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bbart34
7/11/2017 17:19 EST

I am retired and my wife is semi-retired, employed part-time as a Physician in the USA and has a very flexible schedule.

We would like to purchase a house in Yorkshire and live there as long as permissible each year. We would neither seek nor accept paid or unpaid work in the UK, and would be covered by private health insurance.

My questions are these:

How long per year may we stay in the UK?
After a certain period, would it be possible to apply for permanent residence status?

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nsabbadin90
12/20/2017 02:27 EST

This is something that an immigration lawyer or professional consultants can only answer better to contact directly the UK government this is their website https://www.gov.uk/or on third-party sites like https://www.travelvisauk.co.uk/. I hope this can help you.

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BigWorld
12/21/2017 15:55 EST

I have read confusing information about travel to the UK so I suggest calling the UK Embassy or consulate closest to your home. I find these websites to be too short on detailed information.

Visa-free travel for American tourists allows stays in the UK up to 6 months at a time. Beyond 6 months, you must apply for a longer visa under a number of different categories. So if you are OK with 6 months at a time, your US passport may be all that you need.

I too am thinking of buying a holiday home in the UK but am not sure how long I must remain outside of the UK if I use up the 6 month allotment. I am also not sure of the rules if I decide to leave the UK during the 6 month period to visit Europe, Ireland, etc. and then return to the UK.

Schengen rules are pretty clear on travel in and out of the Schengen zone but the UK (and Ireland) are not part of the Schengen zone and have their own guidelines which may make the rules for travel in and out of the UK (and the decision to buy a home) more complicated.

If you receive helpful information, please post what you find out.

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BigWorld
12/21/2017 19:37 EST

As for permanent residency, I believe that the only options - aside from marriage or other familial or employer sponsor arrangement - is to 1) apply for an Tier 1 investor or entrepreneurship visa which will cost you between 250,000 and 2,000,000 pounds.

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manas4648
1/2/2018 19:36 EST

Hi There,

One query i have , wonder someone can help . I am in UK on a Tier 2 ICT dependent visa. I am on leave with my employer and last week got a project in UK itself with them. Now i am going back to india to process my COS and Tier 2 ICT visa with them, due to some internal audit and rules they dont allow work in UK on dependent visa (though legally you can work). Now once i get a new T2 ICT visa/COS, will i get a new BRP ? And do i have to surrender the BRP which i have currently ( it is valid till June 2019). How the procedure works? or i will have 2 BRP's? Ideally this shouldnt be the case (common sense applied).

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BigWorld
11/20/2018 13:46 EST

bbart34, May I know if you ever decided to buy the house in Yorkshire? I am still thinking about buying a flat in London but not sure I will be able to use it 6 months a year, in spite of the current immigration rules for American tourists.

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