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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Ralphlauren(m): 1:15pm On Jun 09
dupyshoo:
I am still in the UK. Couldn't justify benefits to move. So we decided to stay put.


welcome back dupsy cheesy

can you please throw more light on the bolded?

I am seeing an increasing number of people resident in the UK but considering a move to Canada.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by AirBay: 1:19pm On Jun 09
Seniors please I need answer to this.

Is it possible to convert from a dependant visa to Tier 2 assuming the company is ready for 5years sponsorship?
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by AirBay: 1:27pm On Jun 09
Ralphlauren:


welcome back dupsy cheesy

can you please throw more light on the bolded?

I am seeing an increasing number of people resident in the UK but considering a move to Canada.
Let me jump in on this.

I think it's the short cut to citizenship (3years) and the "Fast" PR process. Unlike UK PR, it's either through Tier 2 sponsorship- which is very difficult for most fields except for those in health sector, some STEM courses and experienced IT or 10years study route for PR.

But for people with UK ILR already, I don't know wetin dm see o grin The UK is organized, Canada is just starting up undecided I wish UK can somehow make their PR route less stressful.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by omopapa: 1:39pm On Jun 09
Welcome back ralphjean

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by dupyshoo: 1:54pm On Jun 09
It is really a difficult question to answer as it took us years to decide to stay put. Also, it will be on a case by case basis. For us, It has a lot to do with the fact that husby and I are both Engineers and we are comfortable here. It is however difficult to get similar employment in Canada. We were of the opinion, why try to fix what is not broken. We got Canada PR when there were uncertainties around ILR. Once that was sorted, it was a lot more difficult to make the move. Also, I have 3 siblings in Canada, so was able to leverage on the info they provided.

We asked question around cost of living. We realised that though some things such as insurance, phone contracts, groceries are more expensive in Canada, some such as fuel prices are more expensive here in the UK. We also realised that you get a bit more in terms of salary but you will not have the luxury of 26-30days holiday we currently have. Also, the issue of getting jobs is another story. They seem to always ask for Canadian experience and also talk of networking which to me is similar to man- no-man in Naija. Eventually,
the deal breaker for us was the issue of job which will go a long way in determining our standard of living if we move to Canada.

Ralphlauren:


welcome back dupsy cheesy

can you please throw more light on the bolded?

I am seeing an increasing number of people resident in the UK but considering a move to Canada.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Estroller: 2:12pm On Jun 09
AirBay:
Seniors please I need answer to this.

Is it possible to convert from a dependant visa to Tier 2 assuming the company is ready for 5years sponsorship?

It is very possible, only downside is that your ILR clock will reset to zero as the no of years spent on the previous visa won't count towards your ILR.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Ralphlauren(m): 2:14pm On Jun 09
AirBay:

Let me jump in on this.

I think it's the short cut to citizenship (3years) and the "Fast" PR process. Unlike UK PR, it's either through Tier 2 sponsorship- which is very difficult for most fields except for those in health sector, some STEM courses and experienced IT or 10years study route for PR.

But for people with UK ILR already, I don't know wetin dm see o grin The UK is organized, Canada is just starting up undecided I wish UK can somehow make their PR route less stressful.



Fair point @ bolded. A friend of mine recently became a British citizen after almost 12 years of living in the UK legally. He went through the student visa/entrepreneur route.

I agree. The route to ILR/citizenship in the UK is quite cumbersome and stressful. The 'easiest' route which is marriage, takes a minimum of 5 years and let's not even talk about the visa costs, etc.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Ralphlauren(m): 2:27pm On Jun 09
dupyshoo:
It is really a difficult question to answer as it took us years to decide to stay put. Also, it will be on a case by case basis. For us, It has a lot to do with the fact that husby and I are both Engineers and we are comfortable here. It is however difficult to get similar employment in Canada. We were of the opinion, why try to fix what is not broken. We got Canada PR when there were uncertainties around ILR. Once that was sorted, it was a lot more difficult to make the move. Also, I have 3 siblings in Canada, so was able to leverage on the info they provided.

We asked question around cost of living. We realised that though some things such as insurance, phone contracts, groceries are more expensive in Canada, some such as fuel prices are more expensive here in the UK. We also realised that you get a bit more in terms of salary but you will not have the luxury of 26-30days holiday we currently have. Also, the issue of getting jobs is another story. They seem to always ask for Canadian experience and also talk of networking which to me is similar to man- no-man in Naija. Eventually,
the deal breaker for us was the issue of job which will go a long way in determining our standard of living if we move to Canada.


Thanks for sharing cheesy
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Chukwuka16: 3:13pm On Jun 09
Ralphlauren:


Fair point @ bolded. A friend of mine recently became a British citizen after almost 12 years of living in the UK legally. He went through the student visa/entrepreneur route.

I agree. The route to ILR/citizenship in the UK is quite cumbersome and stressful. The 'easiest' route which is marriage, takes a minimum of 5 years and let's not even talk about the visa costs, etc.

I will go for the Tier 1/Global Talent as the easiest. 3 Years to ILR (5 for passport and 5 for spouse for ILR/passport), the least documentation and time spent on Tier 2 counts. The cost is the only downside. I'm due next month but still considering applying as I haven't been able to justify that amount of money leaving my account. All my previous visa's bar one were done at a cost to my employer including my wife's, but this time around I can't fathom £2300 + £800 (same day) + £200 (transport/fingerprint) = £3300 for ILR at once!

The UK is really making a killing from visas. I'm only happy now because our EU friends will feel the same heat and they don't even have that kinda of money especially for Tier 2 (skilled worker as now is).

Again, there seems to be a catch with Tier 2/skilled worker visa - salary threshold when due for ILR.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by famzynet: 3:14pm On Jun 09
Mamatukwas:


Commercially, Most carriers won’t carry even 1kg of it. You need a license to do so and very few people have it. In your personal luggage this might not apply (re:guidance)

However, (slides closer and whispers): You must be very careful. There are people close by with ‘teams’ watching our every move. And horror of all horrors their office seems to be 4 levels above M16. Even Scotlan ;Dd Yard is afraid of them (looks around furtively)….. If you’re not careful, they might come with badges and haul your ass in for attempting to smuggle in ‘dry fish’ (shudders). For them, the sin is not much different from bringing in cocaine through the borders. So please, watch your back, lock your doors, make sure you eat all your fish, don’t leave any traces. May heaven safe us (sprinkles holy water).

Good morning.

#radaradarada
grin grin
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by famzynet: 3:29pm On Jun 09
justwise:


2. Don't abuse, bully, deliberately insult/provoke, fight, or wish harm to Nairaland members OR THEIR TRIBES.
Nice rule. I like jokes but not obvious abuse. Although our jokes in Nigeria sometimes appear insultive and would need very strong understanding to catch the joke in them.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by famzynet: 3:33pm On Jun 09
justwise:

You don't know what dictatorship means,

if i'm a dictator you will not have the privilege to be arguing with me to this point

grin grin grin
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by erico2k2(m): 3:34pm On Jun 09
Lexusgs430:



Talking from experience...... We wey dey barb ourselves for house nko...... wink
House with street nor be same, U nor need to go barb ur hair in order to get info
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by famzynet: 3:44pm On Jun 09
BouharryArtikou:


I remember when I was planning to go to the UK as a student. Justwise’s guidance was so so on point that I looked forward to meeting him one day face to face to say thank you.

But that he could just ban someone fir disagreeing with him? That’s a no no.


@Justwise, you felt insulted because someone disagreed with you? On this forum? And it’s nit like the person engaged in unwholesome practices or undermine the objectives of Nairaland?

Bros, you need to be different from the Buhari that we so chastise.
To move ahead, Justwise felt he was insulted.
What do we say to him: In the interest of the forum,please forgive the wordings used if they hurt you. Kindly unban the guy so we move and learn from one another.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs430: 3:52pm On Jun 09
famzynet:


grin grin grin


Warning missiles fired........ grin
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Jbloc: 4:23pm On Jun 09
I just paid the £3.3k for two and its really heartbreaking cry
Still recovering, to do another x3 for kids. smiley

Chukwuka16:


I will go for the Tier 1/Global Talent as the easiest. 3 Years to ILR (5 for passport and 5 for spouse for ILR/passport), the least documentation and time spent on Tier 2 counts. The cost is the only downside. I'm due next month but still considering applying as I haven't been able to justify that amount of money leaving my account. All my previous visa's bar one were done at a cost to my employer including my wife's, but this time around I can't fathom £2300 + £800 (same day) + £200 (transport/fingerprint) = £3300 for ILR at once!

The UK is really making a killing from visas. I'm only happy now because our EU friends will feel the same heat and they don't even have that kinda of money especially for Tier 2 (skilled worker as now is).

Again, there seems to be a catch with Tier 2/skilled worker visa - salary threshold when due for ILR.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs430: 4:45pm On Jun 09
Jbloc:
I just paid the £3.3k for two and its really heartbreaking cry
Still recovering, to do another x3 for kids. smiley



Only you, 3 kids...... cheesy

Any more to come...... tongue
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by tushqueen(f): 5:05pm On Jun 09
Hi,


Please I have been trying to apply for free 30hrs/week nursery for my 3year old baby. I'm having issues with getting through, asking for UK passport number (I only have naija passport). I believe 30hrs can be assessed by non-british citizens as well. Has anyone been able to get through recently.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by dustydee: 5:05pm On Jun 09
Chukwuka16:


I will go for the Tier 1/Global Talent as the easiest. 3 Years to ILR (5 for passport and 5 for spouse for ILR/passport), the least documentation and time spent on Tier 2 counts. The cost is the only downside. I'm due next month but still considering applying as I haven't been able to justify that amount of money leaving my account. All my previous visa's bar one were done at a cost to my employer including my wife's, but this time around I can't fathom £2300 + £800 (same day) + £200 (transport/fingerprint) = £3300 for ILR at once!

The UK is really making a killing from visas. I'm only happy now because our EU friends will feel the same heat and they don't even have that kinda of money especially for Tier 2 (skilled worker as now is).

Again, there seems to be a catch with Tier 2/skilled worker visa - salary threshold when due for ILR.
Yes, surprisingly not many know about the Tier 1 route and how you can get ILR in 3 years. If you can, get the ILR as soon as possible as the cost keeps increasing.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by dustydee: 5:07pm On Jun 09
Jbloc:
I just paid the £3.3k for two and its really heartbreaking cry
Still recovering, to do another x3 for kids. smiley

If the kids were born here, you don't need to apply for ILR, you can apply for citizenship after you get your ILR.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by LagosismyHome(f): 5:17pm On Jun 09
Chukwuka16:


I will go for the Tier 1/Global Talent as the easiest. 3 Years to ILR (5 for passport and 5 for spouse for ILR/passport), the least documentation and time spent on Tier 2 counts. The cost is the only downside. I'm due next month but still considering applying as I haven't been able to justify that amount of money leaving my account. All my previous visa's bar one were done at a cost to my employer including my wife's, but this time around I can't fathom £2300 + £800 (same day) + £200 (transport/fingerprint) = £3300 for ILR at once!

The UK is really making a killing from visas. I'm only happy now because our EU friends will feel the same heat and they don't even have that kinda of money especially for Tier 2 (skilled worker as now is).

Again, there seems to be a catch with Tier 2/skilled worker visa - salary threshold when due for ILR.

Sorry for been so lazy to check google but can you share more info on Tier 1/Global Talent

Examples for people who just finished tier 4 student visa and want to migrate to this category instead of psw
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by LagosismyHome(f): 5:17pm On Jun 09
Inkredible:


Disclaimer: I used BA

They only accept negative PCR test from private firm. I used Randox at the airport 3 days before my flight.

Hope this helps.

Thanks a lot

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs430: 5:21pm On Jun 09
dustydee:

If the kids were born here, you don't need to apply for ILR, you can apply for citizenship after you get your ILR.


Behave yourself..... How we go pay this covid21 gbèsè finish........ cheesy

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Mamatukwas: 5:36pm On Jun 09
tushqueen:
Hi,


Please I have been trying to apply for free 30hrs/week nursery for my 3year old baby. I'm having issues with getting through, asking for UK passport number (I only have naija passport). I believe 30hrs can be assessed by non-british citizens as well. Has anyone been able to get through recently.

What do you mean ‘getting through’? Are you trying to call someone? Ideally you should be applying through your local council authority. They will tell you what you need to know/forms to fill/ availability etc.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by dupyshoo: 6:19pm On Jun 09
Your immigration status will affect your eligibility. You must have either 1) British citizenship 2) Settled status 3) Recourse to public fund.
Check this link for more details:
https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare
tushqueen:
Hi,


Please I have been trying to apply for free 30hrs/week nursery for my 3year old baby. I'm having issues with getting through, asking for UK passport number (I only have naija passport). I believe 30hrs can be assessed by non-british citizens as well. Has anyone been able to get through recently.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Mamatukwas: 6:33pm On Jun 09
dupyshoo:
Your immigration status will affect your eligibility. You must have either 1) British citizenship 2) Settled status 3) Recourse to public fund.
Check this link for more details:
https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare

Wawu!! It’s like I’m not leaving Scotland anytime soon. Our own is even 600 hours and is absolutely free!! https://www.mygov.scot/childcare-costs-help/funded-early-learning-and-childcare
Not one single mention of immigration status. What is goin on over dia

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by tushqueen(f): 6:37pm On Jun 09
dustydee:

If the kids were born here, you don't need to apply for ILR, you can apply for citizenship after you get your ILR.


Really?
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by dupyshoo: 6:38pm On Jun 09
The link you provided says 16 hours per week
(600 hours for the year), so 30 hours per week is better. Everyone in England can get 15hrs for 3 year old regardless of immigration status.
Mamatukwas:


Wawu!! It’s like I’m not leaving Scotland anytime soon. Our own is even 600 hours and is absolutely free!! https://www.mygov.scot/childcare-costs-help/funded-early-learning-and-childcare
Not one single mention of immigration status. What is goin on over dia
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Mamatukwas: 6:40pm On Jun 09
dupyshoo:
The link you provided says 16 hours per week
(600 hours for the year), so 30 hours per week is better. Everyone in England can get 15hrs for 3 year old regardless of immigration status.

Our 3 year olds sha go to school 9am to 3pm like primary schools students. Went into effect August last year. It’s absolutely lovely grin
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by tushqueen(f): 6:41pm On Jun 09
Mamatukwas:


What do you mean ‘getting through’? Are you trying to call someone? Ideally you should be applying through your local council authority. They will tell you what you need to know/forms to fill/ availability etc.

While I was filling the form online, I got a number to call but it wasn't picked. I received a mail from the nursery stating a link to claim eligibility code for 30hrs. I followed the link but there was a request to provide at least 2 of the stated forms of ID (payslips/P60, UK passport, Northern Ireland driving license and 1other thing). I've got payslips but don't have the other IDs.


So I wonder if there is any other way to go about this
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by tushqueen(f): 6:41pm On Jun 09
dupyshoo:
Your immigration status will affect your eligibility. You must have either 1) British citizenship 2) Settled status 3) Recourse to public fund.
Check this link for more details:
https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare



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