Young lives in limbo

What's life like for young adults who don’t have valid visas? It is a question that Katherine Houlston, AFF’s F&C Specialist, is better qualified than most to answer having recently spent time trying to hel...

Couples’ conundrum

Foreign & Commonwealth soldiers who are in long-term relationships are allowed to bring their partner to the UK, but the criteria are strict and it’s not easy to provide the evidence required. Here, our spe...

Are you an army of one?

Being a single parent and holding down a full-time job is challenging enough, but if you’re from a Commonwealth country and choose to join the British Army, it takes it to a whole new level. AFF has noticed a s...
Main photo: Hemraj Gharti Magar and family

The Visa Journey

Main photo: Hemraj Gharti Magar and family The opportunity to live overseas should be an exciting one but for some Foreign & Commonwealth families it can be a complex proposition. Here, our F&C speci...

Support for the Gurkha community

SSAFA’s Gurkha Support Service is available to all serving and veteran members of the Brigade of Gurkhas and their families. Local support is provided via a network of SSAFA volunteers to ensure the Gurkha com...

Teamwork testimonies

If you’re a non-UK family, your immigration status affects almost every part of your life in the UK, from your ability to work to opening a bank account. AFF’s F&C team works with a wide range of organisati...

Preparing for Brexit

Are you prepared for the changes within Europe after 1 January 2021? Esther Thomas, AFF’s manager overseas, has seen a recent increase in enquiries from army families about the impending end of the UK transitio...

Flying the flag

Almost a year since its creation, the Marama Alliance UK (MAUK) is going from strength-to-strength, empowering women in the Fijian community across the UK, and it’s particularly supportive of those connected to...

Saving to serve

FOLLOWING on from winter’s Army&You article on the cost of serving for F&C families, AFF F&C Specialist Katherine Houlston put your questions about the benefits of saving with a credit union to Vale...

The cost of serving

Foreign & Commonwealth soldiers must earn a specific amount of money before they can bring their family to the UK – families must then apply to remain here permanently. Understanding these requirements and ...