Pensioner returning with commonwealth partner

Old Dec 16th 2021, 10:57 am
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Hi I am new to the forum just after some advice if anyone has been in a similar situation.

My mother is a pensioner living overseas 20+ years with a common law partner of 10+ years. Partner happens to have commonweath citizenship though they are living in a non-EU, non-commonwealth country.

Mum now want to come back to UK with partner. Both are pensioners. Her pension does not meet minimum income for spouse visa. However, on sale of her property over there, she'll have plenty to cover buying a flat outright in the UK plus a lump sum left in the bank of 62,500+. Which should meet income requirements?

The catch 22 as I see it is that she'll have to sell her place to deposit funds in the UK to demonstrate this on the visa application for her partner, but they are living there now. Is the only solution to sell up and rent while still out there while visa application is going through? Or can they come here and apply from here?

Her partner has no UK born grandparent so I don't think he qualifies for ancestry visa, though if it makes any difference his two sisters are British citizens by virtue of bring born in a different ex-colony to him!

I appreciate we might need professional advice on this just want to know if i am missing anything obvious as it's all new to me. Thanks!
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Old Dec 16th 2021, 11:34 am
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Which country does your mother’s partner hold a passport from?
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Where were the sisters born? Why did they qualify when he didn’t given they have no UK-born grandparents?
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S.Rhodesia. I understand that was enough to qualify then for British passports at the time, many years ago. Thanks
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The savings can be in a recognised UK or overseas bank/financial institution; and must be readily available.

The bank/savings account can be a current, deposit or investment account, provided by a financial institution regulated by the appropriate regulatory body for the country in which that institution is operating.

https://assets.publishing.service.go...equirement.pdf

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