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Offline brooklynbabe

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NYC to the North East - What a change!
« on: April 27, 2017, 04:19:55 PM »
Hi, everyone! I've been lurking on these forums for ages, both before my move and ever since, and I decided to finally make an account so I could comment/connect with everyone here since you all seem so nice ;)

I'm originally from Brooklyn, NY and am now living in the North East of England - close to Durham/about 45 mins outside of Newcastle. Definitely a change (though really anywhere would be after NYC). I spent several 6-month visitor visa stints here with my partner before FINALLY securing my LTR visa in November 2016 with the help of an AMAZING immigration lawyer in the city. It was a very long process, but I'm here!

I miss New York a lot and while I do love this part of the country (cheaper than London, the seaside and the countryside equidistant from this town), I'm not immune to a bout or two of homesickness. Still, after working so hard to get here, I'd be silly not to appreciate the ability to live here and finally be with my partner 24/7 instead of having to live on Skype from thousands of miles away!

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Re: NYC to the North East - What a change!
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2017, 05:01:54 PM »
Hi, everyone! I've been lurking on these forums for ages, both before my move and ever since, and I decided to finally make an account so I could comment/connect with everyone here since you all seem so nice ;)

I'm originally from Brooklyn, NY and am now living in the North East of England - close to Durham/about 45 mins outside of Newcastle. Definitely a change (though really anywhere would be after NYC). I spent several 6-month visitor visa stints here with my partner before FINALLY securing my LTR visa in November 2016 with the help of an AMAZING immigration lawyer in the city. It was a very long process, but I'm here!

I miss New York a lot and while I do love this part of the country (cheaper than London, the seaside and the countryside equidistant from this town), I'm not immune to a bout or two of homesickness. Still, after working so hard to get here, I'd be silly not to appreciate the ability to live here and finally be with my partner 24/7 instead of having to live on Skype from thousands of miles away!

Hi bb, welcome to the forum!  ;D
Congratulations for making it to the UK.  Yours was not a simple visa application from the sounds of it?.... We love to talk visas here as you'll have noticed!  :)
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: NYC to the North East - What a change!
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2017, 05:29:47 PM »
Well, it was just complicated and expensive! Wages up here even at the best of jobs aren't often at the £18,600 threshold for sponsorship and my partner was only working part time (full-time wasn't available - she'd been with the company for 22 years), but thankfully I had a good job in the US and was able to save what ended up having to be about $60k!!! Of course it took time to put that together, then it had to sit there for six months, then I was working with the lawyers to do the application and it was all just a very long time coming. Thankfully we made it happen, but I definitely know how privileged we were to be in such a position!

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Re: NYC to the North East - What a change!
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2017, 05:32:14 PM »
Welcome to the forum! Talking visas is what helped make it possible for me to be here with my wife! :)


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Re: NYC to the North East - What a change!
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2017, 07:02:06 PM »
Well, it was just complicated and expensive! Wages up here even at the best of jobs aren't often at the £18,600 threshold for sponsorship and my partner was only working part time (full-time wasn't available - she'd been with the company for 22 years), but thankfully I had a good job in the US and was able to save what ended up having to be about $60k!!! Of course it took time to put that together, then it had to sit there for six months, then I was working with the lawyers to do the application and it was all just a very long time coming. Thankfully we made it happen, but I definitely know how privileged we were to be in such a position!

Ah, I see. Thanks for sharing!  :)
When it's time for your FLR, hopefully we'll be able to help you and save you the lawyers fees next time. ;D
« Last Edit: April 27, 2017, 07:03:21 PM by larrabee »
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: NYC to the North East - What a change!
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2017, 10:34:21 PM »
Welcome to the site, and welcome to Durham. (I grew up in County Durham, 45 mins down the coast from Newcastle).
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Re: NYC to the North East - What a change!
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2017, 12:50:41 PM »
Hi, everyone! I've been lurking on these forums for ages, both before my move and ever since, and I decided to finally make an account so I could comment/connect with everyone here since you all seem so nice ;)

I'm originally from Brooklyn, NY and am now living in the North East of England - close to Durham/about 45 mins outside of Newcastle. Definitely a change (though really anywhere would be after NYC). I spent several 6-month visitor visa stints here with my partner before FINALLY securing my LTR visa in November 2016 with the help of an AMAZING immigration lawyer in the city. It was a very long process, but I'm here!

I miss New York a lot and while I do love this part of the country (cheaper than London, the seaside and the countryside equidistant from this town), I'm not immune to a bout or two of homesickness. Still, after working so hard to get here, I'd be silly not to appreciate the ability to live here and finally be with my partner 24/7 instead of having to live on Skype from thousands of miles away!
Say, just curious, but who was your immigration attorney in NYC? I'm originally from Brooklyn, too, and moving to the Midlands in June.



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Re: NYC to the North East - What a change!
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2017, 09:13:37 PM »
Welcome to the UK and the forum! :)

Even though it can be different, I like to think about the fact that now you have two places that you can call home and visit. Living here permanently is great because you can visit so many amazing places withing a few hours drive or flight but then you also have people back home that you can visit! You've definitely come to the right place though to talk about homesickness etc.  I'm a fellow East-Coaster and, although I'm located down south here, once winter comes I start feelings I'm right back at home! haha You will probably get it even more so being further up north lol  ;D