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Hi expats,
Complicated situation and looking for possible scenarios please.
Living in Central Asia, I am British passport holder about to retire.
My wife is Thai with no British passport. Our son, a British passport holder, has just completed GCSEs.
We possibly need to move. U.K. seems most practical option. Main reason is to complete sonís schooling. We have adequate funds and property in the U.K.
Not really dead keen on U.K., and although visited regularly, havenít resided there for most of my working life. Son wasnít born in U.K.

U.K. schooling makes sense, however son has no career ideas yet.
A levels, other courses, leave school and continue studies later?
Have family support in U.K.
Thailand route? Expensive international fees, son doesnít speak Thai, as been in international schools around the world, military service issues? Very limited family support in Thailand too.
And how about Malaysia MM2H programme?
Other pathways, countries?

Advice warmly received. All possible options.

Thanks in advance,
JNJEXPATS

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Hi expats,
Complicated situation and looking for possible scenarios please.
Living in Central Asia, I am British passport holder about to retire.
My wife is Thai with no British passport. Our son, a British passport holder, has just completed GCSEs.
We possibly need to move. U.K. seems most practical option. Main reason is to complete son’s schooling. We have adequate funds and property in the U.K.
Not really dead keen on U.K., and although visited regularly, haven’t resided there for most of my working life. Son wasn’t born in U.K.

U.K. schooling makes sense, however son has no career ideas yet.
A levels, other courses, leave school and continue studies later?
Have family support in U.K.
Thailand route? Expensive international fees, son doesn’t speak Thai, as been in international schools around the world, military service issues? Very limited family support in Thailand too.
And how about Malaysia MM2H programme?
Other pathways, countries?

Advice warmly received. All possible options.

Thanks in advance,
JNJEXPATS
As an ex pat who returned home to the UK (from Thailand), after retirement 5 years ago, firstly let me say the UK isn't what it used to be. Agreed advantages for your son from a schooling point of view. Also the (stretched) NHS.

I assume your Thai wife speaks some English. If so, obtaining a settlement visa based on her marriage to you will be a way forward (for her), although a hassle and costly with fees. It takes 5 years now, with an initial entry visa, requirement A1 English exam and Medical inc X ray; then after 2.5 years in the UK, FLR(M) with another English test (A2) and more fees; and then after a further 2.5 years (i.e. 5 years in total), Settlement SET(M), another English test (B1) and a life in the UK test at the 5 year settlement point. Your wife may not like England or its climate.

I did look at the MM2 programme, but Malaysia didn't appeal.


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Thanks for your helpful reply Richjohn,
Yes we know about visa options.
What didn’t you like about applying for Malaysia?

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Thanks for your helpful reply Richjohn,
Yes we know about visa options.
What didn’t you like about applying for Malaysia?
Hi JNJ,

It was quite some years ago, but from my recollections:

1. Thailand had been hot and humid enough. To move further south would have made that worse.
2. Thai people were particularly friendly and I didn't get the same vibes in Malaysia. The culture and the religions were different.
3. Costs were higher in Malaysia.
4. I was familiar with Thailand and its beaches and had assets there, whereas I didn't know Malaysia and would have had to start all over again getting to know things, places, bureaucracy etc., and I wouldn't have known where to settle.
5. My wife was a Buddhist and could speak Thai and she would have been less comfortable in Malaysia.
6. The MMH scheme as I recollect it, required a bigger capital investment for visa/house purchase purposes..

I did attend a meeting about the MM2H scheme with a company in Penang, I think called Alter Domus.

Assuming you would qualify for the MM2H scheme, I would suggest checking out visa/settlement implications for your son.

Have you thought about Australia?


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Very interesting Richjohn.
I get your points.
But English and old British systems could make Malaysia appealing perhaps?

Australia?
Iím past 60...isnít it a bit late and expensive?
Do please elaborate?
Iím curious...
Regards.

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