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Offline watersfam

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New Member - From UK to US and Back Again
« on: January 16, 2017, 07:20:58 PM »
Hello all!  I am a California resident, US citizen who lived in Farnham from 1998-2005.  I married a Brit and had two kids within that time and was also granted my ILR in 2002. 

My husband wanted to try out the California lifestyle so we moved to Carlsbad, CA (near San Diego) in 2005.  Although I have some family here,  I didn't really want to return.  I only relented for his sake, but have been hoping for his change of heart and that we would return to England one day!

Well, the time has come and we are planning a move back to Blighty within the next year.  I am beyond happy, but a bit daunted by having to start the VISA process from scratch.  I didn't do my homework and did not realize my ILR would expire after two years outside the UK.  Silly me, I thought indefinite meant indefinite! 

I just wanted to introduce myself - I will definitely be asking a lot of questions in the VISA category.  But that is for another post!  Look forward to corresponding with the community!

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Re: New Member - From UK to US and Back Again
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2017, 07:24:05 PM »
Sorry about your ILR.  The key word is remain, not indefinite.  As long as you remained in the U.K., you could stay indefinitely.

It is a daunting process, particularly if you went through it over a decade ago.  Was a much simpler time.   :)

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Re: New Member - From UK to US and Back Again
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2017, 07:31:09 PM »
Thanks for your reply - I'll say it was much simpler back then!  I can't find a way to post under the VISA category so can I ask a question here?

Is it possible for all of us to go over and to apply for the VISA in the UK or do we have to apply from the US before I can go? 

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Re: New Member - From UK to US and Back Again
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2017, 07:34:07 PM »
Hi watersfam! Welcome!  :)

The good news is that you've found us so the process should be as smooth as possible.

You do have to apply from the US.
March 29th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).

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Re: New Member - From UK to US and Back Again
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2017, 07:41:47 PM »
Yes, you must apply from the US.  Timing is trickier now as you only have a 30 day window to move.  They are supposed to honour your requested travel date...  but...  they usually don't.   ::)

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Re: New Member
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2017, 07:52:45 PM »
thank you Larrabee and KFdancer. This leads to my next question.  How far in advance can I apply?  I can't find anything on gov.uk regarding this or how long I have to enter the UK once the VISA is (hopefully) issued.  My husband and son are going back this summer, but because my daughter will be finishing high school, she and I are not planning on going back until Summer 2018.  So I do have quite a bit of time. Obviously I don't want to apply too soon.

Woops - just saw the 30 day window remark - must pay more attention!  Doe that mean I have 30 days from issue to enter UK?
« Last Edit: January 16, 2017, 07:55:25 PM by watersfam »

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Re: New Member - From UK to US and Back Again
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2017, 07:58:42 PM »
thank you Larrabee and KFdancer. This leads to my next question.  How far in advance can I apply?  I can't find anything on gov.uk regarding this or how long I have to enter the UK once the VISA is (hopefully) issued.  My husband and son are going back this summer, but because my daughter will be finishing high school, she and I are not planning on going back until Summer 2018.  So I do have quite a bit of time. Obviously I don't want to apply too soon.

You can nominate an intended travel date up to 3 months ahead of time and as Kfdancer mentioned, you then have 30 days to enter the UK although in practice, some of the time is eaten up as your passport is on it's way back to you.
Because of this, some people pop to the UK to pick up their BRP  then return to the US briefly to finish up their affairs before making the move proper.
March 29th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).

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Re: New Member - From UK to US and Back Again
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2017, 08:02:18 PM »
Also, if you are not moving back until 2018, things will likely have changed again by then!
March 29th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).

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Re: New Member - From UK to US and Back Again
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2017, 08:07:37 PM »
So true Larrabee! I am sure there will be changes. I guess the thing to do for now is start gathering all my back up and keep an eye on gov.uk for any changes.  I am so glad to have this resource with real people who can answer my questions!  I will definitely be around.  Thanks again!

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Re: New Member - From UK to US and Back Again
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2017, 08:12:45 PM »
So true Larrabee! I am sure there will be changes. I guess the thing to do for now is start gathering all my back up and keep an eye on gov.uk for any changes.  I am so glad to have this resource with real people who can answer my questions!  I will definitely be around.  Thanks again!

Yes, exactly! This place is great, stick around.  :)
March 29th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).

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Re: New Member - From UK to US and Back Again
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2017, 07:28:30 PM »
Hi Watersfam,

Welcome! My DH and I are thinking about moving back to the UK soon too. We are in Vermont right now, but I lived in Carlsbad when I was a kid! That whole area is totally "old stomping grounds" for me and my family.

Best of luck with your paperwork and move. Sorry if I missed this somewhere in the thread... where do you think you'll be headed back to in the UK?

Best,
Sarah
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