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 Post subject: Re: Vita is in London again
Post Number:#11  PostPosted: 16 Mar 2010 09:04 
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You are taking advantage of the 6 months Vita's visa to get to know each other well! [happy.gif]

That is a good plan, in my view, if you can afford it, instead of the one week wonders I have read around these boards, mostly practised by our American cousins! [sad.gif]

Wish you all the best to you and Vita!

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Post Number:#12  PostPosted: 16 Mar 2010 16:13 
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I agree with all that Lucky has said (at least on this post [tonque.gif]

Milk the the six month visa for what it is worth.

I will post more on your next options later, sorry too much red wine tonight to think logicically and clearly.

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Sorry for being absent for a while, I have been too busy enjoying life with Vita :)
I am writing this on my way to work in London on the train.
Yes, she is in Uk again and we are still very happy!

On her current Visa this will be her last visit. I have booked a week in Odessa at the end of May by which time she will be applying for another visitor's Visa. I am hoping she will be with me for much of the summer. I expect that for a second visa it is ok for the initial visit to be much longer than that for the first.

Any advice greatfully received. The visa after that may very well be a fiancé visa [happy.gif]

At the party we were invited to last weekend in the lovely Wye valley area there were 5 'mixed race' couples amongst the 44 guests. It was heartening to see these relationships in the real!
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Post Number:#14  PostPosted: 15 Apr 2010 09:04 
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Hi Les

Glad to hear that you and Vita are having a great time in the UK and also meeting other couples in the party you went in Gloucestershire.

My understanding is that Vita used her first 6 months Tourist Visa to visit the UK 3 times, please correct me if I am wrong, and she has never stay any longer than the times she stated in her application, therefore I see no problem in her second 6 months Visa applications.

Of course you will make sure that you supply her with full Financial information (6 months Bank statements and other savings) showing enough money to support her while here and also accommodation details plus information about your relationship with photos if possible.

Rasboinik is the expert on that and I am sure he will post and correct me, if I am wrong.

Any how it would be very interesting, when you have free time, [wink.gif] to write and let us know what is Vita's impressions of life in the UK and also your views regarding having a relationship with an FSU woman?

Have her English improved during her visits and how it feels to be committed in a long distance relationship?

I am sure most people here will enjoy reading your views and hearing the good news from your relationship, as it develops.

Don't forget the cultural shock and be ready for it!

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Post Number:#15  PostPosted: 02 May 2010 17:19 
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The next step...


Here I am again reporting that everything is very positive with us. Vita has flown back again (via Kiev this time - she says avoid that route like the plague - Kiev as a transit airport is not recommended! - Just as well as my next trip there is via Prague).

Vita's English has improved a great deal since our first meeting, I am very proud of her. Pretty amazingly for London we had 3 weeks of almost summer-like weather, we made the most of it although I still had to commute into London for much of it.

My garden looks as if it has had a make-over - she loves gardening. We are beginning to refer to it as 'our' garden now so things are getting serious.

We started the online application form for her next Visa - yes folks - I'm going for the fiancé version this time. [thumbs.gif]

On a purely practical level the application seems almost identical to the Visitor version - as far as I can see the only real difference is that evidence should be included regarding the intention to enter into a marriage within the 6 month period. I presume this can take the form of an appointment booking at the local Registry office? Has someone been here before?

It seems to be a bit of a pain for Vita to have the same list of documents officially re-translated into English again as far as I have understood the Embassy never returned them after the first time; never mind, c'est la vie.

As I will be in Odessa at the end of May/start of June I intend to take everything from my end with me. I will pack my swimming trunks this time as opposed to wishing I had packed wellington boots last October [happy.gif]

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 Post subject: Re: Vita is in London again
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Les,
First of all Image for the upcoming event.


Probably teaching my granny to suck eggs, but just in case, I hope that you are aware that once Vita arrives on a fiancée visa you must get married within the stipulated 6 month validity of the visa.

It is probably a bit late for this information but in future before submitting any translations keep a copy of the translation, that way you do not have to go through the hassle and the expense of having all your documents re-translated, you will probably find that you will have to resubmit similar documents when applying for the FLR and then ILR.


Russian women and gardens or should I say garden centre's are like children in a sweet shop [lol.gif] [lol.gif] [lol.gif]

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Rasboinik wrote:


Russian women and gardens or should I say garden centre's are like children in a sweet shop [lol.gif] [lol.gif] [lol.gif]


ah, it is not just Vita then! Yes I had noticed the similarity [happy.gif]


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Congratulations Les

and I am glad to hear that things progressing with you and Vita.

Gardens and garden centres?

Don't mention it to me..... I will go broke soon.! [wink.gif]

But then I have the pleasure watching our garden out of the window and pray her efforts!
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Really nice. Great work Hanna! [bravo.gif]

And congrats Les. [thumbs.gif]


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Nice work, but who has the tricky job of mowing the lawn between all those beds? :D

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