My husband just submitted his visa application for a spouse of a Tier 4 student.
In today’s global world, citizenship is still entirely nationalistic. I’ve said numerous times how ridiculous I believe it is that capital is allowed to flow freely between states, but labour is not.
My husband is a highly skilled migrant with 8 years of experience in his field. He’s been a qualified candidate for more than a few applied positions in Britain. Last week a job he was qualified and nominated for was canceled after the EU preferential hiring scheme review was conducted. He is a skilled labourer; but because he is not an EU labourer, his candidacy is often dismissed because of his (non-EU) nationality.
The spouse of a Tier 4 student is prohibited from working or volunteering. As a Tier 4 student I am restricted to work/volunteer 20 hours a week, and the EU preferential hiring scheme check is conducted, except in University teaching. …and anyone in academia these days know how hard teaching contracts are to win for more than 6 months.
In spite of all this, if his application is successful, we will be together again. My husband and I have been married almost 2 years, and in one week, we will have lived apart for a year. Its impossible to convey in words how difficult it is to continue undertaking a PhD in politics, seeing the world today, while living without your newly-wed spouse, especially when you’re married to my spouse *eyebrow lift*.
This video is kind of how I imagine it will go if his application is successful, and we meet at Manchester airport in, what we hope will be only, a few months.
To the UKBA: please.