Help Miranda & Glynn with Legal Fees for Visa Refusal Appeal

Help Miranda & Glynn with Legal Fees for Visa Refusal Appeal

From Miranda Barnes

We are fundraising towards legal fees for an immigration lawyer, in order to appeal the refusal of my Spousal Visa.

Support this campaign

Subscribe to follow campaign updates!

Recent Updates

Update #3

23 days ago

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. We are immensely grateful. It looks like according to the original goal, we're at 25% now! Which is fantastic.

An update so far, with big yet daunting news:

The good news: Our appeal was finally processed by the First Tier Tribunal on the 15th January, and what this means is that while the appeal is in process, I have continuing 3c rights to live and work in the UK, the same as with my most recent Visa. So I'm presently able to stay and keep teaching and working.

We had expected to wait for many months until we were assigned a hearing date, as we were told it could be 8 months to a year before we actually went to the tribunal.

However, we've just received a letter this weekend that our hearing date has been assigned, much earlier than expected: 2nd May 2018.

This is good news, yes! But it also means the remaining charges for the attorney will arrive much sooner. In addition to this, the first invoice was quite a bit more than expected.

We are not out of the woods yet, not by any means. Please, if you could be so kind, share this far and wide. We realise that so many have been incredibly generous already, and again, we are more thankful than we can say. But if we can meet our goal within the next month or two, it will mean we can retain our incredibly able and knowledgeable counsel, and keep fighting this until we win.

Thank you, and our absolute best wishes in 2018.
Miranda & Glynn

More Info

Glynn, my husband, and I are raising money for legal fees in order to pay an immigration lawyer to assist with our appeal, as the Spousal Visa application we have just filed was refused. 

This was due to a technicality in the way that the financial requirement, or minimum income threshold, was calculated. Due to my husband being self-employed, instead of the income from the last 12 months being considered, they used previous financial years. During that period, my husband was suffering from undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnoea. He got his machine earlier this year, and has since had his quality of life increased dramatically. Before that, working was very difficult, nigh on impossible, so his income was far less. During the last 12 calendar months, however, we more than met that income threshold, but these details were not considered. It has created a painful nightmare for us, and we just want to be able to move forward in the appeal with sufficient professional advice and representation. 

After five years physically together, and getting married last year, we are facing the difficult prospect of separation. The first three years of our relationship was spent across the ocean from each other, which was excruciating. 

We have a Right to Appeal, but success is dependent on having professional legal counsel, especially within the tribunal hearing itself. Quality legal counsel will cost thousands of pounds, which will be an additional hardship on us we couldn't have planned for. 

My life is here, I have committed my abilities and passions to teaching my students here, and we have been working hard at building a life. 

Should you feel compelled to offer any amount, no matter how small, we would be immensely grateful. 

Thank you for your time. 

Miranda & Glynn

Campaign Wall

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Help Miranda raise £3,800 by making a donation.

Miranda Barnes posted a new update:
23 days ago

Update #3

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. We are immensely grateful. It looks like according to the original goal, we're at 25% now! Which is fantastic.

An update so far, with big yet daunting news:

The good news: Our appeal was finally processed by the First Tier Tribunal on the 15th January, and what this means is that while the appeal is in process, I have continuing 3c rights to live and work in the UK, the same as with my most recent Visa. So I'm presently able to stay and keep teaching and working.

We had expected to wait for many months until we were assigned a hearing date, as we were told it could be 8 months to a year before we actually went to the tribunal.

However, we've just received a letter this weekend that our hearing date has been assigned, much earlier than expected: 2nd May 2018.

This is good news, yes! But it also means the remaining charges for the attorney will arrive much sooner. In addition to this, the first invoice was quite a bit more than expected.

We are not out of the woods yet, not by any means. Please, if you could be so kind, share this far and wide. We realise that so many have been incredibly generous already, and again, we are more thankful than we can say. But if we can meet our goal within the next month or two, it will mean we can retain our incredibly able and knowledgeable counsel, and keep fighting this until we win.

Thank you, and our absolute best wishes in 2018.
Miranda & Glynn

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Miranda Barnes posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #2

For the benefit of those who may not know me, a little bit more about our backstory:

I am an American woman married to a British man, my husband Glynn. I came to the UK in late 2012 and began my PhD in January 2013, graduating July 2017. My husband and I were long-distance and separated for several years before I could come here at that time. We married in August last year.

I have also been teaching creative writing at Bath Spa University for some years now, as well as working towards a publishing record of my own creative work. I am building both my family and career in the UK, and have been doing so for the last five years.

In order to continue to stay with my husband and work in the UK, we need to appeal the rejection of my spousal visa application, which will require an immigration attorney.

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or

Miranda Barnes posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #1

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. You have no idea how much it means to us both. It is making the initial movements of our appeal possible. And we are incredibly grateful.

Yesterday we spent the entire day in Bristol with our attorney. She is very capable and sharp, and someone we engaged on the recommendation of a colleague who has been through a similar experience. Her counsel has been very valuable.

She worked with us on preparing the initial appeal to file, which will be completed today. The appeal, once filed, will allow my current visa conditions, allowances, and permissions to continue while the appeal is in process, until the oral hearing occurs, and a decision has been made. This could take a long time, and additional fees will be incurred when we are preparing for the hearing later down the line.

The initial fees, both for the filing of the appeal itself and the services of our experienced and necessary attorney, will be between £1200 and £1500. We still aren't quite there yet, but we can at least get started with the help you all have provided to us.

The overall total will be close to if not above the total amount of the campaign. But if somehow we do end up with more donations than we need in the end, my husband and I have agreed that this will be donated onwards to a legal fund to help immigrants to the UK. We are currently researching which would be the best and most ethical, dependable choice.

But for now, we have a long way to go.

Please do pass this on to others you know, even if you cannot donate. We do understand this is a difficult time of year to ask for help, and we wish we weren't in a place to have to ask at all. But thank you again for everything everyone has done for us. We are hopeful that we'll be able to get through to the other side, and continue on our life together here in the UK.

With best wishes,
Miranda & Glynn

Join the Conversation

Sign in with your Facebook account or