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Can I immigrate to the UK if I owe student loans in the US?

Asked by RTC (7points) August 7th, 2012

I’m planning on immigrating to the UK after I complete my bachelors to be with my boyfriend as well as because I’ll have better job opportunities there. I am NOT going to the UK to avoid student loans, I intend to pay them from the UK. I was just wondering if owing them would prevent me from getting a visa to be able to immigrate to the UK?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

What @FutureMemory is trying to say is that you need a WORK permit, you cannot just go to the UK to look for work. There about 2.5 million unemployed in the UK, looking for work.

marinelife's avatar

Your having student loans would not have anything to do with whether you can get into the UK.

RTC's avatar

Thank you, I know I need to get a work permit. I wouldn’t be going to the UK on a work visa, actually. I’d be going over on a fiancĂ© visa. I just wanted to make sure I wouldn’t have to pay my loans off first.

tedd's avatar

@RTC I don’t think the UK is one of them, but some countries actually work on an entirely different credit bureau system. You could theoretically move to one of those countries, never pay your student loans, and be fine (so long as you never moved back). I think Australia is one of them.

trailsillustrated's avatar

Australia is one of them. So is the UK just sayin.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@RTC I’m not in the UK but I believe they will void your fiance Visa if you contact a potential employer or actively look for work. Also I think you have to apply for a WORK Visa before you go to the UK not while you are in the UK.

harple's avatar

If you are going on a fiance visa and get it, you will not be allowed to work for 6 months. You will also have to marry within that time. But you know all this I think. As far as I am aware, your fiance will need to prove that they can support you during that time. Your own debt may or may not impact on that, it could depend if you have a commitment in place for regular repayments.

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