I have lived in the UK for 16 years and the most challenging time came 8 years ago when we were denied renewal of our residence permit to live in the UK. 2 years into my marriage with 2 children under 5 and another one on the way it was hard to believe that I wasn’t allowed to work and our single income could not support our family of five. In fact we had to choose between paying rent and buying food. One of the hardest things was not being able to see a mid-wife for the first 7 months of my last child’s pregnancy because we couldn’t register with a doctor without residence permit.
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