Britain fails the foreigners we need


There is ample evidence that refusals are based on the prejudices and opinions of the entry clearance officers rather than on the basis of the Immigration Rules. This is a gross denial of justice.

Source: Immigration Advisory Service – News & media releases – Britain fails the foreigners we need

So that’s why a lot of my friend’s relatives visa and entry clearance application in Jakarta, Indonesia is refused…


Would you like to own your home?

The Future Of Home-owning

A new housing report may reassure homeowners and potential homebuyers who are worried about the long-term demand for residential property.

An interesting take on residential property market in the UK. They asked young people, future home buyers, on their home-owning preferences. Almost all of them want to be a home owner.

I bought my home back in 2001, less than six months after I emigrated to the UK. I was renting a house for the first year. For me it was a no brainer, because I calculated that the mortage payment is only a bit more (less than 20%) compared with the rent. Even considering the costs involved, the possibility of a price decrease (didn’t happen, instead it increased 100% over 4 years), I figured the most I will lose is the same as renting, so it evens out. I did come into some inheritance money that I used for the deposit.

All in all I’m happy although I now have the additional burden of insurance and property maintenance!