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Getting your spouse's visa to Ireland

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Acquiring a Visa to Ireland

If your spouse (or other family member) requires a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland, then they need to apply for a visa to join the EU family member.  You can apply for a visa to Ireland using their AVATS system, but before applying check whether you actually require a visa.

As per Directive 2004/38/EC, all visas that are required for the family member of an EEA national, must be issued free of charge.

When applying for a visa for my wife, we submitted our visa directly to the Embassy of Ireland via post.

We submitted the following along with the signed declaration:

  • Copy of EU passport
  • Original Marriage Certificate
  • Letter from EU National stating:

I (Name) will be travelling with my spouse (name) on the DD MONTH, YEAR.  We will be travelling together.  We are applying for a Class C visa.  We have included a Special Delivery envelope with the application for the safe, secure return of all of our documents.


  • Birth certificates of our children
  • Passport of my wife (They then requested her old expired passport – so ensure you send them all – just keep copies)

I’m sure this doesn’t need stating: but send all documents SPECIAL DELIVERY.  And send a return Special Delivery envelope (Ensure you take note of the bar-code on the return envelope before sealing it into the envelope).

When you complete the AVATS system, you will need to print off the confirmation page to send with your application.  Remember to make a note of your application number and keep a second copy of the application form and confirmation page for your own records.


ICO to monitor The Home Office due to delays in Freedom of Information responses

The Information Commissioner has announced that The Home Office is to be monitored for three months over concerns that it takes too long to respond to Freedom of Information requests from the public.

The information commissioner said that he would be looking at responses to FOI requests received between 1 July and 30 September 2013.  From my own experiences with The Home Office on What Do They Know, I am well aware of the problem, and have infact raised about 30 complaints to the ICO in relation to various Freedom of Information requests that I myself have filed to The Home Office.

It is, however, NOT just The Home Office that is to be monitored.  The ICO’s announcement also states that the period will also monitor South Tyneside Council and Sussex Police.

You can monitor who is due to be / being monitored on the ICO website: Monitoring Compliance

You can also read more on this subject on the BBC News article:  Home Office monitored over Freedom Of Information delays

Legal Challenge to Home Office Go Home Vans…

The Gardian has an Article RE: Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London (Ramfel) and their legal challenge to the Go Home Vans.  To be fair, im not supprised that there has been a legal challenge.  It is clearly Racist.

I thought that I’d share this:

This guy’s work should clearly be on the BBC

The Guardian's Take on the Go Home Vans

So, The Guardian has a take on the reason behind the Go Home Vans.  Read their post here: Our hysterical media helped create the immigrant ‘go home’ van.

The article also raises the fact that the Home Office had paid £400,000 to fund the series UK Border Force for Sky television.  Obviously, this was what sparked me to once again head on over to What Do They Know, and submit Television Programs Funded by The Home Office:

Breast is Best

So, after the refusal notice from The Home Office, it came to light that The Home Office don’t care much about the best interests of a child – despite being bound to it by their Section 55 responsibilities.

However the fact that you are breastfeeding, in itself, does not confer a derivative right.  Depriving the child of the ability to be breastfed by you if you are required to leave the UK is not regarded  as depriving the child of the benefit of its rights as a union citizen.  should this particular aspect of the case wish to be pursued then you may wish to make an Art 8 application as detailed later in this letter.

So, lets get a bit of insight into the whole situation.

  1. The Home Office don’t care about the fact that the baby is Breast Fed.  Basically saying “Touch S**t”.
  2. It is a *fact* that it is in a babies best interests to be breast fed.
  3. They do not actually assess the best Interests of a child.
  4. This fact will only go to help our case – as outlined in the recent MA and SA ruling.

It appears that the Home Office clearly do not take the Best Interests of a Child into the matter at hand – they even state such in the refusal notices by stating “must make an Art 8 application“.

Since 1999, there have been numerous reports by the Gov that outlines the fact that “Breast is Best”.

(Search YouTube: Breast is Best)

It is for this reason the following What Do They Know freedom of information requests were filed:

New Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G Lens…

1-8g-lenseSo, with the growing demand for excellent Bokeh style photography, I’ve just got my new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G Lens…  Was quite a bargain really, at £149.99 from Amazon (next day delivery).  I was looking at a second hand one from (£139.99), but opted to go for a new one for the extra tenner.  At least then i’ve got that “Piece of mind” should something go wrong.

I’ve got a fair few bits of Nikon gear, and cannot fault the quality.  Even if it adds up to a pricey set.  However, looking at getting some fabulous shots with this little Nifty Fifty.

All of the reviews etc rate it close to 100% value and quality wise.  However, the best part being that fantastically wide open F1.8 aparture which will be perfect for those low light shots (unlike the 18-55mm that is only F5.6).  This will let me keep the ISO down (reducing image noise) whilst giving an excellent sharp, clear and well lit subject.  I’ll get some photos up soon. 🙂