Hi, sorry I wasn't more detailed. My husband, Karl Smith, is a US citizen, born in Ohio. (We are legally married, but I did not change my name.) We both have small pensions - he has one from having worked for 10 years as a public school teacher here in California (he collects it now, even though he is still otherwise employed, only retired from the public schools). It is currently $661. I collect Social Security from the U.S. gov't, which deducts over $100 every month for "Medicare". So right now I get $467, but I have found that they will not take out Medicare if I live abroad, so mine will be at least $570, making our combined monthly pension income about $1231. Of course my husband would prefer to work in England (rather than be retired), if permitted. His pay at EC Language School, in San Francisco, is around $2500/mo after taxes. I would expect the salary to be similar in London, where EC has two schools (or at their school in Brighton). My husband has a Master's degree in Teaching of English, earned from University of Southern California, and has been a teacher for 25 years, so he is highly qualified. Our other main source of income, in the absence of salary, would be drawn from the proceeds from the sale of our home, for which we are now beginning to plan. We expect to clear at least $250,000 on that. Most would be invested in our IRAs, to draw interest, but we anticipate taking out about $2500/mo to supplement the $1231, coming to an annual income of around $44,700, or 28,800 British pounds. Would this be livable, within commute distance of London or Brighton? It is about what we live on now, in the San Francisco area, which is one of the most expensive areas in the U.S. Moreover, although I am 67, I am in excellent health, and would also be seeking part-time work, preferably in a museum-type setting, since I have a degree in anthropology, and a college-earned certificate in museum studies. So, one of the key questions is, how difficult would it be for my husband (at age 65) to get a work permit, to work in his chosen field (teaching ESL) in Britain? And what would be the process? Will it make a difference if his employer offers him guaranteed employment at one of their school locations in England? Thank you for asking for additional relevant information. I will watch for your response, and I do understand that there is an 8 hour time difference, and that you probably won't see this till Wed'day. Best regards.
Thank you so much for the speedy response, with helpful website links & other relevant info. This seems to be most of what I need. I do have one additional question, though, which I want to be clear on, before we start to look into the practicalities. So far, all your information for me is geared towards my simply bringing my husband in as the spouse of a person who is a citizen. Is this our best strategy? Or, only strategy? In other words, is his getting a visa more likely this way, than through his directly acquiring an in-England job offer from the international language school company which already employs him in California?