Scott's visa was approved! The Mudge and I are expecting to get our visa decisions next week.
After what seemed like endless days and a billion documents, getting Scott's approval was kind of surreal. It was like the feeling of rescue after long hours stranded by the side of the road. We congratulated each other with sighs of relief and then kind of hunkered down for the last round of applications. After all, we still needed to proverbially fix the car, meaning mine and The Mudge’s visa applications.
I ultimately applied for the Tier 4 Student visa since my program at University of Edinburgh starts September 14th, and the student visa route was less complicated than applying as Scott's dependent under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa scheme. The drawback is The Mudge and I will need to transfer our visas later in order to be eligible for permanent leave to remain if we wish to stay longer than 2 or 3 years. But those are details we can put aside just now, luckily.
Hiring a lawyer was what finally did the trick for Scott. The entrepreneur visa process requires a great deal of complicated proofs. I can only wish we had retained our own lawyer earlier in the process. We thought we were covered since we had access to legal advice through one of the Scottish business development schemes, but turns out there are a lot of things those lawyers can't do for you if you aren't paying them directly. Retaining an attorney is not cheap, but in this case it was very worth it.
Visiting Boston has been pretty cool. No, that is a misleading way of saying it. Boston has been hot and humid while we’ve been here (two of my least favorite things), but it has also been charming and attractive and cleaner than my favorite city to love/hate: San Francisco. I can see a lot of things about this place for Valerie and her family to love (such as the amazing seafood). I can’t wait to see how things progress for her and her family here.
No denying a lot has changed for us since we all headed out on this venture last Autumn. I am honestly not sure yet about how those changes will affect the blog. The posts have been a bit thin lately, I’ll admit, but I am very committed to writing despite the demands of grad school, and Valerie has a lot more to share with you as well. We’ve talked about travel, food and family life. We love it, and I don’t see that changing, even if we are blogging an ocean apart.