Kevin’s storyPosted: 01/09/2012
I am 31 years old and I have a wife of five years and a son who is soon to be 1 year old.
Whilst travelling around Asia I met my wife, for the first few years we were happy to work and reside in her country with no rush to come to the UK, as I knew the job market and the economy was in a bad way I decided to spend my time living abroad off my savings until the economy picked
up back home.
I came back and could not find a job that lasted more than a few weeks, just temporary work. Eventually after six months of living without my new born child and wife, I started work in a full time job, as well as taking on a part time job to take me over the £18,600 threshold.
After speaking to specialist agent today I have found out that I will need to wait another NINE MONTHS to apply for our visa because if your job is paying less than the £18600 you need to combine both jobs over 12 months and they will not accept the 6 months worth of payslips.
This means if I wait on their new rules I will have to live without my family for more than 18 months and even then they may not approve my application. So then it could go to an appeal, which is where they make you wait up to another 8 months for a response or hearing.
By the time this is sorted my son would be 3 years old and I would have spent no more than a few months as part of his life. At present I have two jobs, my wife has a job waiting for her with a
friend of my family but we still do not qualify.
Now after hearing this news I am planning on giving up my jobs and moving to her country to teach basic English in one of the many TEFL school’s based in Asia.
I have no choice, my country of birth has attached a prison sentence to me, and taken what should have been myself and my son’s bonding time. At present I am forced to clap through Skype as a form communication with him, I cannot accept living apart any longer.
I sincerely hope that some moral person in power has a wake-up call some-day soon and sorts this mess out, until then I am forced to give up two taxable jobs to be with my family abroad.