Thanks all once again for your help, much appreciated. I think we'll just go over without the wife having a VISA. If we stay longer or she needs to work, we'll have to get the relevant VISA
This is the situation we are in. We want to go back in the next few years (as I'm an only child) and we will be snagged by these new rules. I am infuriated that my home country would like to make it that difficult for me to live there with my husband. We have made a point of ensuring the kids have British passports so it is only my husband who requires a visa. I have no idea how I would be supposed to go and get a job in advance, especially as I'm currently a SAHM. What do I do with the children, am I likely to get a high paying job when returning to work (haha I think not). The whole thing is ridiculous and merely set up so they can cut immigration numbers which have increased because of the foolhardy idea of opening the borders to Europe. Now it is genuine citizens who will suffer.
It is not economical to go to bed early to save the candles if the result is twins - Chinese proverb
Get your husband to go to France (or any other country...but France is nearest) & jump on a boat to the UK!! If it works here in OZ it will defo work in UK!! Our aussie mate here in Perth (who we met in the UK..small world!!) has just married a Swedish girl who was raised & did all her schooling in Perth, but she is only allowed a visa that does not allow her to work, which is surely putting strain on the newlyweds finances. I could understand if it was buy-a-bride, but she has spent most of her life in OZ, her accent is stronger than some true blue Aussies!! End of the day if you are honest & straight as a dye, you get persecuted. If you duck'n'dive and bend the laws....life is sweet!!
Good luck sorting out this unnessesary mess out....bit too late to strengthen the UK's borders... the horse bolted decades ago!!!
I don't have a clue how its going to work, like you say how is someone like you going to make it work, we would have been in the same situation as my wife is a SAHM like you. I reckon it will have to change, there will be lots of complaints about it so they will do something. They have also extended the 'probationary' period as well to I think 5 years???? It used to be 2 before you could apply for perm res.