So, it has come to this.

Oh, the irony

Here, by way of an update, is the terrible story of the last week, along with some background…..

A couple of months ago, due to a minor administrative mistake, Rhonda and Audrey’s resident visa applications were rejected as invalid, despite our repeated attempts to clarify what the problem was.

A great many wonderful people generously donated money to help us meet the extortionate costs of making the application, for which we are eternally grateful and most of that fee was refunded when the application was turned down.

We have since been communicating with the UKBA and the Home Office via our MP, who offered to help and who had requested that they review our case for an appeal. He told us last weekend that a letter had been written to us on Friday and would arrive this week.

The letter arrived on Wednesday: “right of appeal denied”.

It informed us in no uncertain terms, that they would not consider our case for appeal, as we had failed to register our biometrics on time, (due to them neglecting to point out that we could have done so at any time, on the MULTIPLE OCCASIONS I spoke to them about our identity documents) but we could reapply whenever we liked.

They also pointed out that any new application would likely be turned down, as my wife and daughter have overstayed their visa deadline (whilst waiting for the Home Office to get back to us) and were now considered illegal immigrants.

AND, this Monday, Rhonda’s boss, who knew her visa expired in April and had still happily been employing her since, (while she continued to make all her tax and NI contributions, I might add) announced that he could no longer have her working there and told her to leave until our appeal reference number arrived.

All of this, just two days before our right to appeal was denied.

This effectively cuts our family income in half overnight.

So yesterday we spoke to a lawyer, who didn’t bother to sugar coat the bad news.

To drive the point home that we really are in rather deep shit, he led with this terrifying announcement;

*The UKBA could turn up any time and take my family away to a transit centre, prior to deportation*

Now he had my attention, in fact I think my heart briefly stopped.

Our only options are as follows:

1) They return to the States immediately to a life of destitution and poverty, with the tenuous possibility that I could join them at some distant point in the future somehow.

2) We pay the solicitors £1500 to put our case to the highest appeal court in the land as a judicial review, admit our stupid admin error and plead family life, human rights, etc, which would also mean paying the newly inflated fees, about another £3500, when the application is submitted by the solicitors, hopefully sometime next week.

Even then, the visa would only be granted on a discretionary basis and there is as good a chance as any that they will reject it.

If you have to leave the country as the result of a “rejected” (as opposed to “invalid”) visa application, there is no refund and no return to the UK for ten years.

Fortunately, it’s payday, so we paid the lawyers my last month’s wages this morning and have a phone consultation booked for Monday at 11.00.

Assuming we don’t get a knock on the door before that.

Any crossed fingers, tribal offerings, lucky rabbit’s feet, or general good vibes would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Peace.
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Cosmic Photo prompt.

This week’s theme for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is set by me and the prompt comes straight from the heart, (the post which follows this one will explain where the inspiration comes from) so I’ll be looking for something that illustrates; Together forever.

I’ll see you back here on Monday, for some images of togetherness.

Have a great weekend.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

K’lee picked the theme for today’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, going for the contrasting dynamics of; Bodies at rest, bodies in motion.

I have chosen to illustrate the prompt with some photos of a recent walk on the beach with Audrey.

Bodies at rest: Audrey standing on the beach; a jellyfish, which has ceased to move altogether; a heavenly body, the sun, resting on the sand…

Bodies in motion; a couple of action shots of two dogs Audrey was petting and a nice one of her kicking along the sand…

K’lee’s post is HERE, but now let’s see what you came up with.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

Cosmic Photo prompt.

Just in time to give you a full weekend to consider the prompt for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, this week set by K’lee, who has chosen; Bodies at rest, bodies in motion.

Quite a lot of scope there, I think, so get your photography heads on and show us something groovy to start the week.

You know what to do…

*****

To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

It’s Monday again and it’s time to start the week with a quiz!

Yes, K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge brings you a visual conundrum today, using the old “say what you see” format as a prompt, to test your mental, as well as your photographic creativity.

I am probably making it too easy for you with my well known quote, but it was the first thing I thought of when I was explaining to concept to Audrey yesterday, so here goes…

And here are the originals…

There, that wasn’t too difficult, was it?

K’lee will attempt to puzzle you HERE, later.

Now you can have a go at bamboozling us, it’s easy when you know how…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

Cosmic Photo prompt.

Saturday means prompt day on K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge (if I’m really honest) and today it’s my turn to choose the theme.

I’ve decided to go with another quiz-esque challenge this week and I’m asking you all to make a; Say what you see montage.

You know, a set of photos which describe a phrase or saying, only you have to provide the photos.

So let’s see what you can come up with to puzzle us on Monday.

*****

To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

One liner Wednesday: Alternative dictionary.

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again; when I get one of these alternative definitions stuck in my head, I just have to get it out by posting it. Even if it isn’t terribly clever or hilariously funny, my brain refuses to latch onto anything else until I’ve jettisoned whatever mental ballast is weighing it down.

Hence today’s entry in the alternative dictionary;

“Scarcity” – A frightening place to live.

#1linerWeds

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