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Why do I always have to use the "rage" tag when I use the "immigration" tag? [20100208|15:31]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Dear UK Border Agency,

How wonderful to hear from you again! Has it really been just four months since I filled out a 75-page form and paid the princely sum of £820 for the privilege of remaining in the country where I work, own a home and where the man I love resides? And now I learn that because the country in which I happened to have been born required me to renew my passport, you need my financial assistance again. I had no idea it was so costly to transfer a visa from one piece of paper to another, or that such a complex endeavour required the completion of yet another 15-page epistle. I hope my £165 donation is sufficient to cover the expense. Also, that the visa is made of platinum and framed in precious stones.

Helpfully yours forever,
Nanila
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2010-02-08 16:59 (UTC)
They haven't asked for pints of your blood yet, right?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-02-08 21:33 (UTC)
Well, apparently they have to issue a "biometric identity card" simultaneously with the transferred visa. Blood may yet be required.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2010-02-08 18:41 (UTC)
I hereby retract all my complaints about the US charging me $75 to renew my passport on top of making me supply my own photo (which, man, they charge like $20 for those! That is highway robbery, all they have to do is point the camera and print the picture!).

Put in this perspective, that price point seems quite reasonable. And I only had to fill out four pages of forms.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-02-08 21:36 (UTC)
Yes, I just filled out the US passport renewal forms myself. One thing I don't understand, though, is why they don't include instructions about how to attach the photos to the application, er, in the instructions. I mean, it can be deduced from the "staple" indicators on the square where the photo goes, but it seems foolish not to spell it out, especially when they want only one of the two photos stapled to the form and the other to be loose. And especially when, in the "Top 5 Reasons For Rejection of Renewal" forms, Number 1 is "incorrect photo submissions". *eyeroll*
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2010-02-08 21:40 (UTC)
Oh, god, is THAT how they want them? You probably just saved my bacon there. I haven't had my photos done yet and I could not figure out wtf they wanted.
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[User Picture]From: senusert
2010-02-08 22:52 (UTC)
If we didn't have inefficient bureaucracy, what would we complain about?

I would extol you to make many, many copies of said document when it arrives. Perhaps to quell your disbelief at having gotten it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-02-09 17:32 (UTC)
On the bright side, it will begin the process of adding value to my passport! See today's entry regarding my old passport, wherein I work out the total cost of the visas inside.
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2010-02-08 23:07 (UTC)
"imagine there's no countries
it's easy if you try.."
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-02-09 17:34 (UTC)
Yes. There was a scene in the first or second season of "Spooks" where the MI5 chaps are trying to recruit this chap into being a double-agent for them, and he tells the team leader, "Why don't we just let everybody live wherever they want? Imagine how that would be." The MI5 team leader, of course, just looks faintly incredulous and moves on, but that moment stuck with me for a long time.
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2010-02-09 00:16 (UTC)
I can only imagine how annoying this must be for you. Any excuse a country can find to gouge you out of money they will.

How much longer do you have before you are a permanent resident? Or are you one now?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-02-09 17:35 (UTC)
No, I'm not a permanent resident yet. I've been living in the country for five years, which is the minimum period to qualify, but have only been employed continuously for 3.5. Until I've spent 4 years 11 months here under my own work permit(s), I won't qualify for permanent residency.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-02-09 17:39 (UTC)
Or at least rant about it on the internet.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2010-02-09 09:59 (UTC)
oh lord. I feel it for you :( I don't look forward to it myself but I've got two years to wait and I'm sure UKBA will change the rules again. By then I'll be paying 3 times as much and have a 150 page form to fill out.

I think they make it difficult on purpose!

Hope that they sort it out for you soon and stop stressing you out.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-02-09 17:51 (UTC)
Oh yes, the UKBA can do many, many things in two years. Sometimes without informing present visa holders that the rules for their work permits have changed.

I guess they want us to be extra-super-safety-certain that we want to stay!
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2010-02-09 12:47 (UTC)
Even though I qualified for citizenship last October, I'm waiting until July to apply as that's one year from getting my permanent residency, and thus the johnnycomestupids at UKBA will have no excuse for messing up, delaying, or asking for 46785million additional pages of evidence that I actually qualify.

*feels your pain*

Edited at 2010-02-09 12:47 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-02-09 17:52 (UTC)
Their ability to obfuscate, baffle, and bilk us out of cash would be artistic except that I suspect it arises almost purely from incompetence.
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