immigration, england

i am an immigrant…i am a US citizen who has lived in england for the past 5 years. as i type this my passport is sitting on a caseworkers desk somewhere in the home office waiting for its long awaited “indefinite leave to remain” visa…very few people can understand the stress i have been under for the past 6-12 months.

immigrants are not wanted in england anymore, not even highly educated and trained immigrants like me. i used to love everything about england but after 5 years, i’ve begun to see the cracks…

this may well become a  page about repatriation…i’m not quite there yet….but very close.

just an update in case you are new here:

i recieved my indefinite leave to remain on 2 december 2008, after waiting 3 months. i can’t help dwelling on the fact that it was dated 25th october.

i am tempted to remove some of my posts on this page about the wait but i think it’s important for people to see how difficult and exasperating this wait can be!

3 thoughts on “immigration, england

  1. hey there. Came across your blog every searching for “living in england.” Anyway, I’m curious if the health care system is better or worse than it is in the united states. I am self employed here and I think the premiums here are ridiculous. Is it always dark and cloudy there? Are there alot of trees? Do you get the four seasons like I get here in newengland? How to englander respond when you are speaking to them in our form of english? 🙂

    What do you miss about living in the united states vs. england? What do the english think of americans? Do they all have bad teeth? How are the prices of goods and services there? (i.e. daily stuff like groceries – I heard it was more expensive but who knows). Is traffic a bear to get around? How is the public transportation system compared to in the united states (I’m from NH). Anyway, cool site that you put up here!

  2. I’m curious if the health care system is better or worse than it is in the united states. I am self employed here and I think the premiums here are ridiculous.

    um, it’s hard to say. working people pay pretty high taxes to support a system that is free at the point of service for everyone. there are long waiting lists for some things and the care is pretty basic.

    Is it always dark and cloudy there?

    ummm, yes and rainy!

    Do you get the four seasons like I get here in newengland?

    just two seasons~short, dark and rainy and long, light and rainy with the occaisional sunny days.

    How to englander respond when you are speaking to them in our form of english? 🙂

    the english sometimes ask if i am canadian or irish…when i say i am american they ask me why i am here

    What do you miss about living in the united states vs. england?

    i miss stores and cafes that stay open past 6pm, rold gold pretzels and mexican food

    What do the english think of americans?

    that we are ALL loud, that we ALL carry guns, we ALL drive huge gas guzzling cars and are solely responsible for global warming

    Do they all have bad teeth?

    ummm, a lot do.

    How are the prices of goods and services there? (i.e. daily stuff like groceries – I heard it was more expensive but who knows).

    clothes are much more expensive here…everything else seems about the same as a large northern city more or less

    Is traffic a bear to get around?

    i don’t drive but i think i heard a statistic that brits drive an average of 13mph over a year.

    How is the public transportation system compared to in the united states (I’m from NH).

    i use buses and trains they are both expensive i think and are okay except on sundays and holidays which sucks for me because i am a nurse and end up paying lots for taxis!

    Anyway, cool site that you put up here!

    thanks!! i bet new hampshire is a nice place…what’s a good hospital there?

  3. Hope it’s okay to put my two cents (2p) in here. I lived in England for six years, came back to America last August and regret it greatly.

    I didn’t work in health care but I personally found the NHS to be brilliant. Luckily I never needed anything too traumatic but it was easy to get to the GP and never had to wait long for any tests. Ironically I had to wait two months here to get my initial appointment with my doctor so I am always a bit sensitive when people here discuss waiting times with the NHS. I know it’s not perfect but personally I have had much better experiences with health care there than here.

    Traffic is incredible. The roads are really small. When I first came back I was nervous driving my Toyota Camry as it seemed the size of a bus. After a few days I realised the lanes and parking spaces here were also bigger so that balanced it out. I live on a small side street here and I bet it’s at least twice as wide as my road in England.

    Although I’m not proud of it, my teeth are worse than any of my British friends’. That said, when I go back I think I may go private for the dentist and I didn’t have absolute confidence in the one I used to go to.

    There is a lot of anti-American sentiment in the media but your average Brit still finds us rather amazing. I worked in schools and my American accent was my gimmick for getting kids to listen. They do think we love guns and they also think we are all fat.

    I missed Taco Bell!

    Most things in England cost the same as in America (number wise). So when I bought my first computer, it was 1000 pounds (and sold in America for 1000 dollars). Therefore, the exchange rate dictates whether the cost of living is more. It is usually is.

    England has lots of problems. But there is something about it that I love and can’t wait to return to.

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