Hi, your answer was thorough and i understand your points.
Can you possibly comment on the last point, would it be adequate to apply from Cyprus as a resident or would my friend need to go back to China to apply? (Cypriot resident Chinese citizen).
How long would it take to process a sponsored visa application in general?
Sorry about that. Your friend should be able to apply in Cyprus.
Time taken for a sponsored visa varies. I presume you mean a sponsored work visa under Tier 2 General. Time taken will depend on whether or not the employer needs to become registered as a sponsor and if the role requires a Restricted CoS. Applications for the Tier 2 General visa in Cyprus will generally take up to 3 weeks (98% decided in that time).
I was thinking of a sponsored visa not from a company but sponsored stay by me or friend in general; would that be possible and take similar time as the above (i.e. ~3 weeks) from Cyprus?
So a financial support to the applicant is part of the same visa application and not a new type of visa? i.e. still need to go back to Cyprus apply for an extension of the visitor's visa with an added statement of support or is it a new type of visa to apply for? (if it is a new one is this in conflict with having had the visitor's visa granted already for 6 months?)
To link this answer to the the beginning of this discussion would you confirm that applying again from Cyprus is a better way (more likely to be successful) than try to apply from within UK while she is here on her current visitor's visa?
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