Getting a UK Visa as an American– the emotional turmoil
Posted on February 9, 2009 by peacefulyorkshire
Over the past month, “Shes not From Yorkshire” put up a little poll asking you how much money you have spent on your UK visas so far. We were not shocked that a whopping percent of you have spent so much on your visas that you don’t even keep tabs on it anymore. I would fall into that category, too–but I have calculated its been about 3,000 squid. I console myself by dividing how much I have spent on visas so far into monthly payments in my head. If I’ve been here for nearly 5 years, then I am renting out a life in Britain for about 50 quid a month. Somehow this makes me feel better. Well, its one way to look at it, right?
It is not only the money you need to save for (and then depart with) to get that little Visa page on your passport. No, the cost sometimes takes form of other payment as well.
Other payments include:
- Nights when its 3:20am and you wake up thinking about if you will be approved before you next go home to the USA. Will it make that Christmas deadline?
- Minutes and minutes and seconds and minutes of waiting on hold to speak with someone at the Home Office to answer a question about what application version you need– because its changed yet again!
- Tears of worry because you need to get 12 months of old bank statements and tax docs in 2 days (“if only I would have prepared better!” you say to yourself every time.).
- Confusion about if you really want to stay in this country anyway and is it worth all the money (at 750 quid for my last one I had this thought a lot)
- Arguing with your partner that he has no idea about the stress levels of applying and surely he can’t go to Tesco’s this time?
- Imagining a big sweaty Visa Approval Bloke looking at your paperwork, and putting the words REJECTED in red ink, and having to move back to the USA– because he’s had a bad day.
- Saying “Whats WRONG with this country?” around 1 time an hour when filling in the 78 page application.
I would say that the UK visa application process is a lot more “friendly” than trying to get into America. So, I feel lucky in that sense.
But… no matter where you are applying for your visa, its always an emotional experience. If you are in that process now, I can understand your pain, wherever you are!