I would just like to introduce myself. I am a US citizen that grew up in New England and have lived in New York City for the past 6 years. I met my partner (a British Citizen and now my husband) while he was visiting NYC a couple of years ago.
After spending an amazing week together, he returned to the U.K., and we stayed in contact daily using WhatsApp, FaceTime, text messages, etc. We visited each other monthly from the time we met until he proposed to me in August of 2015!
He moved over to the U.S. to join me in New York City in November of 2015. We went through the immigration process (UK --> US) with a lawyer, and he received a conditional green card in April 2016. (During that process, we got married at City Hall in January of 2016.)
After living in NYC for almost a year, we decided that it was best for us to move to the U.K. to be near his family. So we packed everything up and shipped our furniture in December of 2016. We arrived on the 20th of December to spend Christmas with his family. (I arrived with permission to enter as a visitor for 6-months only.)
We have been living in the U.K. for a month with his family, and it has been an incredible experience! Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive here. I really feel like I am going to enjoy living in the U.K. Managing laundry via an airing cupboard is a bit, strange, coming from the massive laundromat tumble dryers I used in New York City! But the food is no where near as bad as everyone makes it out to be. We've had some lovely meals here. The perception must be changed in the U.S.!
So we were on track to get settled in the U.K.! Sam started a job on the 4th of January at Audi. I have been sending applications out for work; however, I recently discovered that I cannot convert my visitor status to FLR(M) while in the country. (This is exactly what we did for Sam, when he arrived in the U.S.) Therefore, I have booked a flight to return to the U.S. tomorrow (Tuesday the 25th of January), so I can submit my application for a spouse visa. I'll be posting on the visa forum shortly for some advice.
Overall, I am very excited to truly settle down and start living in the U.K. when I return in (hopefully) a few weeks.
Thanks for all your help & support! This looks like an amazing forum, and I just wish I had found it sooner.