Don’t know when I’ll be back again….
Yup, that’s right. I don’t. I finally got word that my sponsorship application was approved. Thank God. Now I can finally apply for my Tier 2 work visa. I had reviewed the paper application before and thought that I could just apply for the visa online and then book my appointment at the visa office in Canada to submit my additional documents and biometrics. Turns out there are some slight variations on the online application and I have to account for the past 10 years of travelling. Oy. I roughly know where I have travelled, but I’ll need to confirm dates via the stamps on my current and previous passports. I’ve done many quick trips over the US land border and I don’t know how the hell I am going to account for those ones. Oh yeah. I also have to account for my previous passports and luckily I do have them all (thanks dad!). Also I don’t want to actually hit the submit button while I am still in the UK because God forbid I have any issues with where I applied from. I am travelling home this week so will be able to get the process moving. It’s incredibly nerve wracking making sure I have all the accurate information on my application.
I do want to be a little more clear on the visa situation…I initially when to the UK as a tourist/visitor…the same as when we go to many countries just to do typical travelling/touring/visiting family and friends. You fly to your destination and go through immigrations at the airport as a regular tourist who is visiting the country. Although there is no paperwork involved, you get a stamp in your passport which is essentially the “visitor’s visa”. Typically you only have 6 months to be in a country as a tourist as is the case with the UK…the same applies when people visit Canada, they can visit for no more than 6 months. You cannot switch from one visa to another while you are in the UK. So essentially you cannot switch from a visitor’s visa to a Tier 2 visa while you are in the UK. You must go back to your home country to apply.
I wanted to speak to someone at the Worldbridge office in Canada because the UKBA website is not user friendly, and I wanted to be sure that I was submitting all the necessary documents. Worldbridge is the affiliate agency to UKBA that handles visa applications in Canada. They charge a whopping $3.20/minute to speak to someone in their call centre!! $3.20!!!! Totally ludicrous. So I emailed all my questions to Worldbridge instead, thinking I was smart. So they replied back only with links to the UKBA website for each question. Yah thanks…not helpful at all.
My bags are somewhat packed…well I have one suitcase inside another as I plan to bring even more stuff back with me to the UK. I have no idea how long I will be home for, so packing is a bit tricky. I do still have some clothes at home, although I can’t remember which ones, but I will take a chance and hope that they are weather appropriate. I’m really looking forward to seeing my family and friends and picking up some work shifts as well…and hoping that I’m not away from my SO for too long.
In addition to that, to date I’ve had a total of 4 invitations to interview, 3 of which I attended and was offered 2 positions. I did consider forgoing my current job offer and going with the one in London, but it just does not make any economical sense for me at this time. It’s just that…I love being in London! And I thought since I am not living there, the closest thing I could do is work there…but I would pay through the nose for the rail and I would literally have no life because my commute would be too long. I’m actually very happy to know that I am marketable and if I don’t end up liking where I am working, I do have the option of applying elsewhere.
Jeez…is this going to be over soon….???
Patience. Patience. Patience.