We’ve been navigating the canals and rivers of the Inland waterways of UK since April 2009, commencing our ‘Blogspot’ blog on 17th April that year. Our inaugural six-months was spent exploring the northern waterways.
Since then we’ve shared stories, countless adventures, and met more fascinating folks than we could possibly keep count of.
In the UK spring of 2010, we returned for a further six-months to ‘do’ the south. By late 2010, we were so ‘hooked’ on the waterways (admittedly Barry more so than Sandra!), we drafted a long-term plan to return and apply for Barry’s UK Spousal Sponsored Visa, so we could both stay longer than the maximum six-months on Barry’s ‘visitor’ visa. At the time the ‘rules’ for this were spectacularly different to our return.
After more planning than Barry dares to recall, we made it back in March 2013 to begin the tortuous visa process – and work on ways to sustain ourselves having jumped off the veritable hamster wheel of ‘normal’ working. That remains a work in progress!
In May 2014, we moved blog providers to WordPress – which is where you’ve found us.
The process for enabling Barry to stay in UK was complex and costly. It involved three separate applications. The first of which entailed Barry having to return to NZ to apply. The second was two and a half years later. Each time we had to prove we’re a legitimately married and loving couple, with £62,500 of our own money, readily available, for a minimum of six months prior to the applications – as we’ve both been self-employed since March 2013. Self-employed income isn’t taken into account.
On 18th June 2019, Barry finally received news that his Set(M) application for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK had been successful. It took almost five months from the application in late January to the decision.
Since then we applied for Barry’s British Citizenship by ‘Naturalisation’ and heard on 17th December 2019 that this was successful.
We are what’s know as ‘Continuous Cruisers‘ on the canals in England and Wales, enjoying the parallel universe it provides. Our blog shares adventures and news of our colourful lives – both on and off NB Areandare. Read more about us here.
We’d love you to follow us, and do say hi if you pass by. Our location is always updated on The Home Brew Boat website.
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