Visa Saga Update

They withdrew their rejection!! It’s a Christmas miracle! Haha! Oh, such a relief. Truly. At 8:44 AM a week past deadline (I forgive them because it’s a good answer), I got the email saying, “The decision to refuse your visa application has been overturned and our office will now proceed to the next stage ofContinue reading “Visa Saga Update”

Visa Saga Update

I’m really struggling. Having a long-distance relationship is a challenge, but it’s one we really thought would end this year – back in the summer. Because we saw that end in sight, parting at the beginning of March was much easier. The wait time on my visa would be six weeks. We were ready toContinue reading “Visa Saga Update”

Visa Saga Update

The UK Home Office finally got in contact with me this morning. I sent them a message asking for help when they were over a week late for their extra-month-extended reply to my appeal. Their reply, by the way, was “We can’t help you, but make sure YOU’RE not late when we message you.” WhyContinue reading “Visa Saga Update”

Slow Steps

Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day, a day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma. This is a topic near and dear to my heart, as I and many people in my life have grappled with our mental health at some point in our lives. Depression and anxiety are huge presencesContinue reading “Slow Steps”

Visa Saga Update

My visa application has been refused on the grounds of insufficient evidence that I am in a relationship with my partner. You know, the one I married in June. They also asked for additional paperwork that was NEVER requested on the government website or the application. They said I have 28 days to appeal. SoContinue reading “Visa Saga Update”

Don’t Sweat It

During the two weeks my husband was here, I got to play tourist in the city. We had po’boys, jambalaya, chicken and sausage gumbo, red beans and rice, fried catfish, bread pudding, Popeye’s chicken, doberge cake, Abita Amber, and many more delicious things. Yes, eating is a major part of enjoying Louisiana. We also ateContinue reading “Don’t Sweat It”

All These Mixed Emotions

I’ll make a proper post in the next few days, but I’ve neglected my blog for the last two weeks because my fiancé — now my husband — came to the U.S. to visit and marry me. We went to the French Quarter, rode a steamboat, and did other touristy things. It was a wonderfulContinue reading “All These Mixed Emotions”

Chugging Along

While the visa news certainly took the wind from my sails, I took a day to feel my anger and grief (and take an extra long bath), and now I’m feeling all right. I’m still unhappy with the situation, but embracing the bad feelings rather than bottling them up helped me get on with myContinue reading “Chugging Along”

Visa Application Update

“We are writing to inform you that due to the humanitarian crisis caused by the invasion of Ukraine, UKVI is prioritising Ukraine Visa Scheme applications.” Obviously, there’re more, but that’s the important bit. Because of Putin’s war on Ukraine, my visa application to live in the UK with my soon-to-be husband has been thrown toContinue reading “Visa Application Update”

If you go into the woods today…

The first of May, also known as Mayday or Beltane, is a day a romance and life. It’s the midpoint between the spring equinox and summer solstice, and flowers are in full bloom. Dance the maypole with a group, go a-maying with your sweetheart, or have a nice bath and remember to love yourself. TwoContinue reading “If you go into the woods today…”