To start, my fiancee is inching closer to relocation to the London office of her Seattle-based company. We've been together for a little over 3 years, lived together for 2 years, have been engaged for 1 year, and will be getting married in Seattle in May 2017! We're not quite 100% sure that we'll become expats, but it's looking more likely than not that we'll be making the move sometime 1Q 2017.
As for me, I work for a German-based company with branches all over the world. Once she gets her official go-ahead I'll be approaching my company with the very real reality that I'll be moving and would love to stay onboard via our UK offices.
Obviously we're thinking up a storm of questions that we'll be posting in the appropriate sub-forums. Most have to do with the dreaded visa process. With what research I've done, if I were to also obtain sponsorship from my company this becomes quite straightforward and easy to understand. If I do not get sponsorship I'd be coming over on a visa tied to her and whether or not I could seek employment isn't very clear to me yet, but I'll keep digging!
We love the UK having vacationed in England and Scotland in 2015. I'm a massive football fan, and I'll out myself here be it good or bad for my safety, having supported Chelsea since 2007. The prospect of being able to catch matches live, in-person on a semi-regular basis excites me.
I've browsed the forums for a few hours now and I'm very impressed by the wealth of knowledge that has been collected and shared. This is quite the community.
That's all for now. I'll update this post as our process marches on!
AJ from the PNW