Immigrating to the UK

I don't think that earning threshold is unreasonable. I have no idea how anyone can expect to come here and establish themselves on less than 20k a year with no recourse to public funds for their family.

The carer thing is a bit **** though!
Yep. I saw over the weekend that rent has increased by something like 25% over the last year. You're going to be blowing a grand on a roof over your head, not to mention energy, transportation, food... I genuinely don't understand how people survive on £30k pa.
 

Hi Guys, I can just buy that in SA before flying over? Should just work when i land? Going for the esim.

Had issues before in UK with sims etc, had reboot phone everday and 4G was pretty much edge in SA, hopefully better this time around :p
 

Hi Guys, I can just buy that in SA before flying over? Should just work when i land? Going for the esim.

Had issues before in UK with sims etc, had reboot phone everday and 4G was pretty much edge in SA, hopefully better this time around :p
That is what I did initially, still use the number, but it was borked 3 weeks back when I tried buying another esim for a second phone. They did refund me after about a week of the sim not doing anything.
 
That is what I did initially, still use the number, but it was borked 3 weeks back when I tried buying another esim for a second phone. They did refund me after about a week of the sim not doing anything.
I had the same but @Dave said their esims are working again
 

Hi Guys, I can just buy that in SA before flying over? Should just work when i land? Going for the esim.

Had issues before in UK with sims etc, had reboot phone everday and 4G was pretty much edge in SA, hopefully better this time around :p
If you have a while till you come, we got Giffgaff to post our SIMs to us in SA

Once you know where you will be staying you will see which network is the best
Moved my voice line recently to Sky mobile (on O2) as they had a good black friday deal and they have eSIM and wifi calling, O2 is crap here but with wifi calling I dont notice.

For data I have a EE uncpped broadband sim from when I didnt have fibre , and EE are quite solid here in Birmingham.
 
That is what I did initially, still use the number, but it was borked 3 weeks back when I tried buying another esim for a second phone. They did refund me after about a week of the sim not doing anything.

They had a massive data hack that took them down some weeks ago, took a while to recover so you were probably caught in the aftermath.


I had the same but @Dave said their esims are working again
Ok.will take Dave's word for it

Could ship physical sim but prefer the esim ready to go.

Hopefully the info I was given was right, Gtx can be the man to confirm ;).
 
Awesome used them before but yeah had issue phone need to reboot each day, and 4g was pretty slow back then

O2 still has the slowest network, and Giffgaff being a budget MVNO will get throttled first if the network gets congested.

For pure 5G speed (but limited coverage) would be Three.

For best all round 4G/5G speed and coverage it’s EE by a mile (best MVNO for features would be 1pMobile, if eSIM is important, LycaMobile)
 
I don't think that earning threshold is unreasonable. I have no idea how anyone can expect to come here and establish themselves on less than 20k a year with no recourse to public funds for their family.

The carer thing is a bit **** though!

Yeah I agree.
 
Worth trying, can’t hurt.


Couldn’t you get your application in just before the increase?
Wife says she’s just about certain she’ll find a job at it more than £40k. So we will start looking now to get an idea.

We only want to start the real job search + visa process once we have an offer on the house. It’s been on the market for less than a month. So will have to see what the new year brings.
 
Couldn’t you get your application in just before the increase?


Might have to push for this. I just realised; we were planning on using my wife’s current salary in the application (as she earns more than £20k a year here) with a new job offer in the UK paying more. So that way, we don’t need her to be employed for 6 months in the UK before I can apply.

With this increase coming; we won’t have that option anymore and would have to spend 6 months apart.
 
Wife says she’s just about certain she’ll find a job at it more than £40k. So we will start looking now to get an idea.

We only want to start the real job search + visa process once we have an offer on the house. It’s been on the market for less than a month. So will have to see what the new year brings.

Hopefully she gets the 40K. If I were in your position I'd try and get the visa BEFORE the change. I'm pretty sure others will be thinking the same so there is now a chance of backlogs of applications just before the deadlines which could just complicate and add more uncertainty on your plans.
 
Hopefully she gets the 40K. If I were in your position I'd try and get the visa BEFORE the change. I'm pretty sure others will be thinking the same so there is now a chance of backlogs of applications just before the deadlines which could just complicate and add more uncertainty on your plans.

Yes, that's the plan. We are starting a job search for her from this evening. I have also found a job at Monzo for a mobile developer - visa sponsorship included. So will try my luck there anyway as well.

Otherwise, if the new laws are in place when we apply, it complicates everything.
 
Yes, that's the plan. We are starting a job search for her from this evening. I have also found a job at Monzo for a mobile developer - visa sponsorship included. So will try my luck there anyway as well.

Otherwise, if the new laws are in place when we apply, it complicates everything.

Dude, that sounds pretty damn good, holding thumbs ;)
 
Dude, that sounds pretty damn good, holding thumbs ;)

Appreciate it dude. Not sure of my chances mind you. I have a decade of decent experience in the field. So I'm going to give it a shot. I also work for a financial company now, that is based in the UK - hoping that helps. Pay is also a lot more than I am on now.
 
Dude, that sounds pretty damn good, holding thumbs ;)

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Would be epic if I could land a job with them. But not the end of the world if not. Wife will find something for sure I think.
 
Yep. I saw over the weekend that rent has increased by something like 25% over the last year. You're going to be blowing a grand on a roof over your head, not to mention energy, transportation, food... I genuinely don't understand how people survive on £30k pa.

My rent is so stupidly expensive. I recently visited a friend in Lake district and they pay £300 less than me and live in a massive place.
Mine is not tiny, but certainly not large. I love my area but rent is an absolute killer. It is also an upleasant cycle, rent is so high it leaves little for savings to buy.

When I was a landlord in SA, the levies, taxes and rates etc added up, as a tenant here these are all passed to the tenant. Its been quite an adjustment
 
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