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  1. But it will create an even bigger problem. A 'soft' border between North and South is part of the Good Friday agreement. A hard land border will upset Republicans; a hard sea border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK will upset Unionists. I don't mean just upset the politicians; I mean either will upset the people with guns and bombs! Before the Good Friday agreement we had 30 years of regular terrorist murders and atrocities in the RoI and UK; do you want to go back to that?
  2. You are 100% correct. One of the absurdities of meeting the financial requirement via income is that it just looks at gross income and takes absolutely no account of fixed outgoings at all. If someone's gross income is £18,600 p.a. or above then they meet the requirement; regardless of how large an overdraft and any other loans, financial commitments etc. they may have. Anyone whose income is £18,599.99 or less does not meet the requirement; even if they have no fixed outgoings at all; not even rent or a mortgage.
  3. Remember VFS are just a handling agent. They cannot, or at least should not, give any advice.
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    If you, yourself, are British, then yes, she can apply as soon as she has ILR; assuming she meets the other requirements of course. If you are not British then she will need to have held ILR, or the equivalent, for at least one year before she can apply.
  5. Yes, non employment income, category C, can be combined with category A, employment income. From the financial appendix See the appendix for the evidence required. I'm afraid that if she cannot meet the financial requirement then any application would be rejected. Yes, recent changes to the UK regulations mean that dual nationals must have both their passports in the same name! See Not as long as she can provide a paper link to show they are hers. Like theoldgit, living with an ex is not a situation I've come across before in this context. However, shared accommodation is allowed under the rules as long as there is at least one room for the exclusive use of the applicant and their sponsor. Assuming that you own the property, you do say they intend to move out, then you should write a letter confirming this.
  6. This has been suggested by some, but rejected by many. Per head Norway contributes more to the EU budget than the UK, but as you are not an EU member you have no say over how that money is spent. As an EEA member you are bound by all the rules, regulations and laws of the EU, but have no say in the making of those rules, regulations or laws.
  7. Apart from her passport, which they will retain and send to the embassy so the visa vignette can be inserted once her application has been approved, I hope so. Indeed, to be honest, I'm not sure that VFS need to see them at all for settlement applications as the applicant and/or sponsor has to send them to Sheffield themselves. Good; although the tenancy agreement is not strictly necessary. Yes. From Immigration Rules Appendix FM-SE: family members specified evidence See also para 11A. Note that para 11A( d ) says extra evidence is required if the funds came from the sale of property and that sale took place within the 6 months prior to the application; but as you sold the property over 7 years ago that is not relevant to you.
  8. Prior to the Lounes judgement last November the UK held that dual British/other EEA state nationals could not exercise FoM rights for their non EEA national family members in one of the states of which they are a national. This was based upon the 2012 McCarthy judgement. This ruled that McCarthy could not use her Irish nationality to bring her Jamaican husband to the UK via the EEA route because she had never exercised her right to live in Ireland. Lounes is different, because he is the husband of a Spanish woman who moved to the UK to exercise a treaty right and subsequently nationalised as British. The ECJ ruled that in such cases the non EEA national could use the EEA rules because the EEA national had exercised a treaty right prior to nationalising. From Dual citizens and EU citizenship: clarification from the ECJ So, based upon that, I think that you can use your Italian nationality to bring your wife to the UK using the EEA route. Your affirmation of freedom to marry is a document required by the Thai government for all foreigners wishing to marry in Thailand. It matters not which passport, and therefore embassy, you use to obtain this because whether your then wife applies for UK settlement via the UK immigration rules or the EEA rules this document will form no part of her application. They will need to see your marriage certificate, plus certified English translation, but that will not say which embassy notarised your AFM.
  9. See my apology above; Wales voted Leave.
  10. Many apologies, I meant, ofcourse, that Wales voted 'Leave' as well as England. Apololgies for the stupid mistake.
  11. So are you saying that, in your view, a falling share of the vote in both a General Election and a Scottish Election leading to a reduced number of seats in both Westminster and Holyrood means there is increasing support for the SNP and Scottish independence? Or are you saying that your definigtion of 'mandate' means the Scottish people should be forced to accept independance whether they want it or not? That the SNP managed to get the Scottish Parliament to pass a bill giving it the power to seek another independence referendum does not mean that, should such a referendum be granted, that the result will be any different from pfreviousy. If there is another referendum and the Scottish people do vote yet again to remain part of the UK will you accept the will of themajority, or will you, the SNP and others demand more and more referenda until the Scottish people 'get it right?'
  12. What about Wales? Wales voted Remain as well; by a, slightly, larger margin than England.
  13. Indeed. That is one of the farcical things about the current financial requirement. Income £18,600 p.a. and up to one's neck in ever increasing debt; requirement met. Income £18,599.99 p.a. and no debt, not even a mortgage; requirement not met.
  14. You obviously do not understand the democratic workings of the EU. Don't worry, many of my fellow Brits don't either; thanks in large part to the misinformation fed them by the Leave campaign. The commission is the bureaucracy of the EU; the equivalent to your federal civil service, it's various agencies and the executive office of the president. But just as your civil service is not the leader of the USA, the commission is not the leader of the EU. Both have considerable power, of course, and can advise on policy etc., but at the end of the day both must accept and act upon the decisions of their political masters and are accountable to those political masters. In the EU these political masters are the directly elected parliament, the council of ministers and the heads of the member states.
  15. And anyone, of whatever nationality, with even the slightest knowledge of the subject would not have posted Interesting that you consider an economic union of states to be Socialist. Do you also consider a political union of states to be the same; or worse? You know, a political union such as the United States of America? Not that there is anything wrong with Socialism, nor Capitalism come to that, in their pure forms. Unfortunately, both systems, and everything in between, have never existed in their pure form.