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Old 28th December 2014, 07:46 PM
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Hi - my name is Bob and my family is relocating to London (Area) this summer after I complete my MBA and my 10 year old son completes school. We have lots of questions and are so grateful for sites like this!!!
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Hi I'm Ella, British, with Canadian husband. Just noticed I first used this forum a year ago when our Surrinder Singh hopes were pretty frail. We have been in Greece for over a year now and are planning to get back to the UK soon, just to figure out the intricasies of the paper work now!

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Hi my name is Guy and I just arrived on a spouse Visa time to find a job and start my new life with my new wife Allison. If I can be of any help just ask.
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Keep it coming! Also those who have been on here for some time can introduce yourselves to others and to newbies, esp if you have a fascinating background (like being a former immigration staff).

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My Welsh husband, our daughter and I now live in Cardiff, with me on FLR after arriving a year into our "old rules" spouse visa. I've been a member of this board since around 2011, preparing to "move home". We've been married for about 14 years, initially travelling between the countries, then with my husband moving to the US, which he hated (so in total we are up to five settlement visas, six if you count one I withdrew, between the two countries (hopefully only one more to go).


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I'm Grasshopper! My husband and I went through the (gruelling, terrible, awful, heart-wrenching) spouse visa process from Sept 2012 when we married until June of 2014 when I finally came home for good to Dorset. We were Cat F, so I can help a little with those questions. We were helped greatly by Joppa, Nyclon, and shel...our extraordinary moderators. It was also incredibly heartening to be on this forum in the company of people like ourselves, whose goal was simply to be with their loved ones.

Life is wonderful on the other side of the visa process. If you're in the midst of it, keep your eye on the prize and soldier on!
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I'm Pallykin! I'm a 50 year old woman (but I still feel like a kid on the inside). I was born in Manhattan, but my father's job took the whole family to The Hague and then Surrey for a total of ten years, starting when I was 4, and ending when I was 14. We then "returned" to Massachusetts, a place I only recalled visiting, and I was homesick for the UK for a long time.

I've been in a relationship with my UK born US dual citizen boyfriend for 27 years; we've been living together for 25. He's lived in Massachusetts for 48 years, having left the UK as an infant to move to Canada for a few years before coming here, all due to his father's job.

We're both anglophiles, and are at a point in life where we'd like to have an adventure. You could call it a planned mid-life crisis! We have a few years of work life still ahead of us, and would like to sample life in London. In addition to being closer to cousins and my old school friends, we're also interested in some of the holiday destinations, both in the UK and the continent, that would be achievable at relatively low cost.

We're also looking forward to the better infrastructure and better food that London offers. Examples would be high speed rail European wines and cheeses from the region. And sausages! Groceries in Boston are expensive: we live far from the places where it is all produced.

Standing in our way are a few challenges:
  • Finding jobs in London... it seems this will be far easier once there. We both have university degrees.
  • Renting out our house here... real estate is rapidly increasing in value here in the Boston area... so keeping the house looks like a good idea for now.
  • Deciding what to do with our 1985 sail boat. Lots of sweat equity there, not so much value. Should we ship it to Europe? Or sell it and start over?
  • Moving will increase the distance from relatives here: His 90 year old father and 81 year old stepmother, a total of 3 sisters, 3 brothers-in-law, two nephews and a niece (ages 7-12).

I've been on this board nine months now. I've been taking lots of notes, and as long as UKVI doesn't change the requirements, I know exactly what's needed. Our biggest challenge will be the accommodation requirement, as we don't have close family that we can stay with, only cousins and friends from childhood. It seems that my boyfriend will need to move first, and once accommodation is sorted, I'll be able to apply for a visa to join him.

Thanks to all the mods and experienced forum members who have helped me out. I hope I will be able to return the favour...

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I'm chiefteaofficer because I'm actually the CTO of *thee* Royal Tea Club.

I've been in London for just about 6 months now and this is my third go around in this wonderful city (though my first one as a permanent resident). I'm married to my best friend and we both agree the spouse visa was the worst thing we've ever had to do, but once you get past it ... you practically forget it was a thing. I brought my dog over with me and he doesn't have any idea what culture shock is so he's settled in much more quickly than I have. Looking forward to getting my provisional licence soon so I can pay someone to give me driving lessons after already having had a licence for 13 years! Woohoo.

Happy to help anyone with questions, especially if I have nothing better to do.

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Hi All

Native NYer moving to London for a new opportunity via my current employer. Have always wanted to live in EU so let the adventures begin!

Happy Holidays!
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Hi everyone,
I'm MacUK, moved to the UK in June 2013 to be with my husband and a member of the forum since July 2012. I'm currently on a spouse visa, new rules of course.
We waited 1 year to be eligible under the new rules, so that's something we'll remember for a long time.
I cannot even begin to thank the forum regulars for the insight and knowledge they have offered us. You're doing a great job, so thank you!

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