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Old 14th June 2012, 01:27 PM
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Well this is very concerning indeed!! We submitted our application in February and Biometrics were taken 23rd March. Since then I have actually had a promotion and subsequent pay rise pending passing probation next month. I'm now really worried that this is what the hold up is! My other half is from Canada and we have everything they asked for in old rules. Does this mean that if and when we get spouse visa, this will be valid for 5 years as opposed to 2?
Pretty ridiculous really. I dont see how the amount of money you earn can determine the legitimacy of a relationship! Worse comes to the worse, we go and live in Canada, but just a joke if you ask me, surely there are other measures that can be taken to eliminate sham marriages?! Sham marriages can go ahead with a rich person but be ok?! Ridiculous!! Anyways rant over!! GGGRRRR!!! Will wait in hope of a successful application.......

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It's not just sham marriages, but cost of living, and the cost of living in the UK can be very high compared to many other countries. One of the penalties for living on a tiny island where everything has to be shipped - literally! Okay, there's the Channel Tunnel, but still... It could have been MUCH worse. The Home Office surprisingly took the least of the three recommended sums (the highest was £25,700 for one adult, up to £62,500 for one adult bringing 3 children). We expected the highest figure so we're rather relieved that it's £18,600.

£18,600 isn't actually a huge amount to live on for two adults if there are housing costs to meet. That's just £15,000 net of tax and National Insurance per year, or £1250 a month. A mortgage or rent per month is going to be anywhere between around £300 to £1000 or more depending on where you hope to live. Council tax will be another £100 to £400 a month. Factor in all your utility bills - internet, electricity, gas, TV and phone (maybe £200 a month as a conservative estimate), food and transport costs (everyone will differ here, but for me it costs £60 to fill up a tank with petrol - and a 1.5 hr railfare to London is £90 for a day return ticket). These are the big costs - there are car tax, insurance and servicing costs, clothing etc also to factor in to this sum. It's tight, and people generally earning less are having to resort to public funds or tax credits - something absolutely disallowed for immigrants.

The figure is a little more unfair when the couple concerned have NO housing costs to meet (ie no rent or mortgage). Under the old rules, provided that £111.45 was spare AFTER housing costs were deducted, people were fine. The new one-size-fits-all gross salary income is an arbitrary figure that doesn't include that same flexibility, though it's not impossible to say that flexibility might be introduced at a later date if enough cases test the rulings.

ETA: forgot to add: iheartcalvin - you'll be fine because you applied under the existing rules, so the new financial rules won't affect you.


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Ok so i'm getting confused! I was thinking that the UK person had to be earning minimum £18.5k, so this is combined?!

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Ok so i'm getting confused! I was thinking that the UK person had to be earning minimum 18.5k, so this is combined?!
No, it is just the UK person for initial entry clearance. It's only combined household income once the applicant has permission to work in the UK such as FLR and ILR.

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iheartcalvin, did you check the links I provided in my post? Did you read the whole post, especially this part:

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Applications made and pending before 9 July 2012 will be determined under the old rules;
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Phew thats ok then! We both live and work here and have been for over 2 years now. So would be a big nuicanse and upheaval to have to move and expensive at that! Fingers crossed we receive news soon, its taking ages!!!!

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we applied on 19th jan , had biometrics done in march, recived a letter 3 weeks ago for more info regarding my children and my husbands role in their schooling letters needed from schools, also asked when my kids see their natural father, we returned all info asked for 2 weeks ago....

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Anyone heard anything yet?! Been waiting since end of February!! Biometrics submitted end of March......

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Mini time line: See previous post for full timeline/situation

Applied 24th Jan
Bios 23rd March

6 Months has passed and after calling the home office, being on hold for 30 mins, all they told me was it's still processing. No why... they said I would have been sent a letter had my application needed any further information. It's so frustrating.. Whilst I am applying to stay here with my wife, I also don't want to be a prisoner here. I am a teacher on summer holidays (unpaid). Just want to travel and enjoy my time off.

Any of you other guys heard any thing or all pulling your hair out as I am.

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Applied 24th Jan
Bios 23rd March

6 Months has passed and after calling the home office, being on hold for 30 mins, all they told me was it's still processing. No why... they said I would have been sent a letter had my application needed any further information. It's so frustrating.. Whilst I am applying to stay here with my wife, I also don't want to be a prisoner here. I am a teacher on summer holidays (unpaid). Just want to travel and enjoy my time off.

Any of you other guys heard any thing or all pulling your hair out as I am.
That's a long time to wait, but it can happen if you apply by post. Hopefully you will hear from them soon.
Pity you didn't pay 300 extra for same-day premium service.

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