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Leaving HK for the UK - Savings route for spouse visa and job hunting for myself

  1. #1

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    Leaving HK for the UK - Savings route for spouse visa and job hunting for myself

    Hi team,

    A few things I was wondering some of you may know.

    My wife (HK passport), myself (UK citizen + HK PR) and our 2 year old kid (HK passport, applying for UK one) are planning to leave HK and return back to the UK.

    My original plan was to work until end of this year, quit job, move back to UK (can stay with parents for a few months) and look for a job back in the UK. Rationale is that I'm assuming that being back in the UK for an immediate start would be favourable. However, just seen that I need ~62K GBP or a guaranteed income of 18.5k+ to be able to get the spouse visa. Currently I have around 10K GBP in the UK but could pull together enough in HK. I also have the option of selling a property in the UK if necessary although that wouldn't be favourable.

    Questions:
    1 - For the savings route, does that need to be sat in a UK account or HK account also applies?

    2 - I'd also be interested to hear any forum other people's experiences of job hunting for UK roles whilst still in HK.

    If it helps for context I'm a sales / client services manager for an information services company.

    Thank you!


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    Back in 2016 I wanted to do the same as I'm an only child with an ageing Mum back in the UK. I knew that doing so would not be straightforward and so I contacted British Connections, a company in the Lippo Centre that specialises in advising people who want to return to the UK with their foreign spouse/partner. See:

    https://www.britishconnections.com

    After a half-hour consultation costing HK$2K or 3K I realised that as someone who is self-employed I had zero chance of meeting the Home Office criteria under Theresa May's Hostile Environment policy. I found a secluded stairwell and wept for 5 minutes knowing the decisions I was going to have to make.

    If you can raise the funds it might be doable but the general advice seems to be that one needs to go to the significant expense of hiring a company like British connections to hold your hand through the minefield of discriminatory bureaucracy that the Home Office has become.

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    Last edited by shri; 12-06-2019 at 11:01 AM. Reason: Lets leave that for another time and another thread please...

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    Just curious- what are the options for foreign spouses to find work visas in the UK? For example, as Chinese language teacher? Just to get sponsorship? Or is that very difficult in the UK? In the US we have H-1B but it's more for tech skills. We also have transfer visas where you can open a local office of a foreign company and transfer people in L-1. Anything like this in the UK?

    The stories here are quite shocking about the hassle of bringing in legitimate foreign spouses...very sad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MABinPengChau
    Just curious- what are the options for foreign spouses to find work visas in the UK? For example, as Chinese language teacher? Just to get sponsorship? Or is that very difficult in the UK? In the US we have H-1B but it's more for tech skills. We also have transfer visas where you can open a local office of a foreign company and transfer people in L-1. Anything like this in the UK?

    The stories here are quite shocking about the hassle of bringing in legitimate foreign spouses...very sad.
    Very little chance unless they have certain skills (such as medical). Once in on a spouse visa they can work.
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    We did the savings option back in 2017 and have subsequently moved back to HK, so don't know if it is different now, but here is how we did it:

    - cash savings held in my wife's bank account for, as I remember, six months prior to application. We did this by selling property and moving some money around

    It doesn't matter whose bank account as it can be yours, hers or joint. I was the British citizen, but we used my wife's HK account for proof of cash savings.

    The process was quite drawn out and took much longer than the stated timeframe, even though we paid extra for the express service. The Home Office were not hostile - just no communication until the visa was finally approved. If your application is straight forward, I don't see the point in paying extra for an agency to basically fill in forms for you.


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    We have recently sent in our application for a UK spouse visa. I would strongly advise you go for the savings route if you possibly can - otherwise you will need to go to UK alone, find a job for at least six months and produce evidence of salary being paid into your bank account for those six months along with a letter from your employer. The savings route cuts out all that crap.
    If you own property in UK which you are renting out you can order a proof of title from the Land Registry office for a mere 3 quid. However you need to show evidence that you or your agent are giving the tenant(s) notice to quit. If staying with your parents I think you'll need to have their written permission and maybe even a report proving there is sufficient room to accommodate you all.
    The (I hope) good news is that, for the last couple of months or so, you now take all your documentation to VFS Global in Causeway Bay. They scan all of them and send it to the Home Office.Previously you had to pack all the documents and have them couriered to the Home Office.
    There is a Facebook page "Spouse Visa Journey UK" which many folks claim has helped them so much they have found it quite unnecessary to use the services of immigration advisers etc.
    Good Luck!

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