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Post Number:#21  PostPosted: 22 Feb 2012 20:49 
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Just a thought Mark, you don't have to answer if you don't want, does your wife own or is likely to own (maybe by inheritance) any property in Ukraine?


She already owns a flat, currently occupied by her mum. She will sell it when it becomes vacant (may that be far in the future!)

She will have to sort that out before any nationality switch occurs.



That's what I wondered, how they go about owning property when they have to give up their internal passports.

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That's what I wondered, how they go about owning property when they have to give up their internal passports.


According to my wife, it is possible, but she will have to research exactly how.

My wife already has a last resort option:
- Do not switch until after she can sell it.

Currently, NL also pushes to give up your original identity when you take the dutch one, but the property-owning means Dutch law exempts her from that.

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Markje wrote:
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That's what I wondered, how they go about owning property when they have to give up their internal passports.


According to my wife, it is possible, but she will have to research exactly how.

My wife already has a last resort option:
- Do not switch until after she can sell it.

Currently, NL also pushes to give up your original identity when you take the dutch one, but the property-owning means Dutch law exempts her from that.



Bit confused here, in your earlier post you mentioned she was getting Dutch Citizenship in July, now you mention not switching until you have sold, surely that would be a long time in the future ? so in effect she would still have dual Citizenship, am I reading this correctly?

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Bit confused here, in your earlier post you mentioned she was getting Dutch Citizenship in July, now you mention not switching until you have sold, surely that would be a long time in the future ? so in effect she would still have dual Citizenship, am I reading this correctly?


She can apply for it in July. Doesn't mean we will, until we have the property bit sorted.

So she will remain Ukrainian until we know what to do. Hopefully we will have it all sorted before July.

It also means she will have to get a new residency card for NL, if she stays of Ukrainian nationality.

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I see, OK that's clearer now. I just wish Ukraine would recognise dual Citizenship, would make life easier.

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I see, OK that's clearer now. I just wish Ukraine would recognise dual Citizenship, would make life easier.


well, my wife is doing some extensive research on that property stuff, and we consulted with a few officials.

It seems it is no problem to give up the Ukrainian nationality with regards to property.

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I see, OK that's clearer now. I just wish Ukraine would recognise dual Citizenship, would make life easier.


well, my wife is doing some extensive research on that property stuff, and we consulted with a few officials.

It seems it is no problem to give up the Ukrainian nationality with regards to property.



Right, well that sounds like good news then, I would be interested to hear what she uncovers and is able to clarify in time. [thumbs.gif]

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Family migration changes announced - updated

13 June 2012

On 11 June 2012 the Government announced changes to the Immigration Rules for non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) nationals applying to enter or remain in the UK on the family migration route. The new Immigration Rules will also unify consideration under the rules and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, by defining the basis on which a person can enter or remain in the UK on the basis of their family or private life.

Today (13 June 2012) rules have been laid in Parliament which will bring these changes into effect, along with an impact assessment, a policy equality statement and a statement on the compatibility of the rules with Article 8.

Most of these changes will apply to new applicants from 9 July 2012.

The changes are part of the Government's programme of reform of the immigration routes and follow wide consultation and expert advice from the Migration Advisory Committee.

The changes include:

  • introducing a new minimum income threshold of £18,600 for sponsoring the settlement in the UK of a spouse or partner, or fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner of non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationality, with a higher threshold for any children also sponsored; £22,400 for one child and an additional £2,400 for each further child;

  • publishing, in casework guidance, a list of factors associated with genuine and non-genuine relationships, to help UK Border Agency caseworkers to focus on these issues;

  • extending the minimum probationary period for settlement for non-EEA spouses andpartners from two years to five years, to test the genuineness of the relationship;

  • abolishing immediate settlement for the migrant spouses and partner where a couple have been living together overseas for at least 4 years, and requiring them to complete a 5 year probationary period;

  • from October 2013, requiring all applicants for settlement to pass the Life in the UK Test and present an English language speaking and listening qualification at B1 level or above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages unless they are exempt;

  • allowing adult and elderly dependants to settle in the UK only where they can demonstrate that, as a result of age, illness or disability, they require a level of long-term personal care that can only be provided by a relative in the UK, and requiring them to apply from overseas rather than switch in the UK from another category, for example as a visitor; and

  • restricting family visit visa appeals, initially by narrowing the current definitions of family and sponsor for appeal purposes, and then, subject to the passage of the Crime and Courts Bill, which was published on 11 May 2012, removing the full right of appeal against refusal of a family visit visa.

For more information about the changes that are being introduced and details of transitional arrangements, please see the Statement of Changes to the Immigration rules (HC 194), the Explanatory Memorandum, impact assessment, the policy equality statement and European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) memorandum on the right side of this page.

Additional information is available in the draft staff guidance on the right side of this page.

If you already have leave on the basis of being the spouse or partner of a settled person, you need to meet the current rules when you apply for settlement on this basis, not the new rules outlined above.

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