60-Year-Old Granny Terrifies British Government

I have a beautiful wife and child. If the current laws on visas and immigration had existed seven years ago, I don’t know that I would even be married now. The idea that my daughter might not have existed is… painful. Even just the idea.

From the BBC (UK families speak of visa rules pain):

Last month Home Office ministers welcomed a fall in the number of people coming to the UK.

It was a major election promise and the numbers speak for themselves: 81,000 fewer people coming into the country this year than last. The number of people coming in on family visas is also down 16%.

A major election promise… to create obstacles to international love and family life?

Dear British Citizens, in these enlightened times you are free to love whomever you choose – but, to be honest, unless you’re both (emphasis on the both, don’t want any of that poly malarkey) both British and wealthy (show us the money!) we’d rather you did it elsewhere.

I have been upset with the Government’s immigration policies from the start. It’s all very well to promise to cut immigration, but going after soft targets like students and families doesn’t achieve anything really. It may achieve the promised statistical targets, but at what cost?

And it’s hurting me – my family – now in a very personal way. It’s getting harder and harder to get even a visa for family members to visit. I’m not talking about immigration, I’m talking about a holiday, for a grandmother to come to her daughter’s degree ceremony, and to spend a month or two with her granddaughter.

But no. Visa application rejected. No doubt they’re terrified we’ll kick her out onto the streets to fend for herself, with only the generosity of the British Government to rely on…

About Frank

A Sci-Fi & Fantasy author and lyrical poet with a mild obsession for vampires, succubi, goddesses and Supergirl.
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