Need Help Joining from Commonwealth

T3r2aweak

Newbie
Hi everyone,

I am currently having a hard time applying from the Commonwealth, I am aware of the 5year residency rule however the navy takes about 50 persons each year form commonwealth countries who doesn't satisfy this regulation. The problem is i am having difficulties when it comes to getting any information as to the dates these opportunities open, the rolls requested or if the process for me would be slightest different. Any info or help pointing me in the right direction would be appreciated.
P.s. My girlfriend got accepted in 2016, just started PRNC in January, but it was different for her as the recruiters came to my country, i was however away on a business trip. "just my luck"
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
There is no automatic annual waiver of the residency requirement for Commonwealth citizens wishing to join the UK Armed Forces. There never has been.

There was a waiver granted for about 300 Commonwealth citizens a year or two back, the first granted for several years, the Navy were granted fifty of those. The UK government determines when they are prepared to grant a waiver and for how many.

Last time, we were oversubscribed by about 8 applicants for every place permitted.

If the government announces a waiver, the RN website will reflect this under a change in the stated residency requirement. In the interim, all you can do is register an interest online. This does not mean that you have a place, nor does it mean the service will notify you of a change in the residency requirement.

All we can advise is that individuals resident overseas regularly check the residency requirement. Unfortunately we cannot predict when or if the government are next likely to change anything.

Last time it happened the Army filled their quota before the Navy and closed applications. The RN were then innundated with about 400 applicants.
 

SafferBlondie

Midshipman
Hi all!

I been trolling the threads on all things Navy and joining, Raleigh, commonwealth applicants etc etc but haven't found an answer to my one question yet. Hopefully if I post it here then someone will be able to share. A few laws and alot of things have changed since March 2018 to now, 2019.

Does anyone know anything about the Residency Waiver or been through this process before?
When it gets approved, how long from the approval will you be able to fall under the RN 'visa' umbrella? Or does your new visa only get stamped into your passport when you sign the contract at Raleigh?
Just confused to as how the transition from 'commonwealth tourist' to RN recruit goes.

Long story short - a recruit from commonwealth, on a UK visit visa has applied to the RN. Passed all tests, RW papers been submitted, PRNC date soon and Raleigh intake date is end of the year. Visit visa will run out shortly... So just trying to figure out when to come back to the UK before the training starts...

Thanks!!
 

datlaidbackdude

Midshipman
Hi all!

I been trolling the threads on all things Navy and joining, Raleigh, commonwealth applicants etc etc but haven't found an answer to my one question yet. Hopefully if I post it here then someone will be able to share. A few laws and alot of things have changed since March 2018 to now, 2019.

Does anyone know anything about the Residency Waiver or been through this process before?
When it gets approved, how long from the approval will you be able to fall under the RN 'visa' umbrella? Or does your new visa only get stamped into your passport when you sign the contract at Raleigh?
Just confused to as how the transition from 'commonwealth tourist' to RN recruit goes.

Long story short - a recruit from commonwealth, on a UK visit visa has applied to the RN. Passed all tests, RW papers been submitted, PRNC date soon and Raleigh intake date is end of the year. Visit visa will run out shortly... So just trying to figure out when to come back to the UK before the training starts...

Thanks!!

Hi @SafferBlondie Once your visa expires before your phase one training , you need to go back to your home country and reapply for a new visa to fly back for Phase one.Visas are checked and if it is expired you cant start phase one.
You get the stamp when you start Phase one and not before that.hope this helps
 

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