The HK system for dependent visas is much fairer - they still want to see a genuine relationship and evidence that the dependents can be supported, but there is no arbitrary income threshold and all the circumstances are taken into account, e.g. having somewhere to live would reduce the income / savings you need to show. The problem with the UK system is the threshold is much too high.
Wasn't the system implemented by Theresa May? She's not really known for showing logic it seems!
Wow....will have to talk to the girlfriend over this...I knew it was bad but had no clue it was THAT bad...we just wanted to move SOMEWHERE so we could buy a reasonably priced and sized house for our future. Guess we’ll have to reconsider our options then. What can I do though? We need a permanent home if we are to get married(her parents request not hers) but getting our own place is nigh-impossible unless I become a Director/CEO in a few years...
Alz, you're really very young. There are so many options for you and you're not going to screw up your life - you could go to the UK and come back, or stay here in HK and leave later (perhaps one day the environment in the UK improves...). Just take things as they come and stop worrying about it.
I can completely understand your frustration at not being able to buy a property here. My husband and I are 35 and 32 respectively and we still don't own property and we certainly won't be buying any in HK - like you say, who wants to spend millions on a rabbit hutch? What we're doing instead is looking at buying property in the UK (to rent out) or mainland China (capital appreciation). If you really want to get in on the HK property market why not purchase a REIT (i.e. Link)? Owning a property to live in would be nice but it's certainly not a reason to up sticks and move to the UK.
It's really none of my business, but honestly your girlfriend's parents' requirement that you own property before you get married is totally unrealistic in HK in this day and age. I know it's quite common in China, but they must be on another planet - she'll only ever be able to marry the son of a magnate or a middle-aged dude if they keep that up. Anyway, you're adults - you don't need their permission. Why not just move into a rented place together and then think about how to pool your savings to buy something?
By the way, have you ever thought about mainland China? Not sure what your job situation is but property there is much better value for money and you'd be a heck of a lot more welcome there than in the UK.