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Returning to UK to work at 62 - advice please?

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I need some advice please...

62 years old and married and living in Isaan backwater for 10 years. Got house and old truck. Two children under 10 years old. I have not been in the UK for 12 years.

I have been staying here on a marriage visa using 40k baht/month method. Due to a big medical bill two years ago I have only 250000 baht in bank.

The UK pound is now under 38 baht and so my UK income has dropped well below 40k baht/month. Never dreamed this would happen. Will not be able to extend visa this year. As a family we no longer have enough income. My wife cannot work due to back/neck injury from traffic accident.

I am running out of options and getting desperate.

How easy for me to go back to UK and work? I was a truck mechanic for 30+ years and can drive a taxi.

I have no property in the UK, just a sister in Mitcham who I don't get on with but she might help a bit. I am disconnected from current UK situation.

I can arrive in UK with about £2000 to set up. I have lost touch with how things are there. Where is the best place to locate to get a job and rent somrwhere for a few years? I hear unemployment is v low. How easy to get a job at 62?

Thankyou

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@ubonjoe is the Multi Entry Non O without financial proof an option here?

 

If it is could you explain for the member please?

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Hi jim, there's plenty of driving jobs in London. I'm sure you will be okay just get your head down and before you know it you will be back in Thailand with your family. 

All the best Dave.  

 

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10 hours ago, jimballard said:

 

 

OP - UK economy is still pretty buoyant, the unemployment rate is low. I live and work here (age 48, IT sector in London) and spend 4 months of year in Thailand. Work should not be a problem to get, would think something like private hire cab, Uber, driving jobs, delivering cars would be good places to start. Sectors with lots of competition from cheap labour from Eastern Europe etc are ones to avoid imo.

 

Day to day costs are much more reasonable than you may imagine - food and clothing for example. Accommodation is costly and much more of an issue if based in SE England. Recommend you avoid that area unless your connection in Mitcham means you can wangle something. 

 

PM me for anything specific I might be able to help you with and  best of luck

 

PS My colleague was hired in his early 60s. So ageism is less prevelant here than you may imagine - not mandatory to put your age on a CV and age discrimination is not legal though in practice it's hard to prove otherwise I guess. From my personal experience - had 4 recruiters do cold approaches last week via LinkedIn (job networking site) so would seem to disprove that you are over the hill by your late 40s and certainly not in jobs like driving. Plenty of retirees deliver cars for example to top up pensions. 

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3 minutes ago, blackcab said:

@ubonjoe is the Multi Entry Non O without financial proof an option here?

 

If it is could you explain for the member please?

Thank you for your replies. The problem is not just the visa. As a family we no longer have enough each month. We are now at about 35kv each month. I underdtand the pound my drop more. I need to get income to send to thailand to supplement private pension and support family. If i can earn enough in uK to keep myself and send 10k a month to the family it will be ok until state pension kicks in.

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8 years before retirement age in UK.

 

You sure you have not got stuff lying around that could prop you up over 400k here?

 

Seems like you got a bit coming in already each month and your not that far from the 400k requirement anyway.

 

How's your credit in the UK? 

 

 

 

 

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Can you not use an agent to get around the process? I get the impression that 25K baht will do the trick. 

 

(Apparently madmen and I were typing at the same time -- great minds, as they say.) 

 

 

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Get the wife to borrow against the house and go visa agent for your next extension. Buy some time. That 2k you're taking home is almost 80k baht, plus your airfares. It'll vanish quickly in UK and you're chasing again. It will cost nothing like 80k for an agent to get you two more extensions.

 

I don't know how close you are to 63 but in two years or more you'll get your Government pension and your income will double. I'm 62, I'll get my UK pension at 65.

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I don't know which part of the UK you'd prefer to be in, but Southend on Sea in Essex is a busy town with plenty of work for taxi drivers. The bigger local firms will provide the car, and once you've done the local knowledge you can get cracking. Rent for a flat is going to be a lot lower than London etc., especially if you look around places like Westcliff. 

As a bonus you'll be near the sea, so it'll feel just like Thailand (on the 2 sunny days we get per year 😉). 

Good luck! 

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