I am an Indian national and am married to a UK citizen. I am a professional and before marriage have worked in UK,US and Germany. All this while, I was on work permit sponsored by my employers.
I met my present wife and got married, the last thing I had in mind when I did that was that I will be here on this forum and posting this question. The other thing which I hadnt expected and thought about was my VISA status if we get divorced.
We havent completed 1 year of our marriage yet. I am on spouce VISA (limited leave to remain for 2 years). I can easily qualify for HSMP. My question is, can I apply for HSMP given the fact that I am not yet divorced? Is switching allowed between marriage visa and HSMP? For how long can I stay in UK if we get divorced? The situation is particularly tough for me as I am potentially staring at a emotional and a financial turmoil should we get divorced and I loose my right to work here.
first of all since ur marriage is not 1 yr long, noone can apply for a divorce here in UK, but u can get separated whenever u want to. As u r on spousal visa and Ur spousal visa will not be valid from the day when both of u will separate, Home office will see you as an individual and not as dependent of ur spouse because you are not living together as a husband and wife.
As you said, u can easily get HSMP, go for it asap. yes you can switch between different categories whenevr u chosses to do so.
If any more help required, send me a private meesage with ur contact details, i will contact u.