So its taken me a few years but I've now realised that there's no way I'd be willing to spend 10M on a shoebox apartment here in HK *(I was born and raised here but alas it's about time to spread my wings and fly to somewhere better). My girlfriend of 3 years shares the same sentiment as I, and we've decided that the next best place to move to would be the UK (maybe Edinburgh or Bristol) so that when we do decide to raise a family we wouldn't have to worry about having to live in a tiny apartment for the rest of our lives. However - I'm in a bit of a pickle here and was hoping to get some advise. Some background info on us:
1. I hold a British passport (British Citizen (GBR))
2. She holds a Hong Kong passport
3. I'm 25 and shes 24
4. We want to move ideally within a year (we'll work here in HK for one more year then move once I secure a job in the UK)
So the thing is..I've done my research (or at least tried to) and am aware that if she were to marry me she could stay in the UK for 2.5 years at a time on a spousal visa (until she extends it for another 2.5 years, totaling 5 years which qualifies her for naturalisation to be a Brit Citizen).
But we're youngish and don't really want to get married so fast just for the sake of getting a visa (we will get married by the age of 28 tho)
I was wondering if there was any other way that would enable her to come and live in the UK with me (when I move there) and also have the right to work. I'd read somewhere that each tourist visit grants her 6 months of stay at a time - If she leaves during the 5th month, how long will she have to wait until she could re-enter the UK again>? (This sounds risky and expensive) What other options could we have?
We just want to get out of here really -
Thanks for all the feedback in advance!