someone on Reddit recommend I ask the below here:
Visa Advice - No one will listen!
Asked a similar question in /r/travel but didn’t really get any responses.
My SO is a South African living and working in the UK on an ancestral visa which is due to expire on 30/03/2019 – before it expires she will be applying for indefinite leave to remain in the UK but can’t do that until there’s only 30 days left on her UK visa, this means she cannot extend the visa any longer.
We’ve booked a trip to go skiing in La Plange in France leaving on 22/02 and we’ve realised that it’s looking like she won’t be able to come due to the fact you need 90 days left on your British visa to obtain a Schengen Visa in the UK. We’ve both been on the phone to several visa agencies but none of them are willing to help because rules are rules. We’ve had written confirmation from the German consulate here in the UK that they would allow her to obtain a Schengen visa with no problem so she booked an appointment with them this morning but as the trip is a week in France they said we have to see the French consulate. As a side note I spoke to the UK passport office and they confirmed that there’d be no issue what so ever returning to the UK.
We’ve emailed the French consulate without response and she’s booked an appointment there for 19/02 – the earliest they could offer us - but that’s obviously going to be too late to obtain a visa. One of the agencies offered her an appointment on the 8th until they realised that her ancestral visa expires on 30th March.
She has proof of employment, finances and residency in London (she owns a house here) and proof of both of our travel and accommodation plans in France but it seems that no one is willing to speak to her, which seems unfortunate as it’s a simple crossing of dates, this mustn’t be a rare occurrence and surely someone out there has had a similar problem before.
We can’t feasibly afford to apply for her ILR early just for this trip as it’s an extra £700 on top of the already £2300 cost and that seems like the only way to get this sorted.
Has anyone got any experience or advice?
If it helps I’m a British Citizen.