這次來分享一下近期參觀安迪·沃荷(Andy Warhol) 在泰德現代美術館 (Tate Modern) 的回顧展。為什麼特別想分享呢？因為這次的展出有別以往，更深入並多元的揭示沃荷的生平，及其對不同議題的關注，包括最有爭議的女士先生們 (Ladies and Gentlemen)。
安迪·沃荷，如果你一時想不起他是誰，想想瑪麗蓮夢露那張被塗上各種顏色的臉吧! 沒錯，他就是著名瑪麗蓮雙聯畫（Marilyn Diptych)作者。當然，他還有許多知名作品，像是：可口可樂 (Coca-Cola)、康寶濃湯 (Campbell’s Soup Cans)、貓王 I & II (Elvis I and II 1964) 、骷顱 (Skulls) 、銀雲 （Silver car crash/Double disaster)、自畫像 (Self Portrait)、最後的晚餐 （The last supper）…，這次特展中都大方呈現。
I received FLRM decision letter via email on 18/06/2020 stating my application has been granted. Looking back the process, it has been quite a journey. Therefore, I am writing to provide all the details of my journey to support those who are in the process of this application. Please note all information here are only my personal experience, hence subject to only my case.
Before I start, a few notes I would like to make here:
– I submitted property rental income to meet financial requirement. See requirements below
– I was fortunate enough to not delay my biometric appointment, therefore, my timeline might be faster than application under lockdown restrict.
– If you have submitted your application and done biometric collection for more than 8 weeks ( like my experience), then you might want to call UKVI as it will possibly accelerate your decision letter. UKVI number: 0300 123 2241 (Mon-Thu, 9:00-16:45; Fri, 9:00-16:30).
– My aim was to over prepared in case any missing documents happened and my original BRP was about to expire on 19 April 2020.
Step 1 – Read the general information and start to fill in your application, via here.
Before you ‘submit’ the application in the final page, you are always allowed going back to previous pages and amend it. However, you have only 30 days to keep all the information filled in the application before submission.
Step 2 – Gathering your documents, scan and upload all the documents to UKVCAS website.
Once you submitted the online application, the website will show you how to register in UKVCAS. Just follow the steps, then you will have your own UKVCAS account which you can login multiple times to upload documents. The deadline of uploading documents will be the day of your biometric collection appointment (This might be slightly different within Covid-19 policy).
When uploading, the size requirement of each document is 6MB, if your document is too big, you can compress it via here.
Timeline: Standard service
6 March – submission
18 March – Biometric collection
27 April – Received email from FLRMvalidate to inform delay decision due to Covid-19
10 June – Called UKVI to address my situation
12 June – Received an email from Home Office to inform visa granted
Do I need to provide original bank statement?
I used e-statement for proof of resident, but mostly original statement for proof of income.
What is housing standards?
I live in the flat owns by my husband, so to be safe I should submit a letter from a housing authority or building society. But I didn’t ( I took a risk on this as I didn’t feel safe to have someone visiting under Coronavirus pandanmic). If you are considering meeting the house stardards, please see requirement as below.
What will happen if you call UKVI to request visa update?
They will ask whether you have make this request before. If not, they will ask for your name, date of birth, nationality, mobile number, submission and biometric day, email, reference number (in application form) to put in their computer. Then you will wait for an email to explain what happened. Hopefully followed by a decision letter within 3 working days.
Do I need to write supporting letters for each category?
I recommend to do this as it gives an overview to your case worker to better understand how you meet the financial, accommodation, relationship, and development of partnership requirement.
To receive my checklist
The categories are named in terms of UKVCAS uploading page, please click follow as below so that I can sent you the all document. (p.s. Please feel free to email me if you haven’t received my document after 3 days of subscribtion.)
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很久很久以前，有一位義大利先生約我去喝咖啡，當時跟馬克先生剛開始約會（Dating)，抱著約會不能三心二意的忠貞，我跟他說 “Sorry, I am seeing someone”。後來才知道，那根本還不算在Seeing someone。1 個月後，一位荷蘭先生，邀請我當他的舞伴，參加工作坊尾聲的蘇格蘭舞會。面對異性邀約，堅持對待感情要忠誠的我，特別去跟馬克先生確認，但他只是略顯擔心的說 “Of course you can go”。後來才知道，跳個舞而已，根本不需要去跟他報備。
如同每次 Women’s group 討論到最後都會有令我出乎意料的觀點。活動結束後，帶著最後的異國戀廣闊感受，重新回想最初探索的遊戲規則。發現：既然異國戀吸引人的廣闊視野來自於不同文化的碰撞，那麼選擇異國戀本身就是一種走向半未知的狀態，這種未知吸引人也令人恐懼。然而，如果遇到恐懼，我們只習慣去尋找能穩穩抓住的固定規則，該怎麼期待跟不同文化/規則的人，經營一段容納彼此的健康交往關係呢？或許真正的矛盾，都來自於己。