Home Office rejects our petition

Monday 28th April was a fine day to submit our petition to the Home Office. Freshly arrived in the UK after our long struggle to secure a visa, my wife and my little girl stayed at home while I made the trek up to London and the Home Office. After briefly meeting some lovely people, BritCits all, we plucked up the courage to enter the dragon’s lair and hand in the petition. But of course, nothing is ever simple where the Home Office is concerned …
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On entering the Home Office, we were told by security that only one person from our group would be allowed to approach the reception desk. Katharine kindly volunteered to go through the airport security set up and walk up to reception. And there the fun really started.
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In order to submit a petition, apparently one must follow correct Home Office procedure for submitting a petition. But of course, no one can actually tell you what the correct procedure for submitting a petition actually is. In all likelihood, nobody knows what the correct procedure for submitting a petition is. So in the end, we were told that our best bet would be to go away, email the Home Office, and then hope that someone emails us back with the correct procedure for submitting a petition.
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All in all, the experience was remarkably similar to that of submitting a spouse visa application. Of course nobody can tell you what documents you need. Of course nobody knows what the procedures are. Still, we should count our lucky stars that, this time, they didn’t want to charge us a grand or two for the privilege. In any case, one way or another, that petition will be handed in. And looking on the bright side, this gives us more time to collect signatures!
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-Steve
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