TC is having a merry ole time in London. Seeing old friends, going out to familiar places. He's giddy because I told him I have an opportunity to return to London in October and become a UK employee thereby setting down some roots. He wasn't terribly keen on living in Germany (not that I blame him fully). He envisions us living together in London, making new couple friends, traveling, he working/studying a bit. A gingerbread life.
Unfortunately, there's a little something called immigration laws and most countries are quite unfriendly for anyone who's not a tourist.
TC had joyously thought he would get married to his former boyfriend (a UK citizen). I warned him of the amount of paperwork, effort and expense but he didn't bother to look in any detail. It wasn't until he realized that his former boyfriend, Steven, wasn't perhaps the most stable emotionally AND the associate paperwork that he fully dismissed the idea. So now what to do?
I made the effort to learn about getting a student visa in the UK. Not hard. Just have to follow the rules. Governments like rules. Just check their boxes and you get what you want. so TC now has some homework to investigate some schools and their tuition requirements.
He's wasn't terribly amused when I commented that if he can't get a residency permit, I'll be in London this fall hunting for a new Rice Queen while he enjoys the onset of a Canadian winter. But the honest reality, TC needs to step up his game, I know he can do it, I'm encouraging him with both a carrot and a stick (he likes the stick best cause it's bigger), but he's gotta lead, I'm right behind him (not that way, you sick people).
Hopes and dreams are great but it's time to put the shoulder to this rock and push.