Got My UK Visa – Did a Little Dance

We’re go for launch!

I think the experience of getting my spouse visa to Brazil gave me PTVD (post traumatic visa syndrome), It took three tries, and two months to have that one processed and approved. I had also heard so many horrible stories about the ridiculously restrictive and difficult process involved in getting a spouse visa from the US government when a couple wants to move here, so I was good and worried that I would be living in a form of no-man’s-land (again) thousands of miles away from Brian (again) while I waited for my visa to be approved (again) before I could join him in the UK. I had nightmares about it, and cold sweats. Not knowing about the visa has been my biggest worry.

All I can say is that while the paperwork-gathering stage of the process was a little difficult, and resulted in a three inch thick stack of papers that barely fit into the mailing package, I had absolutely no problems. From the time I mailed off my paperwork to the day I received my passport with the approved visa inside (today!) was less than two weeks.

No complications.

No back and forth with more paperwork, more signatures, more proof, more interviews, more hassle, more waiting.

Such a relief!

Brian and I did a little dance together over Skype.

OK, well maybe I did a little dance and he just laughed with me. I’m sure he was not laughing at me.

I have a list of things to do before I go, and not having a departure date was really making some of it difficult. I didn’t know if I could leave in two weeks, or if I would have to wait for months. I have to rent out the house, and sell the furniture. I didn’t know when to do those things. Could I really shack up with a friend for two months if I had to wait? (Yes, because my friend is awesome).

I told my dad on Sunday that without the visa I couldn’t pin a date on anything. My big to do list was floating around in space without the anchor of a deadline. A swirly, floating list of big things to do does not make me happy. I wanted some order! I wanted a light at the end of the tunnel!

And now I have it. I’m a happy girl.

I can put a date on the house rental. I know when I’ll be done with my furniture so the new owners can come pick it up. I have a set number of days to put the last of the few things in storage and make that last run to the donation center. I can set a date for the painters. I can nail my kids down to spend time with me while they still can.

I booked my flight.

I booked my flight!

I can handle all of this so much better now that I have that flight booked. It brings the chaos that is my brain back in to a little bit of order.

That sexy husband of mine better get ready. We’ll be on the same continent again in thirteen days.

Can’t. get. here. fast. enough.


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A Scotsman and his American photographer wife traveling the world and writing about it. Tales, reviews, photos, interviews and crazy goings on. Because you never know what's going to happen.

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7 Responses to Got My UK Visa – Did a Little Dance

  1. Angela
    Twitter: Acook2121
    June 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Love this, your happiness is bursting thru :)

  2. Nancy B. June 21, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    Once again, you will be too far away. I’ll miss you, but will look forward to seeing your posts so I can keep up with what is going on in your life. Take care and don’t get too cold. Snow is easy to handle, fog and rain feel like they creep into the very center of your being and chill you to the bone. I was never so glad to leave a place than the Central Valley with it’s thick fog from October to February. (Fresno’s heat was nothing for me to handle; it was the fog and cold that drove me nuts!) Love you!

  3. akil3655
    Twitter: kiltandacamera
    June 21, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    I don’t mind the rain and gloom, what I really hate is the butter, frigid cold that lasts for months on end like it did in Pennsylvania. I think I’ll be ok.

    Ask me again at the end of February, I might have a different story.

    I’ll miss you too, but now you have someone to come visit and a good excuse to come to Scotland!
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  4. Mary-My Life in Scotland June 21, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    YAY!!! This is so exciting!!!! What great news!

    We’ve actually been having a fantastic summer this year. Loads more sunshine than the last several yrs. We’ve got the rain too of course, but it is nice because of the sunshine we’ve been getting. Our winters are pretty mild as Brian has told you I’m sure.

    Let me know when you get in, we have to get together!
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  5. akil3655
    Twitter: kiltandacamera
    June 21, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    I know the weather will be an adjustment, especially after Brazil and Houston, but I haven’t seen anything that makes me worried. Brian has told me about the winters and they don’t sound awful to me. I’ll just buy myself some wellies and a rain coat and play in the rain.

    I’ll be there soon, Mary, and we’ll have tea. (I love saying that! ha)
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  6. Mom June 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    How exciting… Only 13 days left until your Scottish adventure begins… I can hardly wait to find out all of your musings and observations about your life there. It is probably old hat for Brian, but it will be more exciting for him because of your reaction to the new experiences you will be living with. I’m really, really, really, really happy for you, but at the same time, a little sad that you will be so far away. I’ll just have to visit sometime. Ha, ha!!! Be sure to tell Brian hello and give him a big hug for me.
    Love, Mom

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      June 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

      Thanks, Mom! We’re down to five days now as I’ll arrive in Edinburgh on Monday. Things are happening fast now!