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  1. This is what DWP are looking at. They are examining data from Aus and NZ to look at how it impacts on the number of returnees. Obviously they are looking to save money overall.
  2. Whilst in this case the husband is guilty of poor planning I think TVF members from the UK need to be aware that there is growing hostility in the UK toward returning expats. Probably partly fuelled by fears that, post Brexit, there could be sizeable numbers of older expats returning to the UK from Europe. I am a member of the Conservative Party and at a recent constituency meeting that I attended we had a government minister as a guest speaker. The topic was immigration and Brexit. There were a lot of comments about returning expats and some discussion about stopping pensions to expats after one year overseas. We were told that NZ and Aus do something similar and its being looked at by DWP. Certainly there are big shifts in public opinion going on right now.
  3. Really useful info. Many thanks.
  4. Thank you all very much. I have forwarded on this information.
  5. Is it worth her getting some sort of TEFL qualification? She is still fully employed and kept very busy in the UK, so I suspect a CELTA may be too time-consuming, although I don't doubt she could get through it, if necessary.
  6. I think her age will be evident from her passport (which presumably the school will see at some point). She does look young for her age though, which is a plus...
  7. Writing this on behalf of a female family friend. She is a Primary School teacher, 55 years old, British, BA in History and PGCE/QTS. Taught infant classes for many years in the UK, including leading Early Years and being Head of Infants, plus older age ranges. Knows curriculum backwards. Has held lots of roles, including SEN coordinator etc. No TEFL/CELTA type qualification. She is really an exceptional teacher, incredibly hard-working and dedicated, very organised and well liked by parents and colleagues. Now wants to do 'something different' for a few years to round-off her career. She has visited various SE Asian countries and would like to work in an International School. What are the chances of her getting a job? If not Thailand then Vietnam, Myanmar ? Any info/suggestions gratefully received to be passed on..
  8. Nothing to be concerned about... They need us more than we need them.... No deal better than a bad deal..... Lots of countries queuing up for a 'free trade' deal with the UK.... etc etc
  9. An unpleasant case. But before going down the road of Thai-bashing any British BM's might like to reflect on the recent trial in the UK of child-abusers in Newcastle. It was on an almost industrial scale! 400+ victims and 200+ perpetrators. Unbelievable! And there were doubtless many teachers, police and social workers etc who must have been aware of what was going on and turned a blind eye. This is on top of Rotheram etc. I have been to Thailand numerous times and not seen underage streetwalkers - but I have seen them in my own provincial city in the UK...
  10. Second UK Visit Visa Refusal

    Are you involved in the travel/visa business to have seen many applications? I just ask because I had two Thai friends come visit me in the UK in March. Self-funded holiday travel. They left getting visas until the last minute and to my astonishment were granted without a problem in a couple of days! I think with something like 95% of applicants receiving a visitor visa there is no systematic problem in obtaining a visa. Its more likely that ECO's look a bit askance at a penniless Thai girl with a 2-month-old long-distance 'relationship' wanting to come to the UK..
  11. Second UK Visit Visa Refusal

    We got my girlfriend's (now wife) first visit visa in early 2015. Asked for 3 months. If I had believed half the stuff posted on this forum we would never have applied. My girlfriend had nothing - no job, no money, no ties etc. I just followed the guidance notes. The visa was granted in a week. No phone calls. What we did have going for us was a reasonably lengthy relationship (with tickets etc to show travel around Asia together) and my job involved working with the UK and Thai governments (so maybe they thought I wouldn't want to screw that up with an overstay). Anyway, she stayed 5 months in the end with a short break back in Thailand in the middle. The following year got married and got a family (spouse) visa - also processed very quickly. I think there is a very high degree of subjectivity in some of these decisions. My advice is resubmit according to guidance notes and have someone on duty by the phone over the critical period......
  12. May ready for tough talks over Brexit

    From what I am reading on the French and German news websites they are increasingly in favour of a Hard Brexit. Cutting ties with what looks increasingly like a 'Banana Republic' off the northern European coast...
  13. UK has been fighting the adoption of EU fire regulations for years. Should now be adopted forthwith.
  14. Latimer Road fire: Huge fire engulfs west London flats

    Source of fire is hardly relevant. The fact is that a large apartment building will suffer multiple fires over several decades of use. Buildings have to be designed and maintained on the basis that fires are a relatively common event. We need to adopt European fire safety safety standards as a matter of urgency. It also seems the cladding was installed against specific manufactures advice that it should not be used above 10m high due to fire risk. The contractors and council who ignored this advice (in black and white) and approved the work have a lot to answer for. Criminal behaviour by any standards.
  15. Latimer Road fire: Huge fire engulfs west London flats

    Given what happened a bit of 'knee jerking' and immediately ripping this type of flammable cladding off other tall buildings would be a wise precaution. We can pick over the fine details of what happened over the coming year or so.