visa conversion while still in the UK

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Hello Everyone

I am a south african applicant. I passed my CPE (PJFT) which was held in pretoria in south africa in march. I had to put on 6kg in order to be heavy enough to qualify for PRMC. i have achieved this and have my medical on the 13th of november. once i pass this i will go into PRMC within the month.

My question is this, we were told to come over on a visitors visa and should we pass the PRMC the MOD will assist with changing our visa from a visitor visa to a working visa in order for us to remain here and begin training, have any of the commonwealth guys that have passed the prmc been through the same process and was it successful?

any input or advice will be greatly appreciated
 

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Hi.
Once you are in training you hand your passport in along with 2 photos. My son's took about 4 weeks before it returned with the exemption in it.
Painless. You just have to make sure to get it in.
Good luck! Vasbyt!
 

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Hi.
Once you are in training you hand your passport in along with 2 photos. My son's took about 4 weeks before it returned with the exemption in it.
Painless. You just have to make sure to get it in.
Good luck! Vasbyt!
Ah thank you!

That is a major relief. I started having my doubts when I got to border control and they didn't want to let me through based on me having a 1 way ticket but a visitor visa.
They said that I won't be able to convert the visa while in the UK but they were also not 100% sure about the process with regard to the RMC.
 

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Hi.
Once you are in training you hand your passport in along with 2 photos. My son's took about 4 weeks before it returned with the exemption in it.
Painless. You just have to make sure to get it in.
Good luck! Vasbyt!

En dankie. Altyd Vasbyt!
 

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Lucky you got through! It's not a conversion of the visa so don't stress. It's an exemption.

Good luck! Wrap up warm and do your very very best every day! Don't let your training slip in between stages whilst waiting to get into training!!
 

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As long as I don't have to go back to South Africa and reapply for another visa I'm happy. That would be a massive headache and waste of money.

I'm trading about 4 hours a day in total while I wait for medical. Make sure I crush PRMC
 

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Good stuff. Work on your endurance. All round fitness. Obviously you need to get the best results for PRMC but don't neglect your over all 'bedonnerheid' :)
If you are on a 6 month visa you will be fine.

Good luck! Let is know how it goes
 

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Good stuff. Work on your endurance. All round fitness. Obviously you need to get the best results for PRMC but don't neglect your over all 'bedonnerheid' :)
If you are on a 6 month visa you will be fine.

Good luck! Let is know how it goes
Hey there!

I'm a kiwi (NZ citizen) and apparently I can visit the UK for a "holiday" for 6 months or less. THe gov.uk states that in my case:


You cannot:

  • do paid or unpaid work for a UK company or as a self-employed person
  • do a work placement or internship
  • sell directly to the public or provide goods and services

But that I can "only do certain business or academic activities, for example go to a conference or a meeting." without a Visa what so ever as I will be a "Standard Visitor" for up to 6 months without a visa at all.

Any idea if I will need to apply for a visa or will the 3 or so weeks I plan to spend before training fall under that "Standard Visitor" category. It would just be the face to face medical I need complete as I have received my ROP Date.
 

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I'm really not that clued up from the Kiwi side. That being said, to travel from SA you get a 6 month visa-all the same provisos as you have mentioned above. Its a bit of a gamble wrt to the time constraints. You have received your ROP date though that should help in terms of planning...as long as your face to face medical goes well. Make sure you have all possible documentation with you.

From what you have said above, my thinking is that you are good to go-have your ROP docs at the ready and make sure you can show funds and a place to stay-just in case. Just my personal view-perhaps chat to an immigration lawyer just to verify and put your mind at ease. They will generally have a brief conversation with you without removing your arm and leg for payment :)
 

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@Claddagh @Ninja_Stoker

Would you guys suggest avoiding mentioning that I am here to join the Royal Marines? After all as a NZ Citizen, I can't really apply for a Visitor's Visa 6 months as I wouldn't even need one but I was worried that immigration might think that I'm over there for work.
 

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@Claddagh @Ninja_Stoker

Would you guys suggest avoiding mentioning that I am here to join the Royal Marines? After all as a NZ Citizen, I can't really apply for a Visitor's Visa 6 months as I wouldn't even need one but I was worried that immigration might think that I'm over there for work.
Best bet? Ask your recuiter via email if you feel the guidance given is incorrect, particulary in light of the ever-chaning pandemic situation.

Historically, i'd have advised you follow your joining instructions but this last year has illustrated thimgs do change and when they do, it can be last minute.

Check the recruiting portal daily to ensure there are no unexpected chanes elwithin the text.
 
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