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Rejoining after many years away
« on: February 04, 2019, 05:09:40 PM »
Hello! My name is Janet, and I have just rejoined the forum after being inactive for a lot of years!

I moved over to the UK from the US in December 2002. I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma; but I lived in Southern Illinois, Houston (twice), and NYC (Midtown Manhattan) also. I initially moved into a temporary flat in Oxford, but I became a resident of a village in “Banburyshire” in the spring of 2003. And I am still here!

I moved to Britain on a five-year work visa with a position in Oxford, working for a corporate training company based in both Oxford and in Princeton, NJ.  I had met my now-husband in the mid-1990s, when he was working in London and I was working for an oil company in Houston. We got married in 2006, I got my Indefinite Leave to Remain in 2007, I retired in 2011, and I became a UK citizen in 2016.

Meanwhile, in April 2013, we adopted a former Irish stray from the Dogs Trust, and our Tulie is a very important member of our little family!

I joined this forum before I moved here and was active for a few years. I got a lot of help from members here as I settled into English life. Now that I have a bit more time, I thought I would rejoin. Perhaps I can help other newcomers to Britain as I was helped when I first moved here!


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Re: Rejoining after many years away
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2019, 05:13:17 PM »
Hi Janet, welcome back!  :)

March 28th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).March 7th 2018 ILR. YAY! March 21st NCS&JCAP appointment.

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Re: Rejoining after many years away
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2019, 01:05:40 PM »
Welcome back! We aren't terribly far away over in Berkshire :)

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Re: Rejoining after many years away
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2019, 04:19:55 PM »
Hey there! :)
Visa Type: Spouse Visa
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Biometrics & docs sent: 13th Nov 2018
Application delivered in NY: 14th Nov 2018
Application received email from Sheffield: 18th Nov 2018
Request for "documents": 13th Dec 2018
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Re: Rejoining after many years away
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2019, 09:04:34 PM »
Hi, and welcome back!  :)

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Re: Rejoining after many years away
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2019, 10:54:56 AM »
Hi, and welcome back!  :)

Welcome back!! And congrats on your retirement! I can't wait for that! (in 30 or so years if they ever let us retire then)... Although early maternity leave gives me a bit of a slice of that!!
2004-2008: Student Visa
2008-2010: Tier 1 PSW
2010-2011: Tier 4
2011-2014: Tier 2
2013-2016: New Tier 2 (changed jobs)
16/12/15: SET (LR) successful! - It's been a long road...
12/05/16: Citizenship ceremony!

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Re: Rejoining after many years away
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2019, 11:57:09 PM »
Welcome back! This is me rejoining after FIVE years away because we cancelled our move when my grandparents and dad all died in quick succession (couldn’t leave my Mama, and had to take over looking after my bipolar brother), then we had another kid! Just now considering moving my hubby back home to Yorkshire.
4 December 2005--Met in ATL, Moved in together in May
July 2006--First visit to the UK, met his Mum
Feb 2007--Eloped and told everyone we were engaged ;)
May 2007--Wedding, Part 1 in Pine Mountain, GA; June-Sept '07--Honeymoon!; then Sept 2007--Wedding, Part 2 in Scarborough, UK
Oct 2007--Had 1st Daughter a year later!
April 2009--3rd Visit to the UK, had 2nd Daughter a year later!
Dec 2010--4th Visit to the UK,
May 2011--Moved back to , GA
June 2013--Decided to move to the UK!
July 2013-Jan 2016–family tragedies. Delayed move

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