|good looking bloke|
|good looking lass|
I knew there was some sort of provision and as I questioned Pea Brain about the requirements he continued to deny there was any way for me to stay. I was standing before him with 60 days left to find a job and he was already telling me to leave the country. It was not only a horrible thing to say, it was also not true. So aside from being lied to (three times) by a Garda agent, I knew there was hope. Thankfully, I went home and scoured the internet for the information I read back in Minnesota and found it here on the Immigrant Council of Ireland's website. On the website they actually refer to my option of staying as a "right". Imagine that, a Garda employee lying to me in order to deny me my rights? Lovely.
Now, assuming the Immigrant Council and the Garda actually discuss the laws they are enforcing together--and we all know what happens when you assume--the spouse of an international student does have the right to remain without a work permit if they can prove they are financially stable. The fun part is the lack of definition for "financially stable". Do we have enough money to stay? Nobody knows. Our fates actually rest in the hands of whichever Guard happens to receive my letter of petition to remain. Please God, let it be anybody besides Pea Brain.
I am putting together a lovely letter and making copies of all the right documents. I hope to have it sent by next week. All the God-fearing folks out there, feel free to offer up prayers. Otherwise, general positive thoughts are accepted. Just send them sort of north-easterly from where you are. In the meantime, the job hunt continues. I have applied to over 50 jobs (!) so it's not for lack of trying. In order to hire me, an organisation (spelt with an S and 'spelt' spelled in a British sort of way) will have to fill out one extra document because I'm a non-national. I've begun to mention that I'll fill it out for them...in case the extra effort has been a deal breaker thus far. If I get a job next week, all of this ordeal will simply disappear. So...in a north-easterly direction ok?