitimately working in UK, it's the combined annual income that must come to £18,600 in the six months leading up to your application.

3) Find a new job in a company willing to sponsor. I am applying for new positions now, but as I know and as I was told by employment agents - companies prefer people who don't require sponsorship and can turn me down because of that.
I'm not surprised. When there are so many settled people without a job, there is no reason to spend money and time on sponsorship, unless they are looking for someone with specialist skills in great shortage which you happen to possess.

Are there any other options that I can try? Please help.
Can't think of anything. Other options require huge amount of money like entrepreneur or investor, or special situation like being a minister of religion, missionary, sole representative etc.
 

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Thanks for reply Joppa.
This situation is driving me crazy. Then first option is probably cancelled, because it really sounds fishy.
If it's £18600 for the combined income, than I can actually prove that. I can also prove that I have some savings which are a bit more than £10000.
I spoke to the lawyer, and it was him who told me that I need to get marriage certificate 3 months before my visa expires. If it's not the case, it makes my life a bit easier as I have a bit of time.
Anyway, thanks :)
 

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Thanks for reply Joppa.
This situation is driving me crazy. Then first option is probably cancelled, because it really sounds fishy.
If it's £18600 for the combined income, than I can actually prove that. I can also prove that I have some savings which are a bit more than £10000.
I spoke to the lawyer, and it was him who told me that I need to get marriage certificate 3 months before my visa expires. If it's not the case, it makes my life a bit easier as I have a bit of time.
Your savings aren't needed (and won't improve your application) if you have £18,600 in combind incomes for 6 months. Any savings under £16,000 are disregarded in any case.
I don't know how some 'lawyers' get away with giving completely wrong advice!
 

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Thanks for reply Joppa.
This situation is driving me crazy. Then first option is probably cancelled, because it really sounds fishy.
If it's £18600 for the combined income, than I can actually prove that. I can also prove that I have some savings which are a bit more than £10000.
I spoke to the lawyer, and it was him who told me that I need to get marriage certificate 3 months before my visa expires. If it's not the case, it makes my life a bit easier as I have a bit of time.
Anyway, thanks :)
Why don't you enrol in a PHD program and work from there. Its possible you could find one that provides tuition waivers plus a stipend.
 

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One more question, if I am getting married to a EU national who lives in UK for 4 years, what documents will I need to send to the Home Office? Also, as I know I will not need to apply for FLR visa, I will apply for EEA2 residence card... is it right?

According to my research, I will need:
- his paasport/id card
- my passport
- marriage certificate
- proof that he works (bank letters or contract of employment)
- 2 passport sized photos (from both of us)
-Worker registration scheme (WRS) card or certificate (not too sure about this)

Do I also need to submit the proof that we live together, photos of us together, and cover letter detailing our love story?
Or maybe anything else?

Thanks :)
 
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