|The irony is killing me.
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
The UK immigration rules for non-EEA migrants changed on 6 April. The changes were pretty much as expected, with the closure of the Tier 1 (General) migrant scheme, under which I've been in the UK for the past five years, and the introduction of caps on Tier 2 migrant numbers.
Fortunately for me, the residency period for settlement/permanent residency/indefinite leave to remain (ILR), was not extended beyond five years. I can apply for ILR as soon as I qualify, which is well before my current visa expires. I am lucky. I'm certain others are not.
I decided to phone up the UK Border Agency to check whether or not I could apply for ILR as the unmarried partner of a British national. I can't, because my visa is for work and not for shacking up with an Englishman.
After I hung up, I realised that if, the last time I'd renewed my visa, I'd applied to be the unmarried partner of a UK citizen instead of a highly skilled migrant, I would have qualified after two years of living with him. Which means that I could have submitted my application this June instead of this October.
Oh, immigration rules. Your logic, it is, well. Not.
You have my respect for not being reduced to childish name calling and threats of "Fools, fools, I'll punish you all!" after all of these encounters with the UK Border Agency.
I suspect it may be a part of the test of how well you've assimilated into British culture. "If you can cope with this and still have a sense of humour, you can stay."
Xenophobic runs immigration agenda these days. NO logic what so ever. Good luck going through this. Young people of today, have to see what's happening and may be one day we can reverse this anti immigration rules being put into place now.
I hope it's a reversible trend. I really hope policies that play off of irrational fears - and racism - will not prevail.
Glad they're letting you stay, anyway. [HUGS]
Oho, don't congratulate me too soon. I haven't applied for ILR yet. I'm not going to celebrate until I have that stamp firmly affixed to my passport.
Ah... Hang on. [PUTS CELEBRATORY HUGS IN A TUPPERWARE CONTAINER, TO OPENED WHEN APPROPRIATE] There.
i thought you were married. haha.
Ha. I share a mortgage, which is, in my opinion, even more binding!
one day it'll be two dogs a cat and a kidney!
So the next time you apply will it be as a highly skilled worker or as a highly skilled shack-up partner? And is one way better than the other?
One way doesn't require as much residency time in the UK than the other, that's all. I'll be applying for ILR as a highly skilled worker, which requires 5 years. As a shack-up partner, only 2 years of residency are required for ILR.
It galls me a bit that it takes so much longer to earn the right to stay as a person capable of supporting herself, I must admit.
Have I mentioned lately you're one of my heroes? You had the guts to walk away from a career that wasn't making you happy, you had the guts to move to another freaking country, and change jobs AGAIN. You are so one of my heroes, nanila. Stabby ninja has spoken. :)
Edited at 2011-04-17 04:48 pm (UTC)
Well, thank you, stabby ninja. I think I might be needing to make another big change soon. I can feel it coming, but I'm not sure what it'll be yet.
I really think "Shacked Up with an Englishman" should be official designation on some ID.
Seems to be the reverse back here... of course, the coworkers who got theirs here had sponsorship help, vs. the insanity story or two of by-marriage I know of.Picture unrelated
, but I was going through old ones and giggled.
I may ask them to write it in on my passport when I go through immigration. If I ever meet an immigration officer with a sense of humour.
Awwww, I miss my dreadies! *sniff*