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1/11 For a long time we didn't have the money to apply for #citizenship. Now we can manage, just barely, as long as we don't use a lawyer, so we started the process in earnest last June. I had friends fill out all the reference pages (two different friends for each of us).
2/11 We worked out when all of us had been out of the country&started to fill in the forms. Soon it became clear we had a better chance if we applied as a whole family. My EU husband applied for& received Settled Status, then took&passed the Life in the UK test, then
3/11 took&passed the spoken English test. Finally we were ready. Now we discover the passport checking service has been privatised. My husband hasn't been able to get in touch with them to find out how we can submit our applications without losing all four of our passports
4/11 for 6 mos. After turning mine in for Indefinite Leave and missing a family holiday b/c it took 6 mos. and 2 wks. instead of just 6 mos. for the Home Office to approve my ILR&return my passport, I have no desire to turn mine in again in case I need to go back to my birth
5/11 country on short notice, and my husband&children can't turn theirs in as they need to travel for work&school. Meanwhile our references are getting older&we run the risk of the Home Office saying they're now too old&we need to get new ones, all while we try to
6/11 work out how to apply, at a cost of around 4,000GBP, without surrendering our rights to travel for 6 mos.. I asked our children, 13 and 16, at the dinner table tonight, "Has Brexit negatively affected your childhood?" The 16 y.o. said, "It will negatively affect my future,"
7/11 and the 13 y.o. said, "Yes." My own childhood was full of insecurity. My parents divorced when I was 5, I lived in 11 different houses before I was 9, I've had one dad and two stepdads. I've worked hard to give my children more stability than I had. Our kids have had married
8/11 parents, have lived in far fewer homes and switched schools far less than I did. But when the #EURef happened, the security I had tried so hard to build up came crashing down as our future here became hugely uncertain. Our children have known no other home than the #UK.
9/11 They speak with British accents. They act British. But they don't have British passports, not because we don't want them to, but b/c the process is now extremely difficult&expensive. I am heartbroken that the outcome of the #EURef overshadows my son's future and has already
10/11 overshadowed my daughter's childhood. People voted by a thin margin in an advisory referendum after the #Leave campaign broke laws & used powerful, hidden tools to influence public opinion. Now that people can see the effects, not just on families like ours, but
11/11 also on British individuals and families, like the man who broke down on the phone with @mrjamesob, or the woman who broke down on the #JeremyVine show, what #Brexit means has become much clearer. Brexit doesn't just mean Brexit. It means the crumbling of lives. #Remain
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