Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I stay and become a permanent resident as an overseas student in the UK?

If you are in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa, then you currently have no way to stay permanently in the UK because you cannot count time on a student visa towards permanent residency. If you wish to be able to stay after your degree, you will need to find a company to sponsor you for a Tier 2 work visa. If you have a degree from a UK university and are still in the UK on a valid Tier 4 visa it is easier to qualify for a Tier 2 than if you are not in the UK and don't have a UK degree. If you...

How do I get US size passport photos while in the UK?

US and UK passport photos are different, but there a number of ways to get photos that meet US passport photo requirements that are published on the embassy website. 1 The embassy has lists of photographers, however most professional photography studios have camera settings that meet the requirements. US passport photo requirements are also the same as the photos for US visa applications. Some photo booths also support US visa photos, such as those found outside stores such as Sainsbury's or at...

Can I use the Returning Resident visa if I have have been away from the UK for over two years?

No, you cannot use the returning resident visa if your ILR is expired (after two years residence outside the UK it becomes invalid). We have not seen anyone successfully apply this way. You will need to start the process over again, meeting the financial requirements and will not qualify for ILR again for five years. If you are planning to leave the UK for longer than two years, it is strongly recommended that you should aquire citizenship before you leave.

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