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Yes, my wife is currently on an ancestry (dependant) visa valid to June 2014.
No, we have not started divorce proceedings as yet. Foolishly, I suppose, the plan was to remain married until she is in a position to apply for ILR in 2014. How we were going to get around the fact that she no longer lives here etc., I'm not sure.
Hope that helps.
Thanks for your Question. It's a difficult one to pick through unfortunately.
If you have obtained a UK passport then your earlier ancestry visa would have been been cancelled had the UKBA become aware. At the point of obtaining your passport your wife should then have applied for an in-country spouses visa (ie. Settlement) if your marriage was still subsisting.
It would be best if you both regarded your separation as a temporary separation and not the ultimate end of your marriage for now.
In the long term, you can apply for further leave to remain for your children on the basis of you having a British passport and living in the UK. The problem with this is that when you do you will open the can of worms with your wife's status. If the marriage is no longer subsisting then the UKBA will consider the status of your wife when your children's leave to remain is considered. They will hold that she does not technically have leave to remain because your marriage is no longer subsisting. She would then have to apply for discretionary leave to remain on the basis that he children may be here after being granted further leave to remain. This is tricky and not guaranteed, so you will all have a fight on your hands.
If you do genuinely reconcile then she can apply for ILR but this will not be successful if you are living at separate addresses.
You are supposed to report and change in circumstances to the UKBA. If it is only a temporary separation then you could argue that this is not a material change in circumstances.
In terms of your wife's application if you pass your SA passport to her then she could apply with it but if the UKBA found out then you would face some tricky questions on why this was submitted and not your passport. You could rely on this being your "honest mistake" on the basis of your misunderstanding the rules and would be unlikely to face any penalty in this regard. Your citizenship would not be revoked, this only happens generally where it has been obtained by fraud.
Sorry it could not be better news.
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If my Ancestry visa has been cancelled, what is the position with my wifes visa, as hers is as a dependant of that visa? Would hers still be valid?
If we did not change her visa when I receieved my UK passport (we didnt), will this affect her ILR application in any way, besides the fact that we are no longer living together?
In her application for ILR, would I need to sign anything, and if I knowing sign to confirm that we are still together when we are not, am I again putting myself at risk?
The odds of us reconciling are between none and zero, as the basis of our seperation is that she had an affair. I am involved in a relationship with someone else, she has rented her own home and signed a lease agreement etc., i.e. we have gotten on with our lives. The only millstone still around my neck is her status in the country. I'd appreciate it if you could, to put it bluntly, tell me what I should be doing.
Your wife's visa would have been cancelled if the UKBA were aware that you have been issued a UK passport. If you applied for this directly from the passport office then they would probably not have cancelled it.
If the marriage is not subsisting then it would affect her ILR application because they will require it to be supported by you as it is a term of her ancestry visa that your marriage is still subsisting.
You would have to support any application she made for ILR, if you did when the marraige is not subsisting then this would be an offence for which you could be subject to criminal proceedings. The point is that her application for ILR is not likely to get that far becuase the UKBA would do some digging and find out about your UK passport and therefore that they are entitled to curtail ancestry visa.
If there is no chance of a reconcilliation then I would suggest you go and see an immigration solictor together about 1) securing your child's leave to remain here first on the basis that their father is a UK citizen and then 2) applying for discretionary leave to remain for your wife relying on article 8 grounds (right to family and private life) not on the basis of her marriage to you but rather on her being the parent of the children.
It's a very complicated situation and in order to secure your children's and wife's stay here (without reconcillation) you will need an immgiration solicitor to act on your behalf.
You can find immigration solicitors in your area via:-
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