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We're in something of a tricky situation at the moment.

I'm a British citizen and the sponsor for my wife, who is a non-EU citizen. We moved to the UK in December 2014 so we're halfway through the 5-year route, and about to apply for FLR. My wife's current visa expires on the 10th September.

I've been working for the last couple of years but unfortunately my current contract will end on the 31st August, and I've not yet been able to find continuing employment. My wife had been caring for my elderly mother until she passed away just recently, so at present she's not working either. If our current situation continues it seems unlikely that we will be able to meet the financial requirement through earnings alone.

At present I do not have sufficient funds to meet the financial requirements through savings either. However, my house is currently under offer and if the transaction is completed in time I will have sufficient funds to meet the requirement (we are planning to move into rented accommodation temporarily). However, at this point it's touch and go as to whether the sale will be completed in time so that we will have the money in the bank.

I'm trying to work out what our best course of action will be if we still can't meet the requirement by the 10th September. Here are three possible scenarios;

1. Submit an application with evidence of my previous six months employment, and proof that the house sale is going through, with an accompanying letter of explanation. Will they allow us more time?

2. Wait until the house sale has gone through, even if this is up to two weeks after the 10th September, before submitting the application.

3. Accept that our application will probably be unsuccessful given our circumstances, my wife leave the country, and then we restart the process from the beginning once the house sale proceeds are in the bank.

I should mention that we have no problem meeting any of the other requirements for FLR. If anyone else has found themselves in a similar situation then please let me know how you proceeded, and the outcome.

Many thanks in advance for any help provided!
 

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We're in something of a tricky situation at the moment.

I'm a British citizen and the sponsor for my wife, who is a non-EU citizen. We moved to the UK in December 2014 so we're halfway through the 5-year route, and about to apply for FLR. My wife's current visa expires on the 10th September.

I've been working for the last couple of years but unfortunately my current contract will end on the 31st August, and I've not yet been able to find continuing employment. My wife had been caring for my elderly mother until she passed away just recently, so at present she's not working either. If our current situation continues it seems unlikely that we will be able to meet the financial requirement through earnings alone.

At present I do not have sufficient funds to meet the financial requirements through savings either. However, my house is currently under offer and if the transaction is completed in time I will have sufficient funds to meet the requirement (we are planning to move into rented accommodation temporarily). However, at this point it's touch and go as to whether the sale will be completed in time so that we will have the money in the bank.

I'm trying to work out what our best course of action will be if we still can't meet the requirement by the 10th September. Here are three possible scenarios;

1. Submit an application with evidence of my previous six months employment, and proof that the house sale is going through, with an accompanying letter of explanation. Will they allow us more time?
No.

2. Wait until the house sale has gone through, even if this is up to two weeks after the 10th September, before submitting the application.
You can apply by post for up to 28 days after visa expiration but you will likely lose your right to appeal should your visa be refused.

3. Accept that our application will probably be unsuccessful given our circumstances, my wife leave the country, and then we restart the process from the beginning once the house sale proceeds are in the bank.
Or they might put her on the 10 year route to ILR.
 

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You can apply by post for up to 28 days after visa expiration but you will likely lose your right to appeal should your visa be refused.
Thanks for your reply. Are you sure about this? I read that the maximum time you could apply after the visa expiry date was only 14 days?
 
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