Life In The UK - Settlement & Citizenship
New! Immigration Update: New immigration rules that came into force on July 9th 2012, changed the length of time that family members (Wife / Husband) must be in the UK before applying for their ILR / Settlement Visa. If you applied or arrived on or after July 9th 2012, you must now reside here for a 5 YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD before you can apply for your ILR / Settlement. However if you applied or arrived before July 9th 2012, you are still bound to the 2 YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD. The new rules also mean you will need to extend your stay visa a couple times in order to reach your 5 year term. This to me is a joke and nothing more than a money grab. Sorry to those that this affects, however we felt obligated to correct and update our information.
Three years & nationalism:
Papers, cost & beyond!:
Philippines - Visa, Documents, Passports, Seminars & Misc: £1800
UK - Documents, Life In UK Test, Settlement Visa & Misc: £1600
UK - Documents, Nationalism & Misc: £1500
UK - Filipino Citizenship Re-Acquirement: £50
UK - Travel expense and hotels: £1000
Grand Total: £5950
ALMOST £6000, that is just highway robbery! Now do not get me wrong, I would pay any amount of money to be with my amazing wife, but this just goes to show that the government is a joke, I mean honestly do they really need that much money to look over and stamp a couple papers? We both agree that it is a money sucking experience thats just down right wrong! But at the end of the day you can not fight the government, so really it is shut up or get out mentality they have here or any government really! I would of rather had that £6000 to put towards our future and not line the pockets of the government officials... *SIGH* oh well, get it done and dusted as they say, then we can look back at this and just smile, being thankful that it is over!
Moving to the Philippines in 2013!:
The core reason for doing this is so my wife becomes a dual citizen of the Philippines and the UK, which allows us to travel freely world wide, and removes all future travel visa requirements for her. This is to us is worth it's weight in gold, as getting a tourist visa for any filipino is extremely hard, well lets be honest, the chances are slim to none.
Living in the Philippines and making it our home is what we both dream of, as the day comes closer and closer, the more excited and eager we become. Moving to the Philippines gives us the freedoms of her country without the red tape of the UK. However thanks to all of the red tape of the UK, it gives us the freedom to travel and explore without being restricted. So really at the end of it all, the red tape, the BS, the stress, the delays, the trials and all of the other crap that goes along with it was worth it, and we thank the UK for giving us this chance, so not all things are bad!