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    Hi my first post on here. Now I need help with what to do, as me and my wife are in a situation all down to ourselves, I’ll explain what happened. We came back to Thailand for our annual moths holiday in January and when we went to check in for our return flight the staff noticed that my wife’s BRP card had gone out of date. Now my wife had been in the uk on a spouse/settlement visa for 5years and a few months and we thought it was due to be renewed in March, yes we have been stupid. So she was told to go to the British embassy and they told her she had to go to a visa company (GTA Travel) and they would help. At this time I was flying back and did not know what they applied for. It turns out after waiting several weeks that the visa company though my wife had indefinite leave to remain in the UK. But she does not and it was refused. They then applied forward a replacement BRP visa, which also was refused as it is for lost and stolen in date BRP’s.
    So what do we do, is it now a case of starting the whole process again or is there another alternative.
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    Does she not have the visa inside her passport ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Keith- View Post
    Does she not have the visa inside her passport ?
    Pretty sure that BRPs replaced the visa stamp in passport.

    What an awful situation to be in. I don't know what the answer is. I hope you don't have to start all over again, but I think you need to contact a UK solicitor who specialises in immigration and get advice.

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    Will follow this. Not seen many posts on here regarding applying for ILR's/FLR's after the previous visa had run out. Did you have a 5yr Settlement visa which means you could have gone straight to ILR and skipped FLR? This is the route I'm currently on due to my work. I would like to think you can apply for an ILR due to the time your wife has already spent in the UK, unfortunately though it appears you may have to leave your wife in Thailand through the application process. I hope I am completely wrong about this though.

    Good Luck and I hope somebody has a definitive answer for this for you.

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    Sad to say I think you might have to start the whole process over again ...

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    If you are in the UK it might be best to contact a specialist immigration lawyer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Keith- View Post
    If you are in the UK it might be best to contact a specialist immigration lawyer.
    Indeed.

    Welcome to the forum Mark Rigby, it's good to have you here

    I suspect that now your wife is outside the UK and her FLR has expired, she will have to make a fresh application to the British Embassy. If she is otherwise qualified for ILR, I suspect that she "may" be able to make an application for ILE - which is, for all intents and purposes, the same as ILR.

    What application was made in Thailand?

    This is a potentially very complicated application:

    DO NOT USE A THAI VISA AGENCY FOR THIS APPLICATION!!!
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    So she was told to go to the British embassy and they told her she had to go to a visa company (GTA Travel) and they would help.
    Seems strange that the Embassy would advise to use an agent, even more so to recommend a specific company? Don't they have to be neutral?

    It turns out after waiting several weeks that the visa company though my wife had indefinite leave to remain in the UK. But she does not and it was refused
    If they thought she had ILR why would they apply for a visa?

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    Maybe these lawyers can help..?

    www.iasservices.org.uk

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