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“For those people whose dream is to migrate to the UK but are not qualified to go for the Tier 1 visa [for “high-value” migrants such as talents and investors], this is a possible path for them,” said Willis Fu Yiu-wai, marketing director and senior immigration consultant of Goldmax Associates.
Fu warned the current economic situation, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic – which has left nearly 300,000 sick in the country with more than 45,500 deaths – was something to consider when moving there. The number of people claiming out-of-work benefits in Britain more than doubled to 2.6 million in June.
“My advice to people who wish to migrate to the UK, especially young people, is to be mentally prepared for the worst-case scenario, in which they do not have a job for a long period of time, and may need to survive on their savings without income,” Fu said.
Those who do not have hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings need to consider how they will support themselves for six years in total, he added.