Jul 222009
 

Blogging has been light these past couple of weeks due to my travelling places (Edinburgh, mainly, which was lovely), and will continue to be light as I return to the US for ten days to attend a friend’s nuptial festivities.

Everyone who has commented here about my immigration problems has been enormously sympathetic, and I’m very grateful. Having this blog, and the input of its commenters, has really been an unexpected blessing, without which I don’t think I would have coped as well. So this post is also sort of a giant THANK YOU! for the support, including the unknown but brave gentleman who has offered to make an honest woman of me so I can stay here.

You will be perhaps pleased to know that I have not yet quit fighting; I have some plans in hand to continue the struggle. The British government has not seen the last of me. Nor has this blog, which I will update as and when I can from the US, although given the bride-and-groomly demands on my time and the parlous connection options available in the impenetrable swampy wastes of North Carolina, I do not expect it to happen often.

So au revoir until August, probably, when I will resume the reasoned yet flighty political discourse to which you have all become accustomed.

  5 Responses to “Travel etc”

  1. Good luck in your attempt to stay in blighted Blighty. I met you a couple of weeks ago outside The Market Porter with various other bloggers. Why don’t you claim political asylum on the grounds that America persecutes Latin speakers? It’s true. Have friends of yours organise a kind of Klan burning of Summa contra gentiles or something in your home town. My advice is, as always, free at the point of use.

  2. My brother teaches physics in North Carolina. Only time I was there it was very humid and the Outer Banks had big mosquitoes.
    It turned out that I wasn’t very good at physics, despite going to uni to study it. Electronics and more recently, Mechatronics have occupied me since. My children are grown up and beautiful. Their mother died two years ago, quite suddenly. I just failed Latin GCE.

  3. With regard to your Tier 1 application refusal, as I understand it, you should have received details about how to appeal the decision. I don’t have time to read all your blog, so forgive me if you have already been through this stage. If not, it is important to act promptly to avoid your appeal being time-barred. Have you consulted a local Citizens Advice Bureau (“CAB”)? If you live in London, there is a CAB near the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand.
    http://www.rcjadvice.org.uk/

  4. I think your application was rejected because the authority contend that both the documents (letter + P60) you provided as proof of income were supplied by your employer. However, if that P60 has at some stage been processed by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) then you could argue in a tribunal or court that HMRC is your second source.

  5. Never mind that you’re American, educated and willing to work; you might still be a terrorist or someone just looking to exploit our benefits system! I for one thank our government for doing its best to keep us safe!

    Yes, I’m being sarcastic. Good luck, Bella! Don’t let the bastards get you down…

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