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We are filling in the VAF4A application form for family settlement for a spouse visa.

We came across a question related to past visas for the UK which asks who was the issuing authority.

My wife is Brazilian, so she does not need a visa to enter the UK for up to 6 months as a visitor.

For her visits, does the 6-month stamp count as the visa and, if so, who is the issuing authority? Would it be border control?

She also had a Tier 4 student visa (to study an MSc.) which was issued in Rio de Janeiro, but it does not state the Issuing Authority on it. Who would be the issuing Authority?

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    The passport stamp constitutes leave to enter. It is not a visa, so you don't need to include it here (I presume there is another place to mention that trip on the application). I am not certain who the issuing authority is in the case of the tier 4 visa, but if I would be inclined to put "UK consulate, Rio de Janeiro." – phoog Jan 22 '17 at 17:45
  • That makes sense - its says RIO on the visa, but that seems to be location only, I guess we will make an educated guess on that one soon. – Alexander Ewart Jan 22 '17 at 18:11
  • Indeed there is a Visa box and a Trips to the UK box on the form – Alexander Ewart Jan 22 '17 at 18:11
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After Reading multiple forums looking for examples of people with the similar problem...

It seems in this case it would UKBA - RIO DE JANEIRO ( up until the date that UKBA became UKVI ) - However I can not categorically state if this is correct...

Phoog identified that a passport stamp is leave to enter and not a visa, which also makes sense within the remits of the form, considering that Brazilians do not need a Visa to travel to and visit the UK.

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