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gah26 replied to the thread fiancé visa from Turkey on the United Kingdom forum on January 20, 2015:
amsamo initially posted:
Hi all I am collecting the required documents for my fiancé visa application and I would appreciate if you can help me with the questions below 1- I live with my family of 5(parents 1brother 2sisters) in 4 bedrooms, will i need the property inspection report? 2- I have booked a wedding venue and this is an Approved for marriage venue by the Government. Would this be enough or I'll still need to book a provisional marriage ceremony date by the Registrar? Thank you all
gah26 replied on January 20, 2015 with:
Yes to both questions.
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dannyh replied to the thread Using US Appliances in the UK on the United Kingdom forum:
pebruce initially posted:
My family and I are relocating from California to London in July, and I wanted to know if the following US appliances/ electronics will work in the UK or if I should plan on storing them in the US and purchasing new or used items once I'm in the UK: - Bose speaker for iPod - Table & floor lamps - Telephones - Home PC - ours has a switch for 230 voltage, so I think we should be ok?? - Printer for home PC - Small electric food chopper (mini cuisinart) - Electric hand mixer - Coffee pot Thanks so much for any advice you could give.
dannyh replied on January 14, 2015 with:
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evangraj replied on September 10, 2009 with:
Hello. Is this still the case? I was thinking of bringing my wireless DECT VOIP phone over from the US to the UK. As its a digital and analouge phone ... will neither work? Thanks in advance.
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gah26 replied to the thread Taxes / Costs - Moving to London from US (for work) on the United Kingdom forum:
kaitem initially posted:
Hi - I am in the process of moving to London for a new job, I am currently in the US. I was hoping someone could help me with figuring out income tax rates, and also general expenses / utilities for a flat. From the research I have done, it looks like the tax rate for pay is 40% (about 50k GBP).Does that seem correct? Are there any other additional taxes or amounts generally taken out of your pay? Also, do you pay taxes on flats? II am trying to put together a budget of living expense, very fun :) Thanks for any information that you can share!
gah26 replied on January 11, 2015 with:
Use this website to figure out your take home pay. You'll also pay council tax which pays for services like trash pickup in your borough. It is roughly based on the value of your flat but also varies by borough. Expect £1000-1500/year which is paid in 10 monthly installments.
stumpy replied on January 09, 2015 with:
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gah26 replied to the thread working part time in the uk? on the United Kingdom forum:
beejay0107 initially posted:
Hello guys, I'm currently living in India and working as quality inspection engineer in a company that manufactures various types of valves. I'm looking to do my masters in uk either by this September or next January. I heard that I'll be permitted to work 20 hours a week in the student visa norms. Now, am I eligible to apply for the part time jobs I see in job seeking sites like etc? I thought it's good to work in my own stream instead of other jobs like waiting in a cafeteria. Kindly help, thank you!
gah26 replied on January 11, 2015 with:
You can take any job you want as long as it's legal but yes, you are limited to 20 hours per week during term time.
gah26 replied on January 11, 2015 with:
You can take any job you want as long as it's legal but yes, you are limited to 20 hours per week during term time.
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andyquattro replied to the thread UK Spouse Visa on the United Kingdom forum:
wendydara initially posted:
I'm hoping someone can provide clear guidance for me and my husband. I'm a United States citizen, and my husband is a British citizen. We have decided I will relocate so are in the process of applying for my spouse settlement visa. Our main questions revolve around the supporting documents needed. To prove our relationship is authentic, we have our marriage license, pictures of us (including our wedding), 6 letters from family and friends, trip itineraries of seeing one another, etc. For the financial documents, we have his past 3 years end of year reports that show his steady income, employment verification letter from his job (he makes over the financial requirement per year), his resume, my resume, an employment verification letter from my job, etc. Is this enough for both? I have applied for a few jobs in the U.K. so should I include those in there to show that I plan to work immediately upon receipt of my visa? We hope to submit the visa and documents next week. Thank you for any help you can provide!
andyquattro replied most recently with:
In fact you can not get a spouse visa at all, a spouse visa is free, lasts 5 years with recourse to public funds and only take 3 weeks to receive. But only people married to 'EU citizens (not British)' ( are eligible. You need a sponsorship but unfortunately even if you meet the financial criteria you may still fail your application on the basis of not earning enough money because of the way they calculate the income. Please check this 3 minute video
gah26 replied most recently with:
You will additionally each need to write a letter outlining your relationship, your plans for a life together, your husbands willingness to support you etc. It shouldn't be excessively long. 1000 words is sufficient. The IO who reviews your documents will pick apart your package and put it in an order that suits him. Do not use binders or folders. Do not punch holes in your documents. Simply put it together in some kind of logical order like all financial info together, all accommodation info together, all relationship info together. Tie each separate section together with string or use a simple clip Put your copies in the same order and place behind each section tied or clipped separately.
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gah26 replied to the thread How difficult is it to move to London with 2 dogs? on the United Kingdom forum:
Lobo81 initially posted:
Hello i found a job in London and i want some info on how easy or difficult it is to find a place to rent for my 2 dogs. I dont need to be in the center of london but my budget is around 1200 per month. i have a basset hound and a terrier mix. my main worry is that i have 2 dogs and it will be extremely difficult to take them with me to the UK and find a place for us to stay. I would appreciate any help or advice you can give. thanks
gah26 replied most recently with:
Your budget amounts to about £275/week which means you'll be looking at places pretty far out of Central London. It's rare to find flats advertised as pet friendly which will make the search process a little more difficult. Look for flats that aren't carpeted. You'll need to negotiate which could mean an extra deposit, extra ten or both.
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gah26 replied to the thread Northern Ireland / UK - which VISA?! on the United Kingdom forum:
KCARTERVA initially posted:
Hello All! I am in true need of ADVICE: My boyfriend and I met in 1986 when he traveled to Virginia to train w/ a wrestling coach at my high school. We fell in love, but then he moved back ... and we fell out of touch ... fast forward 30 years and now we are back together - madly in love. We've been together as a couple since the summer of 2013; I've traveled to Northern Ireland where he;s from and lives, and he's traveled here. He has younger elementary aged children, and my son is almost 15. Our plan is for me to live in NI for 6 months of each year, and here in VA for the other 6 months while my son finishes high school. Our main question is do I apply for a work VISA for my 6 month stays, and then in a few years time, go for the family / fiancee VISA? Or do we go for the family VISA straight out of the gate and live as marrieds in separate countries for the next few years? I envision that as a potential tax nightmare??? My main concern is to do it "wrong" and "anger" the Immigration VISA Gods such that I am disallowed to move permanently to the UK with my then husband .... PLEASE HELP ??!? Any & all help, guidance, support, networking you can provide -- I would greatly, greatly appreciate! Cheers! K Carter
gah26 replied most recently with:
There is no 6 month work visa. Tier 2 work visas are tied to a specific employer and a specific job. If your job doesn't fall on the shortage occupation list then in order to sponsor you for a visa an employer must 1st prove that there is no one who doesn't need a visa who can do the job. That's a pool of about 500 million people as it includes citizens of the EU. However, as I said, no one is going to sponsor you for only 6 months. Theoretically, most US citizens can visit for 6 months out of 12 without having to apply for a visa but you can't do any work, paid or unpaid and you'd need to demonstrate strong ties to the US like rent or mortgage to pay, job to return to or other major responsibility. However, a pattern of visits will quickly raise red flags. They are on the look out for those who are trying to live in the UK without the benefit of a proper visa. If you get married now and your partner sponsors you and your son but you continue to spend large parts of the year in the US, you'll have to extend your visa a couple of extra times because you won't meet the residency requirement for ILR-indefinite leave to remain. As far as taxes, you'll always have to file a US tax return in the US no matter where you live in the world. As there is a tax treaty between the US and UK it's unlikely that you'll be double taxed. Something to keep in mind, once your son turns 18 your partner can no longer sponsor him and if he wants to live in the UK with you he'd have to qualify for a visa in his own right.
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