RunnerBride13: That’s factually true. The visa issue isn’t a problem. The real problem is that you still have to run the gauntlet of the UK Border Agency who man the entry point to the UK. Trust me (and I say this as someone whose British son is married to a US citizen and thus all three of us travel quite frequently between the UK and the US) the UK Border Agency staff are CONSIDERABLY less pleasant than their US immigration counterparts. Which speaks volumes!
Sure, you don’t need a visa. But anyone trying to enter the UK who is clearly not the average tourist – i.e. with hotel bookings, a tour itinerary and staying for a correspondingly short period of time – will be subject to interrogation. The Border Agency, like their US counterparts are keen to ensure that visitors don’t overstay but more than that, the Border Agency are HOT, HOT, HOT, on non-entitled visitors working illegally in the UK.
What I am about to say should not be taken as condoning illegal entry to the UK but certainly these are the points you need to take on board:
1. You will be asked the purpose of your visit. A reunion with your husband and a summer vacation with him being quite acceptable and true, However, you will also be asked how you are funding this lengthy stay in the UK. They will ask, do you have a job? If so, have you arranged a leave of absence?
2. Having a job is just an opener though because you’ll certainly be asked “How do you plan to support yourself for up to 6 months in the UK? How much money do you have in the bank (take a bank statement with you)?
3. If you answer “my husband is paying for my stay here” they will ask “Who does he work for and how much does he earn?” – be prepared to have a copy of at least one of his paychecks with you.
Also, note that the Border Agency considers that an annual salary of at least £18,000 ($30,000) is the minimum amount possible to support a couple with a spouse who is not entitled to work.
If the answers to any questions are along the line of “that’s OK, I’m going to be working remotely”, expect to spend several hours in a cell before being put on the next plane back to the States. At your expense!
So you can see that merely not having to have a visa is absolutely no guarantee that you’ll be granted entry to the UK.