ARGH. Problems of not being EU citizen in EU

So I have to delay my next attempt for a while :(

As you may know I’m a South African citizen living in the UK. My wife is from Hungary which gives me full rights to work here. However my current visa is coming to an end and I need to apply for the next. I’ll have no trouble getting it, but the problem is that the current waiting times are up to 6 MONTHS!!!

The issue here is that the lab location is in Belgium. The EU has what’s called a Schengen agreement where any travel between Schengen states can be done without border control. Not all EU countries are in the Schengen area though, including the UK.  This means that I am subject to border control if I go over to Belgium. Border control means passport. No passport means no travel.

So now I’m stuck. I can only hope my application goes quicker than normal, but I doubt it will.

However I will not waste this time. I’ll continue my studies, and may even branch more into SP stuff in the meantime as that is what I actually do day to day. So expect a more Service Provider feel to some upcoming posts and see what I actually do on a day to day basis :)

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