Expat Life

More visa heartache

Let’s be honest today. I am really, really bummed out. My plane SHOULD have landed in the UK in the early hours of the morning and I should be reunited with Sam as I type this.

But long story short, my visa is still not here. So we’ve pushed my flight back an additional two weeks.(Which means I am missing a school friend’s wedding in London this weekend.) Nothing has gone smoothly through this journey at all. First we had issues with Sam’s taxes. When we finally got that straightened out we submitted my application. A few days short of one month after we submitted it, we heard that they had misplaced my priority application which was why I hadn’t heard anything, but not be too stressed as they’d now found it and assigned it to an Entry Clearance Officer to process.

Well, that was over a week ago and still….nothing. Deathly quiet. At this point in time I am just sick and tired of waiting….. And then yesterday I received an email “apologizing for the delay in receiving my decision but they are waiting on an update from another government office.” This struck fear into my heart. If my visa had gone smoothly then they wouldn’t have needed to talk to a different department. So what are they investigating? What’s gone wrong?

If they’re going to reject my application I just want to know it so that we can start devising other plans. And if they’re going to request more papers I want to get them in asap. At this rate, I won’t be on the flight at the end of the month either.

I haven’t had it off my mind for the past 3 months. No matter what I do it’s there lurking in the background. I’m tired of thinking, “Maybe I’ve finally received an email!” as soon as I wake up  in the morning just to be disappointed yet again. I’m also really scared that my agent is going to drop me from their client list if my return keeps getting delayed. Talk about a massive step backwards in my acting career. But mostly I want to be reunited with this jerk face:

It’s been really hard not to be bitter about everything over the past few months. I feel like I’m being punished for falling in love with someone from a different country. Or that it is our fault that we took our relationship so seriously. According to the new visa rules 47% of UK citizens would not qualify to sponsor a spouse or partner. That’s almost half of a country. If your laws are potentially permitting half of your country to live with who they love then you seriously have problems.
Anyone interested in this controversy or thinking about moving to the UK needs to read this  article published by the BBC on Monday. An estimated 18,000 people in England are going to be separated from their families this year due to these unjust rules. (If you’re a Brit reading this blog, I beg you to do some research and write to your local MP.)
Fingers crossed that I’ll be on that damn plane on the 26th.


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