i'm a new zealander. i have scottish grandparents. i have lived in the UK on an ancestory visa for 5 years, and this year i'm applying for 'indefinite leave to remain in the uk' meaning i can be here forever without any visas or anything.
i'm not complaining about the blatantly extortionate £800 i have to fork out for the visa. oh no. it's this 'life in the uk' test that i have to take. i have to take a day off work to go to some random computer centre in coventry to take a multiple choice test to prove that i can speak english and know which countries make up the united kingdom.
i mean, seriously. how incredibly stupid. is new zealand really considered to be that alien to the uk?! do they really think i can't speak english, or that i don't know the legal drinking age? to even apply for indefinite leave to remain you have to have lived here for like a billion years, not to mention the fact that i'm on an ancestory visa, meaning uk-ishness is actually in my blood.
Did i mention the fact that i have to pay for this godforsaken soul-draining experience as well?!
does anyone else think this is absolutely mental that i have to do this? it really grinds my gears. i'd like to know whether any of y'all think this is just a stupid governmental ploy to get more money out of my foreign pockets, or if you think it's a legitimate thing for me to have to do.
opinions por favor.
hehe, grinds my gears. But why do you want to stay here in blighty New Zealand is the SEX
have u been paying international rate tuition fees to the last 4 years . . cos then that wud be even more frustating . . . .after u've been granted status to live here , you can pay at UK fees rate. . but u dont have to cos u've already just graduated!!!
i've not graduatedd - i took a year out before starting uni at warwick, then did my first year, and then last year i got offered a placement job so i took a year off my studies, and will be going back in october to start my 2nd year...hopefully at home student rate!
Isn't it pretty hard to get into New Zealand for us too though?
i have no idea, but i'm pretty much 100% positive that you wouldn't have to prove that you can speak english...
and anyway, it's not like i'm a complete foreigner, i'm on a freakin ancestory visa! my family's from here!
if it will save you money in the long run (cheaper uni fees) whats so bad? ok its an inconvenience but you'll save a lot of money
Maybe the UK has better uni's but aren't you sick of the uk weather?!
I'am going to NZ next summer for a year and can't wait to leave the UK!!
count yourself lucky it took my dad over 32years to get his british citizen yet they was happy to take it money (£200 at a time) 4times in space of 22years only last year did he get it, all his sisters born in Barbados are british citizen so are my grandparents, great uncle ect yet my dad came here aged 11 never been out of work since leaving school and was allowed citizen because he didnt have his marriage certificate (now divorced)
few weeks after he got his citizen the test was brought out and he wouldnt have had to go through all the hassle he had to
oh also take in mind he had 4 children(including me) and barbados is run by british queen