2 years, 2 months ago neewongParticipant
I am an American citizen and entered the UK legally in 2007 with a 2-year Spousal Visa. I had thought the Home Office would contact me and tell me what I should do next. I had no idea what I was to do and thought everything was done automatically.
I never heard anything from the Home Office, not one thing, no letter, no contact at all. And I thought maybe I didn’t have to do anything more. Then 2 years later I realised that my visa had expired and I still hadn’t heard from the Home Office. We lived at the same address for 5 years, same e-mail, same telephone number, so I don’t understand why they didn’t contact me. Now I am considered illegal and cannot get work, or anything. I am very afraid that I will be deported and that frightens me because I brought my dog with me when I came over and he is now 12 years old, too old to fly anywhere, and besides, I have nowhere to go back to should I be deported. I have a life here, and would like to remain with my husband and my animals. I suspect if I contact immigration, they will deport me and I also have many health issues. If I am returned to the USA, I will not be able to afford the medication I now take and I have been prescribed morphine (since 2008) and would be in horrible pain if I had to go off it, and yet I could not afford it in the USA.
I honestly do not know what to do, as I cannot afford a solicitor. I have been living in the UK peacefully, not getting into trouble, not doing anything illegal, just being a housewife and living with my husband and taking care of my dogs. I would like to find a way to remain in the UK if possible.
But I do not understand why the Home Office never contacted me to tell me what to do next, as I have heard from other people that they usually contact you after 6 months in the country.
Any help is very much appreciated. Thank you .
1 year, 8 months ago iwpltdKeymaster
Has this been resolved?
1 year, 8 months ago neewongParticipant
No, I am still in the same situation as when I wrote this. I will have been in the UK for 9 years in April and will have been married to a British citizen for 10 years as well.
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