LOTR case study: Ashley’s story ⦁ LOTR 成功例子: Ashley的故事
Ashley (not his real name) arrived in the UK on 6 August 2020 and was successfully granted Leave Outside the Rules (LOTR) at the UK border. He talked to Ying Goi Dim about his experience.
I resigned in early July, bought a one-way ticket, and arrived in the UK one month later • 「我七月頭辭職，買咗張單程機票，一個月後到英國。」
I am not married and decided to move to the UK in June. I handed in my resignation letter in early July and worked till 31 July. I landed at Heathrow airport on 6 August.
On the same flight I met a family of four from Hong Kong that was also applying for LOTR. They are in the process of applying for a start-up visa as well as student visas for the kids, but decide to come on LOTR before the academic year starts so their kids can start school in September.
I had everything they asked for before I boarded the plane • 「我上機之前已經預備晒所有佢哋需要嘅文件。」
In terms of money, I put around HK$45,000 between my Monzo (an online bank) account and my Transferwise “borderless” account. I had a little bit of cash with me, too.
I rented a place via Airbnb before I landed. Now that I have settled in for a few days, I managed to rent a place on a 3-month contract via flat-sharing site Spareroom.
I also had full health insurance sorted out before coming.
At the border, I gave the officer my BNO passport and said I wanted to apply for LOTR • 「過關嘅時候，我比我嘅BNO護照佢，然後同佢講我想申請LOTR。」
He took me to a waiting area and asked me a few questions. The questioning lasted no more than 3 minutes:
- Are you single, or coming as a family?
- Where do you plan to live in the UK?
- What was your job before you left Hong Kong?
- Can you show me your bank statement?
He took with him my passport and bank statement, which showed that I only had HK$20,000 in it. He came back 15 minutes later with a chop on my passport that said I now have leave to enter for 6 months.
My LOTR was approved in 15 minutes and the Border Force officer was very friendly • 「15分鐘就批咗LOTR ，而且負責嘅官員非常之友善。」
He asked me to give him the address of where I would be staying and my mobile number. I applied for a UK number already when I was in Hong Kong, but I also left him the mobile number of my Airbnb host.
Today’s my 5th day in the UK and I went for my first job interview • 「今日係我喺英國嘅第五日。我見左我第一份工。」
I worked in a sales department in Hong Kong, but I am not confident with my English just yet to interview for a salesperson job here. I was interviewing for a more basic job.
I don’t have any friends here yet, but I am willing to start a new life.
Here is my advice to Hong Kongers who are eligible in getting an LOTR • 「以下係我比香港有需要申請LOTR嘅人嘅建議。」
- Make sure you have your bank statements with you to show how much money you have.
- You may still have bills to pay in Hong Kong, such as unfinished broadband contracts, so set up online payments for all these accounts and don’t owe anyone any money.
- Setting up an account with Transferwise has proven helpful. With a “borderless” account I was given a debit card, which is necessary in the UK now as many places don’t accept cash due to Covid-19.