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Old Nov 17th 2014, 9:01 pm
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Hi everyone just looking for some help also, my husband is Bajan and we live in Scotland he is on a spouse visa I'm Scottish and we have a 4 year old son. He has lived here 5 years but hasn't got residence yet we hav talked about moving to Barbados to be close to his family but my question is do me and my son need visas? Do we hav to go the same procedure as we did for my husband coming here or is it easier since we been married 5 years etc thanks in advance xxx
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Old Nov 17th 2014, 9:33 pm
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Hi Amanda

It is not as difficult as the spousal visa for UK but it is longer in essence...you do not need a visa as such to go live in Barbados as the spouse of a Bajan...however when you arrive you should complete your application for residency or citizenship. This process is long winded and last I heard the backlog was 7 years, however to my understanding they will issue a work and reside permit so you are able to work. I will let someone else comment on what your child would need re schooling etc.

Obviously you will be aware of time spent out of UK and how that might affect your husbands residency status...be warned that Barbados has always been expensive but right now it is super super expensive...also lots of people have been laid off from work so actually surviving in Barbados is harder than ever now
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Thank you for your answer. We just wernt sure if had to go through all the hassle of same visas as my husband has had to get its been lots of money and stress 😢 but think we would prob be better getting his residency here first so least if didn't work out we at least could come back here xx
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Amanda it might be worth ringing the Barbados High Commission in London as I am pretty sure you don't have to be in Barbados to file your paperwork for citizenship in Barbados...you could start the ball rolling whilst waiting out your husbands residency in UK and then at least when you are ready your application will be well under way..they will let you know if those rules have changed

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I would strongly encourage you to stay on the track of getting him the residency for Scotland before coming here. it's not as difficult, as said.. but.. it's more time.. and it's not cheap all around. Your child, as the son of a Barbadian, can apply for citizenship by descent, so that should not be a problem.. and yes.. go ahead and start the paperwork for Barbados before you ever get here.. will likely make it easier all around.
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Do I just apply straight away for residency? Great I will give them a call and see what advice they can give. Nothing set in stone yet as I'm happy in Scotland but my husband getting restless here so I just wanted to know our options so least know where we stand x thank you guys uv been a big help x
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Do I just apply straight away for residency? Great I will give them a call and see what advice they can give. Nothing set in stone yet as I'm happy in Scotland but my husband getting restless here so I just wanted to know our options so least know where we stand x thank you guys uv been a big help x
Worth bearing in mind whether your husband can get citizenship for the UK before you move - otherwise if you all wish to go back to the UK he might go through the whole Spouse Visa process again - not easy or cheap these days.
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Yeh that's totally true as I just don't know how I'd feel living there but always said I would try as he did it for me but gettin his citizenship sorted before we go we would def do just incase it didn't work out I would hate to start the visa process all over again for him! I just wasn't sure if it was same process for me as what he has had to do or being easier as we been married etc but all advice been amazing thank u so much xx
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Hi Everyone,

Amanda I am in the exact position as you. Interested to hear how you got on. My partner is from Barbados and we are looking to relocate with our two children. I am a staff nurse here in Glasgow and would move on the basis of securing employment. I have emailed a few hospitals. Does anyone have any experience of this?

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Hi Charlotte

Keep me posted how u get on all the help would be appreciated we are still gonna live here till get citizenship sorted he has another year and a bit till it runs out. Does ur husband hav his citizenship? Good luck with everything hope it works out for u xx
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Hi Amanda,

We have swayed with the idea for years. My partner has his residency here. He's been in the uk for 10 years. But gets very homesick and has found it difficult recently as he was made redundant. The Scottish weather does not help. Will call the embassy next week. Take it from there.

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Old Jan 3rd 2015, 5:00 pm
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Totally know what u mean mines is the same he misses home so much so we have spoke about me moving but I just wanted to know how to go about this etc he has lived here 6 years I'm totally happy being here but if got a good job in a salon that would b great I always said I'd try it if he couldn't settle he try's so much but its not home for him x keep me posted xx
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Charlotte.. just to ask.. is the bajan your legal husband.. or just a partner (meaning no certificate of marriage..). I ask, only because, it will make it more difficult for you to be here if you are not legally married. .. As Dipity has pointed out much earlier in the conversation, the spouse of a Barbadian can apply for a reside and work, while at the same time applying for their resident status. but the whole thing will take time.
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Hi,

No we are not married...however I have been led to believe I can apply for a spouses visa as I am regarded to be a common law spouse. Is this correct? Can my children not apply for dual citizenship? Will this not strethen my application? Thanks for any information or advice.
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Not sure about the common law wife situation in Barbados, but don't think it applies (I could be wrong..) your children can apply for citizen ship by decent but I can tell you that even people I know who moved here, had children in Barbados.. lived and worked for many years, were never even granted residence even though they have Barbadian Born Children.. I would strongly recommend contacting the Immigration department and asking these questions
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