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Friday, November 15, 2013


   After Six months of studying the "Life in the UK" Handbook I took my exam this morning. The test centre gives one 45 minutes to complete the 25 questions. It took me six minutes and I missed one question: Which court deals with Civil complaints? a. County Court b. Magistrates Court c. Crown Court d. High Court. I thought it was a. but I chose b. This was a pass/fail exam but I remember my questions--especially the two I felt stuck on. So I looked up the answers in the handbook when I arrived back home. I feel like a five hundred pound gorilla has been lifted off my back. It is such a relief to have that daily background anxiety gone. Now I can focus more fully on taking care of Les.
   On Tuesday the 26th we have an appointment with the Settlement Checking Office in Hertfordshire to review my application and documents for Leave To Remain (of which the pass certification letter is one), pay the £1059 application fee and submit everything to the UK Border Agency, and try not to become anxious all over again as we wait for an answer.

   A very special thank-you to Tom on NB Waiouru for advice on the exam, for suggesting we use the Settlement Checking Service, and for vetting my personal statement. Your support and encouragement based on your actual experience with the same have meant the world during this stressful time.  Thanks also to Ken and Sue Deveson-NB Cleddau, and the two Mikes from Cow Roast--NB Albion Mills and NB Independence, for moral support and encouragement. A special big hug to my lovely daughter in law Joanne Biggs for taking me today, and for a celebratory Costa Latte after!


Jacquie said...

Congratulations hun, what a major headache over, well done. Relax and enjoy the freedom. xxx

Nb Yarwood said...

Well done and welcome to Blighty!!

Carol said...

Brilliant news Jaq, well done. xx

Neil Corbett said...

Well done! But how much of the information you have had to learn have you found useful? I wonder how many British people would be able to pass the test - not many I should imagine!
Kath (nb Herbie)

Mrs. Jaqueline Biggs said...

Thanks Jacquie. Cannot wait for the second part to be over and done as well. I will feel so light the boat will probably float out of the water!
Love you gobs and bunches,

Mrs. Jaqueline Biggs said...

Thank you Leslie!

Mrs. Jaqueline Biggs said...

Hi Carol,
Thanks and thank you for holding me in your thoughts yesterday.
Love JaqXX

Mrs. Jaqueline Biggs said...

Hi Kath,
Les read through the book and he said he would not have passed the exam. I probably won't use much which was on the exam but the book covered 2000 years of history, culture, politics, famous inventors, sports, art, music--and I am a richer person for knowing those things about this country. I am dyslexic so I sweat blood and tears each time I have to pass an exam. So often they only test the limits of my learning disability rather than the depth of my intellectual knowledge and ability.

Unknown said...

Well done, I have looked at those questions and I couldn't pass it and I am British. Hahahahahahaha

Mike on GARNET said...

Only a Costa Latte? I hope you had a vino later.
Well done Mike & Phill

Ian and Karen said...

Well done Jaq.

Dave,Beryl Bradshaw said...

Well done, Just a shame you have to go through it. Marriage to a citizen should automatically entitle you to citizenship. All our luv Beryl & Dave
Hope Les is Fine

Ken and Sheena said...

Congratulations, Jaq. Not many of us could pass it on the first run through, because we are taught a load of old (Please excuse the 'robust anglo saxon' expression) bollox in our state schools. Learning for many people, if they are that way inclined, starts after they have left.

Jennie said...

Congratulations Jaq. Jennie and Chris

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