Thursday, November 09, 2006

Passport Visa? Check!

Just a quick update while I'm still recovering from the worst flu I've had in years!

Had to fly back to the States to get my fiancée visa paperwork all sorted out. These things really stress me out.

To qualify to join Andy I had to agree to follow these guidelines:

-you plan to marry or register a civil partnership within a reasonable time (usually six months)
-you plan to live together permanently after you are married or have registered a civil partnership
-you have met each other before
-there is somewhere for you and your dependants to live until you get married or register a civil partnership, and you will be able to live without help from public funds, and
-you and your dependants can be supported without working or claiming any help from public funds.

Simple enough.

But in compliance with UK visa application for husbands, wives and partners I had to fill out their
INF4 forms, send them $494 freaking bucks and send supplemental data.

You wouldn't believe how much crap I had to send them!
-Proof of my citizenship
-My birth certificate
-Proof of Andy's citizenship
-A copy of his passport or registration certificate that has been confirmed as a true copy
-My bank statements
-His bank statements
-Proof that he owns property
-Evidence that he lives in Scotland
-Letters/phone call records demonstrating that we've known each other for over a year
-A formal letter from Andy requesting my presence in the UK as his partner
-My actual passport

I was so worried that the British Consulate would find fault and wouldn't award me that visa. Then, that would mean I'd have to leave Britain and my man behind until who knew when.

All is good! I got it and soon I'll be flying back to my legal home to tackle everything else that's harried in my world. I can't wait till I get up in front of those Customs officers... that's right! Don't question me, fool! I'm allowed to be here now!

Next up: marriage!


At Nov 11, 2006, 1:02:00 PM, Blogger John Schaefer said...

Yes, well, just pretend that, for each piece of information you have to get each individual photocopy "legalized"...

and the office that legalizes documents decides it couldn't do yours...

and the office it sends you to can't do them either...

and the next office you get sent to sends you back to the first one...

and after you get back to the first one and yell at them until they agree to legalize you, they decide that one of those documents has an unregistered signature...

so you have to go to yet another office and register your signature in a big book...

before returning to that first office to get the photocopy, which now has its signature accompanied by a (now legalized) stamp, itself legalized...

And you'll probably conclude that French bureaucracy beats British bureaucracy hands down!

At Nov 14, 2006, 5:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


glad to have you as an official black briton elite.

At Nov 17, 2006, 3:43:00 PM, Blogger Jamie Brandon said...

bureaucracy is, at its root a French word, eh? But I can't believe that John would put down the French on Peggy's blog...I mean she's a Brunache!

At Nov 18, 2006, 12:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, it's French pride! Go bureacracy! It's better to file paperwork than to fire cannons...

At Nov 20, 2006, 7:03:00 AM, Blogger Courtney Desiree Morris said...

Damn...just so you can live in Scotland without any grief...
The things we do for love...
Glad to hear though that things are working I gotta get back to figuring out ways to scrimp on my expenses so I can keep on funneling cash into the Get-Courtney-to-Scotland-in-June-World-Tour.

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