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Got confirmation of my second visa today. Actually, “confirmation” is a bit of an overstatement — I got a package with all my stuff in it and a cover letter that said, “here’s your stuff; you’ll get your ID next week.” So I guess that’s a yes.

The first visa was the fiancée visa — required biometric data, good for six months, entitled me to enter the country and get married. I’ve been here longer than six months, but I was covered by that visa for the fourteen weeks they considered my second application. That’s standard turnaround for this one, but I was starting to sweat a little.

This visa is the Further Leave to Remain — biometrics again, and then I’ve got two years less a month from the date I entered the country to apply for the next one. During which time I have to take the Life in the UK Test, a multiple choice exam in which your humble weasel regurgitates facts such as the year Her Maj was crowned and the percentage of the population that is Hindu. No shit. Really looking forward to it.

Ordinarily, the next visa along would be the Indefinite Leave to Remain, and soon after I’d be eligible for citizenship. But they’re in the process of rolling those two things together into a Provisional Citizenship, with community service and some shit to be determined later. The almost certain change in governments we’ll have in the next year may not change that — sometimes the civil services rocks on regardless.

Anyhow, the important thing is — I can get a job now!

Oh.

Shit.

sock it to me

Comments


Comment from See-Dubya
Time: July 10, 2009, 8:55 pm

Weez, in my experience (which was before Sept 11, granted) they don’t really give that much of a rip. They don’t even bother to enforce “control orders” on terrorists, and they certainly didn’t care that I never bothered to check in at the local constable’s.

That said, congrats on threading your way through the bureaucratic maze!

 


Comment from Pupster
Time: July 10, 2009, 10:15 pm

Weasel’s Fine Art and Jam.

 


Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: July 10, 2009, 10:40 pm

Okay, that leaves my complaint story of the stuff I had to do to change my Florida driver’s license to a Virginia one rather in the dust.

 


Comment from scubafreak
Time: July 11, 2009, 12:53 am

two down, three waiting in the wings. Pigpen and ‘Tude have been taken away by breasted Americans. Frik, Frak and Steele are in bed, waiting for their turns…..

 


Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: July 11, 2009, 1:44 am

Just because you CAN do a thing, doesn’t meant that you MUST do a thing…

 


Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: July 11, 2009, 1:45 am

I swear to god, I WISH i could take Frik and Frak, if for no other reason than to be able to say my cats’ names are frik and frak…

 


Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 11, 2009, 1:54 am

Gratz on your shiny new admittance card. 🙂

 


Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 11, 2009, 1:55 am

Oh, and as for the test, you can practice here:

http://www.ukcitizenshiptest.co.uk/

Hope you do better than me. I’m expecting the knock on the door any moment now…!

 


Comment from blake
Time: July 11, 2009, 2:28 am

Wait, doesn’t it say “NO WORK”?

 


Comment from Roman Wolf
Time: July 11, 2009, 5:05 am

I did surprisingly well on the practice test. 20 out of 24. Pretty good for a non-resident UK citizen who has never been to a UK school ever in his life.

Anyways, have fun working in the UK, Weasel.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 11, 2009, 7:46 am

I’ve taken a couple of the practice tests, Julia. Passed one, flubbed the other. I haven’t bought a study book yet, though.

See-dub, they’ve gotten heavy as SHIT about things recently, particularly in the last year or so. The British populace woke up and realized Labour had steadily given the country away to hordes of Nigerian witch doctors and Albanian pimps. So to pacify the voters, the government is cracking down really, really hard…on Yanks and Aussies and Canucks.

People hear that they’re getting heavy with immigrants “from outside the EU” and think “hooray!” They don’t realize that’s the Anglosphere they’re cracking down on. The Somali pickpockets they’d like to have fewer of are coming in as refugees and asylum-seekers, which is a whole ‘nother set of rules.

Meanwhile, there is absolutely NOTHING anyone can do about immigrants from inside the EU. No controls can be imposed whatsoever.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 11, 2009, 7:51 am

Though, to be fair, many of the new rules seemed to be aimed at Pakistanis and their marriage practices. The minimum age for a marriage visa is now 21, and you have to prove that you have met your fiance in person over time.

 


Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 11, 2009, 9:39 am

“So to pacify the voters, the government is cracking down really, really hard…on Yanks and Aussies and Canucks.”

And the poets.

We better be keeping out the mimes too….

 


Comment from Former Lurker
Time: July 11, 2009, 10:13 am

Weasel,

Just because you may work, doesn’t mean you have to work, which also doesn’t mean you can work. Isn’t unemployment there still pretty high?

 


Comment from Former Lurker
Time: July 11, 2009, 10:13 am

Oh, by the way, I love the islamic rage potato head!

 


Comment from Dawn
Time: July 11, 2009, 12:24 pm

I gots 21 out of 24! But why is it neccessary to know what year British women got the right to divorce? The “citizen” test sounds like some serious indoctrination on how to navigate the welfare system and divorce your cruel Muslim husband.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 11, 2009, 1:51 pm

I kind of agree about the mimes.

I used to date a mime. There’s a really good joke in there, but I am too cut up by the reality that I did, in fact, used to date a mime to see it.

 


Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: July 11, 2009, 3:04 pm

I used to date a mime.

Let me guess – y’all broke up because you felt like you couldn’t get him to talk to you and he felt like you were boxing him in – right?

 


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 11, 2009, 3:46 pm

Ya know, Stoatie. You could have made a mint selling tickets to your shouting matches….. 😉

 


Comment from Mrs. Hill
Time: July 11, 2009, 3:49 pm

I kind of agree about the mimes.

I used to date a mime.

But after a while, you sensed he was just going through the motions? 🙂 (Okay, I confess — I was just looking for an excuse to use the weasel smiley.)

Congrats on the new status!

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 11, 2009, 3:57 pm

See, I knew you guys would come through for me on the mime jokes. I’m still too humiliated.

He wasn’t a mime when we started dating. I swears.

 


Comment from jwpaine
Time: July 11, 2009, 5:12 pm

A mime is a terrific thing to waste.

 


Comment from Michael
Time: July 11, 2009, 7:50 pm

I used to date a mime.

Dayum. You said that in public.

 


Comment from Michael
Time: July 11, 2009, 7:56 pm

That’s kinda like someone in Texas sayin’ “Hey, I chased down an armadillo, caught it, choked it to death, and screwed the corpse.”

 


Comment from Michael
Time: July 11, 2009, 8:06 pm

Now, you may think it’s over-the-top to compare mimes to dead armadillos. You would be wrong. I personally witnessed a Marcel Marceau show in Chataqua, New York. I know what I am talking about.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 11, 2009, 8:14 pm

He was an amateur mime. Is that any help at all?

 


Comment from Michael
Time: July 11, 2009, 8:19 pm

No.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 11, 2009, 8:48 pm

He was a gunsmith when I met him 🙁

 


Comment from gnus
Time: July 11, 2009, 10:27 pm

He was probably at the end of his rope after the breakup.

Congratulations, yer Weaselness.

 


Comment from Lipstick
Time: July 12, 2009, 12:17 am

Drunk Badger!

http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE5683O720090709

 


Comment from scubafreak
Time: July 12, 2009, 1:34 am

If a tree falls in the forest, and noone is around, and it falls on a mime, is it still funny? 😉

 


Comment from Former Lurker
Time: July 12, 2009, 4:00 pm

He was an amateur mime. Is that any help at all?

Does that mean he only didn’t speak half the time?

 


Comment from Mike C.
Time: July 12, 2009, 4:57 pm

So, you’ve managed to clamber aboard the Titanic about 2 femtoseconds before it hits the iceberg, eh? Well, congrats. I guess.

Not that things are looking all that rosey on this side of the pond, mind you. But at least some of us are armed…

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 12, 2009, 8:17 pm

It coulda happened to anyone, Lipstick. (koff)

 


Comment from Dave in Texas
Time: July 12, 2009, 11:24 pm

I knew they’d be FOOLS not to accept you Weasel, congrats.

Also on mimes. I totally would not have said that shit.

You could tell me you killed one. That’d be ok.

 


Comment from scubafreak
Time: July 13, 2009, 1:51 am

Well, two more off to a new home, Steele and Frik went off with 2 generations of the same family. That just leaves Frak, who is VERY unhappy to be sleeping alone tonight. Unfortunately, I can’t bring him in here, because NOONE would get any sleep. I caught Princess this morning carrying Steele around like a puppy. I thought she was going to drown him is spit!!

Such is life.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 13, 2009, 7:53 am

Hey, good on you, Scoob! I thought for sure you’d be a Six Cat Man.

Poor old Frak.

 


Comment from scubafreak
Time: July 13, 2009, 2:51 pm

And Frak joins the Army. A family moving into Ft. Carson came and adopted him this morning. He should be good. Carson has lots of places for him to play, and the kid looked like he would enjoy a good snuggle.

Now it’s just the original fur crew in the house……

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 13, 2009, 5:43 pm

Well done! I’m sure you’ve built up all kinds of points with the Cat Goddess on this one.

If you piss her off, she craps in your headphones. At least, that’s how Uncle B told me it happened.

 


Comment from scubafreak
Time: July 13, 2009, 6:46 pm

LOL, now I jus have to convince my Lab that it’s OK. She’s seriously bummed out. One day, she has a pack of kittehs to play momma to, and now they’re gone.

I’ll have to give her alot of extra luvin for the next few days. (I do wish I had gotten a pic of her carrying Steele around like a puppy, though. That would have been a keeper…)

 


Comment from Allen
Time: July 13, 2009, 7:03 pm

I thought this was you on the job at the British Wildlife Centre

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 13, 2009, 7:09 pm

We’ve been meaning to go there some day, Allen.

I am astonished you got rid of all those kittehs! What the hell did you say in the ad?

 


Comment from dawn
Time: July 13, 2009, 7:12 pm

weasel babies are called kittens!

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 13, 2009, 7:29 pm

You done a good thing, scubafreak. Ol’ Stoaty shook her head and said to me, ‘he’ll never home all them kittehs’… but you did.

Maximum kudos.

 

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