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    Indefinate Leave To Remain In The Uk - Advice needed please

    Right there are 2 ways of doing it how i understand, one is a college course and the other is just study and take the life in the UK test without going to college.

    So who has had experience with either of the options and which route is best in your opinions????

    my misses don't fancy going to college and just wants to do the test, up to her but i'm not convinced it is the best option.

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    your question is not very clear; thinking about it a bit more, if you are now wanting to apply for the indefinite leave to remain after having the 2 year stamp, then the options you mention are both possible.

    if your wife can study and speak reasonable English, take the test; my wife did, she studied the book for 2 weeks and passed easily

    if her English is not so good, then a course is the best way, but costs more and takes more time
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    your question is not very clear; thinking about it a bit more, if you are now wanting to apply for the indefinite leave to remain after having the 2 year stamp, then the options you mention are both possible.

    if your wife can study and speak reasonable English, take the test; my wife did, she studied the book for 2 weeks and passed easily

    if her English is not so good, then a course is the best way, but costs more and takes more time
    I can apply for ILR at anytime due to the amount of time i've been married, don't have to wait for 2 years.

    She can read and write English fine so i guess just do the test then, any recommendations for books to save me googling?????

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    they have an official one, published by HMSO, about 10, I think

    that is the one to get, the rest are dubious

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    Mrs Ast did the college course. All you have to do is show you have moved from level to the next, and pass the exams at the end (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Most colleges offer days or evening classes, and are around 4 hours per week, taken in two sessions. Courses start in September, and exams are in either January or June.

    We bought the Life in the UK book, and the Mrs found it a little too daunting, which is why she opted for the college course. In hind sight, she feels she benefited more from college, because it helped improve her English at the same time as gaining her eligibility to apply for an ILR.

    Quite a few of the Thai`s in our area failed on their first attempt at the Life in the UK test. Why? Im guessing they thought it would be a piece of cake, and didnt study hard enough. However, most passed on their second attempt. The official book comes with some of the possible test questions in the back also. So I guess your wife will be able to guage how well she`s doing, and whether she`s ready for the exam, should she choose to go down that route.

    Pain in the backside I know, but just some of the hoops we must jump through. Just waiting for Mrs Asts citizenship conformation to come through.

    Good look with it all.

    Im pretty sure this is the book you need.
    Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship - 2nd Edition 2007: Amazon.co.uk: The Home Office - Life in the UK Advisor: Books
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    Quote Originally Posted by astasinim
    Quite a few of the Thai`s in our area failed on their first attempt at the Life in the UK test. Why?
    because there is lots of info you need to understand and remember, although the test is multiple choice and not too difficult

    going to college is probably easier, but takes longer and is more expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by astasinim
    Quite a few of the Thai`s in our area failed on their first attempt at the Life in the UK test. Why?
    because there is lots of info you need to understand and remember, although the test is multiple choice and not too difficult
    Which is why I said, they probably didnt study hard enough.
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    going to college is probably easier, but takes longer and is more expensive[/quote]

    Depends how many times one fails doesnt it? At around 300 all in, I didnt think it was too pricey.

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    plus fares and the time to go there every class

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    plus fares and the time to go there every class

    Two, two hour sessions per week on an evening. Fares 0, petrol, about a 2 max. Parking is free.

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    yawn...

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    No. I`m having the last word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astasinim View Post
    No. I`m having the last word.

    where is it?

    My point may not be totally applicable to you, Asta

    but it may well be relevant to many others

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
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    No. I`m having the last word.
    where is it?
    Why don't you both share it as an example to the MKP residents of how to get along?

    It's Zymurgy

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    http://http://www.ukba.homeoffice.go...geandlifeinuk/

    Here is the page that refers to the KOL on the UKBA website, it refers also the right book required to revise for the test.

    If your wife has a good knowledge of English, I would opt for the book first and then the test.

    Price wise it is a lot cheaper than taking college courses, unless they are free, a rarity nowadays, and everything else involved.

    With the test approx 30.00, you would have to fail a considerable amount of times to make the college route cost effective.

    However, you get further benefits by doing the college course, socially and the added value of interaction with other people.

    If you go the book route, I suggest you continually help and advise, test and reread and in your case do not get to annoyed at the potless questions that are asked, they serve no real purpose except to try and pass a multiple choice computer screen test.

    I wish her luck whichever route she takes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moss
    However, you get further benefits by doing the college course, socially and the added value of interaction with other people.
    you can get those by hanging around outside and calling out "who wants to be my friend"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Moss
    However, you get further benefits by doing the college course, socially and the added value of interaction with other people.
    you can get those by hanging around outside and calling out "who wants to be my friend"
    You could do that of course, I wouldn't, but perhaps on some alternate planet you might.

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    missus is on an ESOL course now.

    Cost me 299 quid at the local college. I will be getting that back since I'm skint.

    4 days a week, 3:30 minutes per day.

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    Going to go the just sit the test route, she has till Feb 2011 to do it but hopefully she'll pass this year so i can get the ILR sorted out ASAP as no doubt with immigration being such a hot topic the fokers will change the rules again.

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    I agree about getting ILR as soon as possible, as the price has almost doubled in the last couple of years. Plus if your looking towards getting citizenship, the government have set out proposals for it to take up to 10 years to obtain, instead of usual three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astasinim View Post
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    plus fares and the time to go there every class

    Two, two hour sessions per week on an evening. Fares 0, petrol, about a 2 max. Parking is free.
    Just a point of interest mate how long you been married or your missus been in the UK ??
    The point I am making we have only been married 1 year and I have just had to shell out 500 for her ESOL course + exam level 3 ,
    By the way she passed her UK test 2nd edition 2nd go 97% pass ,, but she wants her English ticket aswell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astasinim View Post
    I agree about getting ILR as soon as possible, as the price has almost doubled in the last couple of years. Plus if your looking towards getting citizenship, the government have set out proposals for it to take up to 10 years to obtain, instead of usual three.
    Fok all i can do about citizenship as in speeding it up as she won't be eligable till December 2011, just want the ILR sorted quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
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    plus fares and the time to go there every class

    Two, two hour sessions per week on an evening. Fares 0, petrol, about a 2 max. Parking is free.
    Just a point of interest mate how long you been married or your missus been in the UK ??
    The point I am making we have only been married 1 year and I have just had to shell out 500 for her ESOL course + exam level 3 ,
    By the way she passed her UK test 2nd edition 2nd go 97% pass ,, but she wants her English ticket aswell.
    Only been in the UK since December, but been married 7 years, you used to get ILR automatically if you had been married over 4 years living outside the UK, she can still apply for it anytime just has to do this dumb ass test first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
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    plus fares and the time to go there every class

    Two, two hour sessions per week on an evening. Fares 0, petrol, about a 2 max. Parking is free.
    Just a point of interest mate how long you been married or your missus been in the UK ??
    The point I am making we have only been married 1 year and I have just had to shell out 500 for her ESOL course + exam level 3 ,
    By the way she passed her UK test 2nd edition 2nd go 97% pass ,, but she wants her English ticket aswell.
    Missus has been in the UK four years now. Not sure how correct I am, but I think different areas can charge different prices for their ESOL courses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astasinim View Post
    Plus if your looking towards getting citizenship, the government have set out proposals for it to take up to 10 years to obtain, instead of usual three.
    I was under the impression that the proposals were not being applied to the wives of British Citizens.

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