Happy Independence Day!

I am still in England. In fact, today I am meeting my future in-laws, and I believe there are plans to see Malmesbury Abbey.

Hope you’re having a good 4th of July (if you live in the USA!)

Oh, heck, I hope you have a good day even if it doesn’t include fireworks.

If you’re wondering what I think about when the Usual Suspects aren’t running me ragged, I believe S. E. Smith over at This Ain’t Livin is running a guest post I wrote on the immigration process today.

Comments (2) | Uncategorized — Andrea @ 0439 on 4 July, 2010

2 Responses to “Happy Independence Day!”

  1. George
    0257 on July 5th, 2010

    I really appreciated your post over at This Ain’t Livin. I can’t really express it, but I can at least say that it made my day. As someone who had witnessed their family have a long protracted immigration sponsorship problem during their formative years, I found your thoughts regarding the issue more than refreshing.

    Even with all the “practical” or willful ignorance of the process that abounds, I can still feel a little better in spite of that, because of your great account and apt perspective-imparting being published over at This Ain’t Livin. Thank you.

  2. GaryD
    0701 on July 5th, 2010

    Happy belated 4th July to you!!

    Have read your post over at This Ain’t Livin’ and beginning to think I got it easy!!

    My wife and I married in 2002 and managed to somehow miss most of the shenanigans re immigration. We think that that is partly down to the fact that we got sorted so soon after 9/11; I am also thinking that maybe now it is looking cheaper to be together in the UK, rather than the US.

    Morality of immigration to western democracies aside, I can think of no reason why logically there is such disparity between the cost to immigrate to the UK as against the US. I am fairly sure that indefinite leave to remain is cheaper here and citizenship is £795 plus test cost of £35.

    I think it sad at this time of year when my wife looks lovingly of photos taken during a 4th of July parade yesterday that she and I have to consider UK citizenship for her as she is fearful of deportation to the US by UK authorities if I should die (my death being an inevitable event).

    As you can see, the issues do not stop once you have the indefinite leave to remain; I do not wish to have my wife lose her heritage but she is convinced that she would not be able to “make it” back in the US if she was deported (and by then she probably would be of pension age with no pension).

    I think that you may be younger than we are but I do somewhat understand the road you travel – I wish you luck and I hope you had a lovely day at Malmesbury Abbey!!

    Regards,

    Gary.

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