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…
Sir Digby Jones, on how UK relies on immigrants:
“We even relied on immigration for our royal family – every time we ran out, off we went to Europe and got another lot.”
Source: The enterprising Sir Digby Jones – 42 Degrees
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!