My Experience Moving To The UK

My Experience Moving to UK

Many of our long time readers may know that I obtained my UK Spouse visa earlier this year. This meant Chris and I were finally able to close the distance after maintaining our relationship apart for over 2.5 years. I now live with Christopher in England. We prepared our visa application for well over a year and a half, and back in November 2015 we even changed our visa route.

Instead of applying for a UK Fiancé visa and then Spouse visa, we instead married on New Year’s Eve while Christopher was visiting me in the US. Because of this, we we were able to apply directly for the Spouse visa instead.

Applying for the Visa

I’ll start this story just before we submitted our application. A year of uncertainty had passed; not knowing exactly how everything was going to work out, but we were dreaming that we could live together like normal couples. Our time finally came to apply for the Spouse visa.

Chris had been working full-time long enough for us to meet the financial minimum requirement by January of 2016. But because his payslips were a month behind (in arrears), it wasn’t until February that we would have the sixth and final payslip and corresponding bank statement in hand. We created our online application on Valentine’s day – as a gift to each other, paid and submitted it just a few days later.

As much knowledge as we have on the visa application and the process, we were still nervous and stressed when it became our turn to apply. You would never think that a document from the government could mean so much to you (or instil so much fear). Without this visa we wouldn’t be able to live together in the UK. Every visit would continue to have a time limit and I would always be forced to return back home. So it was imperative that we got everything right.

We put together our application and supporting documents without the use of a immigration lawyer and decided to pay for priority processing. We had already spent so much time apart that we felt it was worth the extra cost to receive a quicker decision on our application. I will always stand by this and I still recommend it to anyone who can afford it.

Waiting for a Decision

After submitting my documents, waiting for the decision on my visa nearly drove me to insanity. I would watch the YouTube videos that existed before mine (which all seemed to date back to 2012 – 2013), to see if these girls’ experience could give me any further insight. I was hoping to pick up on clues as to whether or not my visa might be denied. I also looked at expat forums to read timelines to get an idea of how fast visas were being processed for others during that time. All the stories I read seemed be conclude within 4-9 business days.

By the eighth business day, we received an emails stating that a decision had been made and that my passport & documents should arrive at my house a few days later. We were relieved that now we know a decision had been made, but not knowing what the final decision was only amplified my anxiety and fears.

A couple of days passed. Then, finally, the day came where UPS delivered my return package to my grandparents house. I didn’t want to open anything alone, I wanted to be surrounded by my family in case the decision was a refusal. Chris had stayed up till close to 4am (British time) to hear the results. But I was still scared to open the package.

After receiving a few choice words from my grandmother, I nervously opened the envelope and pulled all of the contents out. I was looking for a letter because letters signified refusals. To my knowledge, this was where you would find out why you were denied and on what grounds.

My UK Visa Vignette

My UK Visa Vignette

At the top of my original documents stack was a letter. My heart stopped. I started to read the letter out loud for my family to hear, only to read that my application had been accepted! Everyone was elated, I grabbed my passport and flipped through the pages until I saw my 30-day travel vignette. I nearly cried, and then notified Christopher.

Preparing to Move

The month leading up to my departure I spent finishing up with work, spending time with family & friends, preparing Apple’s flight and sorting through my possessions. I needed to determine what I was keeping, donating and selling. While I was excited, I was also having a hard time grasping that this was real.

It felt like I was living in a dream; that I’d be waking up and we would be back 6 months in the past – waiting to apply for our visa. Even, having a one-way flight booked to the UK was not enough evidence to convince my subconscious that is was really happening. But I was still happy! I just needed to pinch myself daily to re-affirm that this wasn’t a dream – it was reality.

What made everything more difficult for me was seeing my family and friends go from being happy and excited for me one day, to suddenly experiencing the 7 stages of grief. Some were having difficulty in accepting it, a few were depressed and became emotional when they saw me taking items to my car for donating at the Goodwill, and a couple were angry with me. These family and friends felt that I was abandoning them.

During this time, I felt that I couldn’t talk to anyone but Chris about my increasing stress, or even my excitement about the move for fear that it would trigger someone to react onto me. In some ways it was a long month, while in others it went by really fast. But in the end it worked out and I felt I handled it the best I could.

However, there was still one last thing to do. Just when we thought we were finished filling out paperwork and dealing with the UK government, we find out just how time consuming it is to arrange Apple’s travel to the UK. This was only made worse by the fact we only had 2.5 weeks before I was due to fly out. It was incredibly time critical!

We had 10 days to start and complete her documents before they would expire, otherwise we’d have to start all over again. The worst rule is that you are not allowed to book anything until 2 weeks out from your pet’s intended travel date! Thankfully, due to my time working in a veterinary hospital, close relationship with Apple’s veterinarian and my preparedness, we had everything ready to go within the 10 day limit. So none of her documents expired on us.

It was Apple’s pet travel agency in Vancouver B.C. that made the process very frustrating on Christopher and I. But we pulled through. Apple was set to fly out of Canada on March 31st arriving at London Heathrow on April 1st. I would arrive shortly, a few days after her, on April 4th.

Settling in the UK

After being reunited with Christopher and Apple at the airport, we all traveled back to Lancaster together. During my first few weeks of settling in, Chris and I had started purchasing furniture for the house and stocking our kitchen. We were happy to be finally building our home together. This is something we had been wanting to do for so many years.

For weeks I couldn’t help but feel like I was just visiting, despite all of the large purchases we had been making. I couldn’t shake it. I’ve conditioned myself to assume that when I see Chris, it’s only temporary – because this was all I’ve ever experienced since being in a relationship with him. I often had to remind myself “You’re here to stay. You have no return date, this is home.” I’ve been living here for nearly 3 months now and I’m slowly feeling like this is less of a visit and more like home.

I haven’t experienced any sudden emotional breakdowns or bouts of homesickness. But I do find that there have been times when I’m frustrated or ill, that I come closest to any kind of feeling of being homesick. For example, when Chris and I both had colds, my usual go-to medication was not sold here. Even worse, I couldn’t find an alternative that worked as well, even when I gave their over the counter (OTC) medications a try.

I took for granted the variety of things I had available to me in the US – I often find myself thinking “I could find this back home no problem! This was available everywhere.” This isn’t just limited to medications, but also food and things to do. I’ve been fortunate enough to have family members and friends offer to send me care packages, and have been able to find websites that import US goods. But, understandably, I cannot expect everyone back home to send me care packages forever. Import websites are a great alternative. They have helped me feel as though I’m not taking advantage of the wonderful people I know back in the US.

I’ve been asked about how it’s like meeting new people and making friends out here. In the past it’s been quite easy. In Plymouth we were surrounded by Chris’ family and friends. This was where he was born & raised. But we currently live 6 hours from there (in the North West of England for those who want to be precise) in Lancaster. We used to have friends in this area until Chris and his classmates graduated from University. After this, they all moved on in their lives or went back home until they decided what they wanted to do.

Chris was offered a full-time job here in Lancaster, so he remained. For now it’s just us – and while it might be lonely at times, it’s not the end of the world. We cannot afford to join social clubs or groups of common interest, so unfortunately we’re not putting ourselves in social atmospheres where we can meet new people. Someday we’ll meet new people and build friendships where we live – until then, we have each other and Apple.

Our Future

Currently, our plan is to remain in England until I can obtain British Citizenship – right now that is 5 years away. After I have a British passport we’ll move back to North America. In the meantime we are saving up to buy a home in Leeds, and we will live there until we leave the UK. While we are still in Lancaster I am not working. It’s not fair to try and build up clientele, only to move to another city potentially by the end of the year and inform them I can no longer work with them so soon.

Once we are living in Leeds we will both be working and each making an income. I have been told very mixed opinions on finding jobs in the UK. Some people tell me it’s been difficult while others say it was easy. Like searching for a job back home, I believe it depends on your confidence, experience, and if your skills are really needed. In the meantime, I’ve been trying to embrace my stay at home dog-mom life and enjoy my time off from work.

For those of you who are reading this because you’re about to go through this experience yourself, or you already have – you’ll know expats will all have differing experiences to a degree. For some of you, it may be hard in the beginning, while for others it’s a little easier. A few may struggle with homesickness, and others might not miss anything at all.

My perception can change at any time, it’s still new for me. I’m so happy that Apple and I are here with Christopher. He and I both miss things about the US… he tells me this a lot! So together we vent, and then we laugh. But I wouldn’t change this for anything in the world!

-Chelsea

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Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI). She has been training dogs professionally since 2007. She met Chris on a trip to England in 2013, Married him on New Year's Eve - celebrating 2016 as husband and wife!

  • Priscilla

    Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m still deciding whether I will make this huge step and join my boyfriend in the UK. While I want to be together, it is so difficult to leave certainty behind for uncertainty, and I think you are very brave! Congratulations to you both:)

    • Hi Priscilla,

      I definitely took my time deciding on whether or not this was the right option for us. In the end, I felt that it was better if I relocated to the UK instead of having Chris relocate to the US because I had more work experience than him, and my dog training certifications are recognised worldwide – meaning that I still maintained the same amount of expertise despite being in a new country. If Chris moved to the US, he’d have it harder with the fewer amount of years working in his career and job searching than I would by just starting up my business in a new location.

      I appreciate your kind words. Moving away from family & friends, closing my business and leaving behind a life I had always known was difficult. I understand that I made a sacrifice to join Chris in the UK, but he means everything to me and I felt that he was well worth the risk. This decision may not come as easily or as quick to others, but I’m sure you will make the right choice when the time comes. Wishing you the best, and please keep in touch!

      Only good things,
      Chelsea

    • Hi Priscilla,

      I definitely took my time deciding on whether or not this was the right option for us. In the end, I felt that it was better if I relocated to the UK instead of having Chris relocate to the US because I had more work experience than him, and my dog training certifications are recognised worldwide – meaning that I still maintained the same amount of expertise despite being in a new country. If Chris moved to the US, he’d have it harder with the fewer amount of years working in his career and job searching than I would by just starting up my business in a new location.

      I appreciate your kind words. Moving away from family & friends, closing my business and leaving behind a life I had always known was difficult. I understand that I made a sacrifice to join Chris in the UK, but he means everything to me and I felt that he was well worth the risk. This decision may not come as easily or as quick to others, but I’m sure you will make the right choice when the time comes. Wishing you the best, and please keep in touch!

      Only good things,
      Chelsea

  • Priscilla

    Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m still deciding whether I will make this huge step and join my boyfriend in the UK. While I want to be together, it is so difficult to leave certainty behind for uncertainty, and I think you are very brave! Congratulations to you both:)

  • Daniella

    Thanks for sharing your experience and for all the useful info! I used your posts to guide myself through the fiancé visa great amount of docs. Also, currently I’m waiting for a decision from the Immigration Office and totally understand your previous concerns, because they are now mine too… So I was trying to find some comfort in your words, to low down the anxieties, I think. Lol Anyways, thanks a lot and cogratulations to you both! ?

    • Hi Daniella,

      I wish I could help ease away the anxiety you have in regards to your application. Having gone through those emotions myself I can honestly tell you that I never found a way to avoid it completely – other than by keeping myself busy. I found that if I was busy enough to not think about it for 5-10 minutes at a time, that I was doing something right. Unfortunately, it’s a very important life-altering decision and we can’t help but stress about the outcome. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts!

      We thank you so much for your support, please keep in touch with us on your visa decision. Wishing you all the best!

      Only good things,
      Chelsea

      • Daniella

        Thanks a lot for the message, Chelsea. I haven’t paid the priority option, which makes things even slower. Reading your text, I realised I should have paid it anyways. Too late now. So I’m still waiting for the decision. It has been already 10 weeks… ?
        But you’re right, keeping myself busy is the best solution at the moment!

        Wish you guys all the best too!
        Daniella ?

      • Daniella

        Thanks a lot for the message, Chelsea. I haven’t paid the priority option, which makes things even slower. Reading your text, I realised I should have paid it anyways. Too late now. So I’m still waiting for the decision. It has been already 10 weeks… ?
        But you’re right, keeping myself busy is the best solution at the moment!

        Wish you guys all the best too!
        Daniella ?

  • Chantelle

    Hi Chelsea, I have a quick question.

    What amount of time did you leave between handing in your application, and what your flight to the UK was booked for/Intended date to enter?

    • Hi Chantelle,

      Country applying from: USA
      Type of visa applied for: Spouse – Priority
      Date application submitted (online): 17/02/2016
      Date biometrics taken: 25/02/2016
      Submitted documents & biometrics via VFS: 26/02/2016
      Office location processing your visa: Sheffield
      Date documentation was received: 29/02/2016
      Decision made: 09/03/2016
      Date visa received: 11/03/2016

      I was very busy with work,I had been booked a few months out in advanced at the start of the new year for petsitting on top of teaching obedience classes and dog walking. I had promised myself that I would not take on any more work near the very end of March so I could have some time to really focus on moving to the UK. In the meantime, I did pack and donate things while working – I just wasn’t able to spend decent amount of time with my friends a family until I was finished with my job. My professional pet sitting business kept me away from my home over 3 weeks out of each month as it’s a 24 hours a day, 7 days per week – live in job.

      I had applied in late February as you can see on my timelines above, but I recorded my intended travel date as April 3rd so I could take my time with work and not rush it, go through my things, prepare to send my dog to the UK, and saying goodbye to my clients, friends & family. When I received my passport back I noticed my issue date on my vignette started on March 27th – which was a few days earlier than my intended travel date. But it was a 30 day travel vignette and that gave me 30 days starting from the 27th to arrive in the UK. This meant that I was still able to travel on the day I originally wanted – so in a way my date was selected.

      -My intended travel date was April 3rd
      -My flight was booked to depart from Vancouver international airport on April 3rd, landing at London Heathrow on April 4th.

      Unlike most couples – I did not fly out right away (ie. booking a flight for the same week a visa was approved in). I wanted to take my time and I did, I was very happy with my decision.

      Wishing you the best of luck!

      Only good things,
      Chelsea

      • Chantelle

        That helps a lot, I was wondering about how much time to leave for al of that. I really appreciate how much detail you guys put into your answers, it’s always so helpful. Thank you! I sent a message through the “contact us” system the other day, asking whether it would be possible to skype with either of you. I realise it might be an awkward and inappropriate request, but I hope we could do a voice chat, as there’s a lot to explain, and your opinion would help so much. Please let me know how feel about the request!

        Kindest regards

        • Hi Chantelle,

          Chris and I have been scrambling through our emails and we have not come across one from you – there must have been an error. We answer all of our emails within 24-48 hours. Could you please forward that message to us again? We prefer to not share personal information in the comments section – nor would we ask anyone to do so here as well. Thank you for your time.

          Only good things,
          Chelsea

          • Chantelle

            That’s understandable, I’ll just send a direct email this time instead if the message box!

            Thanks so much for your quick responses.

            Kind regards,
            Chantelle

          • Sounds good, Chris is going to have a look at it tonight to make sure it isn’t faulty (it very well could be!)
            Thank you!

          • Sounds good, Chris is going to have a look at it tonight to make sure it isn’t faulty (it very well could be!)
            Thank you!

          • Chantelle

            That’s understandable, I’ll just send a direct email this time instead if the message box!

            Thanks so much for your quick responses.

            Kind regards,
            Chantelle

  • Mark Yeomans

    Hi Chelsea, thanks for this thread, even though my family have not arrived in the UK yet, we are already thinking about and planning ahead towards the next stage and the proof of living together is one that takes time to make sure that you get right.
    I have a question on getting into the Uk which i couldn’t post on the other thread. Did you buy a single or return ticket for your journey to the UK. Common sense would say that a one way should be fine but the airlines worry me, do they understand the vignette? Have you heard of or seen any experiences of folk travelling from Manila? I couldn’t see anything online. Many thanks Mark

    • Hi Mark,

      If you’re fiancé is applying for one of the settlement class visas (fiancé or spouse) a one way ticket will be fine. Unlike the visit visa you do not need to prove you will be leaving the UK or have ties back home. Chelsea only purchased a one way ticket, the border control officer did not question her after seeing the visa vignette.

      Though we don’t personally know anyone who has travelled from Manilla, this is the most common way to arrive.

      All the best,
      Chris

      • Mark Yeomans

        Hi Chris, many thanks for your reply:)

    • Cristina

      Hello Mark,

      Im from the Philippines and yes a one way ticket is fine for the fiance/spouse visa.

      • Mark Yeomans

        Hello Cristina, thank you for your reply. Did you fly with PAL? Just wondering how familiar their staff are with the vignette?. Thanks again Mark

        • Cristina

          Hi Mark,

          I flew with Emirates. My visa is marriage so Im not familiar about vignette my visa states only the valid date and expiry. Im sure youll be alright they wont ask for the return ticket if your visa is settlement .Just make sure you have the cfo sticker on your passport coz the PH immigration will check that.

          • Mark Yeomans

            Hi again Cristina, what is the cfo sticker? They have flown here twice before but on visit visas

          • Cristina

            For those filipinos who will settle and live in another country need to register in (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) CFO. The government wants to have the records of all filipinos living abroad in case the emigrant might need help in the future. Its a day seminar/counseling theyll give you a certificate and a sticker please visit their website for more info.
            About the visit visa actually i was a bit confused coz when i attended the cfo seminar I have met some applicants who will apply for visitor visa but still they need to get the certificate maybe its a new policy then coz I visited England last year and the immigration didnt ask for the cfo.
            Since your family will settle here just get the cfo its better safe than sorry.

          • Mark Yeomans

            Thanks Cristina, i have been up all night and we managed to book an appointment for the day we were originally due to travel on as this is the first date available. We have just over a week to sort the paperwork out and hopefully by visiting the Cebu office to sort out some questions my wife may be able to find a way of getting them done next week so that we can stick to the original flights. i’m just about to book a second set of flights so that we have both options covered.
            There is one form that they mention on the website that i can’t find – its the Guidance and Counseling form – did you complete this? If so, where did you find it?

            Sorry to keep asking questions but we are in a difficult place now (we thought we could now relax and just wait for the flights to come round – how wrong were we!)

            I can’t imagine what would have happened if you hadn’t mentioned the CFO sticker! I did ask a friend who recently moved here about paperwork and they didn’t mention it at all:(

          • Cristina

            Hi Mark,

            Since you have already booked an appointment I assumed they sent an email confirmation and attach the guidance and counseling form thru pdf you can print that out for your convenience. By the way on the schedule day just bring other docs like your marriage cert, couple of pictures and sponsor’s passport photo copy.

          • Cristina

            No problem I am willing to share my experience. Its true lots of people missed their flight because of this CFO requirement. You will be fine guys your wife will just sit there for 4 hrs listening to the seminar and then by 5pm its done she can get the certificate and the sticker.

          • Mark Yeomans

            Hi Cristina, it took a while but i have now received a copy of the email that was sent to confirm the date of the appointment, there is a PDF document attached but its just a summary of the online appointment along with the photo / bar code. Is this the same thing? The information they provide is very confusing and contradictory, one place says you don’t need to to print your registration form but then in the requirements it says a copy of a registration form will be checked on the day. I think there are different points / types of registration that have to be completed both before and on the day which makes it very difficult to know what needs to be done. My wife will go there on Monday to talk to someone to confirm everything. i’m not surprised many people have missed flights due to this process, it doesn’t seem to be well known at all. We will just be glad to get to the actual seminar as that will mean all of the paperwork is done!:)

          • Cristina

            Yes that’s it the pdf file , well you can print it our or you may screen shot it and show to them just like what I did. Dont forget to photocopy the passport and the visa 2 copies each to be safe. You might want to call them here’s the number (032)2555253 . Im not sure if they are open on weekends but u can try.

          • Mark Yeomans

            Thanks, we have all those printed off ready now. I saw that number on the paperwork but as it was listed as a telefax we assumed that it was just a fax. We will be waiting until Monday now to either call them or go to see them. Thanks again

          • Mark Yeomans

            Hi again Cristina, what is the cfo sticker? They have flown here twice before but on visit visas

          • Mark Yeomans

            OMG Cristina, i’ve just looked online and now know what you refer too. i’m so glad you mentioned this as we had absolutely no idea of it being required! We would had a lot of issues and lost several thousand pounds in flights, we are hoping that we still can get this sorted in time. i am so grateful to you

  • Erin

    Thanks for the post and being so open about what you went through in the final stages of your application process, and congratulations on your recent marriage & Blessing ceremony! Ive been following your blog since September and it has helped me so much.

    When you moved to the UK what kind of things did you feel were important for you to bring or things that you struggled to leave behind? Did you bring your stuff over as excess luggage or did you get some stuff shipped? Is there anything that you wish that you brought or thinking back now you should have left behind? More blog posts about your experiences moving would be so helpful!

    -Erin

    • HI Erin,

      Thank you so much! I’m glad that you have been enjoying our posts. We have been behind lately with posting new updates, but they are in the works now that our life is back to normal – or as normal as our normal could be haha!

      When I was in the process of packing to move to the UK I gave away, sold, and donated nearly everything that I owned. Unless it had sentimental value, or I felt it was irreplaceable – I got rid of it. I gave all of my furniture and kitchen items to my old roommates (none of it was an antique or incredibly expensive). I sold the valuable items I had like my violin I bought growing up, my snowboard, my bed. I donated excess clothes and items that my roommates didn’t want. In total I had packed 2 large suitcases that I checked-in at bag drop, a small carry on suitcase, as well as a tote-bag personal item. I technically shipped my dog over because the UK will only allow you to use cargo flights to bring them to the UK and she flew out a few days before I did – She and Chris met me at the airport when I arrived, it was really sweet.

      I was really proud with how easy it was for me to sort through my items and deem what was important & what was not. It made my focus so much better and kept the downsizing really easy on me. I didn’t have much large sentimental items so I never had to part with anything special. The biggest and most important thing to me was my dog, and she made it to the UK safely. My mother died in 2010, I have many pictures of her, a necklace that contains some of her ashes (we spread the rest of them in her favourite place), and her old journal – but these were all small enough that it didn’t compromise what else I took with me.

      I dedicated one large suitcase for clothes to bring. This included my favourite shoes, jackets, belts, dresses, etc. You’d be surprised how little this actually adds up to when you pull it all out. I donated a large portion of my clothes but kept what I thought would be good choices to use for the first few months that I was in the UK – the visa process, having a large wedding, and moving to another country with a dog was not cheap! I did not anticipate to replace my wardrobe right away and I still haven’t to this day.

      I had a second large suitcase which I had packed a lot of random things. These were things I didn’t want to replace because they were expensive, sentimental, or hard to find in the UK. The items were, my mother’s items, my dog’s spare collars and kongs, my make up, house ornaments, autographed books, photographs. The less sentimental but still important because I love these so much… snacks and goodies like Ranch, hot apple cider, Kraft mac and cheese, etc. In December when Chris and I married in the US, I sent him home with a few household items of mine but I kept onto some while I still lived in the US with the intent to bring them over later on. So I packed my favourite set of bed sheets, towels and decorative pillow Chris bought me for our anniversary with the coordinates of where we first met on it. Just a really random put together suitcase LOL!

      My carry on suitcase contained my rolled up wedding dress to wear during the blessing and all of my wedding accessories. I planned on having the dress pressed when I arrived in the UK, so wrinkles were the least of my concerns when I moved. However it was important enough to travel with me as carry-on luggage – I didn’t want to risk it being put in with my checked-in items and potentially get lost or damaged.

      As time has passed since my arrival, the things I wished I had packed will vary depending on my mood or situation, but in all honesty I packed a lot of stuff. Nearly exceeded the weight limit with every suitcase I had. I’m happy with what I was able to bring and I don’t have any regrets.. When I’m suffering from a cold I wish I brought over more Dayquil & Nyquil because it works well for me and I feel what is available to me in the UK don’t work as consistently – same with halls throat soothers. The flavours here are extremely limited and honestly the creamy fruit flavours I could buy back home are non-existent over here. When I’m getting ready to go out with Chris and I look at my limited wardrobe I wish I packed more clothes and didn’t donate so much. I think this is more so me having to learn how to adapt or how to accommodate my US upbringing in a new country.

      I hope that helps.

      Only good things,
      Chelsea

  • Lady a

    Hi Chris and Chelsea,

    I had issues opening your fiance/spousal link so Im just leaving my question here.

    1. Im from Philippines, on a fiance visa and will be switching to FLR in few months time. My question is do I need to retake my Ielts test since I’ve read somewhere the government requires a score of A2 now instead of A1 which I got.

    Cheers.

    Lady A

    • Hi Lady A,

      Unfortunately the OISC has threatened to prosecute us for providing immigration advice as we are not solicitors (despite our legal disclaimers & that we try to only speak from personal experience). As such we have had to remove all visa guidance, articles and videos from our site & YouTube page. We are also unable to answer any questions about the visa process or else risk criminal prosecution.

      You can read our full statement here: http://bit.ly/2bml3qI.

      Apologies again.
      Chris

    • Hi Lady A,

      Unfortunately the OISC has threatened to prosecute us for providing immigration advice as we are not solicitors (despite our legal disclaimers & that we try to only speak from personal experience). As such we have had to remove all visa guidance, articles and videos from our site & YouTube page. We are also unable to answer any questions about the visa process or else risk criminal prosecution.

      You can read our full statement here: http://bit.ly/2bml3qI.

      Apologies again.
      Chris