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  1. #101

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    Better Chinese food too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by civil_servant:
    You know, if you're going through all this paperwork, you may as well just apply for immigration to Canada instead. Cheaper, no massive funds needed in your account, citizenship after 4 years of living there, better public schools, better social mobility, better housing, you retain the Queen as your head of state, no UKIP equivalent, free trade with the EU, and more sunshine hours. What more can one wish for?
    Warmer weather and further away from Trump

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo:
    Warmer weather and further away from Trump
    I think that is the first time I have seen warmer weather as a reason to move to the UK
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    Quote Originally Posted by avengedsevenfold:
    Is this news even accurate? I don't see how they need 4 people to escort her back to Singapore. It's usually here's the airport, there's your flight, get the F out of the country, BYE.
    Wow, I thought this part was not true but it is. That's a lot of efforts and taxpayers money just to deport one person.

    "Under flight escort by four officers with the British authorities"


    http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...l-take-case-to
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    Quote Originally Posted by kma88:
    Wow, I thought this part was not true but it is. That's a lot of efforts and taxpayers money just to deport one person.





    Deported Singaporean woman vows to fight on in bid to return to Britain, Singapore News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
    Okay, just read the article. Wonder why she didn't just apply for British Citizenship instead? Would have been easier back in the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avengedsevenfold:
    Okay, just read the article. Wonder why she didn't just apply for British Citizenship instead? Would have been easier back in the day.
    Hindsight is wonderful. I lived in NZ for long enough to become a citizen but never did because as an aussie there is no advantage. If the rules change I may get caught out. Not sure anyone expected the UK, with its strong links to the commonwealth, would ever become so petty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avengedsevenfold:
    Okay, just read the article. Wonder why she didn't just apply for British Citizenship instead? Would have been easier back in the day.
    Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Prior to May taking over the Home Office in 2010 Indefinite Leave to Remain was a relatively simple and secure status. It was / is also expensive to apply for citizenship, and if you have secure permission to remain and a limited budget it may not be something you decide to do.

    This case looks to me to be a reflection of the new UK where foreigners are looked on with suspicion always. The UK is utilising a draconian interpretation of the letter of the law that ignores the human rights of its own citizens, and creates yet another divide between those who have money and can choose their spouse without fear of having to move overseas and those who do not have sufficient funds - which as it current stands is 40% of the UK population.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avengedsevenfold:
    Okay, just read the article. Wonder why she didn't just apply for British Citizenship instead? Would have been easier back in the day.
    I qualified for citizenship well before I applied for it, because it was expensive and required filling forms and ILR was good enough. However once it became clear my ILR would be worthless after being transferred abroad unless I made regular trips back to the UK and that the spouse route would have a financial threshold (which if we moved back due to spouse losing his job could be a challenge to meet) - that is when I naturalized.

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    That's why I have a plan B, If it goes pear shaped in UK I'm moving to SG.

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