Petitions and activism
Need support in remaining in UK with my family. Can you help?
englishgarden370 · 10/10/2015 23:31
I am an American citizen. My husband and two children are British citizens. I am having to make an application for Leave to Remain in the UK with them and as a precautionary measurement I have started a petition to aid in my application to remain in them. It used to be that anyone who married a British citizen had the right to stay in the country with them but so many immigrants have taken advantage in the past just to gain citizenship that the government has made it much more complicated and expensive now. My three year old son had autism and Sensory Integration Disorder. I am everything to him and my family is my whole world. If any of you could possibly take a second to read my petition and if you were happy to sign it, in support of my application to remain with them, I would be extremely grateful!
Thank you so much for your consideration!
expatinscotland · 11/10/2015 00:06
So if you are sorting your visa, what's the problem? Actually, no one has the right to travel here on a visitor's visa, it's up to the discretion of the immigration authorities. And you are coming here to live, not tour around. I'm surprised you haven't been turned back already.
These rules are not new. They have been out for a while, as has the cost of the visas and other requirements (such as age, to try to avoid forced marriages of young people).
There were years for the pair of you to work out how to earn that type of money needed.
ihavenonameonhere · 11/10/2015 00:07
Bogeyface · 11/10/2015 00:22
Someone in my situation would be doing the same thing in the US... trying to gain as much support as possible. No different.
It is very different.
Sorry to pull this one out but in the UK things like that are viewed very differently. In the US its ok to shout and scream and make a fuss as it often has results, in the UK it works in the opposite way. It makes people view you with suspicion and wonder why you need to make such a fuss instead of simply following the rules.
Thats why I said that my genuinely meant advice was to nix the petition for the moment.
To put it into perspective, there has been a long running campaign to keep a woman in the UK who will be forced to perform female genital mutilation in her village if she is repatriated. If she doesnt return to the village after going back to her country or does go to the village and then refuses to perform FGM, she will be murdered. The elders believe that only certain women should perform FGM, it passed from mother to daughter, so no other woman will do in their eyes and only on the event of her death with no children can the office be passed to another woman. Her petition hasnt changed the Home Offices mind thus far.
Your petition, if it even gets noticed by them which in all honesty it probably wont, will not make a tiny bit of difference at this stage. You need to apply, jump through the legal hoops and wait and see. Dont draw attention to yourself, please! It really wont help.
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