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  •  It really bugs me that the UK... (1+ / 0-)
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    dianamherrera

    ...gives yanks a tough time with visa stuff. Any Brit should be able to marry a foreigner (especially Americans) and bring the spouse in. It's a basic human right.

    Sadly the anti immigration hysteria has been twisted into the knots that you describe. Americans are English speakers for example. You share our legal and political history up until 1776...you are not particularly foreign. But ironically end up being excluded by lawmakers.

    A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

    by Salo on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 07:53:19 AM PDT

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    •  I think some of it (1+ / 0-)
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      is a misunderstanding about how immigration actually works. A lot of people I've talked to here were shocked that I even had to apply to come live here. I mean, they honestly were under the impression that as soon as I married a British man I just got handed a UK passport and benefits.

      I agree, though. Now they've made it so you can't sponsor a non-EU spouse unless you earn £18,600. That's going to make it impossible for a lot of folks. As my husband was a student at the time, we wouldn't have qualified for the visa 3 years ago under these new rules, but we've managed to survive just fine without benefits. We don't exactly get a choice who we fall in love with.

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        I'm very suspicious of these laws and who is behind them.  There's an Alberich the dwarf someplace cackling at the mayhem. They were put in place to simmer down the BNP but they are likely to backfire as many middle class Brits find they can't bring the American over to live. While Italians, French, Spanish etc etc come and go as they please.  Despite the public rhetoric British people do actually see Americans as relatives.  So as the impact of this law hurts more legit couples the law will have to change. So how/why the government did this is a mystery.  I think a passport if not residency is a human right.  many Americans would have ancestors who lived in the British Isles for thousands of years too.

        A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

        by Salo on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 08:27:09 AM PDT

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        •  My guess is (0+ / 0-)

          a court will get rid of the rule, just like they eventually got rid of the rule about both the UK spouse and the non-EU spouse having to be 21 or over. But I have a feeling the government waste our time and money doing this stuff knowing perfectly well a court will strike it down, because then afterward they can at least say "see, we tried. it's all the stupid court's fault."

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