In regards to this journal entry: My story (and petition at the bottom)iKiska
is in need of help! Due to current laws, that are just absolutely unfair, she cannot get married to her fiance and live in the UK. Here's a snippet of her journal detailing what's up (or really down, in her case):I am an American engaged to a British man. We met in 2011 in university. We began dating a year later and have been together ever since. We fell in love utterly naive to the laws of immigration in the UK, which prevents us from getting married unless my fiance is making over £18,600 a year in wages. As we are only university graduates, finding a "real" job that pays enough to meet the financial requirement has been very difficult, and at the moment I'm stuck with my art commissions and he works full-time at a pub that pays £5,000 less than the financial requirement.
Due to these laws, we have had to endure a long-distance relationship -- 5,000+ miles apart with an 8 hour time difference. Buying plane tickets to visit has been hell, but it's cheaper than meeting the financial requirement and is the only way we can be together, if only for a few months at a time. And when those months are up, I return to America, where I live on a couch at a relative's house. Due to reasons I don't want to get into, I'm effectively estranged from my father and will never be returning there, so this is the only option I have here aside from homeless shelters. As for my grandparents, although I love them and owe them a lot, I have tried to keep this from them because I'm desperately afraid of my father finding out about this.
My mother lives in the UK. My fiance lives in the UK. All of my friends, happy memories, and possessions are in the UK. Over the past few years I have built a life in the UK that I am not allowed to keep, and in comparison, America does not feel like home at all. I feel trapped, isolated and increasingly hopeless. The British government has admitted that the law for British citizens marrying non-EU foreigners is unfair and abhorrent, and yet they refuse to do anything to change it. In the meantime, my fiance is learning to drive and applying for better-paying jobs, but in this job market, I have trouble feeling confident. We have been looking into alternative methods of immigration such as the Surinder Singh route, but as they would require him quitting his current job and both of us uprooting to Ireland for a year or so, with only the hopes of him finding a new job and both of us getting a place to live, this route is equally frightening.
Please be kind and sign a petition asking the UK government to change this abhorrent policy (that would allow her and apparently around 19,000 other couples to marry and live in the UK.): www.change.org/p/the-h…
As an extra note, she has opened commissions. Her information can be found here.: Commission ID and price guide
Please help, if and when you can!