August 05, 2006
The Wait is Over!
"Highly Skilled Migrant Programme"
"We have considered the application against the HSMP qualifying criteria and are able to approve this application."
"You [...] fulfil the terms of the qualifying criteria."
"You must now make an application for entry clearance to come to the UK under HSMP."
Today our British Royal Mail carrier, Keith, handed us a large manila envelope. I have been scrutinizing every item of mail for weeks, hoping and hoping. Today I dismissed the long-awaited envelope and tossed it on the bed towards David, who said, "What's this?"
"I don't know."
He turned it over, and read the return address: HSMP. This was it.
Thank you to each one of you who prayed for us during this waiting time. The long wait is over. The work permit was approved. Now we have to complete the next step of getting the official entry visas, which apparently is quickly done in person (outside the country). We'll officially end our "summer holidays" in England, exit the country (probably to France), and come back in as residents. Very exciting.
The Timeline (soaked in desperate prayer):
May 18 We receive the contract of employment from David's new company in London and soon thereafter submit our first application for the UK work permit, with what we think are a lot of detailed documents.
June 21 Our first application is refused.
June 29 We submit our second application with a thicker stack of documentation obtained by Fedex from various transatlantic and transcontinental sources to whom we are grateful.
July 12 With trepidation, we take all our earthly goods with us on "summer holiday" to England, and move into a rented house.
July 26 The UK work permit office makes their second decision but won't tell us over the phone what it is; they mail the paperwork to our old address in France.
August 2 France redirects the mail to us (but we don't know this has happened yet).
August 5 The work permit paperwork arrives in England and we discover the approval at long last.
Glory to God, who answered our prayers and yours!
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Hurray! Thank God!
Posted by: Julie | Aug 5, 2006 4:00:58 PM
So my birthday present actually left France on my birthday after all! God's timing is perfect! Perfect house, school and freinds, all in the right order, with the Lord in charge, and my prayers anwered, too! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! I love you, Mom and William! Melanie and Roger also send their best!
Posted by: Patricia Taylor | Aug 5, 2006 4:14:48 PM
Too excited, my fingers meant "friends" but flew too fast over the keyboard!
Posted by: Patricia Taylor | Aug 5, 2006 4:15:54 PM
Yay! So happy for you guys!
Posted by: Sami | Aug 5, 2006 4:54:05 PM
Congrats Katherine! Yay! Woo Hooo! :-)
Posted by: Helen | Aug 5, 2006 10:53:10 PM
How WONDERFUL! So glad all the questions and waiting are coming to a close :-)
You have been such patient and intrepid explorers!!
And I'm glad to catch up on all your other postings as well, yay yay yay for you all!
Posted by: Angie | Aug 6, 2006 3:56:46 AM
Yippee! That is so great! I am so happy for you - that is such a relief!!
Posted by: Birgit | Aug 6, 2006 8:17:49 AM
Thank you, everyone, for all your support and love!
Posted by: Katherine | Aug 7, 2006 1:18:08 AM
So happy for you that the waiting is over and your prayers have been answered.
Posted by: Melene | Aug 7, 2006 1:59:15 AM
Wow! What answers to prayer. I am so happy for you all and thankful for His faithfulness.
Posted by: Heather | Aug 7, 2006 8:55:44 AM
Of course God would answer prayers that fulfill His will for you. And of course, bureaucracy in the human world would make you think otherwise. "I have come to overcome the world," said the Lord. And of course it would be on your Mom's birthday, the only present she wanted. God bless. Love, Aunt Willow
Posted by: Willow | Aug 7, 2006 4:59:56 PM
Thanks be to God indeed!
Posted by: Mimi | Aug 7, 2006 8:49:54 PM