Friday, January 13, 2006

C'est La Visa

Enlisting your help again!

Because my Brit and I got on so well, we are starting to hatch several different plans to try and answer the “what comes next” question. We are finding that there are loads more complications than we expected (or wanted to recognize), as well as several tedious but important rules and regulations to follow.

I know that quite a few of the readers that frequent Of Insignificant Importance are experienced world travelers or have moved from one country to another to reside. If this is the case, and you feel you have some information about visas, working, or generally living in another country that would be helpful to our cause (big, fat, mushy LOVE), please feel free to comment about your adventures/advice/experience or you can email me on the nifty email link I have provided!*

We are only beginning to scratch the surface. Any help would be appreciated as we delve into the never-ending realm of international living rigmarole.


*Of course, even if you know bubkiss about this, comment anyway.

Insignificance Conveyed @ 9:57 AM   14 GabbyGabbers

14 "Sure was sweet of you to drop in":

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Rob West "told me"

Bobkes.

You can butcher the English language all you want, but when you start to butcher Yiddish, then it's personal.

So, are you going there or is he coming here?

 
At 1:28 PM, Blogger Me Over Here "told me"

Is that really how you spell it? I like my way better, and as he would say, I "can't be bothered" to change it. So deal.

I'm going there in May. After that, well, it's up in the air, I guess.

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger Tammy "told me"

The only experience I had in such areas was when I was looking into moving to Austraila. There was a website where you could apply for a work visa based on your experience or education, etc. It seemed that if you were married to a person in the country, or had a work sponsor ahead of time then it was easier to get in. Each type of job had certain points attached to it and the more points you had the more likely you could move there. Is it possible that you would move there...at least for a while? I mean, I don't know bobkes, but if you could go there for even three months to check out what it would be like to live with Huw and be exposed to him 24-7 (and him to you) then maybe you'd really know if you'd marry him so that you both could move around freely from country to country. And as I always say, you never know how much a man loves you until he's held your hair while you puke. Or better yet, when he reaches into a puke filled toilet to retreave a necklace you accidentally dropped while taking it off because it kept getting into your mouth while you were puking. LOL That happened to me once and I just suddenly remembered.

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger Tammy "told me"

Did you look at ukimmigrate.co.uk? I'm reading it a bit now. Yes, it's weird that I'm interested in helping you guys in some small way. It's not like I don't have a life, because I do have a very busy one. It's all for wanting to believe in LOVE!

 
At 4:49 PM, Blogger OldHorsetailSnake "told me"

I know bubkis. I just wanna see how this plays out. (One thing I DO know: "Love conquers all." Well....I may not KNOW that, but I read it somewhere.)

 
At 8:25 AM, Blogger Jona "told me"

I'm afaid everything I know is almost twenty years out of date (20 years??!!). I got an indefinite US holiday visa back when such things were possible, but I couldn't work at all. I also managed to get an Australian work visa after much queuing and drama, which allowed me to work for a year in 'Oz (but only 3 mths in any given job) - but beyond that I'm no help. Having said that, there is a US dad at school and I'll ask what I can, but our laws are different to the UK and if he came direct wouldn't be of much use to you (unless you came here!o))

Good luck :o)

 
At 5:32 AM, Blogger mona "told me"

All I can say is good luck- I have lived in so many different countries that the thought of filling out any more paperwork makes me green and feel somewhat ill. But I am confident that in the name of the cause things will go well :)
And..how did this happen? I'm so curious- did you meet on blogger? or did you start your blog after in order to keep in touch... did you bump into him on holiday and realise he's the man of your dreams?? It's so cool :)

 
At 7:35 AM, Blogger Huw "told me"

Mona (and others) - you may email for an account of the saga which I recently penned for Tammy, if you wish.

 
At 8:23 AM, Blogger Curly "told me"

Marriage.

As in low-key (not telling anyone) is usually a good way to get residence. One of my greatest friends has just done that, no regrets so far.

Short of that, Yanks have terrible problems trying to work in the UK and vice-versa. There are ways if there are skills shortages in either country. If you can get a company to agree to employ you, they then have to prove that they needed you over a US/UK citizen.

OR both move to a country where Yanks and Brits are allowed to work without visas? Japan, Korea for a while?

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger Becky "told me"

Lanettey...
I worked with a few Brits in Pennsylvania a couple years ago and one just recently moved to Texas permanently. At first it was through a work visa to the US to stay here through the summer...but he fell in love and realized that he needed to be here in the United States.

They just got married this past year and he is, I'm guessing, an American citizen. But before that it was just loads of visits both ways. But that gets ridiculously expensive.
I know there are "plans" where you can get like a 4 year work visa, at least thats what some of my Austrailian friends did, and they are now traveling the world working in different places.

But you might something a little more permanent. That's a huge and scary step. Someone would have to move to a whole different country separated by an ocean. That can be difficult, but also very well worth it.
I don't really have anything of importance to say, just that it can happen and it can work.
Good luck figuring all that out. I'll pray for you two that you will know the appropriate steps to take.

 
At 5:33 AM, Blogger anna "told me"

Netters,

After 4 months of phone calls, paperwork, and expired "tourist" visas, along with the fact that the only reason I can "work" here is because I'm "not getting paid for it" (I'd have to be Jewish and make aaliyah), I'm ready to come home to good ol' USofA where I KNOW they'll employ me! It's so interesting to see how different trying to live and work in a foreign country is, but I'm sure it will expand your horizons (and your sweet, sweet patience). Whatever hoops you have to jump through, just be glad they're jumpable!

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger Chris "told me"

Arghh, I have so much I could tell you! I have just come out of a relationship in a similar situation. Suffice to say it is difficult. British immigration hates Americans, and American immigration seems to hate everyone. But with his spiffy academic brain then Huw has a chance of finding employment stateside as green card job applications require sponsorship, and sponsorship requires special skills (or vice versa, I don't know your job/qualification status really). Tammy's post about finding neutral ground is a great idea, me and Sweetheart found that marriage seemed to be the only way to easily get permanent residency, and that’s a big scary, potentially self destructive step, so a compromise place that is easy to get visas for is a wonderful idea. Having said that my brother married his American girlfriend in order to get her permanent residency, but then they had been living together for three years whilst she was a student in the UK. Me and Sweetheart considered Australia. Other places to consider include New Zealand, Canada or Ireland (more Yank friendly immigration and Huw can work anywhere in the EU without a visa) We also considered Spain, but then we can both speak half decent Spanish. Have you got any special skills that could take you somewhere?

 
At 6:35 AM, Blogger chrissie "told me"

I have no experience with things like this. I just think it's cute :)

 
At 8:51 AM, Blogger y-vonne "told me"

Moving to another country is not that hard to do. The UK and the US are similar enough. At least you are not considering a move to Asia. The only way to experience life is to experience the world. Go for it!

 

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