Mum came to Sussex from the Philippines in 1973 at the age of 21. She moved over for her education and career, with the goal of having a better life and supporting her family. She was recruited as a student nurse and obtained a work visa in the UK. While studying as a nurse, she was also able to earn income during her training and eventually became a permanent resident. Mum chose psychiatric nursing training as at the time, there was a big demand in that niche.
We don’t know for sure what Mum’s plans were, but she wasn’t likely to go back to Philippines at the time. She came alone, but stayed in nursing accommodation and met many new friends and colleagues in the UK. She eventually met her husband, my dad, who had also immigrated to the UK from Sri Lanka to pursue a career as a physiotherapist.