I don't do political posts for the same reason I don't do religious ones but this is a little different...
Remember a couple of years ago there was a bloody big earthquake, tsunami and just to top it off a nuclear disaster?
Well, at one stage we considered leaving Japan. We didn't, but if we were living closer the Fukushima plant our decision would have been different. The problem is, with the new visa rules in the UK, we would not be able to move there as a family.
Yes, you heard that right. I would have to leave my Japanese husband in Japan if I wanted to move back to the UK. Now for us, this falls into the 'What if...' category, chances are we won't be moving back to the UK but I would like the option to be there if I wanted to.
Sadly, this is not the case for Marianne Bailey, who is due to have her first child with her Japanese husband, despite the fact that she owns 2 properties and earning well over the amount set down by law. Due to some stupid loopholes she may have to raise her child alone for the first year and her husband won't be present for the birth. You can read more about her situation here
This is her letter to Theresa May....
Dear Theresa May,
My husband is being forced to leave the country thanks to incredibly unfair loopholes in your new visa rules for the husbands and wives of British citizens. I’m heavily pregnant with my first child - and I’m terrified at the prospect of giving birth without him here to support me and looking after our new born alone.
There is a deep injustice here. Your spousal visa threshold rules cruelly split up British citizens who’ve committed no crime other than to fall in love and marry someone from outside the UK. In my case - even though I earn well over the threshold - inflexible bureaucracy is winning out over common sense and compassion.
You have the power to let my husband stay in the UK. Please overturn these cruel, unfair and unreasonable "tick box" rules - and let my husband be here with me for the birth and subsequent support of our first child.
So, why am I telling you all this? I would like you to sign the petition Marianne has set up to get her case over-turned and hopefully get the law changed so that is it a fairer system. Sign the petition HERE, it will only take a minute of your time.
Then please share the link with your friends, especially and Brits who, chances are don't know this is happening.