For once, the immigration rules have not turned against me. Or rather, they have, but I have slipped under the wire.
I am in the last phases before (hopefully) getting indefinite leave to remain. So, once I pass the ‘Life in the UK’ test and pay the government another £1000, I should be safe.
But, if I had been ordained just a few months later, I would be embroiled in endless forms that require not only me, but the province and diocese/ church to register with Immigrations, and to pay application fee after application fee, in order to assign me a number which would then allow me to pay application fees.
Britain can say all it likes about America being its closest ally, but it has become an increasingly difficult (and expensive) place to remain if one has an American passport.