We are a family of four, living in beautiful South Africa.
I am an Irish citizen but the rest of the family has South African passports. We want to get our boys over to the UK to be able to give them a better life but we only have until March 2019, before Brexit kicks in.
As it stands at the moment the visa that we can get for the boys is a free EU EEA family visa, which would allow them to live with me in the UK - but as soon as Brexit kicks in this visa will fall away and the financial requirements for anyone to bring a non-EU family member into the UK will be astronomical and totally out of our reach. This means our deadline is 01 MARCH 2019 to be able to exercise EU freedom of movement rights.
Everyone knows the news of what is happening in South Africa now.
The land of my birth, the land of my heart.
This plea will not and does not contain any negativity about my homeland other to say that categorically there is no future for my boys here, at least not now, and not for the foreseeable future either.There is also no work for us, and our business is just managing to keep skin and bone together with all the increases, fuel hikes and VAT raises.
We had enough money saved up for our tickets, a fridge or two full of food and the initial cost of getting their BRP (British Residency Permits) once there, but due to a family emergency, and then a robbery which cleared our accounts, we are now sitting in the unfortunate situation where even paying our rent or putting food on the table has become a daily struggle and there is no room for saving for the 'big trek'
Both of our sons want to become pilots one day, the training for this will be well out of our reach here in South Africa, but we know that in the UK this dream is doable for them, we need to get our children there before it is too late!
This is a very personal cry for help, and though I know and understand that there are allot of other campaigns out there that you might deem 'more deserving' all we ask is for even $1 ... every dollar helps (especially with our crazy exchange rate now!) and hopefully then this dream of ours, will be able to become a reality.
All we need is enough money for the tickets and a fridge full of food.We have accommodation there for the first 2 months and as we are able and willing to do anything, getting work once there is not going to be a problem.
We would be very appreciative for all help that we would be able to get, and once on our feet in the UK will very definitely pay it forward in any way we can.