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Feb 18th 2016, 1:22 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 13,122
Posted By alexleeson

Re: I want to move back to UK, partner doesn't

I had been made redundant in Oz so I did not have continuous employment prior to moving to the UK. In this scenario, I had to have 6 months of payslips to show continuous employment in UK. I needed...
Feb 17th 2016, 10:52 am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,065
Posted By alexleeson

Re: Paying tax on return to UK after being away for less than a full tax-year

Just don't tell them you earned money in Hong Kong before you came here. How would they know?

Also, can't you hold off moving here until April 5?
Feb 17th 2016, 10:48 am
Replies: 4
Views: 1,726
Posted By alexleeson

Re: "A" Level Study

Sorry for the long post.

1. Yes he is entitled to 6th form education - but is his written English good enough or will he need help?
2. Entry is GSCE or equivalent. If his english is not good...
Feb 17th 2016, 10:23 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,109
Posted By alexleeson

Re: Process for rental approval

I went through this last year with 'the landlord hub'. I moved back from Australia. We owned our home before, so had no 'references'. We had no credit rating in UK either.

The landlord check was...
Forum: Australia
Feb 17th 2016, 10:15 am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,281
Posted By alexleeson

Re: no house to sell?

Don't worry about equity, the rent to salary ratio is pretty much the same as UK. You will need cold hard cash though - I would suggest about £15k-20k - this would last you for a 3-4 months, plus...
Replies: 21
Views: 11,852
Posted By alexleeson

Re: UK spouse visa - sponsor working abroad

I think if your salary is paid from the UK and you can prove your base is UK, then you have a shot. I would even say, just don't tell them about where you actually work.

I can't remember the...
Feb 16th 2016, 4:06 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 13,122
Posted By alexleeson

Re: I want to move back to UK, partner doesn't

Slightly different to you, but was in Oz for 9 years. I knew 3 years into it I wanted to go back to UK, but global financial crisis happened and suddenly no jobs back in UK for some time. My wife...
Replies: 21
Views: 11,852
Posted By alexleeson

Re: UK spouse visa - sponsor working abroad

Quick answer is yes it will affect their application. It is actually a no brainer if you think about it.

The rules are very clear - you have to show your previous six months of salary with your...
Forum: Australia
Feb 16th 2016, 3:27 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 4,243
Posted By alexleeson

Re: Boomerang POMS!

After living in Melbourne for 9 years, we returned to UK in 2014. No regrets. Kids never want to go back there - they loved school so much more here in Uk. My kids education is a richer experience...
Oct 15th 2015, 3:53 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,893
Posted By alexleeson

Re: Is there an age, culturally/socially, when you wouldn't move the kids back?

I think primary and first year of high school are ok but beyond that - it is harder. It really depends on the personality of the child.

Our kids were in primary when we moved and they took to life...
Oct 15th 2015, 3:25 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,766
Posted By alexleeson

Re: Looking for a decent job, before moving back to the UK

I got a job from Australia without any address or contact in the UK. I wouldn't try and fake it either. If you put an address and they want you to come in the next day for an interview what are you...
Oct 15th 2015, 2:56 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,567
Posted By alexleeson

Re: Should I Ship my Furniture or start afresh???

Good decision. We moved from Australia to UK. We sold some of our big stuff (like King size bed, sofas, grand piano, dining tables), but brought the rest. We had very nice furniture that was just too...
Oct 15th 2015, 2:32 pm
Replies: 72
Views: 4,917
Posted By alexleeson

Re: That's the spouse visa application finished

When my wife went for the appointment we were even missing an entire annex of docs, but they patiently printed the form out for us and gave time to fill it in.

We paid for priority and it arrived...
Sep 18th 2015, 9:49 am
Replies: 26
Views: 3,003
Posted By alexleeson

Re: Renting for life?

Thank you for the encouraging words.

I do need to appreciate more my circumstances now - we are renting a lovely home and have a great landlord. I would say we are even happier in a small home. I...
Sep 17th 2015, 3:51 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 3,003
Posted By alexleeson

Renting for life?

I returned to the UK from Oz after about 10 years. Years ago, I sold my flat in the UK and built a huge house in Oz, but after re-mortgaging, redundancy, illness and a period of about 18 months...
Sep 17th 2015, 3:15 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 3,342
Posted By alexleeson

Re: No credit history in UK

I have been through all of this as I moved back a year ago.

Best thing is to get a credit card - I got one from Capital One but there are others like it - they are called credit-builder cards
...
Replies: 26
Views: 7,126
Posted By alexleeson

Re: Australian wife & kids, UK husband- moving to UK

Hi,

I'm British and my wife is Australian.

I can tell you that the the whole process to get the spouse visa took 10 working days days from the appointment time (the appointment took 3 days to...
Replies: 12
Views: 929
Posted By alexleeson

Re: UK citizen husband/son

Susan

Don't forget the proof of relationship. You will need more than just your marriage certificate. I just printed out family snaps over the course of our marriage to demonstrate we had been...
Replies: 1,381
Views: 248,049
Posted By alexleeson

Re: British citizen living abroad? Non-EEA spouse? This may affect you!

No you aren't as screwed as you think.

Option 1. Extend your Tier 5 visa, to allow you to stay longer, and then in time, when your spouse has the requisite 6 months (even if he hates this job!),...
Oct 10th 2014, 10:41 am
Replies: 50
Views: 27,065
Posted By alexleeson

Re: 12 Years on; more bad than good

I empathise with you. I was near Melbourne for 8 years and in the last few years always had that feeling of being marooned on the arse-end of the world (that is a quote from an ozzie friend!).
...
Forum: Australia
Oct 10th 2014, 10:06 am
Replies: 9
Views: 2,404
Posted By alexleeson

No jobs here so I am going home...update

Hi everyone,

As promised here is my update. I have been back in the UK a few weeks now.

I am experiencing something I never had in Australia - the feeling of being home. Everything is going...
Sep 5th 2014, 1:07 am
Replies: 8
Views: 898
Posted By alexleeson

Re: Accountant Starting the Process

Accountant are doing it really tough here in Australia at the moment - there are sometimes over a hundred applicants for each job. Salaries have been pushed down - they have not changed in 8 years...
Forum: Australia
Sep 4th 2014, 2:57 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 918
Posted By alexleeson

Re: How easy is moving careers?

I started looking for work back in the UK a month ago and in three weeks I got a job - paying as much as I was on before here. I am actually leaving next month. The way the recruiters treat you in...
Forum: Australia
Sep 4th 2014, 2:10 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 3,468
Posted By alexleeson

Re: No jobs here so I am going home.....

I am terrified of spiders in general.. even the little ones, in fact anything with more than six legs, so to be confronted with a huge one in my first month was freaky. I once decided to give the...
Forum: Australia
Sep 4th 2014, 2:01 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 3,468
Posted By alexleeson

Re: No jobs here so I am going home.....

Thanks for the kind words everyone.. I was just thinking that in a couple of months time, I will log on and say how I am doing.
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