I'm a Mexican computer science engineer, and an entry-level pen tester. I would like to emigrate to the United Kingdom. Initially, I would like to enter on a work visa but, ideally, I would like to live there five years so that I would be eligible for permanent residency.
As a tourist, I can stay 6 months in the UK without a visa. If I go home, and return to the UK, are those 6 months counted toward the 5 years needed for a residence permit? Can I work as a freelance. Should I go to the UK and apply for jobs?
I want to do this because I want to be close of my girlfriend, who is English and lives in Gloucester. I know she could help me a lot , but we are young; she's 18 , and I'm 21 . I want to wait until she turns 21 to marry her. How can I accomplish all of this?