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"Your application for leave to remain has been refused."

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That's the first thing I read on the letter I received this morning. Unfortunately, my stay here in the UK has to come to an end.

The reason stated by the Home Office, specifically, is that I haven't been living with my girlfriend (our very own EXiku) for long enough. The letter explaining the refusal of my visa application, however, ended up being rather contradictory - so, hopefully, I'll be able to appeal it and get the visa. Otherwise, I'll have to go back to Canada and start all over again. In that case, I won't be able to re-apply for this Partners visa (or any UK visa) for another six months.

It's been a good, eventful two years. I've enjoyed my time here, along with the people I've met and opportunities I've had. I'll try for the appeal, but otherwise I'll be wrapping things up, packing my bags, and getting ready for a long trip back to where I came from.

EXiku and I have actually been engaged since May. I didn't mention this; I'd hoped to wait until the wedding, but I don't know when that might be! And this complicates, or at least confuses, this whole issue because there's not supposed to be a length of stay requirement for people in this circumstance. Unfortunately, just going out and getting married on the spot won't work now, it'd just be a bit dodgy-looking, wouldn't it?

Regardless of what happens, I'm sure I'll be able to make it through. Things might get a bit harder for a while, but I'll do what I can to come back. Between this and David Bowie's passing, this day has certainly been on the more miserable side of things.

Maybe I'll write up a list of things I learned while living in the UK...


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  1. Snow's Avatar
    Gosh darn heck, Five I hope your appeal goes through and they change their silly silly minds.
  2. Ratman's Avatar
    Why would they do that?
  3. Seika's Avatar
    Stwike them, sowdier, vewy woughly.
  4. Petrikow's Avatar
    I've had many a bad times dealing with bureaucracy myself, so I know you've gotta be persisted, stubborn and generally obnoxious to turn the gears in society's grand machine. I hope it doesn't wear on you too much, but try your best! I'm hoping for a happy ending.
  5. Skull's Avatar
    Fight the Power! Fight the Man!

    But seriously, that's terrible luck. I hope your appeal goes through.
  6. Strife ❤️'s Avatar
    No way
  7. Strange_One's Avatar
    Ugh. Damn man.

    Bureaucracy as awful as ever.

    Hope your appeal goes well. And we can congratulate youz both when the good news comes in.
  8. Nihilm's Avatar
    That honestly sounds like a really dumb situation, sry man
  9. Bloble's Avatar
    Dad's being a dick, hope you can change his mind.

    Sincerely, Canada.
  10. Desuclocker's Avatar
    Governments sure are fun, aren't they. Good luck with the appeal.
  11. Laith's Avatar
    Hope it gets better Five.
  12. Mooncake's Avatar
    Good luck, Five. I hope it comes out well for you

    And, hey, congratulation on being engaged! At least you've got that bright spot to look forwards to.
  13. Lycodrake's Avatar
    Congrats on the engagement, to the both of you! Sorry to hear about the application and visa troubles - "sucks" doesn't really fit here, given the importance of EXiku to you and vice versa.
  14. Spinach's Avatar
    I so fucking new you two were engaged. Feels good to be a psychic.

    And sorry about shitty shit shit.
  15. mAc Chaos's Avatar
    Good luck with everything Five, as long as you know what you want you can get it. It's just a matter of follow through. And you know it, so it's only a matter of time.
  16. mAc Chaos's Avatar
    I can also temp ban you to help you focus if you want. I am generous.
  17. Spinach's Avatar
    Don't let that guy ban you. Let me.
  18. Kelnish's Avatar
    Let me!

    Also keep smiling because q t 3.14
  19. Marmadillo's Avatar
    Well, if you do marry her now then (provided she's a perm resident) I'm pretty sure they'll be obliged to give you a permit. Otherwise you could take this all the way to ECJ (and win). Definitely try an appeal, especially if you're engaged. If you can get some legal advice, especially from someone who knows both UK and EU laws, all the better.
    Updated January 12th, 2016 at 05:34 AM by Marmadillo
  20. Five_X's Avatar
    Thanks for your encouragement, everyone!

    I'm hoping the appeal goes well; I'll be getting legal advice on it today, then tomorrow I'll start the appeals process. It feels pretty daunting, but I believe in my heart! If things don't work out, I've got about just under a month until I need to be leaving the country.
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