Traveling for 6 month max to UK with child
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Apr 25, 2013 10:12 PM Last Post By: valoredei
Apr 24, 2013 4:39 PM
Traveling for 6 month max to UK with childMy husband started a company in Ukraine last year. And plan to visit regularly but it turned out to be much longer than we anticipated. He's been gone eight months in the past year. And we decided enough is enough. He would like me to come to London for six months with our child (we have family there) so that he can travel back and forth from Ukraine and see us more often. We'd like to rent a flat for six months and I found several possibilities. However the problem comes in the fact that I will be traveling alone with our toddler and when we arrive won't have all of the bank account statements to show that we have enough money to support ourselves for six months because my husband has all the money in his account and he will already be there.
We will have a return ticket and possibly even our rental application that my husband had already forwarded onto me.
We honestly only will stay for six months as he is in game development and we just need to wait until his first game is finished around September and then we return to the US together.
Is this all too risky an undertaking with a small child? Meaning, if there is any significant chance of having problems upon arrival, I really need to know. Thanks.
Apr 24, 2013 11:24 PM
1Missing a few facts, so difficult to give advice.
(1) What passport do you hold? I'm guessing Ukraine?
(2) Getting a visa for you and child depends on your passport, visa held by your husband etc. Check http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ for official information, which is better than spectulation from non experts, who don't know full facts (like me)
(3) UK Bank account details - bring copies of UK bank statements, along with marriage certificate.
(4) Home country bank account details - also bring bank accoutns from your home country to show evidence that you will return there. Not having any money in a home country bank account will make an immigration officer question your intention to return there.
(5) Renting a flat - definitely carry copy of rental agreement arranged by husband to carry through immigration.
(6) Child health - for the sake of your child's health and the health of children in UK, make sure your toddler is up to date with home country vaccinations, plus register in UK to contiue getting immunisations at appropriate ages - schedule may be different in Uk compared to your home country.
Apr 24, 2013 11:27 PM
2Your problem will be convincing the immigration officer
1) Your husband exists (solved via a phone call)
2) You have somewhere to live (fixed via staying with your family temporarily until you get a flat, confirmed via a phone call)
3) You have enough money (a joint account bank statement would help here). You only need 1 statement really, 3 months old or less.
Apr 25, 2013 12:52 AM
3The one thing that I don't see is the reason for the visit. I am sure that the first thing Immigration will ask is what is the purpose of your stay.
You are from America but your husband has a business and is woring in the Ukraine but you want to stay in the UK for 6 months.
Now try and explain that the a suspicious Immigration officer.
Apr 25, 2013 7:44 AM
Why don't you just come making it look like you are staying for a couple of weeks with a flexible (or cheap throw-away) ticket consistent with that. You are visiting friends and relations; your husband has prolonged business around Europe; taking advantage to see him, do some tourism, visit some other f&rs. Then you'll get stamped for whatever period USanians routinely get stamped in for, and you can stay as long as that allows regardless of what you said about 2 weeks in the first place, so long as you have money and aren't working. If, as I suspect, it's only 3 months they stamp you in for, then live with it, that's what Americans get without a fight over it. Maybe you can go somewhere else for a bit and come back later and get a bit more time.
Apr 25, 2013 2:31 PM
5If "all the money" is in your husband's account, can he not transfer it into your account so you have a statement in your name to show Immigration?
While the rental agreement shows that you have somewhere to live, it also demonstrates that you are not a genuine tourist - I'm not sure it's an advantage for you.
Edited by: libbyh
Apr 25, 2013 6:32 PM
Apr 25, 2013 10:12 PM
7Thanks all for your help. To address a few questions:
1. Husband can't just transfer all the money since he's in Ukraine and has an American bank account, and the money pays salaries etc, so no that's not a possibility.
2. It makes complete sense to go to the UK because I can stay there the longest, legally, and can't spend more than a few months in Ukraine. Also, I have family, and my husbands business partner is there. We've lived in London previously twice as students.
3. My concern with having my child with me is the immense hassle, if by any chance they detain us.
Many of you are correct in the showing of a rental agreement. It won't help. So I won't. I realize I was going about it in the wrong way as some suggested, and just need to take the approach that I'm visiting friends and will be in and out. I realized they never ask my husband to see his return flight plans or even money, but I will still come prepared with something to show just in case.
My last question is: if I book a flight entering the UK and leaving six months later, are they going to want to see money for six months even if I tell them I will be in and out?
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