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scot47



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:31 am    Post subject: Non-EU Citizens BEWARE Reply with quote

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/graduate-forced-out-of-uk-for-not-earning-enough.19001472

deported because his income was too low ! New rules make it even harder for non-EU nationals to remain in UKANIA even if married to a citizen !
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a way for non-EU citizens to avoid being affected by the new rules, but it's only relevant for those who will apply in future, i.e. not in the UK now, and are married to an EU citizen and living elsewhere in the EU.

The current UK Spouse Visa costs £826, involves a lot of paperwork, a basic English language requirement and the joint income must be over £18,600, which is what the American guy in the story fell foul of.

We all know EU citizens, living and working elsewhere in the EU, who “exercise their EEA treaty right” to employment in the UK can do so. What’s more, though, they can bring their non-EU spouse. This EEA option visa is free, involves less paperwork and has no language or income requirement. The process takes four weeks, and the spouse can also work legally in the UK.

Google “Surinder Singh ruling”.

I would recommend an EU/non-EU married couple wanting to move to the UK to go and live in another EU country first and apply one or two years later for a UK visa using the EEA option. The visa requirements elsewhere in the EU are less stringent than the UK, but once in you’re in the EU, the UK will not be able to stop you.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes this luckless Gringo fell foul of the £18,000 income rule. His wife ( a UK national) was on benefits and if she had found a job that might have improved things. HOWEVER jobs in the West of Scotland are NOT easy to find.

UK Border Agency do not believe in clemency or human decency

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/visa-row-academic-leaves-scotland.19037534
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